Microsoft Band collects biometric data for health and fitness

Microsoft announced it has released Microsoft Band, which in addition to working with Windows-based mobiles, also syncs with iPhone and Android phones, according to a report by CNet. Priced at $199, the Microsoft Band is equipped with 10 sensors for a range of biometrics, including tracking steps, heart rate, and sleep patterns. The band’s UV sensor measures sun exposure while a galvanic skin response sensor notifies the user if he or she is stressed out. There are several other sensors

Automated border control expands across North American airports and into the Caribbean

The last week has seen separate announcements from Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba stating that they are now offering expedited border control processing to international travelers via Automated Passport Control kiosks. The airports have joined the 25 other North American airports that are already offering APC kiosks, which allow United States and Canadian passport holders, permanent residents, and international travelers from 37 visa-waiver countries to enter their immigration

FacePhi brings facial recognition to mobile banking in Costa Rica

FacePhi Biometrics announced it has signed a deal with Coopeservidores to install its facial recognition system for the Costa Rican financial institution’s mobile banking service. Coopeservidores selected FacePhi’s facial recognition technology after performing several tests in different scenarios and platforms. As one of the largest credit unions in Costa Rica, Coopeservidores has 26 offices throughout the country that manage more than €600 million in assets. With this new operation, FacePhi continues its expansion in Latin American according to its business

Samsung Developer Conference unveils keynote speaker lineup

Samsung Electronics announced the lineup of keynote speakers for its upcoming Samsung Developer Conference, which will take place November 11-13 at MOSCONE West in San Francisco, California. The three-day Samsung Developer Conference, whose theme this year is “Connected Living. Connecting Developers,” will showcase consumer-oriented products, services and technologies that present new opportunities for developers. There are over 100 speakers from Samsung and its partners scheduled to present over 90 sessions across 14 future-oriented topics and in-depth technical sessions. Samsung will

VoiceVault partners with Enacomm to provide secure voice biometric authentication

Enacomm and VoiceVault announced they are partnering to deliver an easy, secure form of voice authentication that protects customers. VoiceVault’s voice biometric engine will be integrated into Enacomm Voice Authentication, an application that authenticates customers from any phone. With a 99.9% success rate, the voice authentication application is more reliable than fingerprint recognition. “Financial institutions can now more confidently guarantee high levels of security and user convenience while avoiding the need for customers to remember anything for authentication,” said Julia

Russian bank Tinkoff implements voice recognition in their call center

Russian bank Tinkoff Credit Systems announced it has implemented NICE Real-Time Voice Authentication System in all workplaces of its call center, according to a report by CNews. NICE Real-Time Authentication significantly cuts down the average customer handling time and improves the customer experience by using voice biometrics to authenticate customers in real time. Using this technology, contact centers can voiceprint the majority of customers for seamless passive enrollment, securely authenticate customers without any customer effort, help agents expedite time to

NEC to implement facial recognition and fingerprint identification system for Bexar County in Texas

NEC Corporation of America will provide Bexar County in Texas with an automated fingerprint identification and facial recognition system to help investigators track down criminals, according to a report by KENS 5. Bexar County commissioners discussed and voted to sign an agreement with NEC Corporation of America for the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification and facial recognition system for no more than $3.4 million, as requested by the Bexar County Sheriffs Office. The AFIS identification system has been used

State lawmakers continue to place restrictions on biometrics in schools

Several U.S. states have implemented bans or restrictions on the use of biometric technologies in schools as concerns over student privacy have increased in response to recent breaches of government and commercial databases, according to a report by The PEW Charitable Trusts. In recent years, many schools across the country have been using student ID cards with embedded radio frequency chips or fingerprint, iris or palm-vein recognition scanners to take attendance, notify parents where their children get off the school

Kazakhstan introducing biometric passport monitoring of professional cyclists

Kazakhstan National Anti-Doping Centre and the Kazakstan Cycling Federation will introduce biometric passport monitoring of domestic professional cyclists beginning in 2015, according to a report by Cycling News. The new system has been implemented in response to recent events where Astana riders Maxim Iglinskiy and Valentin Iglinskiy both tested positive for EPO, and Astana trainee Ilya Davidenok tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids at the Tour de l’Avenir while riding for the continental team. In a joint statement, the two

Socure completes $2.5 million financing round lead by ff Venture Capital

Socure announced it has completed its $2.5 million Series A funding round led by ff Venture Capital, with contributions from Founder Collective and Two Sigma Ventures. The company’s Social Biometrics solution uses online and social behavior checks in real-time to verify the authenticity of customer identities registered on websites and mobile applications. Enterprises using Socure’s Social Biometrics APIs are able to accomplish higher user acceptance rates with less friction, fraud losses and manual review costs. Additionally, Social Biometrics brings enterprises