SimPrints wins £250,000 from Gates Foundation to develop fingerprint scanner

UK start-up SimPrints announced it has received a £250,000 grant in funding to develop a fingerprint scanner that some are calling a “game-changer” in global healthcare, according to Cambridge News. The grant comes from Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cambridge’s ARM has partially matched this grant with an additional US$150,000 in funding. The Saving Lives at Birth challenge awards funding to the most promising technological advancements in combating maternal

Intel, 50 Cent collaborate on biometric headphones that measure heart activity

SMS Audio, the audio headphone and accessories brand owned by 50 Cent, is set to announce its new line of biometric headphones based on Intel’s health monitoring technology, according to a report by Gizmodo. The entertainer told the WSJ earlier this week that SMS Audio has partnered with a major tech firm to launch a new product later this week. According to unnamed sources cited in the Gizmodo report, BioSport In-Ear is a biometric earbud based on Intel’s prototype health

Intel, Michael J. Fox developing smartwatch app to help Parkinson’s patients

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) and Intel Corporation announced they are partnering to gather and analyze biometric data from smartwatch devices worn by Parkinson’s patients. The project is designed to help those individuals with Parkinson’s more effectively manage the disease and develop research that will lead to better treatments and, potentially, a cure. “The answers are within us. We just need to find a way to let people into our brains both literally and figuratively to help us figure

Gemalto ranked first in government and healthcare electronic documents study

Gemalto announced it has been ranked first in ABI Research`s most recent study of the leading suppliers for government and healthcare electronic documents. The company’s top ranking can be attributed to its comprehensive portfolio of platforms and services for governments and citizens, advanced production capabilities and service delivery, and extensive list of references and ability to positively influence the development the government ID market. Runners up were Datacard with 40% of government ID projects and its acquisition of Entrust, ranking

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 27

Biometrics Week in Review: FBI opens biometrics center, State Department request for information, Capital Hill concerns about fingerprint recognition, emerging trends in the UK, BioCatch, Aadhaar, BIO-key Experian partnership, Hoyos Labs, Stanley wins government contracts and a Q&A with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia – The center will house the

BIO-key International, Experian Public Sector to provide enhanced ID verification using biometrics

BIO-key International announced it is partnering with Experian Public Sector to provide combined, streamlined multi-factor ID proofing services and fraud prevention. As a result of the partnership, BIO-key will provide its fingerprint-based biometric identification technology along with Experian’s suite of identity verification products, to offer comprehensive identity proofing for authentication transactions. “By adding BIO-key’s world class technology to our industry-leading suite of fraud solutions which includes Precise ID, Experian customers will be able to positively ID an enrolled individual during

Biometric wearables firm Sensoria raises $5 million investment

Biometric wearables’ development firm Sensoria, formerly named Heapsylon, announced it has signed a term sheet with Italian consulting, systems integration and application management firm Reply SpA for a Series A investment round. Publicly held Reply will acquire 20% interest in Sensoria. Reply will also work closely with Sensoria’s customers and partners to develop ‘Internet of Everyone’ products using Sensoria SDK, the first open development platform based on both traditional and bio-sensing fabric sensors. Sensoria said it will use the investment

FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia

The FBI announced it is working with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. Set to open in 2015, the new 360,000-square foot center is directly adjacent to the current building, which has been in operation for about 20 years. Connect Clarksburg reports that the center will house both the FBI’s Biometric Services Section and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency and will

M2SYS smart fingerprint reader receives FBI PIV certification

M2SYS Technology announced that its M2-FuseID “smart” fingerprint reader has received FBI Personal Identity Verification certification. According to the press release, the FBI PIV certification is a growing industry standard that further assures end users of biometric identification management systems that the “smart finger reader meets or exceeds FBI interoperability standards and quality specifications for civil ID and other commercial applications.” The M2-FuseID fingerprint scanner is designed to provide effective finger imaging and “liveness’ detection to ultimately prevent fake and

Researchers using facial recognition technology to predict human lifespan

A professor at the University of Illinois is currently developing a new method of facial recognition technology to help predict a person’s lifespan, according to a report by The Washington Post. Jay Olshansky, PhD, first came up with the idea for the research project while talking to an insurance company employee who complained that he only had a short period of time to assess people’s survival prospects. Olshansky told the Post that “some people tend to senesce, or grow older,