Mastercard’s Bob Reany on trends in biometric payments authentication

The payments industry is in the midst of a shift toward strong forms of authentication. Mastercard’s decision to retire the signature for in-store purchases in the US and Canada in 2018 represents one part of this shift, as do a series of recent announcements related to the company’s use of new identity technologies including biometrics for mobile devices and credit cards. The proliferation of effective tools for authentication on newer mobile devices, and the use of on-device matching are two

Biometric security trends: A Q&A with Princeton Identity CEO Mark Clifton

Princeton Identity has roots extending back into some of the companies that pioneered identity management, most recently SRI Identity. It launched as an independent venture in the second half of 2016, and has quickly established itself as a leader in the biometrics market with the inclusion of its iris recognition technology in the Samsung Galaxy Note8, and the release of its multi-modal access control solution, the IOM Access200, earlier this year. The company has also continued to develop its leadership

NEXT Biometrics CEO Ritu Favre on a year of scaling and a pivot

Ritu Favre’s career as NEXT Biometrics CEO has been marked by a combination of accelerating change and persistent continuity, as she nears one year in charge of the company in February, 2018. The company has made a series of announcements, introducing new executives, products, and partnerships. It has also pursued two markets, government ID and biometric smartcards, which follow longer time cycles, paving the way for future revenues. NEXT has carried out these projects as it pivots from a technology

Uruguay regulates legal marijuana program with Integrated Biometrics fingerprint scanners

A controversial legal marijuana distribution program is underway in Uruguay, with Integrated Biometrics‘ fingerprint scanners enabling a range of government-imposed limitations, as well as allowing for user anonymity. Planning for the program began in the South American nation of 3.4 million people in 2014, when former President José Mujica singed a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana, in limited amounts, by Uruguayan citizens. The bill, which gives the government control of every aspect of the marijuana trade from production

Synaptics announces mass production of in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones

Synaptics is pitting its fingerprint biometrics against Apple’s FaceID, as the company announced it has reached mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprints sensors with a Tier 1 OEM. Screens have grown relative to device sizes, typically covering 64 percent of the front surface in 2011, compared to 84 percent for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and 83 percent for the iPhone 10 in 2017. Synaptics predicts that full-surface OLED “infinity displays” will soon dominate the top end of

BioCatch VP touts behavioral biometrics as wave of the future

Behavioral biometrics is a breakthrough cybersecurity technology that identifies people by how they do what they do, rather than by their physical characteristics, what they know, or by the authentication technology they possess. Behavioral biometrics is defined as the measurement and analysis of human activity patterns. Historically, these have included keystroke patterns, gait, and handwritten signatures. However, today’s advanced behavioral biometric techniques now capture a wider array of human interactions between a device and an application, such as hand-eye coordination,

Integrated Biometrics ships 450 Five-O units to FBI amid growing demand

Integrated Biometrics has shipped 450 units of its Five-O mobile ten-finger enrollment and matching device for use by the FBI, to improve the agency’s field identification capabilities. Integrated Biometrics integration partner InCadence Strategic Solutions won the contract to provide the units for use with Federal Government software, giving FBI agents mobile identification capabilities in situations in which it was not previously available. The deal demonstrates the FBI’s confidence in being able to extend biometric technology closer to where identification is

Anixter supports biometrics systems with unique lab

The development and adoption of advanced security technologies puts pressure on businesses to not just understand them, but to communicate them to clients. For this reason, Anixter supports the growth of its biometrics products distribution business with a unique laboratory at its Glenview, Illinois headquarters. The Anixter Infrastructure Solutions Lab is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of different technologies in different situations and configurations, to help systems integrators and end users choose the most effective products and configurations for their

Biometrics in the developing world

With just over 12 years to go to meet UN Sustainable Development goal 16.9 of providing universal legal identity by 2030, technology purpose-built for the developing world is bringing the ambition within reach. The biometrics market for the developing world, however, is distinct from that of the developed world in some significant respects, and the developing world market will have to mature for the full benefit of these advanced technologies and good intentions to be achieved. With the recognition that

IDENTOS acquires Precise Biometrics smartcard unit: Q&A with CEO Mike Cook

Last month, IDENTOS completed its acquisition of Precise Biometrics’ mobile smartcard solutions business, which includes the business operation involving smartcard readers under the Tactivo brand. The acquisition aligns with Precise Biometrics’ strategy to further increase its focus on its fingerprint technology business and free up resources for the development and sales of fingerprint technology. Precise Biometrics said the mobile smartcard solutions business will be reported separately as a divested business operation, with net sales of SEK 13.9 million (US$1.6 million)