Microsoft files patent for trackpoint with fingerprint sensor

Microsoft filed a patent for a low-profile trackpoint or thumb mouse with an optional fingerprint sensor integrated beneath the surface for identification purposes and for navigation, according to a report by PC World. Originally filed in December, the patent application was published earlier this month. Using facial recognition or a fingerprint sensor instead of a four-digit PIN offers a more secure authentication method for Windows PCs. Microsoft launched its own biometric feature, Windows Hello, last year with Windows 10. The

Sources reveal more about Japan’s biometric cashless payments plan for tourists

Japan Today has unveiled more information about the country`s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to test cashless payment technology using fingerprints and other biometric markers to make transactions safer and easier for foreign tourists. Unnamed sources say the ministry is planning to test cashless payment technology this October in busy tourism spots in the Kanto area around Tokyo, the Kansai region centering on Osaka and the island of Kyushu in the country’s southwest. The ministry will then analyze

Microsoft introduces biometric protection to Web browser

Microsoft has announced that its latest generation of Web browser will natively support its new biometric authentication standard. In a blog post published earlier this week, Microsoft said that its new Edge browser, which is the default browser available with Windows 10 operating system, will support Windows Hello. Windows Hello is described as a more personal way to sign in Windows 10 devices with just a look or a touch. Microsoft claims to enable enterprise-grade security through the process, without

Morpho collaborates with Visa to promote biometrics-based payment technology

Morpho (Safran) is contributing its expertise in biometrics as part of a Visa Europe exhibition in Paris, France this month. The “Visa Explores the Future in Paris” travelling dome event is open to the general public and will stop at different locations across the city from April 7 to 23. In a specific area of the dome dedicated to innovations in payments, Morpho will present biometric solutions that combine security and facility for consumers when making purchases The first demonstration

Suprema’s new biometric access control solution has liveness detection

Suprema’s new BioStation L2 fingerprint terminal offers premium features and performance together with essential hardware to provide a comprehensive access control and time attendance solution. According to a statement by the company, the BioStation L2 is a mid-range device that can support enterprise-level requirements in both access control and time attendance applications, and is enabled with the most powerful processor on the market today. The new enhanced fingerprint algorithm reduces false rejection rates, even in conditions that are not ideal

Precise Biometrics strengthens local presence in Asia; signs license agreement with Chipone

Precise Biometrics has entered into an agreement with Chipone for licensing of Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile. Precise BioMatch Mobile is a patented algorithm solution for secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets and is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. “The cooperation with Precise Biometrics secures that we can provide a competitive total solution for fingerprint recognition,” says JinFang Zhang, CEO at Chipone.

NEXT Biometrics unveils embedded fingerprint module

This week at Mobile World Congress, NEXT Biometrics unveiled the 1411-S, a new fingerprint area sensor embedded module designed for integration into a range of mass market applications, such as remote controls, tokens and door locks. The 1411-S relies on the NEXT sensor chipset combined with a high performance security processor to provide a complete fingerprint solution that supports in-module fingerprint recognition (extraction and matching) as well as fingerprint template storage. The module can be connected to the host system

Two Chinese smartphone brands order fingerprint technology from Q Tech

Two unnamed Chinese smartphone manufactures have ordered approximately five hundred thousand units of fingerprint recognition modules from Q Technology Company Limited. Q Technology expects that its fingerprint recognition business will diversify its businesses and will help broaden its revenue base. The company says it is one of four fingerprint recognition module suppliers worldwide verified by Fingerprint Cards AB and has also has established strong relationships with other major fingerprint sensor providers. In a statement, Q Technology says the two new

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