Trustonic, Fingerprint Cards to secure FIDO Ready biometric authentication on smart devices

Trustonic and Fingerprint Cards AB announced they have partnered to secure FIDO Ready secure biometric authentication on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The partnership centers on FPCs touch fingerprint sensors (FPC1020, FPC1021 and FPC1150) and sensor driver software that are developed to take advantage of Trustonic

EyeVerify raises $6 million from Wells Fargo, Sprint and Qihoo 360

EyeVerify Inc. today announced the completion of its Series A equity funding round. The San Francisco-based firm, which develops patented biometric technology that eliminates passwords on mobile devices, raised US$6 million. The funding will enable EyeVerify to drive mass adoption of its biometric technology directly and through key channel partners within the financial services, enterprise mobility, mobile security, telecom, healthcare and government markets. EyeVerify will receive this funding from Qihoo 360, Wells Fargo, and Sprint, as well as from its

Fingerprint recognition to protect medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois

Medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries in Illinois will be safeguarded by advanced security measures, including vaults monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint recognition access control systems, according to a report by The Denver Post. With so many business owners vying for marijuana cultivation and dispensary permits under Illinois’ new law, many entrepreneurs are also submitting a comprehensive security plan with their application to give them a competitive edge in scoring. The security plan makes up for about

Biometric software firm SpeechPro recognized by Speech Technology Magazine

Biometric software developer SpeechPro announced it has been named a “Star Performer” by Speech Technology magazine at its eighth annual Speech Industry Awards. SpeechPro will accept the award in person at the SpeechTek 2014 conference August 18-20 in New York, which will also recognize major companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft. The awards will also showcase many industry developments, including various speech-enabled mobile applications such as voice biometrics. “SpeechPro is thrilled to be recognized by this prestigious award,” said SpeechPro

Credence ID, Fulcrum Biometrics provide mobile biometric solutions for prisons in Mexico and Guatemala

Credence ID and Fulcrum Biometrics announced two new deployments of their combined Android-based mobile biometric equipment and software in Mexico and Guatemala, to manage jail populations as well as improve prisoner and public safety. For the Guatemala project, the Policia Nacional Civil de Guatemala will use the Trident device, which features fingerprints, iris matching and facial recognition, in its national prison system to both enroll and identify detainees with on-board biometric matching capability. In addition to the Guatemala project, Credence

UK Science and Technology Committee launch inquiry into use and collection of biometric data

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee has made an inquiry regarding the potential use and collection of biometric data, as well as whether or not the regulations in this relatively new field are sufficient. So far, biometric technologies that help authenticate identity have mostly been used by the UK government for security purposes, such as safeguarding network access, anti-fraud measures and in different components of UK border security. Meanwhile, commercial organizations are developing and implementing biometric data and technologies at

Ufone expands biometric verification system deployment to 200 cities

Pakistani telecommunications firm Ufone announced it has expanded deployment of the biometric verification system (BVS) for issuance/activation or changing SIMs to over 200 cities. The move has been made in compliance with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority directives to deploy BVS, beginning on August 1st. Ufone first installed the BVS in December 2013, and within the same month, the company was able to deploy it all its service centers and franchises. The roll-out of BVS was carried out in phases, with a

Bank Muscat launches biometric system compatible with national ID card

Financial services firm Bank Muscat announced it has introduced a biometric system that is compatible with the national identification card. Available across its network of 137 branches, Bank Muscat’s biometric ID system is designed to improve efficiency and facilitate faster transaction processing times. The NID enables accurate data capture during banking transactions, particularly in the case of opening new accounts. Bank Muscat has teamed up with the Royal Oman Police to launch the new biometric identification system and ultimately provide

Launchkey supports facial recognition login in latest update

LaunchKey has just unveiled a new facial recognition login system for use with online services like WordPress. According to a report in News47ell, the updated app uses ten previously captured photos of a user’s face for verification and uses embedded smartphone cameras to capture a live sample. According to the company, biometric data is stored locally, on mobile devices rather than in the cloud on Launchkey servers. The report also notes that Launchkey’s facial recognition login will work with a

Top biometrics news stories, week of August 3

Biometrics Week in Review: iWallet app using fingerprint sensors, facial recognition at Brussels Airport, Nigerian banks collecting biometrics, next killer app for biometrics, Latin America market, fingerprint authentication for POS, Brits opt for biometrics, voice biometric solution for farmers and a guest post by Chuck Brooks on biometrics research at DHS. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past week. Apple rumoured to launch iWallet app using fingerprint sensors to make