Synaptics introduces slim slide fingerprint sensor

Synaptics Inc. announced an all new implementation of fingerprint ID technology for mobile devices with the addition of the VFS6170 slide sensor, which is a part of the company’s line of Natural ID products. Synaptics VFS6170 is a slim biometric slide sensor for the side of a smartphone or tablet that enables single handed authentication, and further widens the company’s portfolio of fingerprint ID technologies for OEMs to integrate an ultra-slim slide sensor on the side of a device. The

GOTrust Technology, DDS provide FIDO-based biometric identification for Android smartphones

GOTrust Technology Inc. announced it has partnered with DDS Inc. to deliver strong authentication and hardware based security for all Android smartphones using a combination of microSD based security modules and biometric identification methods. Using ‘FIDO UAF 1.0‘ standards for universal strong authentication, the implementation will allow users to conduct business with any online service provider that offers FIDO authentication using a single and secure method of identification. GOTrust Technology’s and DDS’ FIDO partnership also includes new Android smartphones with

Mobile biometrics devices and software revenue to hit $3.5b by 2024: Tractica

Tractica has published a new report titled “Biometrics for Mobile Devices”, which forecasts the worldwide mobile biometrics market will grow from $249 million in 2015 to reach $3.5 billion by 2024. The report analyzes the market trends and technology issues relating to biometrics for mobile devices, as well as provides 10-year forecasts for mobile biometric hardware and software during the period from 2015 through 2024. In the report, Tractica principal analyst Bob Lockhart forecasts that the cumulative revenue for the

High demand for fingerprint scanners suggests more devices may integrate biometric security

Next Biometrics Group has seen unprecedented demand for small-format fingerprint readers as of last month, which suggests that fingerprint-recognition capabilities may be integrated into a range of consumer products by the end of 2015, according to a report by CSO Australia. Next Biometrics recently confirmed that last month, six different manufacturing clients have ordered large quantities of its fingerprint sensors and related SDK to use within their development processes. Although the company did not disclose the names of the companies,

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