Arcsoft adds facial recognition feature to home surveillance system

Arcsoft announced at CES 2015 it has added a facial recognition feature to its Simplicam home and office wi-fi surveillance system, according to a report by The Verge. The feature, which is currently in beta, is offered as a free update to anyone who previously purchased Arcsoft’s Simplicam camera and subscribe to its paid monthly recording service. The system can store up to 10 people’s faces, notifying users which individuals have entered their home or office. The new feature learns

Global biometrics market projected to reach $24.6 billion by 2020

The global biometrics technology market is expected to reach US$24.59 billion by 2020, according to a new study published by Grand View Research, Inc. According to the research firm, increasing demand in consumer electronics to enhance customer experience is expected to drive the biometrics technology market over the next six years. Biometrics technology will be used by several verticals in the private, public and commercial sectors to overcome security threats, which is primarily expected to fuel market demand over the

IBM supports biometrics for corporate BYOD use

IBM stated in a recent blog post that it expects that the addition of biometrics to personal mobile devices will enhance security surrounding corporate “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies. BYOD refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally-owned mobile devices (such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The article, written on behalf of Big Blue by freelance writer Sue Poremba, notes that: “IT

4.8 billion biometric devices predicted by 2020

Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts that intensifying demand for smartphones, tablets, and wearable mobile devices that incorporate biometrics will drive a global market of 2.5 billion users with nearly 4.8 billion biometric devices by 2020. Maxine Most, Principal and lead analyst at Acuity Market Intelligence notes: “The market for biometrically enabled mobile devices will surge over the next five years. Apple’s launch into biometrics and payments will be followed by similar efforts by Samsung and others, and within three years, biometrics will

New biometric security patent for iPhone published

A recently published Apple patent protects enhanced security capabilities embedded in the iPhone, the firm’s flagship mobile device. The patent describes security features that can be added to the iPhone home button and Touch ID. The patent application lays out how a Touch ID sensor can be paired with an on-screen combination lock or other secondary security feature, requiring users to move their finger in certain directions to fully unlock a device. The patent’s abstract notes that an: “An electronic device [iPhone] may

OASIS seeks comment on biometric device specification

The members of the biometrics technical committee at OASIS have produced an updated committee specification draft and submitted the specification for 15-day public review. OASIS, known as the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, is a global consortium that works on the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business and Web service standards. OASIS’s specification entitled “WS-Biometric Devices Version 1.0″ is a second draft that was released for public review on November 12. WS-Biometric Devices, or WS-BD, is a command and

Two mobile devices adopt Natural Security Alliance standard

Natural Security Alliance recently announced the launch of two connected devices implementing its Natural Security standard. The two devices have been developed for proximity payment projects to enable users to pay with a strictly personal device that was designed specifically for payment transactions and that delivers strong authentication without compromising security or personal data protection. The Natural Security standard combines biometrics, used to approve transactions, with a personal connected device. These personal devices are provided by two manufacturers, UINT (WIBiMi) and

ZTE releases biometrics-enabled LTE smartphone in China

ZTE, a global manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, recently launched its flagship ZTE Star 2 product, a new 4G LTE voice controlled smartphone. ZTE Star 2’s voice control functions allow users to unlock the device with their own unique voice tone, make phone calls, open third-party apps, play music, take photos and much more. The device offers a number of smart voice functions for both business and entertainment purposes, such as real-time voice-to-text input and a function that allows

Most popular biometrics news updates for week ending December 7

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: credit cards with fingerprint sensor, nymi band discovery kits, fingerprint cards, facial recognition, Umrah visa applicants, smart card readers, fingerprint algorithms, authentication solutions, body recognition, swipe and touch sensors. MasterCard’s new contactless credit cards with integrated Zwipe fingerprint sensor soon available in UK – The first Zwipe MasterCard payment cards will be issued in Britain next year, following the completion

Bionym rebrands to Nymi and launches new product kit

Bionym announced today that it has changed its name to Nymi Inc. and that its first product will now be called the “Nymi Band”. Founded in 2011, Nymi is a spin-off from the University of Toronto, focused on delivering unique and usable digital identity solutions. The firm’s Nymi Band is a biometric wristband that can seamlessly confirm a user’s identity to unlock devices and remember passwords using a person’s unique heart signature, known as an electrocardiogram, or ECG. The core