Encap Security integrates Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition into its authentication platform

Encap Security announced it has integrated Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology into its Smarter Authentication platform, enabling any financial services application using Encap’s technology to use Apple’s fingerprint sensor for login and transaction authentication. In addition to being a security feature on Apple iPhones 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, Apple’s new generation of iPads also come equipped with Touch ID fingerprint-reading sensor. The multifactor authentication approach may also include PIN entry, device location and user behavior. Encap Security enables

Windows 10 will offer new two-factor authentication method

Microsoft is addressing security threats with its upcoming release of Windows 10 by making advancements to strengthen identity protection and access control, information protection, and threat resistance, according to a Windows blog by Jim Alkove. Windows 10 will move away from the use of single factor authentication options, such as passwords. The multi-factor security feature is built right into the new operating system and device itself, eliminating the need for additional hardware security peripherals. As Alkov explains, the two factor

FacePhi provides facial recognition system for Grupo Mutual’s mobile banking service

FacePhi announced it has signed a deal with Costa Rican bank Grupo Mutual to install its facial recognition system in the mobile banking service. There will be a little bit more than a month for Grupo Mutual to trial the system among its employees and clients, before it becomes fully operative in January with more than 250.000 active clients. In its first phase, Grupo Mutual will apply the facial recognition authentication service to its mobile banking service, before moving on

UK Biometrics Commissioner issues consultation responses

A recent UK Home Office consultation sought views on new guidance for police chief constables considering applications from the public to have their DNA and fingerprints deleted before the legal retention period expires. UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor responded to the consultation by stating that early deletion of biometric data should take place if no crime was committed, and also if a malicious or false allegation was made. The Commissioner also recommended that early deletion should take place if

Aware and Precise Biometrics report financial results for Q3 2014

Aware has reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014, earning revenue of $6.0 million, which marks a 40% increase compared to $4.3 million in the same quarter last year. The company’s operating income in the third quarter of 2014 was $4.1 million compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, Aware’s net income in the third quarter was $2.6 million, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million for the same period a

Former Italian Foreign Minister says EU in need of biometrics to monitor migration

EU member states must begin implementing stronger policies to ensure that “foreign fighters” and refugees are carefully monitored to ensure the safety of all residents, former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview with RT. In the interview, Frattini said that there was a significant issue regarding the “porosity of European external borders.” Frattinin said that when he was Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs he proposed to have a European common register that would use biometrics and

BiometricUpdate live coverage from Biometrics 2014 in London

BiometricUpdate.com is proud to be the premiere media partner and on the ground at Biometrics 2014 in London, UK this week. Be sure to use the hashtag #biometrics2014 to join in the conversation. [View the story "Biometric Update provides live coverage from Biometrics 2014 in London this week" on Storify]

Kickstarter campaign launched for earpiece with biometric sensors

Research and development firm Sensogram Technologies announced it has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 to supplement the manufacturing and refine its wearable health and fitness device, SensoTRACK. SensoTRACK is able to simultaneously measure and monitor heart rate, respiration rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure in real time, as well as many other parameters including calories burnt, step count and geophysical location. Launched on October 14, the Kickstarter campaign is set to run for 60 days through December 12.

KeyLemon offers face and speaker recognition APIs via Otka dashboard

KeyLemon announced it is now providing access to its face and speaker recognition web service via the Okta dashboard. Leveraging its Okta Application Network, Okta enables users to access their applications through a single, secure dashboard. KeyLemon’s biometric ID provides a seamless and rapid method of authentication and access control for online assets, offering a faster and more secure alternative to legacy security methods. Comprised of unique facial data and sophisticated anti-spoofing techniques, KeyLemon’s multi-factor authentication service provides strong security

Intel Capital invests $28M in wearables, biometrics, Chinese Android and M2M firms

Intel Capital announced it has invested $28 million in Chinese biometrics, internet of things, wearables and in-game communications firms, along with the developer of a major Chinese Android fork, according to a report by Gigaom. The investments in Appscomm, EyeSmart, LeWa OS, Gotye and Fibocom are part of a $100 million Intel Capital China Smart Device Innovation Fund, which Intel Capital established back in April. As its third Chinese fund, Intel Capital has already invested more than $700 million in