Microsoft bringing Windows Hello biometric security to Edge browser

Today at Build, Microsoft revealed that its “Windows Hello” biometric authentication solution for Windows 10 will soon work with websites. According to a report in Windows Central, USAA Bank will be among the first companies to take advantage of this development. The USAA Bank serves US military veterans and their families with financial services. Using Microsoft Edge, USAA Banking customers will be able to log in using either fingerprints, face or retinal scans. Microsoft’s Edge browser will be the first

Google to make speech recognition API available to developers

Google announced its plans to enter the competitive voice recognition market by opening up its speech recognition API to third-party developers, according to a report by TechCrunch. In an effort to draw in more developers, Google’s speech recognition app will initially be offered for free at launch and will subsequently be available for a fee in the near future. Google has yet to unveil details of its pricing, but the company will likely provide low-cost pricing tiers that could eventually

Encap Security updates Smarter Authentication platform; adds support for Android’s fingerprint API

Encap Security announced the release of version 3.1 of its Smarter Authentication platform which includes support for Android’s fingerprint API and better protection against man in the middle (MITM) attacks. The company says this release builds on Encap’s support for Apple’s Touch ID and Samsung’s fingerprint sensor and now with support for Android’s fingerprint API, all devices using this system can be used by financial institutions to provide fingerprint access to their services. The API is part of Android’s Marshmallow

SecureAuth makes major updates to authentication solution

SecureAuth Corporation has announced major updates to its SecureAuth IdP product, which provides authentication security, single sign-on (SSO) and user self-service tools together in a single solution. The product provides adaptive access control, empowering organizations to determine identities with confidence. The solution also accommodates two-factor authentication, adaptive authentication, and offers an API to those implementing it. The product currently protects over five million identities at well-known companies in the banking, healthcare, government, travel, education and retail industries. “Think of SecureAuth

Google opens its Cloud Vision API to beta development

Last week, Google made its beta release of its Cloud Vision API open to the general public. Demonstrably, Google’s Cloud Vision API is the first known instance of selling commoditized artificial intelligence online. Cloud Vision API provides powerful image analytics capabilities in an easy-to-use API. It enables application developers to build the next generation of applications that can observe, understand and manipulate content within online images. The service enables customers to detect a broad set of entities within an image

VerifyMe launches developer portal

VerifyMe, Inc. has initiated the release of version 2.0 of its authentication solution by launching the VerifyMe Developer Portal for easy and direct access to VerifyMe’s application programming interfaces (API’s). VerifyMe’s version 2.0 platform offers fast and strong authentication of several attributes including geo-location, biometrics, knowledge factors and possession factors while VerifyMe’s API’s gives enterprise application developers the resources and support needed to integrate VerifyMe’s multi-factor authentication product. “The core strength of any platform lies in the abilities of developers

Cognitec exec discusses FaceVACS facial recognition technology

Cognitec’s FaceVACS facial recognition technology enables companies and organizations around the world to develop new face recognition applications through an API that can be seamlessly integrated in other software programs. Available through customized software development kits, FaceVACS delivers numerous functions and modules that are personalized for each computing platform and use case, including image quality checks for biometric photos and image comparisons against large databases. Cognitec recently added matching algorithms B10 and A16 with its latest version of FaceVACS, which

Microsoft’s Project Oxford unveils API for speaker recognition

Microsoft recently added voice biometrics to its online suite of software development tools. The software giant has released an API that allows programmers to leverage speaker recognition algorithms that recognize a human’s voice in audio streams. In effect, the tool allow developers of mobile and PC apps to enable voice recognition capabilities for both speaker verification and speaker identification. The speaker verification component of the tool can automatically verify and authenticate users from their voice or speech. It is tightly

Sighthound boasts LFW benchmark results for its facial recognition software

Sighthound, Inc. announced that its facial recognition system ranks first – with an accuracy of 99.79% – against the Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) benchmark database hosted by the University of Massachusetts. Previous highest accuracy scores include Google at 99.63% and Baidu at 99.77%. The company says that its facial recognition system stands out by using less than 2% of the amount of training data used by Google, and by using only one crop per image. Others on the

FIDO Alliance submits FIDO 2.0 web API to World Wide Web Consortium

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance announced it has submitted the FIDO 2.0 platform enablement components to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which marks the first time the Alliance has submitted their specifications to an outside standards developing organization. The components comprise of three technical specifications required to define a standard web-based API intended to increase FIDO’s existing desktop, Chrome, Android and iOS reach to support other platforms. Developed by FIDO, the web API is designed to ensure standards-based strong