UN using IrisGuard ethereum blockchain payment platform for refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) is using IrisGuard’s private Ethereum blockchain technology to enable streamlined payment services for thousands of Syrian refugees seeking humanitarian aid, according to a report by ETH News. After refugees are registered through UNHCR, other humanitarian organizations including the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) can further assist them through resettlement programs, international remittance, healthcare services and microfinance to promote a better

Accenture, Microsoft demonstrate digital identity prototype at ID2020 Summit

Accenture has partnered with with Microsoft and Avanade to provide blockchain and biometric technologies to support ID2020, a global public-private partnership that is working towards implementing digital identity on a global basis by leveraging secure and well-established systems. The companies have developed a blockchain technology-based identity prototype that runs on Microsoft Azure, designed to enable users to control who has access to their personal information, as well as when to release and share data. Using an advanced decentralized, or “distributed,”

Dubai to test ObjectTech-developed biometric border control system

UK-based ObjectTech has signed an agreement with Dubai’s Immigration and Visas Department (GDRFA) to test its ‘gate-less’ border technology, which combines biometric verification and blockchain technology. Once launched, the pilot program will allow passengers travelling to Dubai to walk straight from the plane to baggage reclaim via a short tunnel in which a facial recognition system will conduct a three dimensional scan of the passenger’s face to instantly verify their identity against a digital passport. ObjectTech was selected in January

Humaniq demonstrating biometric wallet app at Consensus 2017

Blockchain technology startup Humaniq is conducting a live demonstration of its Ethereum-based blockchain banking app at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017, this week at the New York Marriot Marquis, according to a report by Econotimes. Designed for both iOS and Android users, Humaniq’s Mobile Wallet provides users with quick access to their balances as well as transactions with other users/merchants. The app manages private and public keys for the user, which are used to authorize transactions locally. Humaniq also offers an API

University of Surrey testing blockchain for wearable biometric data‎ storage and analysis

The University of Surrey has won funding for three blockchain initiatives focused on healthcare, voting and digital archives that will store and analyze wearable biometric data, according to a report by V3. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing the university with a total of £1.1 million (US$1.4 million) for three bids that use distributed ledger technology (DLT), the technology behind blockchain that is used in Bitcoin currency. The first project, ‘Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution’

Biometrics, AI, wearables can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences

In a new article, Future Travel Experience highlighted several new and emerging technologies including biometrics, AI, blockchain, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT) that can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences. Biometrics is one of the leading technologies being tested and implemented by airports and airlines, including the use of biometric-enabled single passenger tokens, as well as fingerprint, iris, and facial recognition. FTE highlights Air New Zealand’s introduction of the biometric-enabled bag drop, Alaska Airlines’ biometric boarding passes

Lotte Card integrates Blocko blockchain biometric authentication in payment app

Korean credit card company Lotte Card integrated a biometric-based authentication technology developed by blockchain startup Blocko Inc. in its payment app. Though several financial organizations in Korea have adopted blockchain technology, this marks the first time in Korea that commercialized blockchain technology has been combined with biometric-based authentication system. Blocko, which develops blockchain-based development platform Coinstack, has the largest number of clients providing blockchain technology in Korea, including Korea Exchange, JB Bank, KISA and Paygate. In July, Blocko raised a

NEC showcasing facial recognition tech for mobile authentication at Singapore Fintech Festival

NEC Corporation and NEC Asia Pacific are participating at the inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival conference and exhibition being held this week at the Singapore EXPO. The festival, organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), in partnership with the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS), aims to bring together a series of distinct events for the global fintech community. NEC will be showcasing business concepts which will drive the digital innovation of financial services, while introducing the latest development of

Indian banks testing blockchain, AI, biometrics, open API and payments

Several Indian banks are testing and launching new technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, biometrics, open API and payments, in both the corporate and retail banking space, according to a report by Live Mint. The banks are exploring these five technologies either independently or with the aid of fintech companies. In July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established an inter-regulatory working group to study issues relating to fintech and digital banking in India in an effort to better understand major

Telstra testing blockchain, biometrics to secure IoT smart home devices

Telstra is testing the combined use of blockchain and biometric security on its Internet of Things (IoT) smart home products, according to a report by ZDNet. Katherine Robins, principal security expert at Telstra, revealed that the company is performing real-world testing of the Ethereum, Apache Hyperledger, and Ripple blockchains. Through the testing phase, Robins said she and her team questioned whether a solution could be found for devices with a small amount of storage through blockchaining IoT. The company initially