Study finds hair protein effective as identifier

Fingerprints, voice recognition, DNA, and iris scanning are well established as effective methods of accurate identification, but hair protein may be the next frontier for biometrics. Scientific research website PLOS One recently published the article “Demonstration of Protein-Based Human Identification Using the Hair Shaft Proteome,” which gives an indication of the potential for hair protein as a biometric authenticator. Researchers analyzed hair samples from 76 people, and found 185 distinct amino acid patterns. Based on these patterns they were able

Researchers train software to recognize pixelated faces

A team of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and Cornell Tech have trained software to read or see what’s meant to be hidden in images, enabling it to read blurred or pixelated images of human faces, according to a report by Wired. The researchers said that they didn’t need to develop extensive new image uncloaking methodologies to perform these procedures. Instead, they discovered they could use mainstream machine learning methods in which they trained a computer with

SAS Lab experimenting with palm scanning to improve travel process

SAS Lab, the innovation hub from the Scandinavian airline, is developing various biometric identification technologies to improve the overall travel process, according to a report by TNooz. The innovation hub believes that palm scanning will likely be the most reliable of all the biometric technologies available on the market because other technologies are either susceptible to forgery or uncomfortable for passengers to use on a regular basis. “Overall, I’ve been a little bit concerned over biometrics – the problem is

EyeLock announces iris recognition technology breakthrough

EyeLock announced new iris recognition technology that works to authenticates identities at distances of 60 cm, with glasses, contact lenses and in daylight. The technology is designed for implementation in smartphones and mobile devices, and across automotive, healthcare and other edge-of-network applications. According to a company statement, EyeLock’s technology represents a breakthrough in proprietary software, security, algorithms and optics, and delivers the most secure, reliable and user-friendly capabilities available in the market today – outperforming the iris recognition solutions available

Biometrics researcher developing new iris liveness detection technologies

A biometrics researcher specializing in iris “liveness” detection is developing new technologies to ensure that iris scanners won’t be duped by either a high-res photo of the authorized user’s eye or their severed eyeball, according to a report by IEEE Spectrum. Adam Czajka is also studying post-mortem eyes at both the University of Notre Dame and Warsaw University. Contrary to popular belief, he discovered that irises are perfectly viable for iris identification even several hours after the individual’s death. Czajka

Researchers develop new technique that could improve facial recognition performance

A team of researchers from Maryland’s U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a new technique exploiting thermal-imaging that potentially could help improve facial-recognition performance that is otherwise hindered by makeup. Developed by Doctors Nathaniel Short, Alex Yuffa, Gorden Videen, and Shuowen Hu, the new method compares visible, conventional thermal and polarimetric-thermal images of faces before and after the application of face paint. In their analysis, the researchers found that surface materials have relatively little effect on polarimetric-thermal imagery, demonstrating the

Biometrics Research Group releases border security special report

Biometrics Research Group, Inc., publisher of BiometricUpdate.com, recently released an updated Special Report that provides an overview and synopsis on biometrics border security. Biometric Update Special Reports provide analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions. The research vendor’s Special Reports are sponsored by leading firms within the biometrics sector and this report was sponsored

Biometrics industry insight, ID4Africa and behavioral analytics trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight Biometric Update had the opportunity recently to speak with MorphoTrust USA CEO Robert Eckel about the future of the biometrics industry as well as the role in which MorphoTrust expects to play in shaping the industry over the next five to ten years. MorphoTrust USA is a provider of large scale identity enrollment services, biometric technologies and secure ID/credentialing solutions.

EAB extends application deadline for 2016 European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards

The European Association for Biometrics (EAB) has extended the application deadline for the tenth European Biometrics Research and Industry Awards. These awards are granted annually to individuals who have been judged by a panel of internationally respected experts to be making a significant contribution to the field of biometrics research and innovations in Europe. The awards recognize innovation in academic research and in industry. Academic researchers from a European academic institution enrolled in the last or penultimate year of a

The Idiap Research Institute details biometric research projects

Over the past few years, the Idiap Research Institute has actively participated in several national and international research projects in the area of biometric cybersecurity and received several tens of millions of Swiss francs in funding. The organization has built a strong reputation, largely based on its biometrics research group and its Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing, led by Dr Sébastien Marcel. Recently, Google decided to name Idiap as the only European partner within the framework of an