Facebook acquires mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.io

Facebook has acquired mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.io, which could help the social media company restore access to users locked out of their accounts, TechCrunch reports. Confirm.io had raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Cava Capital in 2015 to develop technology for mobile biometrics and capturing data from ID cards. After establishing the identity associated with enrolled biometrics, Confirm.io would delete the personal information, according to TechCrunch. The company will close down as its team and

NEC acquires UK police software provider Northgate Public Service

Software provider Northgate Public Service (NPS) has been acquired by NEC for £475 million (roughly $655 million), giving NPS access to NEC’s biometric scanning and facial recognition technology, and allowing NEC to pursue significant growth opportunities in the UK and Australia. NPS provides software to UK police forces and other public services, including the National Health Service (NHS). NEC Japan acquired the company from private equity firm Cinven after failing to reach an agreement on a similar asset, Finance.co.uk reports.

Thales acquires Gemalto to create digital security giant

Thales will acquire Gemalto and merge the two companies to form a global business unit among the top three players in the digital security market with €3.5 billion in revenues, the companies announced. The offer price of €51 per share or roughly €4.77 billion ($5.64 billion) from Thales represents a 57 percent premium over Gemalto’s December 8 closing price, and the all-cash offer was approved unanimously by both boards of directors. “The acquisition of Gemalto marks a key milestone in

Gemalto turns down Atos proposal

Gemalto has rejected Atos’ unsolicited and conditional proposal to acquire Gemalto for 4.3 billion euros ($5.06 billion), or 46 euros a share. In a statement issued Wednesday evening, Gemalto said that it is best positioned to grow successfully on a standalone basis and create long term value for its stakeholders, including its shareholders. The company also said that the Atos proposal does not form the basis for constructive engagement as it: fails to provide a compelling strategy versus Gemalto’s standalone

FPC approached about takeover bid, says chances of deal low

Fingerprint Cards confirmed in a statement that it has been approached regarding the preparation of a possible takeover bid for the company’s shares, but “the probability for the offer plans being realized is low”. After business daily Dagens Industri reported that China’s Beijing Watertek is preparing the takeover bid, the Swedish biometrics company said that it viewed an offer as unlikely but it had been required under stock exchange rules to make a statement to protect against insider trading. “Since

Imprivata acquires Caradigm’s identity and access management unit

Healthcare IT security firm Imprivata has acquired the identity and access management business of Caradigm. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Caradigm provides a range of identity and access management solutions, including governance, risk management and compliance and clinical and IT efficiency solutions such as single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to over 100 healthcare organizations globally. The acquisition will help reinforce authentication and access management platform for the healthcare enterprise to accelerate the development of new capabilities

Acuant acquires Mount Airey Group’s line of Ozone identity solutions

Acuant has acquired Ozone, a line of identity products, intellectual property (IP) and talent from identity solutions provider Mount Airey Group. The acquisition follows a successful partnership between Acuant and Mount Airey Group, which integrated Acuant’s AssureID with Mount Airey Group’s Ozone e-Passport Authentication technology. The partnership between the two companies created a comprehensive e-authentication solution for border control, featuring certificate chain validation for passports and country-specific policy controls. “We are excited to bring these two world-class product sets together,”

KeyLogic Systems acquires CrossResolve to expand biometrics services

Engineering firm KeyLogic Systems, Inc. has acquired CrossResolve, a government advisory and strategy services organization focused on biometrics, forensics, and identity programs. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition aligns with KeyLogic’s newfound national security and biometrics-focused strategy and allow the organization deliver a wider selection of services to its client base. “It has always been our goal for KeyLogic to provide our customers with the best possible solutions, and that’s why we’ve never had a one-time

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)

Acquisition to boost HID Global’s secure government ID offerings

HID Global has acquired government ID solutions firm Arjo Systems SAS for an undisclosed amount, expanding HID Global’s capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. “Our acquisition of Arjo Systems significantly advances our Government-to-Citizen ID business, broadening our geographical reach and giving us critical mass,” explained Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Arjo Systems is a strong fit for HID Global, complementing our existing government ID offerings with an expanded range of capabilities