Uber to implement safety measures that will use biometrics and ‘scientific analysis’ to screen drivers

Uber announced in a blog post this week it is currently conducting a “global review” of its safety measures with plans to introduce new safety initiatives in the new year, following recent lawsuits that allege the company made false claims about the safety of its App-based car service, according to a report by the LA Times. In an official blog post titled “Our Commitment to Safety”, Uber global safety head Phillip Cardenas said the company would “build new safety programs

DFT releases new version of mobile fingerprint authentication software

Biometric software firm Diamond Fortress Technologies announced it has released ONYX 4, the latest version of its mobile fingerprint authentication software. The new version of DFT’s ONYX adds fingerprint biometrics to nearly any mobile device currently in use, including those devices that do not have a specialized hardware sensor. ONYX 4 is currently available for Android and iOS, with Windows Phone and Blackberry versions in development. Using the rear-facing camera on a mobile device, ONYX captures an image of the

Clear installs iris scanning authorization system at McCarran International Airport

Clear, which recently rolled out its iris scanning system at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, said that the greatest advantage of its technology is speeding up airport checkpoint lines, according to a report by Review Journal. Previously reported, Clear introduced its biometrics security fast-pass system at McCarran International Airport this past summer, making it the 10th airport in the United States to offer the identity verification system. Clear’s biometric kiosks can be found near Terminal 3 checkpoint and the checkpoints

FIDO Alliance members to demonstrate FIDO ready products at CES 2015

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance announced that several FIDO ready products will be demonstrated at the upcoming 2015 International Consumers Electronics Show, which will be held in Las Vegas from January 6-9, 2015. FIDO Alliance members AGNITiO, NXP Semiconductors, Sonavation, and Yubico will all demonstrate their tested and certified FIDO ready products at CES 2015. Consumers can use FIDO ready products now to login to Google sites and services through the Chrome browser, while PayPal and Alipay can offer

Valencell PerformTek biometrics-powered wearables to be showcased at CES 2015

Valencell announced it has licensed its PerformTek biometric technology to a number of technology companies including Intel, Jabra, Atlas, and Scosche, many of which will be showcased at the upcoming CES 2015. PerformTek powers some of the latest wearable products available on the market, many of which will be showcased at CES 2015, which will be held January 6-9 in Las Vegas. “Our partners choose PerformTek biometrics, because the technology is accurate, flexible and robust with the clinical data to

NIST opens registration for symposium on developing large research datasets in biometric technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on the development of large research datasets in forensic science and biometric technology. In order to effectively develop and evaluate forensic and biometric technologies, researchers require large research databases that store biometric and forensic data. Using this data, system developers are able to test the performance of emerging technologies and to successfully quantify the uncertainty associate with matching algorithms. The symposium will

Precise Biometrics to provide mobile smart card readers for US Department of Defense

Precise Biometrics announced it has received an order of 1,100 Tactivo mobile smart card readers from the Defense Logistics Agency within the US Department of Defense, in a contract valued at 1 million SEK (USD $130,373). Defense Logistics Agency is implementing Precise Biometrics’ mobility solution for iOS devices that enable secure email and browsing capabilities. Based on the existing Common Access Card infrastructure, the solution enhances the overall usability of the smart card system. DLA placed the order, which includes

UK law prohibits police from storing foreign criminals’ DNA and fingerprint records

The UK Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material has published a new report that reveals that the DNA and fingerprint samples belonging to thousands of foreign crime suspects have been deleted from British databases because police are barred from storing details of offenders convicted abroad, according to a report by The Telegraph. In the report, Alastair MacGregor QC warned the UK public that they may be at risk because of the “obviously unsatisfactory state of affairs” which

Hoyos Labs planning for IPO next year: Bloomberg

Hoyos Labs founder, chairman and CEO Hector Hoyos said he is planning an initial public offering for next year after launching the company less than two years ago, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek. The company is looking to capitalize following the launch of 1U, the company’s new app that uses an advanced “liveness” detection system to identify the smartphone owner by an image or video and therefore granting them access to non-standard sites that require private information in

UK Biometrics Commissioner releases annual report

UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor publicly released his first annual report yesterday. The Biometrics Commissioner is independent of the UK Government. His role is to keep under review the retention and use by the police of DNA samples, DNA profiles and fingerprints. The post was created in 2012 under the Protection of Freedoms Act. His report for 2013-2014 was submitted to the UK Home Office in November and a copy was provided to the UK Parliament on December 16.