Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 21

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: spoofing finger vein recognition, biometric passports for Haiti, biometric database of HIV patients, voice biometric banking app, FBI’s NGI database, Fujitsu deal with Biyo, MasterCard biometrics pilot, Alipay select Nok Nok, Suprema access control, VoiceTrust share exchange, new funding. Tabula Rasa video demonstrates spoofing in a commercial finger vein recognition device – The video shows how enrollment of

Biometric registration for HIV patients in Kenya mandatory

The Kenyan government will enforce a new rule starting in January that makes it mandatory for all HIV/AIDS patients living in Homa Bay and Mombasa counties to undergo biometric registration, according to The Star. Martin Sirengo, head of National Aids and STI Control Program, said the program will be expanded to other counties in March. The project’s concept note has been completed and the Ministry of Health is now working towards implementing the program, sad Sirengo. Those patients who are

SIBA chairman discusses responsible use of biometrics in private and public sectors

In a statement released yesterday, Paul Schuepp, chairman of the board at the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) discussed the importance of responsible use of biometric technologies in commercial and government sectors. “The biometric community has the ability and responsibility to proactively engage the most pressing economic and national security policy issues that involve human access or identification facing the United States today,” said Schuepp. “The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association is the non-profit trade association poised to do

Apple adds smartwatch, biometric payment capabilities to iPhone

After months of rumors and speculation in the press, Apple announced it will soon launch its new Apple Watch, a “smartwatch” featuring four sensors that will measure its user’s pulse. The company also unveiled its latest set of iPhones that have added biometric capabilities. Available in early 2015, the new Apple Watch contains a set of four sensors, built into the back of the watch. Using a combination of photo sensors and infrared and visible-light LEDs, the watch can detect

Aadhaar to be used to issue bank accounts to all Indian households

In a stunning policy reversal, India’s new government is examining new ways to expand Aadhaar, including to issue bank accounts to all Indian households. When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assumed power earlier this summer, its leader Narendra Modi had criticized the biometric citizen registry as a “political gimmick” that could not adequately address the control of migrants or national security concerns. There was a common belief that the program, which was closely associated with the Congress Party, would be

Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 7

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: iCloud hack, Delta ID raises $5M, Mastercard branded biometric ID card, mobile app guidelines, Synaptics, Huawei Alipay parnership, ImageWare, Qualcomm patent application, interview with LifeBEAM CTO and a guest post by Steve Cook. Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents – By combining Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader technology with a passcode for iCloud access, users should be

BIO-key provides fingerprint authentication solutions to three new eye care customers

BIO-key International announced it is providing fingerprint authentication solutions to three additional eye care customers – Eyecare Medical, Hollingshead Eye Center, and I Care San Antonio – bringing its total number of U.S. customers to 57 eye care centers. BIO-key has partnered with Medflow and Davlong to provide these fingerprint authentication solutions to the new customers. These new customers join BIO-key’s growing roster of customers which include AT&T, McKesson, FBI, US Courts, LexisNexis, and NCR, along with leading hospitals and

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity

More than 350K iris and fingerprint devices shipped a year in India: 6Wresearch report

6Wresearch announced it has a published a new report that shows that more than 350,000 iris and fingerprint units were shipped in India in the year leading up to June 2014. The report illustrates how biometrics are growing in worldwide acceptance, specifically across developing countries such as India. The report provides details about the total number of biometric units imported and manufactured in India, as well as the players, prices and features including resolution, verification, interface and applications. Single-modal biometric

LifeBEAM: An interview with Zvika Orron, CTO and Co-Founder

LifeBEAM specializes in creating unique hardware and software platforms that monitor multiple physiological parameters including heart rate, blood flow and oxygen saturation. The Israeli-based company manufactures a number of “vitals monitoring gadgets”, that include a cycling helmet and sports cap. Leveraging IndieGogo in April 2013, LifeBEAM raised funds from the public to develop the helmet, which uses an optical sensor instead of an ECG chest strap to measure an athlete’s heart rate. By using an optical sensor in the front