Biometrics products are among 2015 CES Innovation Awards honorees

Several biometrics products including USB iris scanning device “myris” and the Linx Impact Assessment System from BlackBox Biometrics have been listed as honorees by the CES Innovation Awards, an annual showcase of consumer technology products that show outstanding design and engineering. Products nominated for the CES Innovation Awards are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media. Honoree products will be on display at CES Tech West’s Innovation Awards Showcase. myris,

Samsung releases health and wearable SDKs

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced that it released new platforms and developer tools Wednesday to enhance its digital health and wearable offerings. Samsung released its new technologies at its annual developers conference held in San Francisco. “Our announcements highlights the exciting developments occurring at Samsung and its growing ecosystem of developers and partners, across a wide range of technologies,” said Won-Pyo Hong, President and Head of Samsung Media Solutions Center. “We remain committed to enabling developers to create innovative solutions

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending November 2

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: India and Aadhaar, NYPD mobile fingerprints, pro sports and wearables, mobile forensic device, global guidelines on facial recognition, Lenovo and Microsoft bands, Encap Security, biometrics in schools, facial recognition for mobile banking. India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme – Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced

Microsoft Band collects biometric data for health and fitness

Microsoft announced it has released Microsoft Band, which in addition to working with Windows-based mobiles, also syncs with iPhone and Android phones, according to a report by CNet. Priced at $199, the Microsoft Band is equipped with 10 sensors for a range of biometrics, including tracking steps, heart rate, and sleep patterns. The band’s UV sensor measures sun exposure while a galvanic skin response sensor notifies the user if he or she is stressed out. There are several other sensors

India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme

Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar. Since taking power, the new central government has linked several new projects with the biometric identification scheme. The scheme, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, which has provided biometric identification numbers to millions of Indians, was criticized by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the run-up to the national elections. Now

Lenovo to release new biometric band that unlocks computer without entering a password

Lenovo will soon release the Smartband SW-B100, a new biometric wearable equipped with various fitness features and has the ability to unlock your computer, according to a report by According to its website, the Lenovo Smartband SW-B100 is “for young people who take care of their personal health and are interested in new tech trend products.” The Lenovo Smartband tracks daily exercise including the number of steps you walk, the total distance you cover and your heart rate during

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center adds biometric technology to improve efficiency and security

Omnicell announced that it will provide Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with pharmacy, nursing and data analytics solutions to improve overall workflow efficiencies and patient care. To be installed in 2015, Omnicell’s Unity enterprise platform will support the academic medical center with automated medication management solutions across its three hospitals. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center performed a thorough evaluation process of Unity platform, which involved many of the center’s users, including those in pharmacy, nursing,

Professional sports teams and athletes driving wearable technology

Wearable technology has quickly become a mainstream practice in professional sports, as many athletes and teams are using clothing and equipment with embedded sensors which track and record data on heart rates, speed, workload and distance, according to a report by The Financial Post. In its May research report, IHS Technology projected that global revenue for sports, fitness and activity monitors will see a huge spike from US$1.9-billion in 2013 to reach US$2.8-billion by 2019. IHS Technology attributes the demand

BIO-key, partners demonstrate biometric identification solution for blood donors

BIO-key International is currently demonstrating its biometric donor identification solutions at the AABB annual meeting, being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center through to October 28. The company’s technology is integrated with Healthcare-ID and Blood Bank Computer Systems, providers of software platforms to the largest blood centers in the United States. BIO-key has issued over three million TruDonor Identification licenses to blood centers that have moved away from traditional donor ID cards. The TruDonor platform provides a rapid positive identifier

Kickstarter campaign launched for earpiece with biometric sensors

Research and development firm Sensogram Technologies announced it has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to supplement the manufacturing and refine its wearable health and fitness device, SensoTRACK. SensoTRACK is able to simultaneously measure and monitor heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure in real time, as well as many other parameters including calories burnt, step count and geophysical location. Launched on October 14, the Kickstarter campaign is set to run for 60 days through December 12.