FIDO Alliance lauds first-year progress of Japan Working Group

The FIDO Alliance has announced that membership in its FIDO Japan Working Group (FJWG) has doubled in the first year to 25 companies, indicating what the Alliance calls “a year of great progress for FIDO Authentication in Japan” in 2017. New members to the FJWG include mobile network operator (MNO) KDDI, which joins the country’s other two MNOs in the organization, along with JCB, Japan’s only international payment brand. Deployments of FIDO authentication by major organizations in Japan accelerated over

American Green names Canadian distributor of biometrics-based marijuana vending units

Dispension Industries Incorporated will be the exclusive Canadian distributor of American Green’s Verified Identity Dispenser. The Verified Identity Dispenser was developed for the safe and secure management of regulated products, including cannabis products and pharmaceuticals. Prior to machine access, registered users are verified by scanning their finger using industry leading vascular biometric technology. “To comply with pending Canadian cannabis regulations and the requirements set forth by our government there is only one system that we feel can meet and exceed

DISA working on gait recognition for multi-factor mobile authentication platform

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is working to enable seven different types of biometric authentication with mobile devices for identifying people in the field, outgoing DISA chief Lt. Gen. Allen Lynn said at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) luncheon, FedScoop reports. Gait recognition is among the seven different biometrics DISA is attempting to use, in addition to more common authentication modalities like fingerprint and facial recognition, Lynn said. Lynn did not list all seven biometrics the

Startup Bite offering automated kiosks with facial recognition for restaurants

U.S. fast-food chain Jack in the Box is considering deploying automated kiosks to replace human cashiers at its points-of-sale, CEO Leonard Comma said this week. The technology to do so is already available from startup Bite, which makes facial recognition kiosks for quick service restaurants, The Spoon reports. The kiosks consist of iPads with proprietary software and machine learning integrated, and use facial recognition to engage customers with loyalty programs, customized menus, and upselling opportunities. “We think facial recognition can

IDEX hosts investor presentation on capturing the second biometric wave

IDEX hosted an investor presentation on “Capturing the Second Biometric Wave” with CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia, CFO Henrik Knudtzon, CTO Fred Benkley and Chief Products Officer Stan Swearingen this week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The second wave, IDEX says, consists of larger sensor sizes, driven by usability and security, the decoupling of sensing elements from silicon, which significantly decreases sensor cost, and the integration of digital intelligence into the driver ASIC. The company noted Mastercard and University of

Biometrics industry stocks this week

A trendy debate among financial types is whether the economy is in the late-stages of this current expansionary cycle. Fund managers assume there are identifiable stages to periods of growth in the economy. Many think there are some signs popping up of late-cycle froth in this current market upswing. One eminent name weighing in on this debate over the last week was David Rosenberg, a former chief economist for Merrill Lynch. These days Rosenberg works for a Toronto-based firm, Gluskin

Survey shows biometric authentication about to take off among Asian corporations

Nearly a third of all large corporations in Asia believe biometric authentication modalities like fingerprint, face, voice, and iris recognition are far more secure than current practices, and plan to use them in the near future, according to research by East & Partners Asia. The market research firm interviewed 947 chief financial officers and corporate treasurers from the top 1,000 financial institutions across ten major markets in Asia, and found that while only 3.2 percent currently use biometrics, passwords are

Fingerprint Cards, Gentex collaborate to bring iris authentication to auto industry

Fingerprint Cards and Gentex today announced an exclusive partnership agreement to bring iris-scanning technology to the automotive industry. “Collaboration is key within the automotive ecosystem, and as a leading provider of smart mirrors and automotive electronics, Gentex brings an unmatched platform and vehicle real estate through which we can deploy our ActiveIRIS technology,” explained Christian Fredrikson, president and CEO of Fingerprint Cards. The ActiveIRIS iris recognition system was developed by Delta ID, which Fingerprint Cards acquired last year for US$106

Enacomm and Advantel partner to offer financial institutions interactive voice response and voice biometrics

Authentication company Enacomm and voice and data solutions provider Advantel have announced a partnership to provide financial institutions with dynamic interactive voice response (IVR) and other technologies for personalized customer interactions. Advantel will offer AI-powered VPA (virtual personal assistant) banking and the Enacomm Financial Suite (EFS), which includes voice biometrics and customer relationship management (CRM) capabilities, to financial institutions under the partnership. “Advantel’s team of experts designs, implements and maintains powerful converged solutions for businesses worldwide,” said Enacomm CEO Michael

Fujitsu featuring breakthroughs in biometric customer authentication at NRF 2018

Fujitsu Frontech North America will feature its latest breakthroughs in PalmSecure biometrics and washable/wearable RFID at next week’s NRF 2018 show in New York City. Fujitsu will be demonstrating the F-Pro palm vein biometric sensor and the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 ruggedized tablet with embedded F-Pro sensor for authentication in a fixed or mobile retail environment. The F-Pro features the latest and smallest palm vein biometric sensor to date based on PalmSecure technology. “Fujitsu is extremely excited about the release of