China expands biometric collection program in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are gathering DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types from all residents between ages 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Some of the data is being collected under a program “Physicals for All,” which provides free annual medical examinations. Biometric data is also being collecting from those considered a threat to stability, known as “focus personnel,” and their families, regardless of their age. Previously, all passport applicants in the region have been

Brazil adopts OSTP Alliance CIPURSE to protect personal data on new drivers’ license smartcards

Brazil has adopted CIPURSE, the OSPT Alliance’s non-proprietary, open standard for secure transaction solutions, to protect personal data including fingerprints and face photos on new drivers’ license cards. Under the new scheme, the cards will be readable by law enforcement officers with an NFC smartphone app, and card-holders can access financial services with fingerprint authentication. The card also allows for public transportation implementations. “CIPURSE was selected as it is a fast, easy to program, open and non-proprietary standard which is

Determining the best biometric reader for an application

This guest post was contributed by Anixter. Biometric physical access control is the most secure means for allowing access due to the unique physical characteristics of every individual. Biometric physical access control solutions provide stronger authentication methods than a PIN, access card or physical keys, which can be lost or stolen and facilitate an unauthorized entry. Biometrics is the only credential that positively authenticates the person before he or she accesses a secure area. There are multiple ways of using

Experts from 58 countries attend INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL’s Fingerprints unit held the 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium earlier this month, bringing together 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries. Stressing the growing recognition of biometrics as a critical tool against transnational crime, speakers at the symposium included the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Biometrics Institute. Member countries discussed the need to improve the quality of biometric data shared for more accurate identifications that can

Mobile device fingerprint use surges in UK: Deloitte

Almost four out of five smartphone users in the UK (79 percent) use their device’s fingerprint scanner, according to new research from Deloitte. Deloitte’s seventh annual Mobile Consumer Survey, “State of the Smart,” shows that the number of UK smartphone users aged 16 to 75 who use their device’s fingerprint sensor increased by a third from last year to 12 million. Thirty-six percent of mobile devices in the UK are now equipped with a fingerprint sensor, and among those who

DHS considering merging its trusted traveler programs

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske said this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering merging its two trusted traveler programs, according to Travelmarket Report. Pekoske said that merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry programs would streamline management and possibly enhance security. PreCheck is administered by the TSA while Global Entry is managed by CBP. Pekoske said there about 12 million people enrolled in both programs and that

AEON Bank trials Mofiria-developed biometric authentication system

Japan’s AEON Bank is trialing a biometrics authentication system developed by Mofiria Corporation at its ATMs and teller windows, allowing clients to make transactions without a bank card or PIN. The Mofiria solution combines both finger vein and fingerprint authentication technologies. Mofiria is providing the bank with the hybrid biometrics device and related software library for finger vein authentication. According to the company, this is the first trial in Japan to use biometrics only to enable secure banking transactions. AEON

New Lincoln owners to receive complimentary CLEAR membership

Lincoln is collaborating with CLEAR to provide new Lincoln owners with a complimentary CLEAR membership, allowing them to fast-track through security at participating airports and major arenas and stadiums in the United States. At more than 30 participating airports and arenas nationwide, members go to a dedicated CLEAR lane where they are greeted by a CLEAR team member. After a simple finger tap or blink of an eye, members are escorted straight to security screening, bypassing the usual long lines.

UK Ministry of Defence develops new chemical to reveal fingerprints on challenging surfaces

The UK government has announced the development of a chemical for use recovering fingerprints from previously challenging or impossible surfaces. The advanced fingerprint visualization technology makes it possible to acquire prints from items exposed to high temperatures, such as IED components or fired ammunition cases, and cleaned metal items, according to the announcement. The technology was jointly developed by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Loughborough University, where it was

IDEX advances biometric smartcard deployment, develops remote enrollment process

IDEX has partnered with security solution provider Feitian to commercialize a dual interface biometric smart card, and also developed a remote enrollment solution for biometric cards, enabling users to conveniently enroll without being physically present in a branch office, according to a pair of announcements Monday and Tuesday. Feitian has developed a contact and contactless smart card leveraging IDEX’s off-chip fingerprint sensor technology, with rapid card prototyping enabled by IDEX’s complete biometric module. IDEX and Feitian engineering teams worked together