CLEAR completes $20 million equity financing round

CLEAR announced it has raised a $20 million equity financing round from a group of investors led by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. The company currently provides secure entry biometric services at 12 major airports and at three major league baseball stadiums across the United States. In addition to T. Rowe Price, other new investors include Jeffery H. Boyd, chairman of the board and former CEO of The Priceline Group Inc.; Robert Mylod, the former CFO of The Priceline Group

Cheshire police acquires mobile fingerprint devices

Cheshire police have acquired several mobile fingerprint devices following a successful pilot of the technology last year. The police department did not specify the fingerprint device vendor in the release. The mobile fingerprint devices enable police officers to scan the fingerprints of any individuals who are suspected of a crime at the scene, instead of arresting the individual and taking him or her into custody. The captured fingerprint images can be sent for checking against fingerprints stored in the National

Biometrics Institute releases top 10 vulnerability questions paper

The Biometrics Institute released its new guiding paper, “Top 10 Vulnerability Questions”, to its members and key stakeholders, which helps to clarify some of the commonly asked questions regarding the spoofing of biometrics. “We have been following the research of fake biometrics very closely and with great interest,” said Isabelle Moeller, CEO of Biometrics Institute. “Most recently claims have been made that you can steal fingerprints with only a camera as presented at the Chaos Computer Club Conference in Germany

Baltimore police to purchase Booz Allen Hamilton portable fingerprint devices

The Baltimore police force will purchase five portable biometric fingerprint devices to help crime scene technicians to better solve criminal cases, according to a report by The Baltimore Sun. At a Board of Estimates meeting held on Wednesday, the city approved the $30,000 purchase of five Booz Allen Hamilton VAMPIRE tactical forensic devices through a sole-source contract from Information Technology Solutions. The devices will be purchased using federal grant funds. Booz Allen first introduced the portable biometric device in October,

Precise Biometrics and FPC technology integrated in new smartphone

Precise Biometrics announced that it has partnered with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) to integrate its mobile fingerprint recognition software, Precise BioMatch Mobile, in Huawei’s new Honor 7i smartphone. Although Precise Biometrics does not explicitly specify the smartphone model, the company’s press release does, in fact, display a photo of Huawei Honor 7i. ”We are pleased to see that Precise BioMatch Mobile has been integrated in this new model as well,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “This is the fourth

Precise Biometrics licenses Precise BioMatch Mobile to ELAN

Precise Biometrics has partnered with Taiwanese sensor manufacturer ELAN Microelectronics Corporation in which it will license Precise BioMatch Mobile, its fingerprint recognition product for mobile devices. The license agreement will generate royalty revenue based on sales of fingerprint sensors from ELAN, which are volume dependant and cannot be forecasted at this time. The contract also includes a limited initial fixed fee for the right to integrate and use Precise BioMatch Mobile, as well as for support and maintenance, which will

Precise Biometrics integrates Precise BioMatch Mobile in new smartphone

Precise Biometrics announced that it has partnered with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) to integrate its Precise BioMatch Mobile in yet another smartphone whose name was not disclosed. This marks the tenth time in the past year that Precise BioMatch Mobile has been launched within a smartphone model. From the third quarter of the year, this latest integration will generate license revenue, whose value will be determined based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the mobile phone manufacturer. ”We have

Philippine National Police deploy NEC fingerprint identification system

NEC Corporation announced that NEC Philippines has deployed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila in an effort to maintain a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes. The new AFIS will enable law enforcement to compare sets of fingerprints recovered from crime scenes and match them against a database of known and unknown fingerprints. The system provides three times faster search capabilities to identify crime suspects when compared to

MSU fellowship fund will support doctoral-level research in biometric recognition

Michigan State University announced it is using an anonymous $400,000 cash gift from a former Computer Science and Engineering student to fund doctoral-level research on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition. The Anil K. Jain Endowed Graduate Fellowship is an anonymous gift from an international businessman who was a visiting scholar in computer graphics and image processing in Jain’s laboratory during the early 1980s. Jain is a university distinguished professor of Computer Science and Engineering at MSU, who has

Suprema, Genetec announce integration for biometric access control solution

Suprema has integrated its biometric devices into Genetec, Inc.’s Security Center unified security platform through Entertech Systems’ BioConnect 3.0 identity management platform, to offer an advanced identity management solution. The products work together to simplify the process of deploying, enrolling and managing biometrics for secure access control in any scenario. Suprema integrated a range of biometric devices into Genetec Security Center, including BioStation T2, BioStation, BioEntry Plus, BioEntry W, BioLite Net and BioMini. “Suprema is very pleased to integrate its