Ujjivan to use biometric-enabled ATMs to serve unbanked customers

Indian financial services firm Ujjivan Financial Services announced plans last week to use biometric-enabled ATMs to serve unbanked and underbanked customers, according to a report by The Times of India. Ujjivan is one of 10 entities to receive a small finance bank (SFB) license from the Reserve Bank of India. Financial Software and Systems (FSS) (www.fsstech.com) will be providing its end-to-end “payments in a box” solution for Ujjivan. The new ATMs will provide biometric authentication for customer through fingerprint recognition

MSU researchers collecting infants’ fingerprint data in India

Researchers from the Michigan State University (MSU) Biometrics Research Group are spearheading a new project that allows researchers and medical workers to receive key information from a single finger scan, according to a report by The State News. Through the project, medical employees will be able to accurately identify children by scanning their fingerprint. The workers will receive key patient information such as recent immunizations, and ultimately be able to determine if the child is malnourished. The fingerprint recognition system

Precise Biometrics announces new deployments of Precise BioMatch Mobile

Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile, has been deployed in smartphones from two unnamed vendors in South Korea and China. The South Korean vendor deployment is through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards. The Chinese vendor deployment is through cooperation with Synaptics Incorporated. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for convenient and secure fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited

Apple patents fingerprint sensor that scans through iPhone screen

Apple has received a patent that covers a fingerprint sensor that can accurately read fingerprints through structures like a device screen that, according to a report by Apple Insider. Initially filed in September 2014, the patented technology for a “Capacitive fingerprint sensor including an electrostatic lens” could resolve a major design challenge in the rumored design of next year’s iPhone. Based on several reports, the 2017 iPhone will eliminate the home button and feature a “full-screen face” consisting of an

Precise Biometrics enters licensing agreement with Image Match Design

Precise Biometrics has entered into a commercial software license and distribution agreement with Image Match Design (iMD) for the licensing of Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solutions for fingerprint recognition, Precise BioMatch Mobile and Precise BioMatch Embedded. The agreement includes a per unit license fee, an annual licensing fee for the right to use Precise Biometrics algorithm solutions, and an annual fee for support and maintenance. Precise Biometrics is currently projecting that some of the revenue generated under the agreement will be

Chinese OEM deploys Precise BioMatch Mobile in new smartphone

Last week, Precise Biometrics announced the deployment of Precise BioMatch Mobile in a new smartphone from an unnamed Chinese OEM. Precise BioMatch Mobile is Precise Biometrics’ fingerprint recognition algorithm for mobile devices. Precise BioMatch Mobile will be used in conjunction with Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D fingerprint technology for this deployment. Precise Biometrics is projecting that this deployment will generate royalty revenue starting from the third quarter of 2016. Just last month, it was announced that a new smartphone from

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