Biometrics expert honored for work in assisting with murder investigation

According to a report by MSUToday, Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, has been honored by the Lansing Police Department (LPD) and the Michigan State University Police Department (MSUPD) for his work assisting with a murder investigation in 2016. Jain and two members of his biometrics team, post-doctoral student Kai Cao and recently graduated doctoral student Sunpreet Arora, were awarded a Civilian Citation by the LPD “for meritorious actions which significantly

African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

Australia to process 90% of incoming passengers based on biometrics by 2020

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched a tender for companies to submit technology solutions that will replace passports and immigration officers with electronic stations and automatic triage, according to a report by Airport-Technology.com. The department hopes to implement the world’s first entirely automatic, seamless processing system for international passengers entering the country based on their biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. Earlier this year, DIBP announced an ambitious plan to implement a new

Mobile biometric payment volumes to reach nearly 2B in 2017

Juniper Research has released a new study that forecasts that the number of mobile biometric payments will increase to nearly 2 billion this year, up from just over 600 million in 2016. In the new study, “Mobile Payment Security: Biometric Authentication & Tokenisation 2017-2021”, Juniper found that while Apple Pay had provided the catalyst for initial growth, other digital wallets including Android Pay and Samsung Pay were increasingly offering biometric authentication solutions. The study also found that the size of

Trends and perspectives in the use and security of biometric technologies

This is a guest post by Sándor Bálint, Security Lead for Applied Data Science for Balabit The use of biometric technologies is clearly on the rise. Physiological and behavioral biometric data is being collected in quantities never seen before, and the possibilities to collect such information has also reached unprecedented levels. One contributing factor to this is the availability of data analysis solutions that are able to deal with massive amounts of information, making it possible to collect, store and

BIO-key to host Q1 2017 earnings conference call

BIO-key International will issue its Q1 2017 results post-market on May 15, and management will host a conference call to review the results on May 16 at 10:00 am EDT. Chairman and CEO Mike DePasquale, CFO Cecilia Welch and COO Barbara Rivera will be participating on the call. The company recently raised $1 million through the sale of common stock priced at $3.60 per share through a private placement with an existing investor and member of its Board. At the

Intercede’s WordPress plugin offers users fingerprint login option

Intercede has launched RapID Secure Login (RapID-SL), a WordPress plugin that enables administrators and subscribers to log into websites and blogs with their fingerprints instead of usernames and passwords. Available through the WordPress Plugin Directory, RapID Secure Login works with an Android or iOS app to provide high security authentication using 2048-bit cryptographic keys. According to a company statement, to login with RapID-SL from a smartphone or tablet, users simply tap the QR code on screen and subsequently provide a

Mastercard study forecasts growth of mobile payments, wearables, biometrics

Mastercard has published new research exploring the growth of digital payments and other payment technologies, which found that 59 percent of respondents believe that mobile payments will be the next payment technology to take-off. In addition, 47 percent of respondents think that wearable technology will be the next big payment technology, followed by biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprints (42 percent). The credit card giant surveyed over 1,000 New Zealanders for the annual study, which found that more than

New funding for Bio-key to support ongoing growth and Nasdaq up-listing plan

In a private placement with an existing investor and member of its Board, BIO-key International has raised $1 million through the sale of common stock priced at $3.60 per share, a 42% premium to yesterday’s closing price. The company has also secured a $5 million Common Stock Purchase Agreement with a 36-month term from an accredited institutional investor. BIO-key, at its sole discretion, is able to sell up to a total of $5 million of its common stock to the

Safran to deploy single multi-biometric platform for Government of Botswana

Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho South Africa, has won a contract with the government of Botswana to upgrade the legacy AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) platforms into a single, multi-biometric and multi-use new-generation platform. The Botswana Police Service (BPS) has worked with Safran Identity & Security since 1998. The future multi-biometric system will use fingerprint and facial recognition to serve all the identification requirements of various government departments. It is the first step for the rationalization of