Biometrics to replace passports at Australian airports

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced plans to implement a new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020, which will include replacing existing paper ID passports with face, iris and/or fingerprint recognition, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Budgeted to cost $94 million over five years, the Seamless Traveler system aims to make the airport process more efficient by enabling 90% of arrivals to automatically pass unmanned electronic stations at some time between

India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

FPC board member taken into custody

Fingerprint Cards has revealed that former CEO Johan Carlstrom and board member Lars Soderfjell have been taken into custody for alleged market abuse in conjunction with the company’s profit warning in December 2016. “We take very seriously on these events and the information that now has come to our attention,” said Jan Wäreby, chairman of the board at Fingerprint Cards. “We are of course cooperating with the Swedish Economic Crime Authority.” The company reports that operations are not affected by

Allied report forecasts global biometric sensor market to reach $1.5B by 2022

Allied Market Research has published a new research report which forecasts that the global biometric sensor market will reach $1.5 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 9.6% from 2016 to 2022. The report predicts that the global biometric sensors market is positioned to undergo significant growth during the forecast period as a response to the rise in cyber-attacks and security threats, as well as the demand for biometric sensors in smart gadgets. However, Allied states that a high

iPhone 8 predicted to feature facial recognition, two-step Touch ID

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature facial recognition as well as a new design to support an OLED display with 3D Touch capability, according to a report by Mac Rumors. Kuo revealed his iPhone 8 predictions in a new research report, which also states that Apple may replace its current FPCB sensor with a film sensor offering film higher sensitivity in an effort to improve the 3D Touch user experience. He says

Peace sign can be used as a weapon against your identity

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security It seems that nothing is sacred. Not even the symbol of peace; proving that hackers will wreck just about anything. Last week, a Japanese researcher claimed that he could steal fingerprints from selfies, warning us all that flashing our fingers in photos can imperil your identity. Isao Echizen is a professor at the Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division of the National Institute of

India working to replace cash with biometric e-payment

The chief executive of India’s leading economic development agency told attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the country could introduce biometric payments within three years, thereby eliminating the need for cash and typical electronic payment methods, including: automated teller machines, along with debit and credit cards. Amitabh Kant, National Institution for Transforming India, was quoted in a CNN news affiliate report as saying that such now commonplace e-payment methods may be “totally redundant” by 2020. According to

EMKA offering Digitus Biometrics’ dual biometric access control solution

EMKA is now offering Digitus Biometrics’ DualLock access control solution, which combines fingerprint biometrics and card technologies. The physical access control solution enables dual-factor authentication at the cabinet door through the combination of fingerprint biometrics and RFID smartcard technology. By storing the fingerprint template(s) on the RFID card, db DualLock eliminates the need to upload templates to the device. As a result, the solution can be integrated with any legacy access control management (ACM) system. The solution provides access security

Bodet installs biometric time and attendance system at London retirement facility

Workforce management firm Bodet has installed its Kelio biometric self-service time and attendance management system at Battersea Place, a London, UK-based luxury retirement village and nursing facility, to help manage its over 75 employees. In addition to providing highly accurate, customized staff attendance reports for HR, management and payroll departments, the biometric time and attendance system also helps management with employee engagement and empowerment duties. According to Battersea Place, 60% of its employees are clinical, providing 24-hour care and emergency

Minnesota Courts rule that suspects must provide fingerprint to unlock phones

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a judge’s order instructing a man to submit his fingerprint in order to unlock his smartphone was constitutional, a move that is consistent with similar rulings across the country according to a report by TwinCities.com. The decision relates to a case involving a Minnesota man who attempted to have his burglary and theft convictions repealed in connection to a 2014 robbery in Chaska. The attorney for Matthew Diamond asserted that