Corporate world following consumer market in biometric adoption

Biometric integrations in consumer electronics will drive the global biometrics market to nearly double in size on 14 percent CAGR, according to research from TechSci. Government projects such as e-passports will also contribute to the strong growth, while corporate security adoption of biometrics has been slower, IFSEC Global reports. The biometrics market for corporate security has huge potential, according to IFSEC Global, with technologies such as wearables with integrated biometric APIs largely offered as consumer products so far. There was

Fujitsu selects NEXT Biometrics fingerprint sensors for notebooks and tablets

Fujitsu Client Computing Limited has implemented NEXT Biometrics fingerprint sensors in consumer and commercial notebook and tablet products. NEXT has delivered the initial volumes and expects the volumes to increase over the coming months. “Fujitsu’s extensive testing regime has yet again confirmed the fundamental importance of sensor size,” remarked Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. “Suppliers targeting to offer security and convenience for close to 100% of a population simply cannot compromise on size.” “After extensive testing of a range

ABI Research predicts biometrics market to shift focus on banking, consumer electronics

ABI Research predicts that by 2021 the biometrics market will reach $30 billion and redirect its revenue focus away from the governmental sector to embrace opportunities in the consumer and banking sectors. As a result of this new shift in focus, consumer and banking segments will experience 19% and 12% growth rates, respectively. The new research is part of ABI Research’s Biometric Technologies and Applications Service. “After establishing a foundation in smartphones and user authentication, the biometrics market is branching

End-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication introduced at MWC

Gemalto, Fingerprint Cards, Precise Biometrics and STMicroelectronics have collaborated on an end-to-end security architecture for biometric fingerprint authentication in wearable and consumer electronics devices. This proof-of-concept, introduced at Mobile World Congrees, replaces conventional username/password authentication for applications such as payment, eticketing, digital access and 2-factor strong authentication with swift and secure fingerprint recognition. The companies will demonstrate the solution on a smartwatch that embeds a fingerprint sensor from Fingerprint Cards, fingerprint software based on Precise BioMatch Embedded from Precise Biometrics

Freescale releases ultra-thin microcontroller for smart cards and wearables

Freescale Semiconductor has released an ultra-thin version of the Kinetis K22 microcontroller (MCU) designed for applications such as chip-and-PIN credit cards, wearables and consumer electronics, where security and small form factors are imperative. Measuring at 0.34 millimeters in height, the Kinetis K22 MCU integrates 120 MHz of performance and a range of memories and interfaces. Freescale plans to deploy this ultra-thin packaging technology across a wide range of its Kinetis MCU portfolio, with numerous products planned for release in the

Intel, 50 Cent collaborate on biometric headphones that measure heart activity

SMS Audio, the audio headphone and accessories brand owned by 50 Cent, is set to announce its new line of biometric headphones based on Intel’s health monitoring technology, according to a report by Gizmodo. The entertainer told the WSJ earlier this week that SMS Audio has partnered with a major tech firm to launch a new product later this week. According to unnamed sources cited in the Gizmodo report, BioSport In-Ear is a biometric earbud based on Intel’s prototype health

Stanford Researchers Develop Video Game Controller with Biometric Sensors

A Stanford University research team has modified an Xbox 360 control pad to measure a player’s heart rate, rate of breath, deepness of breath, and movement to calculate how excited a player is by the game. Creator Gregory Kovacs, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, told Stanford News that he replaced the back of the controller with his own customized device which features metal sensor pads, a light-operated sensor and an accelerometer. Using biometric sensors, the modded controller takes

Next round of smartphones to incorporate biometrics

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that biometrics will become integrated within a wide number of mobile devices in the near future. Integration will be driven by smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics, which we expect will add both fingerprint and gesture recognition functionality to their mobile devices within the next year. In January, at the Consumer Electronics Show, a Samsung Android phone was demonstrated which included a fingerprint sensor underneath its screen. Developed by Validity, a

Matt Smallman to keynote Voice Biometrics Conference, May 8-9, in San Francisco

Opus Research has announced that Matt Smallman of Barclay’s Wealth and Investment Management will present this year’s keynote case study at the Voice Biometrics conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, May 8-9, 2013. Smallman leads the Client Experience Strategy and Change team for Wealth and Investment Management at Barclays. In 2012, Smallman was part of the team that implemented the world’s first application of non-text dependant voice biometrics as the primary means of authentication in service centers. The

Arkami’s biometric password management drive makes a splash on Kickstarter

With just less than a month to go, California-based Arkami, Inc. has raised nearly half of its $150,000 goal, having found 700 backers (and counting) on Kickstarter for its myIDkey voice-activated and fingerprint-secured bluetooth password management drive. Addressing a growing consumer pain point – lost or forgotten passwords – Arkami’s new device operates with either a USB or bluetooth connection and stores passwords locally using “military grade encryption.” The idea behind this device is that users can either authenticate and