Biometrics Institute celebrates 15 year anniversary

The Biometrics Institute recently announced its 15-year anniversary of promoting the responsible use of biometrics as an independent international user group. “I joined the Biometrics Institute in May 2002 and what an amazing journey it has been,” said Isabelle Moeller, the Biometrics Institute Chief Executive, “and what great foresight its founding members had when they then predicted that biometrics was to be in common use in the future and that the Institute wanted to be ahead of the game, technically

The risk of centralized storage for biometric data

This is a guest post by Don Waugh, Co-CEO of Applied Recognition. In June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered a data breach stealing the records of 21.5 million people. The stolen data included detailed background security-clearance-related information. More alarmingly, it also included 1.1 million fingerprints resulting in the compromise of secret agents, as they could be identified by their fingerprints even if their names had been changed. Astoundingly, the OPM was using simple passwords to

Sionic Mobile to integrate facial recognition by AuthenticID into consumer apps

Sionic Mobile announced it has partnered with AuthenticID to integrate its facial identity recognition system catfishAir into both upcoming versions of ION Rewards and Shop2Give consumer apps. According to Sionic Mobile’s and AuthenticID, both apps will protect consumers using facial recognition for identity authentication during account setup. As a result of the partnership, AuthenticID is incorporating its biometric facial recognition tool into Sionic Mobile’s ION Rewards and Shop2Give apps to verify the user’s identity. “Biometric facial recognition technology validates the

Global biometrics market projected to reach $24.6 billion by 2020

The global biometrics technology market is expected to reach US$24.59 billion by 2020, according to a new study published by Grand View Research, Inc. According to the research firm, increasing demand in consumer electronics to enhance customer experience is expected to drive the biometrics technology market over the next six years. Biometrics technology will be used by several verticals in the private, public and commercial sectors to overcome security threats, which is primarily expected to fuel market demand over the

IBM supports biometrics for corporate BYOD use

IBM stated in a recent blog post that it expects that the addition of biometrics to personal mobile devices will enhance security surrounding corporate “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies. BYOD refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally-owned mobile devices (such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The article, written on behalf of Big Blue by freelance writer Sue Poremba, notes that: “IT

Two mobile devices adopt Natural Security Alliance standard

Natural Security Alliance recently announced the launch of two connected devices implementing its Natural Security standard. The two devices have been developed for proximity payment projects to enable users to pay with a strictly personal device that was designed specifically for payment transactions and that delivers strong authentication without compromising security or personal data protection. The Natural Security standard combines biometrics, used to approve transactions, with a personal connected device. These personal devices are provided by two manufacturers, UINT (WIBiMi) and

Leaked image hints at more embedded Touch ID sensors in Apple devices

Apple’s iPad mini 3 could be the next idevice to sport a fingerprint sensor, based on a new leaked image. A photo originally posted by appears to show the iPhone 6, an iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, and they all seem to include the company’s biometric Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Reported previously in, Apple recently opened up its Touch ID API for developers. Following that development, it’s not completely unrealistic to think

5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometrics by 2019: Goode Intelligence

In its latest analyst report, Goode Intelligence has forecasted that by 2019 there will be 5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometric technology around the globe. According to Mobile and Wearable Biometric Authentication: Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2019, this projected growth will initially be driven by the integration of fingerprint sensors in high-end smartphones and tablets, then rapidly followed by other innovative biometric technologies deployed as part of either FIDO Aware solutions, proprietary-device OEM led initiatives such as Touch ID,

IdentityX launches update with Apple Touch ID fingerprint biometric integration

IdentityX has just launched a major system update with support for Apple’s biometric Touch ID fingerprint technology. According to the Daon Affiliate company, IdentityX’s universal mobile authentication platform – the Infinity Platform — allows users to mix and match security factors. Infinity already supports fingerprint-enabled Windows devices and is currently being integrated on Android devices with fingerprint readers, like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Now that Apple has opened up its Touch ID API for developers, the company is able to support

Synaptics CEO’s comments spark rumors of Samsung wearables with fingerprint sensors

It’s likely we’ll see Samsung wearables with embedded Synaptic fingerprint sensors in the near future. This is according to Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman, who, while speaking to media in TaiPei said “probably, you will see fingerprint technology in wearable devices in 2015. Using fingerprint ID sensors for a small curved display is not a big challenge.” According to a report in the Korea Herald, since Samsung is the only client of Synaptics’ fingerprint technology, it’s expected that the South Korean company