Cirque du Soleil performers wear Hexoskin smart shirts to record biometrics

Hexoskin announced that 10 Cirque du Soleil performers are wearing its smart shirts to record their biometrics during the live Beatles Love show. Though Cirque du Soleil performers around the world normally wear Hexoskin smart shirts during training routines, this marks the first time that they will be wearing the smart shirts for the Beatles live show. Hexoskin said it will continue this trial for the next six weeks to analyze the artists’ performances and identify new ways on how

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank turns to voice biometrics

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank has implemented Nuance Communications’ voice biometric solution to easily and securely authenticate its customers’ identity, according to a report by Gulf News. Nuance Communications’ next generation voice passwords offer a more secure and easier authentication process using natural voice patterns to securely identify each customer through his or her unique voiceprint. From the registered mobile number, Nuance’s biometric technology compares customers’ spoken passphrase to their registered voiceprint. The customer is authorized to follow through with the

Spain’s Ministry of Security to implement biometric border control management system

Spain’s Ministry of Security has posted a public tender contract for the supply and installation of a new biometric border control management system to facilitate all vehicles and pedestrians crossing between Cadiz province and the British colony of Gibraltar, according to a report by El Confidential Autonomy. The border control management system will help accelerate the long queues of cars and pedestrians that occur when entering and leaving Gibraltar to Spain, as well as maintain controls to prevent smuggling. Tendered

Neurotechnology releases new biometric video surveillance SDK

Neurotechnology announced it has released VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 software development kit, which provides real-time biometric face identification using live video streams from single or multiple high-resolution digital surveillance cameras. The new version is highly intuitive, enabling users to not only identify faces in a crowd but also detect and distinguish people from objects while they are moving through the video frame. Additionally, the software can detect if a person or object is entering or leaving a specific boundary area, which

Australia’s national security committee puts a halt to customs’ biometric collection plans

Australia’s Immigration Department wants to collect and store photographs of millions of Australian citizens under the government’s counterterrorism laws, which could later expand to fingerprinting and iris scanning, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Under the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (“Foreign Fighters”) Bill 2014, Australia’s Immigration Department is able to enforce facial recognition imaging of all civilians passing through international airports in its effort to crack down on passport fraud. The foreign fighters bill is expected to be

Biometrics industry descends upon London this week

This coming week of October has shaped up to be a very busy one indeed in London regarding gatherings amongst the biometrics industry. Here is a quick at-a-glance of what you need to know. If you have suggestions of other events to add, please contact us. Biometrics Institute & FIDO Alliance Joint-Meeting, October 20, 2014 from 2:00-5:00pm in London, UK The seminar will inform prospective members about the Alliance and the Biometrics Institute and their separate activities. Attendees will learn

Mastercard, Zwipe unveil fingerprint authenticated contactless payment card

Mastercard has partnered with Zwipe to launch what it claims to be the world’s first fingerprint authenticated payment card, according to a report by IBTimes UK. Using the fingerprint sensor, the Zwipe MasterCard card authenticates contactless payments and can be easily integrated with other payment technologies. “Biometrics makes it very simple and convenient for consumers,” Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard, told the IBTimes UK. “Passwords are inconvenient, they’re a big hassle and they get compromised. We

Alipay turns to facial and fingerprint recognition for secure payments

Chinese electronic payment service, Alipay, is turning to biometric identification technologies to protect users from fraud, hacking, identify theft and other threats, according to the Wall Street Journal blog. “Biological identification will become very important in the future,” said Cao Kai, a senior director of Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group, the Alibaba affiliate that owns Alipay, at a recent conference in Beijing. Users normally use a number of different screen names and passwords to log into online

Biometric tech usage protocols should be evaluated during Ebola airport screenings

Due to the dangers that the Ebola epidemic represents to the United States, health protocols focused on airport screening should consider when biometric technologies should be employed at airports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) this week began new layers of entry screening at five U.S. airports that receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. CDC has sent

Apple adds Touch ID fingerprint sensor to iPad

Apple’s new generation of iPads will come be equipped with Touch ID fingerprint-reading sensor, according to a report by CNET. At its media event, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the new iPads will include the biometric scanner. Apple’s iPhones have been equipped with the Touch ID sensor for more than a year now, which lets users unlock their iPads and make secured purchases using Apple’s new digital wallet, Apple Pay. According to Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller, Touch ID