New biometric security patent for iPhone published

A recently published Apple patent protects enhanced security capabilities embedded in the iPhone, the firm’s flagship mobile device. The patent describes security features that can be added to the iPhone home button and Touch ID. The patent application lays out how a Touch ID sensor can be paired with an on-screen combination lock or other secondary security feature, requiring users to move their finger in certain directions to fully unlock a device. The patent’s abstract notes that an: “An electronic device [iPhone] may

NEXT Biometrics to supply 10,000 sensors to Taiwanese partner

NEXT Biometrics announced today that it has received a purchase order for 10,000 area sensors from a Taiwanese partner. According to a company news release, all 10,000 sensors that have been ordered are slated for delivery before the end of this year. Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO NEXT Biometrics said: “NEXT is the only player able to meet this market segment need of system quality, determined by sensor size, at mass market acceptable pricing.” The firm reports is excited to move forward

ImageWare to provide retailer with multi-modal biometric identity management on Fujitsu cloud

ImageWare Systems announced it has signed a three-year contract with an undisclosed major international retailer to provide its multi-modal biometric identity management product suite that runs on the Fujitsu Trusted S5 Cloud platform. According to the agreement, ImageWare’s IWS CloudID product suite will use face, finger, iris and voice authentication. The solution will operate on top of the Fujitsu Trusted Cloud S5 platform, a fully configured, on-demand cloud infrastructure. The biometric identification management solution will initially be implemented at the

ImageWare Systems issues financial results for Q2

ImageWare Systems reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, in addition to providing a corporate update to highlight the company’s progress since its last update in May. ImageWare earned revenues of $937,000 for Q2 2014, which is just slightly less than the same quarter last year when it earned $1.0 million. The company’s gross margin in the Q2 2014 increased by 410 basis points to 75.2%, as compared to 71.1% in Q2 2013. ImageWare attributes

Fingerprint recognition provider Technoglobal adopts accretive M&A strategy

Technoglobal Inc., a leading Japanese provider of fingerprint authentication technology, is seeking to acquire new international businesses to spur accretive growth. Technoglobal has decided to continue its expansion not just through organic growth but also via strategic overseas acquisitions. The firm has hired KGI Asia Limited, a pan-Asian financial services group, to assist in identifying purchase targets. KGI Asia is one of the top 10 futures brokers in the region, serving more than 500,000 clients in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan,

Suprema provides Turkish supermarket chain with biometric employee tracking

Carrefour, a supermarket chain in Turkey, has selected fingerprint recognition terminals from Suprema, that will be used to track employee attendance. Suprema, through a local Turkish supplier, has provided 500 units of its BioEntry Plus solution to the Carrefour chain. BioEntry Plus is a user-friendly IP-based fingerprint access control device that features easy installation. The solution features an integrated fingerprint and proximity card reader, and offers a full range of access control applications from a simple standalone door control to

Apple, Samsung try to ease Capitol Hill’s concerns regarding fingerprints

Both Apple and Samsung are trying to ease Capitol Hill’s concerns regarding the use of fingerprint recognition technology in their Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5s devices, respectively, according to a report by The Hill. Both companies submitted letters to Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s privacy and technology subcommittee, claiming their users’ fingerprints are not stored on their smartphones and are therefore safe from getting into the hands of “hackers and identity thieves”. “We agree with

U.S. Army to launch biometric intelligence lab

With less than a month before its July 29th launch, the U.S. Army is working towards setting up its Biometrically Enabled Intelligence System Integration Lab project, as well as recruiting companies to participate in the initiative, according to a report by Washington Technology. As the U.S. Army continues to engage in ongoing combat against small terrorist groups that are harder to identify among the general population, its need for advanced biometric and forensic technology, including fingerprint, facial and iris recognition,

Precise Biometrics appoints corporate marketing manager, issued patent

Precise Biometrics has named Daniel Edlund corporate marketing manager and member of its management team, which comes as part of an increased focus on sales. “Daniel will play an important role in furthering strengthening our commercial position and offering to our customers,” says Precise Biometrics president and CEO Håkan Persson, who was just recently appointed himself. Edlund has over 10 years of experience within marketing and communications from the information and telecommunications industry. He most recently served as affairs &

CLEAR to launch biometric security fast-pass system at Las Vegas airport

CLEAR will introduce its biometrics security fast-pass system at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport later this summer, making McCarran the 10th airport in the United States to offer the identity verification system. Those travelers willing to pay an annual membership fee will be able to go through security checkpoints in less time by using a CLEAR Card that verifies their identity using fingerprint and iris recognition. Clear, a New York-based technology business, announced that McCarran would be the 10th airport