Synaptics pushes its fingerprint sensor technology into new markets

Synaptics projected its total addressable market will expand from smartphones and tablets into new growth areas like automotive and gaming peripherals to see a significant leap from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10.1 billion in 2018, according to a report by Investors.com. Synaptics hopes to realize these ambitious goals by integrating touchscreen technology and display drivers into a single offering, with its first touch-display driver integration product slated for next year. The company acquired Renesas SP Drivers in September, therefore

Russia to consider bill that calls for mandatory biometric registration of all citizens

MPs from populist Russian nationalist party LDPR have drafted and will soon submit a new bill calling for the mandatory fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens in an effort to increase security measures, according to a report by RT. Roman Khudyakov, the bill’s main sponsor, previously championed mandatory fingerprinting for the entire urban population of Russia, including visitors and foreigners. According to the bill, the biometric information would be stored in a central government database and each citizen

Research and Markets publishes 2014-2022 border control and biometrics market report

Research and Markets announced it has published its “2014 Border Control & Biometrics Market Assessment” report, which explores the border control and biometrics market, as well as a forecast for 2014-2022. The report illustrates how the increase in international border controls has resulted in the authentication process becoming more convenient for the customer, all without compromising the security level. In addition, the report states that the border control and biometrics market covers border control, eGovernment and law enforcement, and is

Hotels near Delhi airport ordered by police to install facial recognition software

Hotels located near India’s Delhi airport have been instructed by local police to install facial recognition software as part of its initiative to increase security measures, according to a report by The Economic Times. The facial recognition technology has already led to significant delays and expensive costs for hoteliers at Aerocity. Lemon Tree Hotels, a mid-market hotel operator, has already installed NEC’s facial recognition software in its Aerocity property. “We have put in place NEC Face Recognition Solution,” said Rahul

Android app FotoTiger uses facial recognition technology for photo management

Face recognition software developer Applied Recognition announced it has launched FotoTiger for Facebook, a free Android app that allows Facebook users to take, tag, sort, and securely share photos from their camera roll taken from their smartphone, according to a report by The Next Web. As soon as the app tags a photo, people will be instantly recognized and tagged in all future photos. Users can then share these photos with any app or post them directly to Facebook, Flickr

Bitcoin ATM firm RoboCoin said integrating biometrics slowed down customer enrollment

Bitcoin ATM provider RoboCoin believes that implementing biometric technology is far more work than its worth, according to a report by Payments Source. In August 2013, RoboCoin began accepting pre-orders for its bidirectional (cash in/cash out) Bitcoin ATM, which it claimed were more secure than competing machines as a result of its built-in palm identification system. But RoboCoin would soon learn that the biometric authentication technology, while impressive, significantly slowed down the enrollment and transaction process. “Launching with [biometrics] was

Wistron NeWeb to embed EyeLock iris authentication technology into consumer and enterprise devices

EyeLock announced it has signed a licensing deal with Wistron NeWeb to embed EyeLock’s patented iris authentication technology into various consumer and enterprise devices for applications across PCs, set-top boxes, network devices and automotive sectors. With this partnership, EyeLock has become the first iris authentication provider to have its patented technology embedded in original design manufacturer devices. Under the agreement terms, WNC will design, develop and market EyeLock-enabled modules, which will be sold to the market-at-large, as well as incorporated

EgisTec fingerprint touch sensor ET300 to be featured in Philips’ new flagship smartphone

Egis Technology announced it has implemented its ET300 fingerprint touch sensor in Alibaba and Philips’ collaborative smartphone, Philips Aurora i966. EgisTec’s ET300 fingerprint touch sensor module is the ideal choice for usage in mobile consumer electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, particularly because of its small size, reliability, and high performance. ET300 is able to read a fingerprint to accurately authenticate and verify the identity of the individual. Additionally, the fingerprint touch sensor module has one of the fastest

SIBA teams with SIA to encourage airport biometric entry-exit system

The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a key biometrics industry non-profit trade association, announced that it has teamed up with the Security Industry Association (SIA), an industry advocacy group, to establish an “Airport Entry and Exit Working Group“. The working group was formed to represent the identity, document authentication and biometric industry to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, in an effort to support the development of a fully-functional airport border

VoiceTrust partners with BioID to deliver multi-modal biometric authentication solutions

VoiceTrust, announced it has formed a strategic partnership with BioID to provide a full suite of biometric solutions to VoiceTrust customers around the globe. The agreement gives VoiceTrust exclusive rights to resell BioID‘s biometric modalities through integration into VoiceTrust’s agnostic authentication platform. In addition to voice, the partnership will expand VoiceTrust’s suite of products to include facial and periocular with liveness detection and iris to transform VoiceTrust into a truly multi-modal biometric authentication provider. “With this strategic alliance, we are