Saudi telco blames Q4 loss on biometric identification initiative

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator, blamed a fourth-quarter loss on the cost of implementing a government initiative to register fingerprints with phone numbers, according to a Reuters report. Mobily posted a net loss of $18.9M USD in the three months to December 31. This compares with a profit of $2.8M USD in the prior-year period. Mobily said the suspension of unregistered customer lines and resulting pressure on sales contributed to a 16.6 per cent decline in

Indian government calls on vendors to make affordable biometric smartphones

In an effort to more quickly move towards digital cashless economy, the Indian government is calling on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones with capabilities to “scan for Aadhaar-based financial transactions” and eventually perform digital payments, according to a report by BGR India. The government has singled out Indian smartphone vendors like Micromax, Lava, Intex and Karbonn to develop biometric smartphones that are more affordable for people living in rural and remote areas of the country. “The

Number of biometric smartphones more than doubled in a year: Acuity

Acuity Market Intelligence has published its latest ‘Biometric Smartphone Update’, which reveals that the number of smartphones incorporating fingerprint or eye-based biometrics has doubled since January 2016. The report finds that “87 smartphone vendors have introduced 346 biometric smartphones in the past year,” which brings the total number of biometric smartphone models introduced since 2013 to 549. This figure is more than double the 200 models the market research firm reported in January 2016. In addition, the report finds that

Samsung’s Notebook 9 PC line features Fingerprint Cards’ touch sensor FPC1025

The new Samsung Notebook 9 PC line features a built-in fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards (FPC), enabling secure sign in with a single touch. Samsung’s new Notebook 9 line of 13.3-inch and 15-inch PCs with Windows 10 is equipped with Fingerprint Cards’ FPC1025 sensor and software with support for Microsoft’s biometric security system Windows Hello. The FPC1025 3D pixel sensor is located on the keyboard, allowing users to log in to the notebook using fingerprint authentication instead of typing a

Fujitsu’s latest smartphone using Delta ID iris recognition technology

Delta ID announced its ActiveIRIS 3.0 technology is powering the iris scanner of Fujitsu’s latest smartphone, the arrows NX F-01J launched by NTT DOCOMO, INC in Japan. The arrows NX F-01J marks the third Fujitsu smartphone to feature iris scanning technology, following last year’s release of the arrows NX F-04G and F-02H. Delta ID’s patent-pending ActiveIRIS iris recognition technology enables users to simply look at their device to unlock it, make a payment or login into an application or service.

Biometrics use a driving trend in Australian mobile consumer retail behaviour

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2016 report finds that biometrics use is a driving trend in Australian mobile consumer retail behaviour, with one in three smartphones having a fingerprint scanner, and of these almost 70% of owners use this function regularly, according to a report in Image and Data Manager. ”Australians make an estimated 100 million imprints a day using smartphone fingerprint scanners, showing that we are becoming more comfortable with our fingerprint being used for authentication,” according to Stuart Johnston,

Clevo notebooks to include Synaptics SecurePad for biometric authentication

Synaptics’ SecurePad technology is now featured on Clevo’s new line of high-performance notebooks, according to a report by MS Power User. The notebooks are being sold under various brands including Aftershock, Azom Systems, CJscope, Monster, and Sage. Synaptics SecurePad technology offers the same functionality of the TouchPad — including scrolling, pointing, navigation, selection — in addition to an integrated area fingerprint sensor. Using the technology, notebook designers are able to integrate an area fingerprint sensor into a TouchPad. A TouchPad

Tier-one smartphone customer selects IDEX fingerprint sensor

Norwegian fingerprint technology firm IDEX recently announced that a tier-one smartphone customer has selected the firms’ Cardinal touch fingerprint sensor for integration into a mobile handset. According to a statement by the company, the design win further validates the price-performance value proposition that the company’s fingerprint sensor products and technology bring to the mobile market. “Following IDEX’s announcement on 2 June 2016 of a design win where the IDEX Cardinal sensor was selected as a feature in a tier-one OEM

POMM rolls out biometric authentication and data encryption cell phone case

POMM Inc. has introduced a new biometric authentication and data encryption cell phone case to keep data files private and secure. According to the company crowdfunding page, the POMM device is a unique hardware case that bypasses cloud based systems, providing a security and privacy platform designed to protect the data in mobile devices. It ensures data security, privacy and bio-authentication, all combined to prevent unauthorized access and use of the mobile user’s private data and personal, sensitive information. The

Synaptics and Precise Biometrics to provide fingerprint sensor technology for Alcatel smartphones

Synaptics recently announced a collaboration with TCL Communication to provide fingerprint sensor technology solution to its Alcatel smartphone customers. Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile, has also been integrated in the device. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for secure fingerprint recognition in smartphones and tablets. The unique and patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory. ”We are pleased to be