BluStor’s CyberGate uses biometrics to guard Personal Mobile Cloud

The same improvements made in chip and battery technology over the past few years that have driven the mobile explosion have also enabled BluStor’s solution to the security problems created by the connected, mobile world. By focussing on the individual, the CyberGate secures the most vulnerable point in any transaction with biometric identification, device control, and data storage on a familiar form factor that fits in your wallet. BluStor is the latest project from Seagate and Conner Peripherals founder Finis

Terrorism and immigration concerns driving biometric border security efforts: Report

Acuity Market Intelligence has released new research that finds that recent terrorism and violence across Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, as well as concerns about global migration and immigration, are driving efforts to improve and expand biometric border security. Acuity reports that biometric credentials and the collection and screening of biometrics for visas and at ports of entry have emerged as the national security standard across the globe. According to the research, there are currently more than

Federal judge orders man to unlock iPhone via fingerprint recognition

A federal judge has secretly ordered a Dallas, Texas man who allegedly prostituted underage girls to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to now unsealed federal court documents cited in a report by Ars Technica. The case marks one of the first instances where an individual’s phone has been ordered to be unlocked via fingerprint recognition, but these kinds of government demands are expected to occur more frequently with the increasing public adoption of fingerprint technology. Legal experts have

Biometrics alone will not win the authentication wars

This is a guest post by Terry Nelms, Director of Research at Pindrop Robbing a bank used to mean walking into a building, making threats and walking out with a bag of money. Now, fraudsters rely on committing crimes without a physical presence. From halfway around the world they can phone-in or use the Internet to commit crimes. Obviously, the rules have changed. Hackers target banks and any business with a digital presence to steal people’s identities and export valuable

Acuity report finds biometric and mobile technology driving digital ID

Acuity Market Intelligence has released new research that finds that the combination of turbulent world events and the proliferation of innovative, disruptive biometric and mobile technology is driving the evolution of digital identity for commerce, payments, the enterprise, and civil applications. Acuity’s research predicts that there are 750 million biometric smartphones in use today, which represents more than 30% of the total global smartphone base. The company projects this market to grow to 100% of the 2 billion smartphones shipped

Biometrics researcher developing new iris liveness detection technologies

A biometrics researcher specializing in iris “liveness” detection is developing new technologies to ensure that iris scanners won’t be duped by either a high-res photo of the authorized user’s eye or their severed eyeball, according to a report by IEEE Spectrum. Adam Czajka is also studying post-mortem eyes at both the University of Notre Dame and Warsaw University. Contrary to popular belief, he discovered that irises are perfectly viable for iris identification even several hours after the individual’s death. Czajka

ISACA research shows that mobile payment technology is mitigating risks

Global IT association ISACA has released new research that finds that advancements in mobile payment security technology are helping to curb risks and improve consumer trust beyond levels typically associated with plastic payment cards. In its complimentary guide, “Is Mobile the Winner in Payment Security?,” ISACA outlines several advantages of mobile payments in regrads to physical and e-commerce transactions. The research highlights tokenization, device-specific cryptograms and two-factor authentication as three key technological improvements that are making mobile payments more appealing

Next-generation game with voice integration wins KnuVerse Hackathon

Developers of the real-time, physical space game “Campus Claim” have won the 2016 Knurld Hackathon. KnuVerse, the voice authentication division of KnuEdge, announced the prize for Kyle Parker, Robert Littleford and Chaz Estell on Thursday. KnuVerse gave out eleven additional awards. Among those awarded were end-to-end Android and iOS encryption application Crypto Chat, highly secure notes application WIDITS, and a hotel room booking and access IoT application. Submissions were traditional web or mobile apps that were functional, free, and created

Police body cams to add facial recognition capabilities in the future

Axon, a business unit of Taser International, said it expects to roll out body cam models with facial recognition capabilities in the future, according to a report by Popular Science. The disturbing frequency of police killing — such as the July 6 death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — has led police forces across the country to outfit officers with body cameras as a preventative measure aimed at curbing abuse of power and legal action. Taser said it

Ideco rolls out BIMS solution in South Africa

Ideco has rolled out its new all-in-one mobile biometrics unit in South Africa. The Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) enables biometric identification across a range of modalities, from fingerprint through to iris scanning. According to a statement by the company, BIMS is highly mobile, readily configurable and can be rolled out rapidly in any environment requiring agile identification and processing of crowds. It is capable of six biometric modalities and delivers a full range of connectivity options including Bluetooth, WiFi,