USPTO publishes Apple patent application addressing biometric spoofing

The USPTO has just published a new anti-spoofing concept and patent application from Apple. The new anti-spoofing concept – called Doodle – describes a method of distinguishing between “push” and “pull” swipes from the finger to capture a larger more comprehensive image of the finger, besides just ridges and valleys. According to a report in Patently Apple, this can also be configured to generate the “doodle” created by the finger’s motion on the device’s screen, and could also be used

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 falls to the same fingerprint hack as the iPhone 5S

The fingerprint sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been spoofed with a fake fingerprint made of wood glue. Announced shortly after the phone hit the market, the circumstances of this latest hack are almost identical to that of the iPhone 5S last year. Showed in a video from SRLabs (below), a finger is enrolled on the device, which is then unlocked with the dummy print. In addition to unlocking the phone, the same dummy fingerprint was used to access

Biometrics to make an appearance at ‘CES on the Hill’ event in D.C.

CES on the Hill, an invitation-only event produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, returns to Washington, D.C. on April 30. The idea behind this invite-only event is that it gives policymakers the specific opportunity to interact with technology companies, and unsurprisingly, this year, some biometric technologies will be on display. CES on the Hill exhibitors include AT&T, Best Buy, BlackBerry, DashIT, DISH, EcoStar, Motoral Mobility, ORIGOSafe, Panasonic, Pandora, Qualcomm, Google, HTC America, Lenovo, LG Electronics USA, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics America, Sharp

Fingerprint Cards gets pre-ramp production order for touch sensors

Fingerprint Cards has just received an initial pre-ramp purchase order, worth US$ 600k (SEK 4M) for its FPC 1020 touch sensor. According to the company, this new order is related to the production of a Tier 1 flagship smartphone. This current order is set for delivery in May 2014, and according to the company, it expects to ship more than three million units for this particular flagship device alone. “FPC is the leading global supplier of capacitive touch fingerprint sensors and

Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of April 12

Biometrics Week in Review: Cognitec boasts NIST test results, Eximbank deploys fingerprint authentication, AGNITiO’s mobile voice biometrics platform, banking apps with voice biometrics, Fujitsu ATMs with biometrics and NFC, PayPal Samsung fingerprint integration, Steve Thies interview, iris recognition white paper and an editorial on biometric voter enrollment. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past week. Cognitec boasts NIST face recognition vendor test results – Cognitec announced that its facial recognition

PayPal debuts Samsung fingerprint integration

Starting today, PayPal customers in 25 countries with Samsung S5 smartphones can log in to the payment system using their fingerprint. Following PayPal and Samsung’s joint announcement in February, today’s news is the first sign of the new integration, which will ultimately see people using fingerprints to make payments through PayPal and other partner ecommerce sites.   In case you missed it, Samsung introduced its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5 earlier this year and it features an embedded fingerprint swipe

Fujitsu Launches European ATMs with Biometrics and NFC

IT equipment and services provider Fujitsu announced on Thursday that it has launched a series of ATM`s for the European market that support its biometric verification technology. The new Series 100 ATMs support Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric verification technology along with contactless and NFC transactions. The new family of ATMs significantly improves end-user interaction and communication, features a wide range of innovative security measures, and is highly customizable to reflect each bank’s corporate branding using a ‘clip on cover’ system. As

Stanford Researchers Develop Video Game Controller with Biometric Sensors

A Stanford University research team has modified an Xbox 360 control pad to measure a player’s heart rate, rate of breath, deepness of breath, and movement to calculate how excited a player is by the game. Creator Gregory Kovacs, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, told Stanford News that he replaced the back of the controller with his own customized device which features metal sensor pads, a light-operated sensor and an accelerometer. Using biometric sensors, the modded controller takes

Bionym and PasswordBox announce strategic partnership

PasswordBox has announced a strategic partnership with Bionym to enable a system for users of the Nymi bracelet to authenticate on personal devices, website and apps. According to PasswordBox, once an individual’s identity has been verified, users will be able to use automatic lock and unlock as well as automatic sign-in capabilities through Nymi’s proximity detection technology. “This partnership is a perfect fit for our users who put a premium on security and seamless instant access to their digital assets,” Daniel Robichaud

Sonavation to demonstrate biometric ultrasound fingerprint authentication fob at ISC West

Sonavation has announced that it will be at the ISC West Conference set to take place April 2-4 in Las Vegas, and will be showing off its AXISKEY personal ultrasound fingerprint security authentication device. According to the company, AXISKEY is a biometric fingerprint authentication device in a key fob form factor that offers “better-than-federal-grade” data encryption, and can be used for securing workplace, social and personal accounts, as well as online identity and transactions. “ISC West is the place to be