Australians accept biometrics at border, says Unisys exec

In an exclusive interview with, John Kendall, Security Program Manager for Unisys in the Asia-Pacific region, noted that when it comes to enhancing personal security, Australian travelers are willing to use biometrics at the border. Detailing the findings of a Unisys Security Index Report focused on biometrics in Australia airports, he notes Australians support extending biometrics-based security measures to include verifying passengers boarding aircraft, but do not support retailers using biometrics to make customized retail offers. “Our research found

Bio-Metrica CEO discusses multi-factor biometric identification systems

Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Bio-Metrica is a first-tier manufacturer, software developer and system integrator of turnkey and custom biometric identification solutions to government, law enforcement, and enterprises worldwide. The company provides advanced biometric solutions to customers in a range of industry sectors, including government, law enforcement, healthcare, finance, education, retail, and manufacturing. Additionally, Bio-Metrica helps customers during the installation and configuration, maintenance and upgrade of the biometric system, customizing the solution based on their specific project requirements. Last month, Bio-Metrica released

Judge rules Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for ‘faceprint’ database

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Facebook’s use of facial recognition software, according to a report in MediaPost. U.S. District Court Judge Jorge Alonso ruled that Facebook can’t be sued in Illinois for its “faceprint” database because the company doesn’t have enough connections with the state. In a ruling issued last Thursday, Alonso commented, “Because plaintiff does not allege that Facebook targets its alleged biometric collection activities at Illinois residents, the fact that its site is

Pew survey finds U.S. consumers conflicted about disclosure of personal data

A Pew Research Center study released yesterday found no consistent pattern on decisions to give up privacy in return for discounts, rewards or other benefits. The study was based on a Pew survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people that examined a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal data or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value. The survey found that a majority (52 percent) of those

NEC to demonstrate biometrics solutions for retail at NRF16

NEC Corporation of America announced that it will demonstrate a number of new retail solutions that integrate a wide range of NEC technology, including biometrics, digital signage and analytics, during the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. The conference and exhibition will be held January 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. At the conference, NEC will showcase integrated retail offerings which couple its retail software and hardware with its biometrics and display capabilities. The combined

Ford R&D lab exploring the integration of wearables and vehicles

Researchers at the new Automotive Wearables Experience laboratory located at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Research and Innovation Center are exploring ways to connect crucial health information to in-vehicle technologies. For example, lane-keeping assist could be more responsive if a smartwatch sends data to the vehicle that senses that the driver is drowsy. Additionally, if a driver’s heart rate increases as traffic worsens, in-vehicle technologies such as adaptive cruise control or Blind Spot Information System could increase the distance between vehicles

Biometrics and smart gun technology, facial recognition, CES and fingerprint authentication trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Smart gun technology Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced a series of executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in the United States, which includes the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security conducting or sponsoring research into gun safety technology, such as biometrics. “If we can set it up so that you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the

EyeLock presents iris authentication for automotive applications at CES

This week at CES, EyeLock is showcasing its iris authentication technology in automotive applications at the VOXX International booth. VOXX International acquired a majority interest in EyeLock in September 2015. EyeLock is demonstrating a proof of concept that validates the driver and authorizes the start of a vehicle. EyeLock’s iris authentication can also offer individual user authentication as well as a fully customized driving experience with personalized driver settings including seat and mirror positions, radio presets, and other features. Once

Fingerprint Cards developing sensor technology for automotive market

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced that, in cooperation with other industry leaders, it has developed solutions to enable the use of FPC’s touch fingerprint sensor technology for automotive applications. After testing and evaluation by global car manufacturers and related automotive companies in 2015, FPC’s touch fingerprint sensor module FPC1025 has been selected for further development and integration in commercial applications for the automotive industry. FPC anticipates that public demonstrations will be conducted embedding FPC’s touch fingerprint sensor technology in automotive applications

Synaptics to showcase updated Human Interface technology at CES

Synaptics will preview their updated Human Interface technology at the upcoming CES exhibition in January focusing on solutions based on automotive, wearable, gaming and other emerging industries. Several new concept prototypes will be showcased by Synaptics Automotive Solutions including force sensing and touch inputs on the steering wheel and center console. The company will also demonstrate its fingerprint under glass biometrics concept, its Natural ID fingerprint authentication technology designed to operate through glass buttons as well as thicker cover glass,