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

Lenova 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 CNET.com. 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.

Cirque du Soleil performers wear Hexoskin smart shirts to record biometrics

Hexoskin announced that 10 Cirque du Soleil performers are wearing its smart shirts to record their biometrics during the live Beatles Love show. Though Cirque du Soleil performers around the world normally wear Hexoskin smart shirts during training routines, this marks the first time that they will be wearing the smart shirts for the Beatles live show. Hexoskin said it will continue this trial for the next six weeks to analyze the artists’ performances and identify new ways on how

India to use Aadhaar to provide universal healthcare

The Indian government plans to use its national Aadhaar biometric database to deploy its newly proposed universal healthcare program. As part of the new national government’s manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised radical reforms in healthcare with the introduction of the “National Health Assurance Mission” (NHAM) scheme. The new program’s goal is to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to every Indian citizen. In order to achieve this goal, the Indian government intends to use Aadhaar as means of identification

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center deploys RightPatient patient identity management and data integrity platform

Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center recently implemented a customized version of M2SYS Technology’s RightPatient patient identification solution to accurately identify patients as a safety precaution prior to receiving radiation treatment. RightPatient from M2SYS Technology is a patient identity management and data integrity platform that boosts patient safety by ensuring accurate care delivery in any setting. The RMAS department decided to select non-contact iris recognition of the many forms of biometrics that

Fingerprint scanner identifies subsurface skin characteristics to diagnose healthcare fraud in S. Africa

Fingerprint sensors that identify unique tissue properties of the finger are being rolled out in South Africa to combat identity theft to access health services. According to a report from eHealth News, South Africa’s National Department of Health has chosen to use biometrics to combat fraud practices, which are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex. In particular, patients may pretend to be someone else to use their medical aid benefits, which could be fraudulently billed to medical aid organisations. The fingerprint