Accenture, Atos, Safran to improve EU visa info and biometric matching system

The European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice (eu-LISA) has awarded a contract to Accenture, Safran Identity & Security and Atos to provide application and infrastructure services for the EU Visa information System (VIS) and for the Biometric Matching System (BMS) underpinning VIS. The project will facilitate the rapid and secure processing of visa applications by third country nationals requiring visas to enter the Schengen area. The Accenture-Safran-Atos consortium

KnuEdge veteran Kate Dilligan to lead KnuVerse product development

Neural technology company KnuEdge announced last week that Kate Dilligan has added general manager to her executive vice president title at KnuVerse to lead the development of the voice authentication division’s product suite. Dilligan shepherded KnuEdge and KnuVerse’s enterprise relationships through their early testing and development phases, and will oversee the extension of targeted solutions to specific enterprise partner problems into commercial offerings for the enterprise security market. Dilligan was the first employee of the ten year startup, which was

Equiniti launches Daon-based mobile biometric authentication service

Equiniti Group PLC has partnered with Daon Inc. to launch Prequel, a mobile biometric authentication and identity lifecycle solution. By partnering with Daon, Equiniti has developed one of the only end-to-end digital onboarding services in the UK that is convenient, secure, and easy to use, Equiniti said in a press release. Using Daon’s IdentityX Platform, Prequel mobile app is able to facilitate multi-factor, multimodal mobile biometric authentication for the financial services industry. The mobile app also includes key identification and

Deloitte study finds that 20% of Brits use biometric authentication on phones

Deloitte has published a new study that finds over 20% of British smartphone users now authenticate via their fingerprint, signalling the increasing adoption of biometrics by the public. The company surveyed 4,000 British consumers to compile its sixth annual mobile consumer survey, “There’s no place like phone“. The study found that 63% of respondents use PINs and passwords to authenticate via the device, while 21% use fingerprint sensors to authenticate. “We expect ownership of fingerprint readers to continue increasing rapidly,”

Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus features FPC and Precise Biometrics fingerprint tech

The new Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus mobile device features Fingerprint Cards’ fingerprint touch sensor FPC1035 and Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile. Just last week, it was revealed that the new Lenovo ZUK Z2 Plus India version features fingerprint touch sensor FPC1155 and Precise BioMatch Mobile. Previously reported, a Chinese firm approached Fingerprint Cards this summer about a potential acquisition that is likely to increase FPC’s current market value of SEK 33 billion

STC demos latest multimodal biometric solutions at Africa Aerospace and Defence Expo

Earlier this month, Russian firm STC Group presented its latest multimodal biometric solutions, professional recorders, multi-channel recording systems and forensic analysis tools at the biennial Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) Expo, which took place from September 14 to 18 at Waterkloof Airforce Base in Pretoria, South Africa. According to a company statement, AAD is the biggest exhibition of its kind on the African continent and one of the world’s premier Aerospace and Defence exhibitions. The expo covers the range of

TOC appoints former diplomat to lead its International Management division

Chilean biometric verification company TOC announced that Andrés Landerrretche, a lawyer at the University of Chile and former diplomat, will lead its newly created International Management division. Founded in 2010, TOC S.A. is a Chilean company specializing in the development of identity verification technologies and applications derived from biometric technology. Landerretche has developed his career mainly abroad in the diplomatic service of Chile with assignments in South Africa and as delegate of Chile to the United Nations in New York.

NEC lands award for its NeoFace facial recognition suite

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2016 North American Face Recognition Technology for Government and Public Sectors Company of the Year Award for its NeoFace facial recognition suite. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. “Acknowledging the importance of timely detection and shorter engagement times

BIO-key’s compact EcoID and SideTouch fingerprint readers enable biometrics for Windows

With the release of Windows 10, many consumers are quick to notice changes to the Start Menu and Action Center, but the new Windows Hello identity management program may be the improvement with the most lasting impact. BIO-key has launched a pair of new fingerprint readers to allow consumers to take full advantage of biometrics to secure their non-mobile or less-mobile devices. BIO-key’s EcoID for desktops and SideTouch for tablets and laptops leverage the biometric capabilities built into Windows 10,

SITA survey shows airports prioritizing security technology

SITA and Airports Council International (ACI), in association with Airline Business, has released the results of The Airport IT Trends Survey, an extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry. The report finds that airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. Many airports have shifted their investment focus to security in light of recent regional tensions, some of