Biometrics offer smarter, faster and more respectful border control

This is a guest post by Steve Thies, CEO of Integrated Biometrics It has become clear that 2017 is a year of change and challenge for the United States, especially regarding immigration and national security. With enhanced border protection and aggressive vetting of visitors, immigrants, diplomats and refugees, one of the most important questions will be how to screen these individuals – quickly, accurately and respectfully. Biometric technology can and should be an essential part of these programs. Biometric screening

India to make UIDAI registration mandatory for all Aadhaar authentication devices

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, is expected to make it mandatory for manufacturers to embed the Aadhaar encryption key into biometric devices using Aadhaar authentication, according to a report by the Business Standard. Although all current Aadhaar-connected mobile devices are STQC certified, embedding UIDAI‘s encryption key into the devices will provide an additional layer of security to the hardware as biometric-based digital payments become more prevalent throughout the country. Amitabh Kant, National

iPhone 8 predicted to feature facial recognition, two-step Touch ID

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the upcoming iPhone 8 will feature facial recognition as well as a new design to support an OLED display with 3D Touch capability, according to a report by Mac Rumors. Kuo revealed his iPhone 8 predictions in a new research report, which also states that Apple may replace its current FPCB sensor with a film sensor offering film higher sensitivity in an effort to improve the 3D Touch user experience. He says

Peace sign can be used as a weapon against your identity

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security It seems that nothing is sacred. Not even the symbol of peace; proving that hackers will wreck just about anything. Last week, a Japanese researcher claimed that he could steal fingerprints from selfies, warning us all that flashing our fingers in photos can imperil your identity. Isao Echizen is a professor at the Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division of the National Institute of

EMKA offering Digitus Biometrics’ dual biometric access control solution

EMKA is now offering Digitus Biometrics’ DualLock access control solution, which combines fingerprint biometrics and card technologies. The physical access control solution enables dual-factor authentication at the cabinet door through the combination of fingerprint biometrics and RFID smartcard technology. By storing the fingerprint template(s) on the RFID card, db DualLock eliminates the need to upload templates to the device. As a result, the solution can be integrated with any legacy access control management (ACM) system. The solution provides access security

Bahamas government to intro new biometric passport this month

Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration announced earlier this week that the government will introduce a new series of biometric passports at the end of the month, according to a report by Tribune 242. According to the Bahamas High Commission website, the new Bahamas electronic passport securely stores biographical information and a digital image that is identical to the holder’s facial photo displayed in the passport. The ePassport is embedded with contactless chip technology which allows the stored information

Bodet installs biometric time and attendance system at London retirement facility

Workforce management firm Bodet has installed its Kelio biometric self-service time and attendance management system at Battersea Place, a London, UK-based luxury retirement village and nursing facility, to help manage its over 75 employees. In addition to providing highly accurate, customized staff attendance reports for HR, management and payroll departments, the biometric time and attendance system also helps management with employee engagement and empowerment duties. According to Battersea Place, 60% of its employees are clinical, providing 24-hour care and emergency

Minnesota Courts rule that suspects must provide fingerprint to unlock phones

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a judge’s order instructing a man to submit his fingerprint in order to unlock his smartphone was constitutional, a move that is consistent with similar rulings across the country according to a report by TwinCities.com. The decision relates to a case involving a Minnesota man who attempted to have his burglary and theft convictions repealed in connection to a 2014 robbery in Chaska. The attorney for Matthew Diamond asserted that

ievo fingerprint readers receive CPNI approval for government use

Biometric recognition systems firm ievo Ltd announced that its latest revision of fingerprint readers has been approved by the CPNI (Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure). CPNI included ievo’s flagship fingerprint scanner, ievo ultimate, as part of its trusted Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE), permitting the scanner’s use in protecting a wide range of government facilities. ievo ultimate, which has an IP65 rating, uses an advanced sensor which employs multispectral imaging (MSI) technology to scan and capture data. Using

Kenyan electoral commission to deploy over 7,000 biometric voter registration kits for exercise

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said it will deploy over 7,000 Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits for the 15-day mass voter registration exercise that launched on Monday, according to a report by All Africa. The move comes a couple weeks after the IEBC warned the country that political pressures regarding biometric voter technology may potentially postpone preparations for the nation’s upcoming August elections. Kenya’s smallest ward will receive 3 BVR kits, while the largest will receive 10 kits. IEBC