Biometric patient authentication growing throughout healthcare market

The healthcare market is exploring a range of applications for biometric patient identity verification to reduce fraud and human error, and improve outcomes, as shown by a series of announcements over the latter part of February. Healthcare IT security company Imprivata announced this week that it has expanded its PatientSecure patient identification platform. Patient misidentification has become rampant, Impriveta says, impacting patient care and hospital’s financial results. To combat this problem, PatientSecure now features self-service patient registration workflows, and identity

Safran releases new version of its Selfie-Check SDK

In an effort to increase the accuracy and security of its biometric facial authentication solution for mobile devices, Safran Identity & Security has upgraded its Selfie-Check SDK with enhanced liveness detection. Now when users take a selfie for authentication, they will be asked randomly to turn their head to the right, the left or downwards, or a combination of all of these to determine that the user is a real and a live person. The ability to recognize a living

BioID introduces eye recognition solution in public beta release

Cloud biometrics developer BioID introduced its new biometric eye (periocular) recognition solution in a public beta release. In addition to the cloud-based face and voice authentication options currently available as part of its BioID Web Service (BWS), the new eye recognition solution gives developers an additional choice when integrating biometric authentication with their applications. According to a company statement, eye recognition will enable new use cases that were not possible with face recognition and can deliver greater performance in certain

IDscan granted patent for technology to verify faces on a passport or ID card

IDScan, a GBG company, has been granted a U.S. patent for Visage, which verifes the facial component of a passport or ID card by checking against a databank of faces acquired from proven fake, forged or altered documents. “The production of fake documents is an industry all of its own now,” commented Tamlyn Thompson, managing director of IDscan. “IDscan has always strived to stay one step ahead of the criminals to ensure that our global customers are properly protected. Our

U.S. government agencies increasingly adopting new biometric authentication tools

U.S. government agencies are increasingly adopting a range of biometric technologies to ­minimize cyberthreats and streamline system access, according to a report by FedTech. The Defense and Homeland Security departments have long been using fingerprint readers to facilitate physical and digital access. However, these agencies and others are increasingly investing in new biometric technologies which measure an individual’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics, including facial dimensions, ­fingerprints and irises, handprints, voiceprints, gait and signature. G. Nagesh Rao, chief technologist at

Fujitsu’s technology uses biometric authentication to grant access to cloud services via IoT devices

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed a new technology that provides secure and seamless access to cloud services through IoT devices using a smartphone’s biometric authentication functionality and near-field wireless functionality. By leveraging FIDO technology which authenticates a cloud service’s user without collecting biometric information from their smartphone, Fujitsu’s new technology creates a secure network between a cloud service, an IoT device, and a smartphone, while verifying the user’s identity. As a result, users can securely and conveniently access cloud services

Ghana aims to issue 27M biometric ID cards in next year

Despite current logistical challenges, Ghana’s newly appointed National Identification Authority (NIA) CEO told the The Ghanaian Times this week that he is working towards carrying out his mandate to coordinate and supervise the registration and issuance of national biometric identification cards to 27 million citizens within a year. NIA CEO, Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also a senior law lecturer at the Central University College, said he believed the challenges were not unsurmountable. Two weeks ago the Office of the President

Santander adds voice authentication to mobile banking app

In an effort to provide a friction-free user experience, Santander banking clients will soon be able to access their bank accounts and authorize payments using just their voice. According to a Sky News report, Santander’s recent update to its iPhone SmartBank app makes it the first UK high street bank to employ voice biometrics technology to allow customers to carry out actions on their account, not just as a login tool. The new technology is currently being piloted on the

Worldcore selects BioID’s facial recognition technology for user authentication

Worldcore has selected BioID’s facial recognition technology for user authentication, giving clients of the global payment platform a choice of two biometric access options. The first option is FaceKey, which can easily be enabled in the settings section of any verified Worldcore account, enabling password replacement with three selfies. The second option is the previously available voice authentication called VoiceKey. BioID is a cloud biometrics company with advanced solutions for both public and private clouds. “Delivering a simple, intuitive experience

HID Global adds liveness detection to Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions

HID Global has made several improvements to its compact Lumidigm M-Series fingerprint solutions with liveness detection, enabling OEMs and IT security integrators to deliver cost-effective authentication solutions. The newly-improved fingerprint solutions deliver the ease-of-use and reliability of multispectral imaging technology to a range of applications including time and attendance, physical access control, banking, and healthcare. “The M-Series family delivers proven biometric identity protection that outperforms competitors with reliable image capture for users in all conditions and high-performance liveness detection that