This ring uses gesture recognition to write words and numbers

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. FingerSound is an exciting new system from Georgia Tech researchers, led by graduate student Cheng Zhang, the technology’s creator. The technology enables people to trace numbers and letters on their fingers, with the figures appearing on a computer screen. Users can also navigate left, right, up and down with the appropriate gestures. Effectively, the device can serve as both a keyboard and mouse, when compared to conventional

China’s semiconductor strategy is bad news for foreign companies

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. China’s government seems to be taking off the gloves when it comes to competition in the global market for semiconductors and related technology. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile devices and consumer electronics, China imported US$227 billion of chips in 2016, almost double oil imports, according to data from China’s customs agency. In 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology created a fund to

Swedish biometrics company may miss opportunity by snubbing Chinese investor

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, Former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), which develops biometric systems that let consumers use their fingerprints to unlock mobile phones and other devices, two weeks ago, took the unusual step of talking down its share price. On November 23, Fingerprint Cards CEO and Chairman Christian Fredrikson said the company had been approached by an investor but did not expect negotiations to result in an investment. The stock declined, giving

Holiday online shopping – naughty or nice?

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP and authentication strategist at NuData Security. With the Christmas holidays coming up, there will be a race to secure holiday gifts at the best prices if they didn’t already on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Consumers are expected to spend an average of $1,226 during the holiday shopping season reaching ~$1.05 trillion between November and January, according to the latest Deloitte 2017 holiday retail survey. The survey also predicts that, for

Is this the end of the PIN code and password?

This is a guest post by Xavier Larduinat, Head of Banking and Payment Innovation at Gemalto. We’ve all struggled to remember complicated passwords when trying to access an online bank account, or forgotten a PIN number while making a payment in the past. We’ve come to accept it as a necessary inconvenience that helps to keep us safe – but wouldn’t life be so much easier if we didn’t have to use them? With huge strides being made in biometric

Cybersecurity in 2018: drastic measures for drastic times

This is a guest post by James Stickland, CEO of Veridium. Many of us were affected by the Equifax data breach, but those of us in the cybersecurity industry were shaken to our core. The fallout of this and other major cyberattacks over the last few years has yet to be fully realized, and the sheer scale of these breaches has caused many enterprise leaders in security to finally call for a complete rethink of their strategies going into the

Biometrics in air transport: transforming the passenger experience

This is a guest post by Nora Blomefield, Head of Marketing for Travel Segment & Border Management Offers, Government Business Unit at Gemalto. The arrival of biometrics is radically transforming the passenger experience in airports. This new technology, combined with new self-service solutions, now offers the means to address today’s security challenges, the search for enhanced quality of service, while catering for the sustained growth in passenger numbers. The challenges facing air passenger travel today Over the last two decades,

This bank in Thailand enabled biometric access for their mobile app

Passwords have long been an outdated form of authentication, and are often the weak link in an otherwise solid security process. The world’s most popular password is 123456, with the second being 123456789. Ouch. Mobile devices are now being developed to include a new form of authentication related to biometric data. In short, the technology allows you to unlock your device via your fingerprint, voice, facial contours and even your iris pattern. When it works, it’s a neat way to

Seamless integration of fingerprint sensors into mobile phones

This is a guest post by Dr. Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer at FlexEnable. The adoption of biometrics in smartphones started with the introduction of fingerprint recognition technology in Apple’s iPhone 5 in 2013. Soon after many other smartphone OEMs started integrating fingerprint sensors, and more recently facial recognition, either as multi-modal or standalone user authentication solutions. Today, fingerprint sensors remain the most commonly used biometric authentication technology in mobile phones, and their integration continues to be a hot

The conflicting state of biometrics support and acceptance

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Since the Internet is foundational to almost every aspect of modern life, we regularly endeavor to make it a safer and more comfortable place to be. A big part of that journey is making our authentication methods — passwords, encryption and biometrics — stronger and more dependable. But biometrics, in particular, have struggled with adoption and an apparent lack of public trust. With cyberthreats increasingly a top-of-mind