Showcase Australia 2017

Showcase Australia 2017 November 15, 2017 Hotel Realm, Canberra, Australia The Biometrics Institute is proud to present its flagship government event, Showcase Australia 2017. Since 2005, Showcase Australia has provided a unique and effective platform to connect biometric users from key government agencies with technology providers to share ideas on key developments. We seek to answer: “What does the future of securing identity look like”? “What needs to happen to make biometrics a trusted solution in government services”? At Showcase

Australian government seeks to expand facial recognition system

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will call on state and territory governments to disclose driver’s licence photos for use in a national facial recognition system, according to a report by IT News. The initial phase of the facial recognition system – the face verification service (FVS) – was implemented last year, soon after it received $18.5 million in funding. FVS is designed to decrease cross-border criminal activities by allowing law enforcement agencies share the facial images of citizens in order

Brisbane public transit’s potential use of biometrics raises privacy concerns

A privacy group has spoken out against recommendations that the Brisbane public transportation service use biometrics to identify passengers when they purchase their fare, according to a report by CIO. Cubic Transportation Systems, the US firm that operates Queensland’s Go Card system for TransLink as well as developed London’s Oyster card technology, is running proof of concept trials of facial recognition, palm vein scanning and object tracking in its London lab in order to reduce queues. The Australian Privacy Foundation

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group want voice biometrics as method of authentication in its call centers

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is seeking to use voice biometrics at call centers to authenticate customers across all services, according to a report by ZDNet. Earlier this month, the bank partnered with Nuance to introduce voice identification technology earlier this month with its Grow by ANZ app. The new app allows customers to make “pay anyone” payments of more than AU$1,000 (US$794.50) automatically, eliminating the need to visit a branch in person. In addition, voice ID

Visa outlines plan to push Australian banks to adopt biometric authentication

Visa has unveiled a four-year plan to push Australian banks to build infrastructure and implement policies to adopt biometrics authenticated transactions, according to a report by The Australian Financial Review. The credit card giant’s security roadmap details a four-year strategy for Aussue banks to adopt new standards for ecommerce transactions in an effort to streamline the purchasing process and reduce fraud, as well as implement new information sharing practices and tokenization technology. Visa Asia-Pacific senior vice-president Joe Cunningham said the

Voice biometrics improving Australian Taxation Office call center service

After launching its voice biometric authentication service in 2014, the Australian Taxation Office has enrolled nearly three million taxpayers for the service to make it one of the most successful initiatives across the federal government, according to a report by IT News. Developed by Nuance to improve the ATO’s call center experience, the service has since expanded to the ATO mobile app, and could ultimately be incorporated into the whole-of-government GovPass identity platform being developed by the Digital Transformation Agency.

Sydney Airport considering using biometrics to replace passports

Sydney Airport is considering implementing a plan that would replace the manual inspection of passports and boarding passes with facial recognition for all international travelers departing from Australia, according to a report by Australian Business Traveler. The move comes a few months after Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection unveiled plans to implement a new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020, which will include replacing existing paper ID passports with face, iris and/or fingerprint recognition. The

Vision-Box to supply automated biometric control solution to Australian airports

Vision-Box has won a major tender agreement from the Australian federal government worth around $22.7 million for the provision of automated biometric contactless traveler’ clearance process technology for Australia’s airports, according to a report by ARN. The government valued the three-year contract, which runs from June 26 to June 25, 2020, at $22.5 million, however, tender documents state that the deal is worth $22.7 million. Under the agreement, Vision-Box’s local division will deliver upgraded biometric technology, enabling the Department of

OT-Morpho launches digital license and face authentication platform

Morpho Australasia, a subsidiary of OT-Morpho, has launched License2Go, a digital license and face authentication platform that allows the holders to store identification documents in their smartphone. The main license app is complemented by a verification app, which allows police or others requiring ID checks to verify the details of the license holder without needing to hold the device. License2Go works on the principle of privacy by design, ensuring that the device owner is continuously in control of personal data

Visa study finds Australians prefer biometrics over PINs for payment authentication

Visa released its sponsored YouGov study that found that Australians are slowly accepting the idea of making payments via Internet of Things (IoT), as long as they can use biometrics for authentication, according to a report by ZDNet. The report states that 29 percent of Australians are comfortable with the idea of using internet-connected devices, such as a virtual assistants or smart fridges, to make payments. The figure, which more than doubles the 12 percent reported in September 2016, is