Atos using Nymi Band to integrate heartbeat ID into authentication solutions

Atos is launching a secure authentication method through its Bull technological brand that uses the wearable authentication device Nymi Band to verify the user’s identity by analyzing their heartbeat. Evidian Enterprise SSO (Single Sign-On) solution enables users to securely access their data and critical applications via multi-factor authentication biometric methods from Nymi, such as HeartID or Always On Authentication. The solution allows users to authenticate themselves and stay authenticated, as well as seamlessly and securely communicate with authorized workstations, either via

Hong Kong startup Neat approves prepaid cards through facial recognition

Hong Kong startup Neat recently launched prepaid credit cards that enable users to register instantly through facial recognition technology, according to a report by South China Morning Post. Launched in early December, Neat’s prepaid credit cards are designed specifically for students and first-time jobholders with limited or no credit history who can’t get approved for a credit card from traditional financial institutions. “We are targeting the millennial demographic, students or young professionals who … don’t necessarily qualify for a credit

Global biometric adoption rises as smartphone prices decline

Acuity Market Intelligence published “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report“, which reveals that the quarterly average price of a biometric smartphone decreased from $849 in Q1 2013 to $276 in Q4 2016. The report states that there are now 120 sub-$150 models on the market at an average price of $116, a significant increase from the 28 biometric models available a year ago at an average price of $127. There are currently 87 handset vendors offering biometric smartphones, with ZTE

iPhone 8 predicted to feature facial recognition, two-step Touch ID

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature facial recognition as well as a new design to support an OLED display with 3D Touch capability, according to a report by Mac Rumors. Kuo revealed his iPhone 8 predictions in a new research report, which also states that Apple may replace its current FPCB sensor with a film sensor offering film higher sensitivity in an effort to improve the 3D Touch user experience. He says

NEORIS develops biometric ID software to monitor vulnerable social groups

Global business and IT consulting firm NEORIS has signed an agreement with Spanish NGO to lead a project where it will design and develop a multifactor biometric identification tool called PPa (Protection People app). The multifactor biometric identification system and data processing software enables identification and data collection of the most vulnerable social groups from either a desktop or mobile device, for follow-up and subsequent intervention by social workers. Since it involves at-risk youth, the work can be particularly

Biometric authentication to be used in over 600M mobile devices by 2021: Juniper Research

Juniper Research has released a new study which finds that biometric authentication is ready to move beyond fingerprints alone and use several different identifiers, including facial recognition and voiceprints. These authentication methods will become part of more people’s lives, they will increase from being installed on an estimated 190 million mobile devices in 2016 to exceed 600 million devices by 2021. The new research, Mobile Biometrics: Consumer Markets, Opportunities & Forecasts 2016-2021, finds that demand from businesses for authentication methods

South Korean firm releases mobile facial identification service

The Korea Trade Network (KTNET) has released a new mobile multi-factor biometric authentication service solution, providing mobile app developers and other companies with a way to implement a simplified, cost-effective face identification system, according to a report by Korea Herald. The identification service solution, BioCA, was jointly developed by the Korea International Trade Association subsidiary in partnership with Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corp. BioCA uses a smartphone’s front-facing camera to recognize and identify an individual’s face, then transfers

Deloitte Australia forecasts growing use of biometric mobile security

Deloitte Australia has released the results of its third annual Mobile Consumer Survey 2016, which signals an increasing shift towards biometric smartphone security, according to a report by iTWire. The research provides both local Australian and global insight into how 53,000 consumers across 31 countries are using their smartphones and their related preferences. Deloitte Australia partner and head of the firm’s strategy & operations practice, Jeremy Drumm, said that there will soon be a growing use of smartphone tap and

University of Kent receives EU grant for mobile biometrics research network

University of Kent’s The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been awarded a €2.5 million (US$2.76 million) grant from the European Commission for a research network that will address current issues facing the use of mobile devices to deliver biometric solutions. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Integrated Training Network (ITN) grant, which will begin this January, is being spearheaded by Kent’s Deputy Head of Engineering and Digital Arts, Dr Richard Guest. The project will be a collaboration with four other European

STC Group to present its mobile biometric authentication solution at FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016

STC Group, represented in North America by SpeechPro, will be presenting its VoiceKey.OnePass multi-modal mobile biometric authentication solution later this month at the fintech developer conference FinDEVr Silicon Valley 2016. VoiceKey.OnePass is STC Group’s multi-modal (face and voice) mobile biometric authentication solution providing high security and ease of use. According to a company statement, this application provides an unparalleled experience for new customers on-boarding with ID documents check, identification, fraud detection and biometric authentication capabilities on mobile platforms and web