Google working on fingerprint unlock feature for Chrome OS

Chromebook owners with the right hardware may be able to start using their fingerprints to access their laptops later this year. According to a PCWorld report, Chrome Story recently spotted a new flag in Chrome OS Canary that discusses “Quick Unlock (Fingerprint).” Fingerprint security features are also mentioned throughout the changelog for Chrome OS 58.0.3007.0 that was released to the dev channel on February 14. Reports that Google was working on adding a new log-in method using fingerprint sensors first

Precise Biometrics, FPC fingerprint tech featured in Redmi Note 4X

Xiaomi has launched its Redmi Note 4X mobile device featuring Fingerprint Cards (FPC) FPC1035 sensor and Precise Biometrics‘ Precise BioMatch Mobile. The FPC1035 sensor supports FPC OneTouch, letting you unlock the device with a simple touch. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Also announced, Meitu has launched its T8 mobile device featuring the

Fingerprint Cards CFO leaving for eye-tracking firm Tobii

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) announced today that its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Johan Wilsby will leave the company no later than July 2017. Wilsby, who has been CFO at FPC since 2015, is leaving the company on his own initiative for eye-tracking firm Tobii where he will succeed Esben Olesen as CFO, according to a Reuters report. “Fingerprint Cards is a dynamic and rapidly growing company where Johan is a business-driven and highly appreciated co-worker,” says Christian Fredrikson, CEO of Fingerprint

U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by Auburnpub.com. In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can

ZKAccess biometric readers integrated with AMAG Symmetry Access Control system

ZKAccess announced AMAG certification completion of its OP-200 fingerprint reader integration with AMAG’s Symmetry security management platform and that it is now a member of the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program. The OP-200 fingerprint reader interfaces with the Symmetry Access Control system to provide biometric capabilities without needing additional middleware. “OP-200 is just one model in our new Opera series of biometric readers designed to integrate with Symmetry,” said Manish Dalal, ZKAccess COO and product manager. ZKAccess and AMAG Technology cooperatively

Biometrics-based disaster evacuee identification system introduced in Japan

The Japan Automatic Identification Systems Association (JAiSA) has introduced a system to identify disaster evacuees via fingerprint and palm vein recognition. The system, according to a report in The Japan News, is primarily intended for use with disabled and elderly people with communication difficulties. JAiSA plans to roll out the system to municipalities across Japan by the end of fiscal 2017, adding biometrics-based identification provided by the system to the support system for disaster-affected municipalities run by the Japan Agency

Nigeria capturing biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s Federal Commisioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that biometric system technology will be deployed during the 2018 census to capture facial impressions and fingerprints of citizens, according to a report in Leadership. The NPC is determined to use biometrics in the census to prevent people from gaining advantage through manipulation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as only persons physically seen will be counted and biometrics taken. “To us in the Commission, the significance of the

Researchers develop all-in-one authentication solution

Researchers at the University of Surrey have developed an ‘all in one’ authentication system that will allow users to verify identity using their face, eyes or fingerprints — either in combination with or instead of word-based systems — on their computers. Pass∞, developed by the Department of Computer Science’s Dr Shujun Li and PhD student Miss Nouf Aljaffan, is backward-compatible with existing computer systems enabling it to be easily added to all systems immediately with little or no alterations made

EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

Technavio report forecasts global automotive biometric market 2017-2021

Technavio published a new report titled “Global Biometric Market in the Automotive Sector, 2017-2021”, which forecasts that the market will grow steadily during the next four years and see a CAGR increase of more than 19 percent by 2021. The report states that one of the main growth drivers of the market is the vulnerability in existing keyless entry systems in which criminals use hacking devices to break into vehicles. To combat this, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and