Saudi mobile phone subscribers drop by 3 million due to fingerprint registration

A report by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) revealed that the number of mobile phone subscribers in Saudi Arabia decreased from 54 million in 2011 to 51 million in 2016 following the July 20th deadline for fingerprint registration, according to a report by ArabianBusiness.com. Earlier this year the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced it will fingerprint anyone looking to buy a SIM card as a security measure. Meanwhile, both post-paid and pre-paid mobile phone customers will have a

Federal judge orders man to unlock iPhone via fingerprint recognition

A federal judge has secretly ordered a Dallas, Texas man who allegedly prostituted underage girls to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to now unsealed federal court documents cited in a report by Ars Technica. The case marks one of the first instances where an individual’s phone has been ordered to be unlocked via fingerprint recognition, but these kinds of government demands are expected to occur more frequently with the increasing public adoption of fingerprint technology. Legal experts have

IBIA urges ridesharing firms to enforce fingerprint-based background checks

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new white paper that makes a convincing case for why ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft ought to implement background checks that include FBI and state fingerprint holdings, in addition to other biographic searches, in order to thoroughly assess candidates for employment. According to the white paper, entitled “Uber and Lyft: Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Checks Essential to Assure Public Safety”, Uber and Lyft are not fulfilling their responsibility to reduce

Technavio report finds North American biometrics market to exceed $8B by 2020

Technavio recently published a new research study titled ‘Biometrics Market in North America 2016-2020,’ which forecasts the biometrics market in North America to reach over $8 billion in revenue by 2020. The comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The report states that the Increasing complexity of cyber-attacks and data pilferage, along with the growing awareness about security risks have driven end-users to adopt more secure, multimodal authentication solutions. “A

Alibaba launches app with face recognition lock feature in India

Alibaba has launched Privacy Knight, India’s first free app-lock with a ‘face lock’ feature that allows users to unlock their protected apps by taking a one-second selfie. The company claims that face lock and blink detection setting ensures a 99.47% accuracy for face recognition. “Face lock is set to change the way people protect their privacy,” said Ebrahim Popat, country manager of 9Apps, an Android marketplace within Alibaba Mobile Business Group. “It’s the next big thing after fingerprint lock. The

Sciometrics joins NIST’s contactless fingerprint capture devices research program

Sciometrics has revealed a partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop standards for image quality for contactless fingerprint capture devices such as smartphones and other mobile devices. The purpose of the partnership, a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), is to develop new methods and standards that can support evaluation of these devices by the U.S. Government for certification and use by federal agencies. Certification by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for submission of

Precise Biometrics signs new licensing agreement; announces smartphone integrations

Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement with EOSMEM for licensing of Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution, Precise BioMatch Mobile. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. The license agreement will generate royalty revenue based on sales of fingerprint sensors from EOSMEM that includes Precise BioMatch Mobile. The agreement includes a limited initial fixed

Fingerprint Cards touch sensor in MeReal’s biometric smart card

MeReal Biometrics unveiled its biometric smart card with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) touch sensor FPC1011 at the recent RISE tech conference in Hong Kong, According to a statement by the company, FPC’s key product advantages include low power consumption, fast response time and industry leading 3D image quality, features FPC says may be even more important in the smartcard segment. MeReal Biometrics’ patented “computer on a card” is manufactured in France and combines the FPC1011 fingerprint sensor, a dual acoustic /

Technavio and TechSci reports examine mobile biometric technology

Technavio recently published a market research report that predicts that the biometrics market in North America will grow at a CAGR of more than 12% between 2016 and 2020, primarily driven by cloud-based biometric technology. The technology leverages cloud services through a web-based user interface that can be a browser or mobile application, and its infrastructure includes a server of the biometric template database and the processing data generated during the user’s identification and verification. The biometric identification application currently

Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution featured in updated tablet

In cooperation with Synaptics, Precise BioMatch Mobile has been integrated in an updated version of a previously launched tablet from a Chinese vendor. Precise BioMatch Mobile is Precise Biometrics‘ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices. The fingerprint algorithm is based on Precise Biometrics’ standardized extractor and matcher technology, which is ISO 19794-2 compliant. The integration will generate royalty revenue starting from the second quarter 2016 and royalty revenues are based on the number of sensors Synaptics delivers to