Biometrics for the blind, banking and border control hit big this week

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Voice and face In this week’s voice and face recognition news, payments start-up SayPay Technologies, Inc. partnered with VoiceVault, Inc. to integrate SayPay’s single, seamless solution for bill payments, online checkout, and website sign-in into VoiceVault’s ViGo voice authentication product. Continuing with voice biometrics news, Sensory Inc. released TrulyNatural, a client-based large vocabulary speech recognition platform that offers high accuracy, along with a more

Students develop cane with facial recognition capabilities to guide blind

ICT students at Birmingham City University have developed a new smart cane that uses facial recognition technology to enable the visually impaired to automatically identify their friends and family up to 10 meters away, according to a report by Phys.org. The ‘XploR’ mobility cane, developed by Steve Adigbo, Waheed Rafiq and Richard Howlett, also features GPS functionality to help navigate users. “My grandfather is blind and I know how useful this device could be for him,” said Adigbo. “The smart

Analysts positive on biometrics industry future

Tractica has published a new report entitled “Biometrics Market Forecasts” that estimates that the global biometrics market will see a total, cumulative revenue of $67.8 billion over the next 10-year period. In the report, Tractica divides biometrics use cases into two separate threads: consumer-facing use cases, which are typically high-volume at a low price, and enterprise-facing use cases (including government and defense), which are normally much smaller volumes but use more expensive devices. Tractica forecasts that the global biometrics market

Simprints develops small fingerprint scanner for healthcare in the developing world

Four British postgraduate students have successfully built a pocket-sized fingerprint scanner designed to help individuals in the developing world get improved access to healthcare, according to a report by the Business Insider. Simprints, which is funded by the Gates Foundation, has developed a fingerprint scanner that provides health workers with an easy way to access medical records of patients in the developing world. After realizing that most fingerprint scanners were designed for westernized applications, such as commercial and criminal justice

AMC Health to demonstrate biometrics monitored remote care solutions at ATA 2015

Patient management solutions firm AMC Health will demonstrate its biometric-enabled monitored care technologies at the upcoming ATA 2015 Conference, held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. AMC Health will discuss how its programs, solutions and services enhance monitored care to improve overall healthcare delivery, as well as deliver a joint presentation with Geisinger Health Plan on May 5th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The session, “Using IVR and Telemonitoring to Lower Hospital Admissions, Readmissions and Costs for

GenKey releases cloud-based version of biometric ID management solution

Identity and election management solutions firm GenKey announced that it has released a new version of its SPiRE solution, a central repository platform to store, process, retrieve and maintain the registration data of subjects. SPiRE biometric ID management solution is intended for large-scale deployments, such as the management of voter registration data for national elections. GenKey SPiRE works with GenKey ABIS for biometric deduplication of registrations and GenKey Adjudication for administrating biometric duplicates. This latest release offers a range of

Most popular biometrics news reports for week ending May 2

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Synaptics confirms fingerprint sensor in Samsung Galaxy S6, reports quarterly results – Synaptics CEO Richard Bergman confirmed that the company’s small area touch fingerprint sensor is embedded in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge smartphones. Inside HYPR’s biometric token solution, FIDO certification – Biometric security firm HYPR is hoping to disrupt the authentication market with its cloud-based biometric token platform, which uses sensors and

Imprivata acquires biometrics technology developer HT Systems for $19.1 m

Healthcare IT security firm Imprivata announced it has acquired vein-scan biometric technology developer HT Systems for about $19.1 million, according to a report by Fortune. Under the terms of the deal, Imprivata paid approximately $19.1 million in cash at closing. The company will also pay up to $1.9 million in retention-based payments two years from closing as well as up to $5.0 million based on achieving certain sales targets over the two-year period following the transaction. “The acquisition of HT

Lenovo to conduct live biometrics demo on an SAP HANA solution at SAP Sapphire

Electronics manufacturer and SAP global technology partner Lenovo announced in a blog post that it will exhibit and present at Sapphire Now 2015, held May 5-7 in Orlando, Florida. In the Sapphire exhibit hall, Lenovo will demonstrate four solutions, including SAP HANA scale-out and scale-up clusters that serve analytical use cases, SAP Business Suite components on HANA, and S/4HANA; SAP Business Warehouse Accelerator and converged infrastructures for SAP application landscapes; enterprise solutions; and virtualized SAP infrastructures. Lenovo will also be

Atlantic Health deploys Patient Secure’s biometric palm vein scanning solution

New Jersey nonprofit healthcare system Atlantic Health System recently deployed Patient Secure’s biometric palm vein scanning solution to speed up patient intake and improve record accuracy, according to a report by Information Week. The heathcare system is one of the largest in the state, with five hospitals and rehabilitation, home care, and hospice services, along with about 1,600 beds for patients in total. Before deploying Patient Secure’s biometric solution, Atlantic staff would have to manually create a new record with