Report predicts growth in two-factor and behavioural biometrics authentication

Less than one in ten businesses now rely solely on passwords for identity authentication, and the majority will be rid of them completely by 2025, according to research released Wednesday. Sponsored by mobile identity company TeleSign, the report “Beyond the Password: The Future of Account Security” shows the cost of fraud, and account takeovers (ATOs) in particular, are driving companies away from passwords, and towards two-factor and behavioural biometric authentication. Lawless Research collected survey responses from 600 professionals responsible for

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

Home Office Biometrics seeking technology delivery partner for multi-location IT service

The UK’s Home Office has posted a request seeking a technology delivery partner to work with the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Program team to provide a “large, complex program converging IT systems into a cohesive, cost effective, user-centered service”. The HOB program aims to develop a unified, integrated biometric service that is effective, adaptable, efficient, proportionate and lawful. The existing immigration and law enforcement biometrics systems are large, complex IT systems supporting thousands of users and millions of records. Current

Umanick to promote IriTech iris recognition healthcare app in Spain

Following a successful pilot of IriTech’s iris mobile solution, Umanick will promote the biometric ID app to penetrate the biometric healthcare market in Spain. Earlier this year, Umanick piloted IriTech’s iris healthcare app at Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia, Spain to identity patients before blood transfusions and chemotherapy treatments. The biometric solution continues to be used at the hospital to help identify about 80 patients daily before crucial medical tests. The solution includes an IriShield camera which connects directly to an

PYMNTS survey finds 52% of consumers prefer biometrics over passwords

PYMNTS has released its latest Digital Identity Tracker study, which finds that customers prefer to use “modern authentication methods” instead of traditional username/password credentials when signing into their online accounts. The study, which was done collaboratively with digital identity firm Socure, shows that 52% of customers would rather use biometrics as an alternative. Each month, the Tracker Scorecard features and ranks companies that are evaluated based on where a company authenticates a consumer’s digital identity (channels), who is using the

GBG to acquire IDscan Biometrics and raise up to $33.8m in share placing

Identity intelligence firm GBG has agreed conditionally to acquire identification software provider IDscan Biometrics, and raise up to £25 million (US$33.8 million) through a share placing on AIM. IDscan Biometrics provides software that automates onboarding of customers and employees by simplifying the identity verification and data capture process. The company helps authentication of documents including passports, visas, ID cards, driving licenses, utility bills and work permits while also capturing facial biometrics. The agreement terms consist of £37 million cash on

Czech border police award two contracts to secunet

German IT security firm secunet has been awarded tenders with the Czech border police to install additional automatic border control (ABC) eGates at Prague’s Václav Havel airport and to add a secunet Document Verifying Certification Authority (DVCA) to the background system used to process eID documents in the Czech Republic. Approximatly 85,000 passengers currently use the 10 eGates installed at Prague Airport to cross the border every month. In response to the positive experience with the EasyGO border control solution,

Sighthound releases facial recognition software for mobile platforms

Sighthound announced that it has released an advanced facial recognition software for mobile handheld platforms. The company will be demonstrating cellphone and tablet based implementations at this week’s CVPR conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sighthound focuses on developing deep networks that run in real time and require less training data than its industry competitors. According to Sighthound, traditional deep networks are computationally expensive and therefore require cloud based server arrays or GPU accelerated hardware. In contrast, Sighthound’s networks are designed

Fingerprint sensor firm Egistec enjoying strong orders

Egis Technology (Egistec) chairman and CEO Steve Ro says the company expects to enjoy strong fingerprint sensor orders through the end of 2016 and is looking to break into the supply chain of China’s brand handset vendors in the fourth quarter. According to a report by Digitimes, Egistec reported net losses of US$2.72 million on consolidated revenues of US$16.5 million for 2015. The company decided not to distribute any dividend for 2015. Ro said that Egistec is set to post

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