Global government biometrics market to reach $10.2b in 2025: report

A new report by Strategic Defence Intelligence titled “The Global Government Biometric Systems Market 2015-2025” projects the global biometric systems market to grow at a CAGR of 8.70% from $4.4 billion in 2015 to reach a peak of $10.2 billion by 2025. The report, available for purchase at Research and Markets, offers a detailed analysis of the global government biometric systems market with market size forecasts covering the next 10 years, including the major drivers, trends, and challenges faced by

Windows 10 to feature biometric verification system, password-free identification

The upcoming release of Windows 10 will feature Microsoft’s new biometric security system Hello, which will allow users to unlock their phone, tablet or PC by scanning their face, eyeball or fingerprints, according to a report by the Financial Review. Microsoft announced details about the new Hello feature on the Windows blog, in which Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore said that the biometric system will enable you to “just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices

Rockwell Collins, Atkins to deploy biometric identity management solutions for airports

Avionics and IT systems firm Rockwell Collins is integrating its ARINC vMUSE and ARINC Veripax technologies with the Atkins identity management toolkit, enabling airports to verify travelers using biometric identification. Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE is compatible with a range of biometric modalities, including fingerprint, facial recognition and iris scan enabling it to deliver a plug-and-play solution that can be implemented quickly and easily. The solution allows for a phased rollout of biometric processing, with airline or gate-specific rules permitting the

MasterCard, First Tech FCU to pilot biometric identification program

First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard will introduced a pilot program later this year that enables First Tech FCU members to authorize their financial transactions via biometric identification, according to a report by Credit Union Times. “We are extremely pleased that MasterCard has chosen to partner with First Tech to pilot new payment methods,” said Terry Rodrick, vice president of cards and payments at First Tech. “Biometrics may seem very James Bond- like but the reality is fraudsters are

VMware unveils AirWatch 8 with biometric integration

VMware recently unveiled AirWatch 8, the first major update to its enterprise mobility management platform since the company acquired AirWatch in January 2014, according to a report by Fierce Mobile IT. The AirWatch update includes hundreds of improvements to the system that simplify the mobile management process for IT and end users, as well as adds new features to enable the next generation of mobile enterprise apps. IT departments will benefit from unified endpoint management for almost all devices in

ElevenPaths offers two new biometric authentication and digital technology solutions

Telefónica cybersecurity subsidiary, ElevenPaths, announced it has integrated biometric authentication and digital signature technology into its identity solutions, according to a report by Computer Business Review. ElevenPaths’ new solutions, SmartID and SealSign, are based on technology developed by SmartAccess, which Telefónica previously acquired. SmartID combines different authenticators including smart cards, RFID/NFC devices and biometric fingerprint recognition to allow for more secure user authentication when accessing applications and physical equipment. In addition, SealSign is an electronic document-signing platform that works with

Non-EU nationals to undergo voluntary biometric screening at EU borders

US citizens and other non-EU nationals entering Europe will soon be asked to participate in facial, iris and fingerprint recognition upon arrival at six major airports, according to a report by the EU Observer. The pilot program is part of the EU’s Smart Borders initiative, which the EU implemented back in October to make it easier for foreigners who frequently travel to the EU as well as to monitor third-country nationals crossing the borders. The biometric identification process is voluntary,

Two UK banks integrate Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition into their mobile apps

UK banks RBS and Natwest both recently integrated Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint technology into their iPhone apps, allowing customers to login into their mobile accounts by scanning their thumbprint instead of entering a password, according to The Huffington Post. The move follows an increasing trend that customers are more than happy to ditch the conventional password for more advanced forms of security including biometrics. According to recent research conducted by financial software company Intelligent Environments, 80% of the British people

Biometric residence permits will now be mandatory for all first time visa applicants to UK

The UK government is making it mandatory for all first time visa applicants to the UK to apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP), according to a report by Relocate magazine. The move is an extension of the current rule, which requires non-European economic area nationals to apply for a BRP only when granted permission to extend their stay in the UK for more than a six-month period. All foreigners will be issued with a short validity “travel” sticker that

Istanbul Atatürk airport deploys biometric border control gates

TAV IT has implemented a new passport control system at Istanbul Atatürk Airport to expedite passenger waiting times for international flights, according to a report by RusTourismNews. The new fingerprint recognition system is in operation at four passport control points in the airport’s international terminal, including two e-gates on the arrivals floor and another two on the departures floor. TAV IT general manager Kemal Ünlü said that the new e-gates are designed to facilitate passenger flow at the airport. The