EU training network to focus on early stage research in mobile biometrics

AMBER (enhAnced Mobile BiomEtRics), a new EU-funded Training Network, has detailed its plans to address current issues related to biometric solutions on mobile devices in new projects. The network will comprise 10 integrated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects across five EU universities, along with the support of seven industrial partners. In a statement, AMBER said the network’s aim is to “collate Europe-wide complementary academic and industrial expertise and to train and equip the next generation of researchers to

Software uses smartwatch motion data for signature verification

Researchers have developed software that leverages a smartwatch’s motion detection capabilities to verify a handwritten signature, according to a report by New Atlas. In a new paper, researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev detail how the software uses motion data collected by a smartwatch as the wearer jots down their autograph to confirm its authenticity. The motion data captured by the smartwatch’s accelerometer or gyroscope serves as a unique identifier that determines whether the

ZTE achieves facial recognition breakthrough with deep learning

ZTE has achieved a breakthrough in deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNN), working with Intel, which could enable new cloud applications performing picture search and matching, according to a Tuesday announcement. The companies say many others researching Internet search and artificial intelligence have been trying to reach the performance and accuracy benchmark. ZTE engineers in Nanjing City, China, used Intel’s mid-range Arria 10 FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) for a cloud inferencing application using a CNN algorithm, and reached

Researchers developing emotional brainwave verification system

Researchers are developing a security system that analyzes brain waves to determine the user’s mental state, and provide or deny access to resources based on them. A research paper titled “Brainwave authentication using emotional patterns” by Violeta Tulceanu was published to the latest issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, and describes the use of brainwave biometrics to supplement access control systems. Applications of a security system based on mental state could include control of access to buildings,

Researchers authenticate handwritten signatures with wearables

Israeli researchers have developed a way to authenticate handwritten signatures with wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness trackers. The signature of a person wearing a device with the app developed by the researchers can be verified to a high degree of accuracy by measurements from the device’s accelerometer and gyroscope. Graduate students Ben Nassi of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Alona Levy of Tel Aviv University, along with professors Yuval Elovici of Ben Gurion University and Erez Shmueli of

Military biometrics market to grow more than 7% CAGR through 2020

Technavio has released a new study entitled ‘Global Military Biometrics Market 2016-2020‘, which forecasts that the global military biometrics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than a 7% during the forecast period. The market research report also includes an up-to-date market analysis and forecasts for various segments and all geographical regions. “The global military biometrics market is forecasted to grow at a steady pace owing to the growing security concerns and increasing illegal migration of people

Shanghai researchers create AI system detecting criminals from face features

Two scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University have published a controversial new study that uses an AI system to distinguish a criminal from a law-abiding citizen with a 85.5% accuracy rate, according to a report by the Telegraph. Researchers Xiaolin Wu and Xi Zhang collected 1,856 ID photos of Chinese males ages 18 to 55, with no facial hair, no facial scars or other markings. Of this data set, 730 were images of criminals which were provided by the police.

Biometric authentication to be used in over 600M mobile devices by 2021: Juniper Research

Juniper Research has released a new study which finds that biometric authentication is ready to move beyond fingerprints alone and use several different identifiers, including facial recognition and voiceprints. These authentication methods will become part of more people’s lives, they will increase from being installed on an estimated 190 million mobile devices in 2016 to exceed 600 million devices by 2021. The new research, Mobile Biometrics: Consumer Markets, Opportunities & Forecasts 2016-2021, finds that demand from businesses for authentication methods

University of Kent receives EU grant for mobile biometrics research network

University of Kent’s The School of Engineering and Digital Arts has been awarded a €2.5 million (US$2.76 million) grant from the European Commission for a research network that will address current issues facing the use of mobile devices to deliver biometric solutions. The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Integrated Training Network (ITN) grant, which will begin this January, is being spearheaded by Kent’s Deputy Head of Engineering and Digital Arts, Dr Richard Guest. The project will be a collaboration with four other European

Increased use of facial recognition driving demand for IR LED devices

Digitimes Research released new research that finds that among all biometric technologies, the growing use of facial recognition is expected to drive demand for infrared (IR) LED devices, which is used to improve accuracy of facial recognition. The increased application of facial recognition can be attributed to the technology’s contactless nature, quick recognition and ease of use. Digitimes Research notes that while fingerprint recognition remains the most popular biometrics technology, it requires contact of fingers and therefore is mostly applied