Nigeria piloting Bio-Metrica’s biometric census registration system

Bio-Metrica has deployed its modular, multi-factor biometric census registration system in a pilot project for Nigeria’s upcoming 2018 population census. The Nigerian government has tasked the National Population Commission to perform the 2018 Census using biometrics in an effort to reduce fraud and ensure proper identification of all citizens. Census takers will use Bio-Metrica developed handheld terminals to remotely enroll and verify the identity of citizens, with or without data connectivity, using both fingerprints and facial impressions. All information will

Mumbai Police fingerprint database to be operational this month

The Mumbai Police announced that its fingerprint database, which is used by several law enforcement agencies in multiple countries, will be operational in late January, according to a report by The Hindu. The move follows the Mumbai Police’s implementation of several high-tech security measures, which included configuring a central server for all inter-departmental communication and citywide CCTV camera coverage. This latest initiative is designed to accelerate the identity authorization process of arrested individuals and suspects, where they will be entered

CLEAR adds to its executive team to support nationwide expansion

Biometric identity membership platform CLEAR has brought on executives from U.S. Customs Service, Amazon, American Express and Avon to support its nationwide expansion. CLEAR utilizes fingerprint and iris identification technology to speed its growing base of more than 700,000 members through security at airports and sports stadiums across the United States. The new executives include: David Cohen, Chief Administrative Officer; Joe Trelin, Senior Vice President of External Commerce and API; Todd Edebohls, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development; Stewart Whitman,

Safran to update biometric voter ID system for Mexico

Safran Identity & Security has signed a five-year contract with the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) for a multi-biometric identification system and related services to conform and update the Mexican national voter registry. The system uses both fingerprint and facial recognition to help ensure that each Mexican citizen is registered only once in the national voter rolls, detecting false or double-identity cases in real time. “As an autonomous public entity responsible for organizing federal elections, we need to ensure

Israeli government extends biometric database pilot until February 28

The Knesset has extended Israel’s biometric database pilot program until February 28, in light that the program will likely be approved, albeit with a few revisions, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. Until now, obtaining a biometric card required citizens to submit their personal photo and a fingerprint to be stored in a national biometric database. After February 28, citizens will have the choice of entering their fingerprint into the database, as the result of significant petitioning by

Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution deployed in new smartphone

Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile, has been deployed in a smartphone from an unnamed Chinese vendor through cooperation with Synaptics. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Earlier this year, Synaptics announced a collaboration with TCL Communication to provide fingerprint sensor technology solution to its

Gemalto study reveals security concerns over employee reuse of personal credentials

Gemalto released the results of its ‘Authentication and Identity Management Index’, which revealed that 90% of enterprise IT professionals are concerned that employee reuse of personal credentials for work purposes could compromise security. Meanwhile, 68% said they would be comfortable allowing employees to use their social media credentials on company resources, Gemalto’s research suggests that personal applications (such as email) are the biggest worry to organizations. The report explores the growing trend of the enterprise and consumer realms merging closer

Military biometrics market to grow more than 7% CAGR through 2020

Technavio has released a new study entitled ‘Global Military Biometrics Market 2016-2020‘, which forecasts that the global military biometrics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than a 7% during the forecast period. The market research report also includes an up-to-date market analysis and forecasts for various segments and all geographical regions. “The global military biometrics market is forecasted to grow at a steady pace owing to the growing security concerns and increasing illegal migration of people

Vkansee raises $10M to fund fingerprint sensor innovation

Vkansee has raised $10 million in additional funding from existing angel investors and other institutional investors, including Infotech Ventures, Yunnan Huizhong Fund, Shenzhen Qianhai Greatwall Fund and Superpix Micro Technology. This latest round of funding brings its total invested capital to $12 million, which will help accelerate Vkansee’s growth, develop new products, and commercially mass produce and distribute its high resolution fingerprint sensor. The funding will immediately support the production of test wafers for manufacturers and suppliers to evaluate the

Precise Biometrics completes private placement of shares

Precise Biometrics‘ board of directors has resolved to issue 14,925,373 new shares in Precise Biometrics through a private placement directed to a group of qualified Swedish and international investors. The purpose of the private placement is to finance Precise Biometrics’ ongoing acquisition of NexID Biometrics while maintaining its current financial position. The subscription price for each new share was set to SEK 3.35 through a book-building procedure. Through the private placement, Precise Biometrics raises SEK 50 million (US$5.46 million) before