Latin American biometrics market to grow almost 25% through 2018

Technology research and advisory company TechNavio has published a new report “Biometrics Market in Latin America 2014-2018″, which projects that the biometrics market in Latin America will grow at a CAGR of 23.7% between 2013-2018. In its analysis of Latin America, the report focuses specifically on the biometrics markets of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina – all of which have seen strong growth in recent years. The report covers a range of topics, including market landscape, market segmentation by technology, market

European Association for Biometrics to host biometrics and identity management conference

The European Association for Biometrics announced it will host the EAB-Research Project Conference 2014, a conference that focuses on European Commission-funded research on biometrics and identity management. Held on September 8 and 9 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany, the EAB-Research Project Conference 2014 will share the facilities with the IEEE BIOSIG conference, which will take place later that week. The EAB and the EU FP7 projects FIDELITY, FastPass, BEAT, FutureID and INGRESS, are collaborating to host the conference, which

Researchers using facial recognition technology to predict human lifespan

A professor at the University of Illinois is currently developing a new method of facial recognition technology to help predict a person’s lifespan, according to a report by The Washington Post. Jay Olshansky, PhD, first came up with the idea for the research project while talking to an insurance company employee who complained that he only had a short period of time to assess people’s survival prospects. Olshansky told the Post that “some people tend to senesce, or grow older,

Chinese University researchers achieve 99.15% facial recognition accuracy

A team of researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong has reportedly achieved an accuracy rate of 99.15% with its facial recognition algorithm. According to a report in ChinaInternetWatch, these results are based on a test using the Labeled Faces in the Wild database. This database has been specifically created for studying the problem of unconstrained facial recognition, and is seen as a benchmark for these systems. Called DeepID, this new algorithm is reportedly more accurate than Facebook’s DeepFace,

Top biometrics news stories, week of June 22

Biometrics Week in Review: New biometrics testing facility, Facebook rejects biometrics, Nuance Communications, biometrics market valuation, Aadhaar and NPR, biometric exit system for the US, biometric safety deposit boxes and AOptix launches new division. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection to open biometric test facility – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced it will open its test facility for biometric identification technology

Eye tracking and gesture will control future mobile devices

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that technologies that track eye and gesture movements will play a large role in future mobile applications and devices. According to a recent New York Times report, the newest smartphone from Samsung will have an eye-tracking feature that will allow its users to scroll down a page without having to touch the screen. While Samsung has not revealed any details about the the technology it will be using, the firm has filed a trademark in the

Frost & Sullivan analysis notes government as the biggest spender on biometrics in SEA and ANZ markets

A new market report from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand Biometrics Market has found that biometrics market revenue is expected to reach around US $600 million in 2016. The report notes that the governments of Southeast Asia (SAE) and Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) are investing heavily in security projects and infrastructure, such as border control systems and national ID program, which bodes well for the market in the two regions. Further, the Civil Aviation Organization

Biorhythm-based consumer electronics to become mainstream

The next generation of consumer electronics will focus on measuring biorhythms. Biorhythms are defined simply as the rhythms of life, and include vital body functions, including heart rate and blood pressure. Medical chronobiologists have found that biologic rhythms can affect the severity of disease symptoms, diagnostic test results, and even the body’s response to drug therapy. Now these investigators are working to measure how the rhythms of life can be monitored through microtechnology to improve the practice of medicine and

Biometric Research Note: Mobile devices to drive bank adoption of voice biometrics

Financial institutions have identified voice biometrics as one of the best means to secure its client accounts and financial information. Voice biometrics compares various characteristics drawn from a person’s voice such as inflection, pitch, dialect, among others, and matches that with data captured. For voice recognition to work it requires banks and other financial institutions to register their clients voice patterns and correlate them to personal data for incorporation into a database. Voice biometrics solutions allow customers to verify their

Biometrics Institute warns of threat to privacy in widening access to National Pupil Database

Earlier this month, the Biometrics Institute, an independent international body representing biometrics users, academia and the industry have called for caution in widening access to the National Pupil Database (NPD) as proposed by the UK government. According to institute Chief Executive Isabelle Moeller, the UK’s proposal is a challenge to the privacy of UK citizens. The institute is responding to a recent call for public submissions about the government’s decision to widen access to details about British students, through the