OmniVision launches new sensor for infrared facial recognition

OmniVision Technologies has announced the launch of the 1/9”, 1.4-micron OV9738, a RGB-Ir sensor built with the company’s PureCel Plus technology. The OV9738 supports colour and IR imaging applications, and can deliver IR-based facial recognition, and gesture interfaces to a broad range of devices, including laptops and mobile devices, at a lower overall system cost, according to the announcement. “Notebook and mobile consumers are demanding facial recognition and other types of advanced biometric authentication to replace traditional login methods,” said

Report predicts rise of Biometrics-as-a-Service amid sensor market growth

Global biometric sensor shipments are expected to reach 1.9 billion by 2022, a 12.4 percent CAGR from 2015, driven by consumer electronics, mobile payments, digital security, and identity management, according to a report by ABI Research. “Monetizing Biometrics Technology through Silicon-as-a-Service Model” shows increased penetration rates across government, civil, banking, healthcare, and enterprise markets is expected to result in shipments of 31 million non-consumer biometric devices by 2022. ABI predicts biometrics market revenue will increase from $26.6 billion in 2016

Global biometric sensor market to surpass $1.8 billion by 2024: report

The global biometric sensor market will grow at a CAGR of 9.7 percent from 2016 through 2024 to reach $1,820 million, according to a report released by Variant Market Research. The market is driven by innovations which make sensors light weight and compact, as well as the rising adoption of fingerprint identification for tablets, smartphones, and other devices, according to Variant. While the firm warns that a lack of skilled trainers may hamper market growth, increasing adoption of fingerprint scanning

Infinity Optics Solutions releases combined iris and face authentication sensor

Infinity Optics has released what it calls the world’s first multimodal biometric solution combining iris and facial recognition using a single sensor and no optical blind zone. Since last year’s launch of the advanced iris recognition technology that works with remarkable user distances, Infinity Optics’ new solution now provides an enterprise grade biometric modality allowing a False Accept Rate (FAR) of 1/10 million when combined with third-party facial recognition technology. “The single lens technology combining with our proprietary iris authentication

Biometric sensor shipments to see 30% CAGR from 2017-2020: report

Digitimes Research has published a new research report that reveals that fingerprint recognition sensors accounted for 96 percent of all biometric sensor product shipments in 2016. The report forecasts that as more new sensor technologies begin entering the market, biometric sensor product shipments are expected to achieve a CAGR of 31.2 percent from 2017-2020. Biometric sensor technologies are mainly grouped into two major categories: the static type (fingerprint, iris, face, palm vein recognition) and the dynamic type (voiceprint, heartbeat and

Google working on fingerprint unlock feature for Chrome OS

Chromebook owners with the right hardware may be able to start using their fingerprints to access their laptops later this year. According to a PCWorld report, Chrome Story recently spotted a new flag in Chrome OS Canary that discusses “Quick Unlock (Fingerprint).” Fingerprint security features are also mentioned throughout the changelog for Chrome OS 58.0.3007.0 that was released to the dev channel on February 14. Reports that Google was working on adding a new log-in method using fingerprint sensors first

Corvus Integration launches biometric sensor package for tablets

Corvus Integration has released the Corvus Biometric Sleeve, a biometric sensor package for tablet computers. The standard Sleeve unit includes a dual boot 8” tablet (Windows and Android); sensors for acquiring ISO compliant face, dual iris and fingerprint images; contact/contactless smart card reader; an MRZ reader; and external network and USB ports. The solution’s fingerprint sensor is certified to FBI Appendix F, FAP 45. In addition, the Sleeve supports optional internal USB devices including GPS, 3G/4G, a 1D/2D barcode reader,

IARPA launching two programs aimed at making fingerprints more reliable biometrics

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the intelligence community’s research arm, will soon launch two programs designed to detect fake fingerprints and develop devices to collect fingerprint data without the aid of a human operator, according to a report by GCN. The Odin program, which is scheduled to begin with four prime developers in early March, will develop detection technologies that can spot presentation attacks on biometric devices that attempt to spoof physical biometric samples, said Chris Boehnen, senior program

Valencell releases new biometric sensor modules; announces new integration

Valencell has released two new versions of its Benchmark sensor systems, the biometric sensor modules that incorporates the company’s PerformTek biometric technology, experience and expertise. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a version designed for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of the original Benchmark sensor system for wearables worn at the wrist and arm. The two new modules both have a smaller footprint and more power efficiency than past models, while improving on Valencell’s accuracy. Benchmark sensor

STMicroelectronics, Valencell launch biometric sensor platform for wearables, IoT

Valencell and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics have launched a highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables. The kit includes ST’s compact SensorTileturnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark biometric sensor system, which deliver a set of sensors to support the most advanced wearable use cases. “Valencell’s Benchmark solution leverages the high accuracy of ST’s MEMS sensor technology along with SensorTile’s miniature form factor, flexibility, and STM32 open development environment-based ecosystem,” said Tony Keirouz, vice president of marketing and applications