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

Terrorism and fraud risks will drive demand for automatic identification systems: Technavio

Technavio analysts forecast positive growth for many segments of the global automatic identification system market over the next four years due to increased revenues in several markets, including access control solutions, contactless smart cards and palm vein biometrics. The high convenience of contactless smart cards and its extensive adoption by governments to meet their escalating security needs is helping to drive the growth of the global contactless smart cards market, resulting in a CAGR of close to 33% during the

Global privacy law research supports on-device matching

Matching biometric data on a device better satisfies global privacy requirements than matching it on a server, particularly with regards to personal control, and data residency, according to new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Biometric authentication and cloud computing are gaining popularity at the same time, and cloud capabilities like rapid scaling and remote storage have apparent benefits for some biometric deployments, but the research suggests that the privacy laws make realizing those benefits challenging, if not impossible. Biometrics and

Credence Research report forecasts biometrics market to reach $34.5B by 2022

Credence Research has published a new research report entitled “Biometrics Technology Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis, and Forecast 2015 – 2022,” which predicts that the biometrics technology market will reach $34.5 billion by 2022. Analysts at Credence Research attribute this significant growth to the increasing adoption in both public as well as private sector. Governments around the world are adopting biometric technologies for access authorization, identification and verification, e-passport management and national border control projects. The increasing use

Technavio publishes reports on multimodal, EEG and ECG biometrics market

Technavio has published a new research report entitled “Global Multimodal Biometrics Market 2016-2020“, which finds that the global multimodal biometrics market will grow at a CAGR of more than 15% over the forecast period. The report shows that the increasing adoption of mobile devices across sectors like healthcare, government, enterprises, BFSI, and transportation sectors is leading to the increased use of multimodal biometrics for securing access to data on mobile devices. Analysts from Technavio highlight the various applications of mobile

Researchers using skull sounds for identity verification

A team of researchers have developed an authentication method for wearable computer users that listens to the unique sound of the wearer’s skull, according to a report by Gizmodo. The authentication method — which is designed for wearables such as Google Glass or VR goggles — would use an integrated bone conduction speaker to amplify an ultrasonic signal into the user’s skull. The device’s microphone would then record precisely how that signal sounded after being reflected inside the individual’s head.

Facial recognition expert joins Vigilant Solutions

Roger Rodriguez, a world-renowned facial recognition expert, has joined Vigilant Solutions in the role of Manager of Image Analytics. Mr. Rodriguez joins the Vigilant Solutions team after more than twenty years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Rodriguez worked patrol and then later with the NYPD Communications Division and the Intelligence Division, conducting counterterrorism security assessments, educating on pre-incident terrorism indicators, briefing the Emergency Services Unit on intelligence-driven maneuvers, and providing dignitary protection to world leaders including the

European Association for Biometrics and IDIAP hosting workshop on new research consortium

Next month, the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and IDIAP will host a workshop in Amsterdam on the European Cooperative Identity Technologies Research Consortium, the EAB-CITeR. The EAB-CITeR is an EAB committee under the governance of the EAB statutes. It is based on the model of the US CITeR, which has completed over 100 research projects during the past 10 years of its existence. The EAB has delegated the management of the EAB-CITeR to the IDIAP Research Institute based in

Researchers looking to identify terrorists based on hand geometry

Researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan are using an artificial intelligence algorithm and biometrics to identify a person using hand geometry and more specifically, the “V” signs terrorists sometimes make when posing for photos or videos. In an MIT Technology Review report, researcher Ahmad Hassanat and his team said: “Identifying a person using a small part of the hand is a challenging task, and has, to the best of our knowledge, never been investigated.” According to the study’s abstract: “Sometimes