Biometrics bill sees backlash, Windows 10, Apple patents, fingerprint technology & more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Windows 10 Microsoft’s Windows 10 continued to make headlines this week with its biometric authentication feature. The software vendor projects it will install its new Windows 10 operating system into 1 billion devices by 2017, and in doing so, will effectively eliminate the password. Meanwhile, Window 10’s multimodal biometric authentication security feature will reportedly require “depth cameras” with infrared light sensors, which analysts

Privacy, facial recognition and analyst reports most popular biometrics news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate this past week. Fingerprints Fingerprints was once again the leading topic for the week’s most popular stories, starting with Beijing-based security technology firm Ola announcing that it developed a Bluetooth-enabled smart entry lock integrated with a Fingerprint Cards FPC1020 capacitive touch fingerprint sensor in the handle. Synaptics Inc. announced that Sharp has selected Natural ID fingerprint sensor to provide secure authentication for its new flagship smartphone

Biometrics Institute emphasizes basic privacy principles to build trust in biometrics

The Biometrics Institute announced it is disappointed by the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder consultation regarding a voluntary code of conduct for companies using facial recognition technology has failed following the withdrawal of several representatives from privacy groups. Representatives from privacy groups American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Center for Democracy and Technology have all withdrawn from the privacy multistakeholder consultation regarding the guidelines for facial recognition use. “Informed consent and notice remain fundamental

Europe, North America to dominate 2015 biometrics market: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan has published its latest report entitled “2015 Global Outlook of the Biometrics Industry“, which predicts that Europe and North America will dominate the 2015 biometrics market. The 70-page report forecasts that the larger regions of the biometrics market will generate 74% of global revenue due to government adoption. The global biometrics market at large is expected to undergo a significant growth in both public and commercial applications as a result of the uptake of multiple technologies available,

Popular trends in biometrics: a recap of the week’s top reports

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Facial recognition Facial recognition commanded the headlines this week, with some of the top stories involving this biometric technology. First, a UK police force used facial recognition technology to identify some 90,000 attendees at a music festival and cross-checking them against a database of wanted criminals across Europe, then in a follow up report, defended its use of the facial recognition technology. The

Privacy advocates pull out of U.S. facial recognition discussions

Privacy advocates announced today that they will abandon the U.S. government’s effort to establish voluntary protocols for facial recognition technology. As originally reported over two years ago, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed a consultation process to examine the commercial use of the technology and write a voluntary code of conduct for private companies that use it. According to the government, stakeholders discussed how best facial recognition data could be

NEC launches biometrics solution for hospitality industry

NEC Corporation has launched NEC Smart Hospitality Solutions, an integrated portfolio of solutions for the international hospitality industry that includes communications platforms, unified communications (UC) applications, property management systems (PMS), facial recognition systems, digital signage and guest room management systems. Based on a modular and seamlessly integrated approach, the hospitality solutions enable customer data to be easily shared throughout the portfolio to provide hotel owners and operators with highly value-added guest services and improve the productivity of hotel staff. For

NTIA stakeholders to discuss commercial facial recognition technology

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration will meet on June 11 in Washington to work on resolving two critical problems regarding the facial recognition multistakeholder process, including whether to make it optional, according to a report by Broadcasting & Cable. At their December meeting, NTIA stakeholders were still undecided on whether and how to create an exception to a voluntary code of conduct for facial recognition technology relating to anti-fraud and loss prevention. Additionally, they were undecided on including a

Retail stores should make use of facial recognition, license plate readers with surveillance systems

New facial recognition-based surveillance systems can provide retailers with crucial business intelligence to improve their overall operations and bottom line, according to a report by Convenience Store News. Facial recognition technology captures a range of customer data including gender, age and mood as he or she enters the store. The critical information can be shared with customer packaged goods vendors as they vie for space in the convenience store. Retailers can also use this data to develop a database of

SpeechPro adds speaker separation capabilities to CallMiner products

SpeechPro announced that it has added speaker separation capabilities to CallMiner’s speech analytics product suite, which will provide SpeechPro’s proprietary speaker separation technology as an additional option on the Eureka platform. “We see a lot of our customers stuck with legacy recording equipment and contact center infrastructure that offers no speaker separated audio,” said Erik Strand, VP of product at CallMiner. “Analyzing non-separated audio is possible but requires significant additional effort and doesn’t allow for speaker-based searches and categorization. SpeechPro’s