CLEAR now open for business at LAX

Biometric identity membership platform CLEAR is now open for business at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). CLEAR will be available in all terminals at LAX, moving travelers quickly through security with the touch of a finger or blink of an eye. The launch at LAX expands CLEAR’s nationwide footprint to 22 airports and six stadiums nationwide. “We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to travelers at LAX. We have no doubt the VIP CLEAR experience will resonate with Los Angeles consumers

Privacy group raises concerns about use of airport biometric solutions

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has raised concerns about the use of facial recognition and fingerprints to reduce friction points for airline passengers. Last week, the TSA announced that it is launching a pilot program for new biometric checkpoint screening technology using fingerprints at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport and Delta and CBP announced they will be piloting facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta and New York airports. Delta also announced

New Microsoft keyboard features Fingerprint Cards sensor

Fingerprint Cards‘ touch sensor FPC1025 is featured in Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, the first keyboard to include an invisible fingerprint sensor hidden in a normal looking key. “We’re really excited to see Microsoft launch this ground-breaking product and happy to see our industry-leading technology featured in it,” said Niklas Strid, Senior Vice President, Business Line PC and Embedded, at Fingerprint Cards. “We’re delighted to support such a large and influential industry player, it’s a testimonial of our products

TSA piloting biometric border control technology at Atlanta, Denver airports

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Instagram that it will launch a pilot program this week for new biometric checkpoint screening technology at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport. The transportation agency is conducting a proof of concept demonstration to assess the operational and security effects of using fingerprint recognition to verify the identities of passengers. Through the biometric authentication technology, travelers are able to use their fingerprints as both a boarding

BIO-key secures initial orders for its line of biometric locks

BIO-key International has secured initial orders for its TouchLock line of biometric locks, which were debuted at CES in January. Each TouchLock model allows for multiple users’ fingerprints to be registered, depending upon the use case. The original owner or enrollee becomes the lock’s administrator and is able to manage between 1 to 20 different user fingers. BIO-key’s lock line includes: a heavy-duty, water resistant padlock for outdoor use; a luggage lock that meets TSA travel lock standards; a compact

Apple granted patent for alternative Touch ID mechanism

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for its invention covering a redesigned Touch ID mechanism for next-generation Apple devices that will feature larger displays by eliminating the standard ‘home button’, according to a report by Patently Apple. Patent application #14/741,831 was originally filed in Q2 2015 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Apple writes in the patent, “Because the finger biometric sensor assembly #30 is smaller than prior art finger biometric

Korea Internet & Security Agency developing biometric authentication for mobile banking

South Korean government-run Korea Internet & Security Agency is developing biometric authentication for mobile banking with plans to commercialize the technology by late 2018, according to a report by The Korean Herald. “We are developing an algorithm for authenticating mobile banking with a combination of a fingerprint, heart rate and (an) electrocardiogram,” said Jason Kim, chief of KISA’s security technology dissemination team. “The technology is expected to be much safer than existing biometrics including iris sensors, fingerprint scanners and facial

NGO says Israel’s biometric database law an infringement of privacy rights

The Digital Rights Movement has filed a request to Israel’s High Court to block the state from a public campaign to convince the public to sign up for smartcard identification and the country’s biometric database. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post this court action is a part of the NGO’s broader campaign to get the new biometric database law struck as an unconstitutional infringement of privacy rights, asserting that the campaign is designed to fool the public into

Neurotechnology adds ‘Extreme’ edition to its MegaMatcher Accelerator solution

Neurotechnology has added a new ‘Extreme’ edition to its MegaMatcher Accelerator line of multi-biometric identification solutions for national-scale projects. According to a company statement, the new edition can handle up to 160 million fingerprints, up to 40 million faces and up to 200 million eye iris templates on one server and is capable of matching 1.2 billion fingerprints per second, 1.2 billion faces per second or 700 million eye irises per second on a single server. “MegaMatcher Accelerator Extreme edition

Theme park visitors want biometrics tech used for identity verification

Omnico has published a new research report that finds that 85 percent of consumers in the US, UK, China, Japan and Malaysia want theme parks to use artificial intelligence (AI) systems for ID verification for greater convenience. Chinese visitors are the most willing, with 92 percent in favor of being subjected to AI-based technologies for ID verification. Fingerprint recognition is the most popular biometric identification method across the five countries (32 percent), while consumers in China prefer facial recognition (41