Usability should be key consideration in biometric border systems

Usability and functionality should be a primary concern for designers and manufacturers of biometric systems. Though such systems typically are deployed for security applications, they should still provide an exemplary service experience that quickly meets the basic needs of the user, without fuss or bother. Most would attest that the air travel experience is anything but an exemplary one. Travelers in the high-security, post-911 era have to run a high-paced gantlet of airline flight check-in, along with baggage drop-off, security

Medbox acquires 50% partnership stake in MedVend

Medbox has announced that it will acquire a 50% partnership stake in MedVend, LLC, a Michigan based bio-tech company that has developed a patented automated medicine dispensing machine used for traditional prescription pharmaceutical dispensing. This deal has involved cash and a restricted stock component, totaling up to US$ 5,150,000. This amount includes a $300,000 capital infusion and additional loans if needed for operating expenses into a jointly controlled new corporation that will operate the business on a going forward basis. Besides infusion capital and

Precise Biometrics to launch Tactivo for Android this year

Precise Biometrics plans to launch its wildly popular Tactivo for Android and other mobile platforms by the end of Q2 this year. Selected partners will have prototype access in May and a mobile toolkit for Android will also be release to app developers during the spring. To expedite this broadening of Precise’s mobile product range, the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Sony Mobile’s consultancy unit in Lund, Sweden. Tactivo is a smart card and fingerprint sensor, originally designed for

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

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to use MorphoTrak fingerprint system

Thanks to a system upgrade from MorphoTrak, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will soon be more efficient and accurate in its fingerprint identification efforts. The new contract upgrades the existing TBI fingerprint system with the latest technology from the Morpho Biometric Identification Solution, which the company says offers the top matching accuracy, also featured in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system. The upgrade will also provide increased system accuracy and throughput, as well as greater database capacity, thanks to

Bridge Community Bank adopts TASCET biometric identification and verification system

Bridge Community Bank has announced it is adopting the TASCET Financial ICONN privacy solution to streamline the banks online and physical customer identification and verification process. Starting in 2013, account holders will be able to request a Financial ICONN at select bank locations in Iowa. According to the company, Bridge Community Bank is the first institution in the country to adopt this TASCET technology. “Protecting our customers’ identities and assets is always our number one priority,” Bob Steen, CEO of Bridge Community

SecuGen demonstrates fingerprint technology at CES

SecuGen Corporation, a leader in advanced optical fingerprint recognition talked about its Android compatible Hamster Plus fingerprint readers and soon-to-be released SDK for Android with BiometricUpdate.com at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week. The firm’s Hamster Plus is an improved version of SecuGen’s popular and versatile fingerprint reader product line. Packaged in a comfortable, ergonomic design, the Hamster Plus features the industry’s most rugged and advanced optical sensor using patented surface enhanced irregular reflection

Global Entry to be introduced in Saudi Arabia

Global Entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that uses biometric verification to allow expedited clearance for pre-approved, traveling low-risk U.S. citizens and permanent residents, is set to be introduced in Saudi Arabia, the Bahrain News Agency reports. Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has met with the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on the ongoing relationship and cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, including the extension of the Global Entry program to Saudi

Aadhaar authentication gets a boost from iris biometrics

The Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) is currently finishing work to introduce iris-based authentication in the first quarter of 2013, rediff reports. As the article states, one of the biggest issues that have faced the UIDAI’s Aadhaar program is the risk of the deterioration of citizen fingerprint quality, particularly since the country has such a large farming population. Besides allowing the UIDAI to use iris scans taken during enrollment for de-duping records, it could also use these templates in conjunction with

MobiCash and KCB Bank launch fingerprint banking in Rwanda

Mobile payment platform MobiCash and KCB Bank in Rwanda have launched BioCash, a financial service that uses a fingerprint scanner to authenticate users. As a part of a larger objective to spread financial services to all Rwandans and improve the links between the financial system and the masses, the launch of BioCash will lay a basis for KCB Bank to reach people in locations that remain underserved, particularly hard-to-reach rural areas. This new fingerprint banking system is available to every