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

Biometric Research Note: Indonesia most advanced adopter of eID credentials

Implementing a biometrically-enabled identification card in Indonesia, the country with the fourth largest population, has been a vital step in creating a nationwide identification infrastructure which embraces and enhances a number of applications, including e-government, financial projects and social services. As BiometricUpdate.com has previously mentioned, Indonesia committed US$600 million to provide a national identity card to all of its 172 million residents. The Asian nation has introduced a new eID credential to replace all existing identity cards. The cards, entitled

University of Southampton gets government funding for biometrics, cybersecurity

The University of Southampton in the UK has secured a grant to launch a cybersecurity research center, and extend its study of biometrics. The University of Southampton is one of only eight universities to have been named a “Centre of Academic Excellence” by the government’s cybersecurity scheme. As a part of its status, the University has secured an approximately USD$80,000 government grant to focus on cybersecurity, the BBC reported. Part of this grant money will be put towards extending its

Free facial recognition up to snuff with specialist options

Research has shown that freely available facial recognition search engines used by popular social networks like Facebook are as reliable and accurate as some specialist systems sold to government agencies, Police Oracle reports. These findings, shown at the Biometrics 2012 Conference in London last month, were presented by Michael Thieme, director of special projects for the International Biometric Group in the U.S.. To conduct the study, a large mass of facial images were retrieved from Facebook, Face.com (acquired by Facebook)

Biometric Research Note: Systematic process needed to implement government eID programs

Governments are under increasing pressure to effectively identify individuals and safely secure their borders. Accurately issuing and verifying the integrity of documents like passports, border patrol documents, national IDs and employee badges is increasingly important. Initial smart card-based technologies filled the demand for electronic identification. But new challenges are evolving in issuance, usability and accuracy. Next-generation solutions include faster read and write speeds to process and create documents efficiently, enhanced memory technology to support emerging security requirements, and better contactless

Biometric Research Note: Market for electronic identity cards projected to grow

The Biometrics Research Group expects the market for electronic identity (eID) cards to reach US$5.2 billion by 2015. With the globalization of world trade, there has been an expansion in the flow of people and goods. In order to prevent counterfeiting and piracy along with terrorism activities, many governments maintain that more reliable identification and authentication methods are required. Consequently, many countries have been deploying eID cards or actively studying approaches to eID card implementation. An eID card is typically