New hires to help drive Zwipe’s growth strategy

Biometrics technology firm Zwipe has announced the appointment of Orlando Martinez as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer and John Laws as the new Director of Sales Access Control EMEA. According to a company statement, Martinez has an extensive background in bringing innovative biometric technology to market and driving international business expansion and organizational development. In 1999 he cofounded SecuriMetrics, a biometrics company that revolutionized identity management systems used by the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence communities.

Precise Biometrics announces change in shares and votes

Precise Biometrics has carried out a rights issue of 14,925,373 shares through a private placement directed to a group of qualified Swedish and international investors. As announced on December 14, the purpose of the private placement is to finance Precise Biometrics’ ongoing acquisition of NexID Biometrics while maintaining its current financial position. Before the rights issue there were a total of 345,306,094 shares in Precise Biometrics, corresponding to the same number of votes. After the rights issue and per 30

CLEAR adds to its executive team to support nationwide expansion

Biometric identity membership platform CLEAR has brought on executives from U.S. Customs Service, Amazon, American Express and Avon to support its nationwide expansion. CLEAR utilizes fingerprint and iris identification technology to speed its growing base of more than 700,000 members through security at airports and sports stadiums across the United States. The new executives include: David Cohen, Chief Administrative Officer; Joe Trelin, Senior Vice President of External Commerce and API; Todd Edebohls, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development; Stewart Whitman,

Fujitsu to offer FIDO-compliant online biometric authentication service

Fujitsu will begin offering a new FIDO-compliant online biometric authentication service, which will initially roll out in Japan in early April 2017. Online Biometric Authentication Service provides online services with all the servers and software needed to implement FIDO-compliant services that support the development of cloud environments. The service also includes software development kits and development support for integrating FIDO into client-side applications. Using this service, customers can develop secure online personal authentication systems that do not require passwords for

Avedon becomes majority shareholder in WCC Group

Growth capital investor Avedon Capital Partners has acquired a majority shareholding in biometric identity solutions firm WCC Group, which allows WCC Group to expand even more globally into new markets as well as reinforce relationships with its current clients. Founders and former majority shareholders Peter Went and Mark Wegman will maintain a share in WCC, but step back from the executive board. The company’s former COO, Wim Rietdijk, has been named the new CEO. “With the support of Avedon we

KnuEdge looking for speakers for heterogeneous neural networks event

As part of its effort to advance neural computing innovation and transform human-machine interaction, KnuEdge has opened a call for papers to be presented at its heterogeneous neural networks (HNN) workshop in April 2017. The event is expected to grow into a series, and is presented in partnership with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego. KnuEdge is looking for academic papers on the benefits of sparse networks in theory and practice from fields

Precise Biometrics to acquire NexID Biometrics for $3.49M

Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement to acquire spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions provider NexID Biometrics for 32 million SEK (US$3.49 million) in cash. As a result of the acquisition, Precise Biometrics will be able to rapidly expand its fingerprint recognition software for mobile and embedded devices with liveness detection to significantly boost security and address customer demand for fraud mitigation. In addition, the acquisition will provide competitive advantages, strengthen Precise Biometrics´ leading position in fingerprint software, and

STC partners with Falcon to increase security in Egypt

STC Group has partnered with Falcon, a Egyptian security service and equipment provider, to increase security in Egypt. Falcon and STC are planning new joint solutions for places of mass gathering, such as airports, stadiums, cultural facilities, tourism and entertainment venues, hotels and convention centers, with products like access control or border monitoring systems being created primarily for the MEA region. In a release, STC explained that it has already started developing products with Egyptian Arabic dialect support so teaming

UMANICK strengthens presence in Latin America with new office in Colombia

In an effort to strengthen its presence in Latin America, UMANICK has opened an office in the capital of Colombia, located in the technology companies cluster ParqueSoft Bogota, which will be the base of the new business development team for Latin America. The opening of this office meets the company’s objectives of ensuring a stable presence in the region, managing current prospects and developing new business opportunities. The company’s strategic growth plan puts the focus on Colombia, Peru and Mexico,

Gemalto enters into agreement to acquire 3M’s identity management business

Gemalto has entered into agreements to acquire 3M’s Identity Management Business for US$850 million. 3M’s Identity Management Business is comprised of 3M Cogent Inc., which provides a full spectrum of biometric solutions with a focus in civil identification, border control and law enforcement, and 3M’s Document Reader and Secure Materials businesses. 3M’s Identity Management Business is headquartered in the United States and present on three continents. The business is a trusted partner to governments, law enforcement, border control and civil