Singapore introducing a biometric entry and exit program to boost security

In an effort to boost the country’s security levels, Singapore is rolling out a biometric entry and exit program for travellers arriving and departing Singapore. According to a report in the Straits Times, the border security system will start immediately at sea and land ports and will be introduced at airports in the coming months. An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) spokesperson said that those aged six and above who use manned counters at immigration checkpoints will have to scan

Police in Norway to force suspect to unlock smartphone with his fingerprint

Nordhordland District Court in Norway is allowing Norwegian police to force a man under police investigation to unlock his smartphone with his fingerprint, according to a report by MacRumors. Police in Norway recently went to court to force a 27-year-old drug suspect to unlock his smartphone using the mobile device`s embedded fingerprint reader in order to secure evidence for their case. According to local media reports, police believe the phone contains evidence about where he obtained the drugs that he

Explainer: Fingerprint Matching

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. defines fingerprint identification as an automated method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Over the years, fingerprint identification has become one of the most well-known and publicized biometric modalities. Because of their uniqueness and consistency over time, fingerprints have been used for identification for over a century. The first recorded use of fingerprints for identification was in 1858. With advances in computing capabilities by the 1960s, fingerprint identification is now a highly automated technique.

Morpho fingerprint identification technology leads NIST 1-1 verification

Morpho announced that its fingerprint identification technology saw the highest accuracy rate for 1-1 verification in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) latest Proprietary Fingerprint Template Evaluation (PFT II). The biometrics technology firm, along with its U.S. subsidiary MorphoTrak, beat out a dozen other vendors in the test, whose results NIST released on March 18. PFT II is the second phase of an ongoing program that calculates the overall performance of fingerprint matching software in 1-1 verification, which

Fewer than half of insurers use biometrics for cyber security: NY State financial services

The New York State Department of Financial Services published a new report that found that fewer than half of insurance providers surveyed said they use biometric solutions for cyber security, according to a report by CanadianUnderwriter.ca. Released as part of this month’s “Report on Cyber Security in the Insurance Sector”, New York’s financial services department surveyed 43 companies including 31 health and life insurance providers and 12 property and casualty insurance providers. The report found that 58% of insurers have

Fingerprint Cards AB and Atmel Corporation become strategic partners

Fingerprint Cards AB and Atmel Corporation have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly develop combined capacitive touchscreens and touch fingerprint area sensor technology for smart devices. The joint solution offered by both companies will aim to accelerate an OEM’s time-to-market by offering must-have high-performance security and user interface solutions. “In order to bring more security to mobile devices, device manufacturers are adopting fingerprint sensing technologies to offer consumers an improved user experience,” said Jorgen Lantto, acting President and CEO

Alipay to enable iPhone 5s users in China to make online payments via fingerprint authentication

Chinese online payment solution firm Alipay announced it will enable Chinese users of the iPhone 5s running iOS 8 to authenticate online payments by scanning their fingerprint, according to Mobile World Live. Alipay has already previously enabled fingerprint-based payments with the Huawei Mate 7 and Samsung Galaxy S5. So far, only the iPhone 5 is reported to enable Alipay payments, with no mention of whether other Apple devices that feature the Touch ID sensor will also have the same capability.

Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards stuck in post

Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards and smart cards have been piling up across post offices in the region surrounding the western port city Kochi in India. The Postal Department says a shortage of staff is the main cause for backlog, and has been affecting the region for at least three months, according to a report by New Indian Express. The unavailability of Smart Cards has prevented those living in coastal areas including Palluruthy, Chittoor, Kannammali, Kumbalangi, Vypeen and Udayamperoor from accessing

Medbox acquires 50% partnership stake in MedVend

Medbox has announced that it will acquire a 50% partnership stake in MedVend, LLC, a Michigan based bio-tech company that has developed a patented automated medicine dispensing machine used for traditional prescription pharmaceutical dispensing. This deal has involved cash and a restricted stock component, totaling up to US$ 5,150,000. This amount includes a $300,000 capital infusion and additional loans if needed for operating expenses into a jointly controlled new corporation that will operate the business on a going forward basis. Besides infusion capital and

Precise Biometrics to launch Tactivo for Android this year

Precise Biometrics plans to launch its wildly popular Tactivo for Android and other mobile platforms by the end of Q2 this year. Selected partners will have prototype access in May and a mobile toolkit for Android will also be release to app developers during the spring. To expedite this broadening of Precise’s mobile product range, the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Sony Mobile’s consultancy unit in Lund, Sweden. Tactivo is a smart card and fingerprint sensor, originally designed for