Eight in 10 Brits would opt for biometric security

An online poll of 2,000 consumers in the UK commissioned by Intelligent Environments has found that eight in 10 Britons are willing to using biometric security measures like fingerprint recognition, instead of traditional alphanumeric passwords. The firm believes that iPhone 5s sales of more than 10 million in the United Kingdom have led to a major shift in consumer attitudes toward biometrics, as consumers become used to Apple’s intuitive Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is predicted to be incorporated into

Apple rumoured to launch iWallet app using fingerprint sensors to make purchases

Apple is preparing to launch its ‘iWallet’ app, which would allow customers to use the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to verify their identity to securely and conveniently make retail purchases in stores, BiometricUpdate.com has learned in a report on The Information. So far, it is believed that Visa has signed on to partner with the app, per a report in the Daily Mail, which is expected to launch this fall alongside the new iPhone 6. The Information claims “conversations

Uniphore develops voice biometric solution for farmers

Indian software firm Uniphore has developed a customized voice solution that combines speech recognition and voice biometrics to provide a more inclusive information service for rural markets. The solution can ultimately overcome the challenges of sourcing news about crops, market prices and other important information regarding farming. Compatible with any mobile phone, AgriConnect converts the person’s speech into text messages. The system is currently offered in over 14 Indian languages, which amounts to 100 different dialects in native languages. The

Identification and verification firm Facebanx joins the Biometrics Institute

Facebanx announced it has joined the Biometrics Institute, bringing the member count to 155 including Gemalto, Hitachi Europe, Nuance Communications and Unisys. “We are very pleased to welcome Facebanx,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of the Biometrics Institute. “Facebanx represents a growing industry where new companies are pushing biometric technology into the mainstream and their solutions cover many different markets.” Since launching face recognition solutions in early 2013, Facebanx has more recently added voice recognition and ID document capture capabilities to

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 27

Biometrics Week in Review: FBI opens biometrics center, State Department request for information, Capital Hill concerns about fingerprint recognition, emerging trends in the UK, BioCatch, Aadhaar, BIO-key Experian partnership, Hoyos Labs, Stanley wins government contracts and a Q&A with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia – The center will house the

Opus Research to host VBC London 2014: The Voice Security & Authentication Conference

Opus Research announced it will host the VBC London 2014 (Voice Security & Authentication Conference), which will showcase a wide range of technologies that support simple, secure and trusted communications over the web, mobile phones and tablets. The announcement follows the success of Opus Research‘s Voice Biometrics Conference San Francisco, held in May, which featured a keynote presentation from José Ignacio Zorrilla of Banco Santander Mexico. Held November 18 to 19 at The Tower Hotel, VBC London 2014 will be

Hoyos Labs to demonstrate new app that uses biometrics at NYC event

Hoyos Labs announced that it will demonstrate its soon-to-be-released mobile app which uses a range of biometrics to replace usernames and passwords, at the upcoming FinovateFall conference in New York City. At the conference, Hoyos Labs will demonstrate the app to members of the financial community to illustrate how they can use the technology to easily safeguard their corporate and financial data. By essentially transforming a smartphone into a biometrics acquisition device, the app uses a “liveness” detection system that

Bionym Joins FIDO Alliance to simplify secure online authentication

Bionym announced it has joined FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance. Bionym aims to provide a single point of persistent identity through its wearable identity authentication device, the Nymi, complementing the FIDO framework and working with FIDO-enabled services and websites to generate a trusted ecosystem for seamless authentication. The Nymi detects users’ cardiac rhythm to authenticate their identity, allowing them to wirelessly take control of their devices, car and more. “The FIDO Alliance represents a true collaborative effort to make online

Biometric wearables firm Sensoria raises $5 million investment

Biometric wearables’ development firm Sensoria, formerly named Heapsylon, announced it has signed a term sheet with Italian consulting, systems integration and application management firm Reply SpA for a Series A investment round. Publicly held Reply will acquire 20% interest in Sensoria. Reply will also work closely with Sensoria’s customers and partners to develop ‘Internet of Everyone’ products using Sensoria SDK, the first open development platform based on both traditional and bio-sensing fabric sensors. Sensoria said it will use the investment

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 20

Biometrics Week in Review: VISA Europe, NEC technology, Samsung rumors, NIST testing, Imagus, CrimTrac, US intelligence budget, facial recognition research, IDEX and Card Tech and ievo`s “do it yourself” biometric access control system Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Visa Europe considers biometric authentication for payment – Visa Europe director of new payment propositions Jonathan Vaux attributes the increase in the popularity of card-on-file payment to the growing