Biometrics and law enforcement, facial recognition and national ID trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Facial recognition The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have started

Biometrics and banking, fingerprint authentication, wearables and security applications most popular this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Fingerprints Morpho has been selected by Australia’s Victoria Police to update biometric capture devices already in use and to increase the number of one-stop livescan fingerprint, palmprint and face capturing stations at up to 92 police stations across metropolitan and remote locations. The kiosks provide significant efficiency gains by allowing police to quickly and accurately collect and verify identity information. Qualcomm CEO

Ford R&D lab exploring the integration of wearables and vehicles

Researchers at the new Automotive Wearables Experience laboratory located at the Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Research and Innovation Center are exploring ways to connect crucial health information to in-vehicle technologies. For example, lane-keeping assist could be more responsive if a smartwatch sends data to the vehicle that senses that the driver is drowsy. Additionally, if a driver’s heart rate increases as traffic worsens, in-vehicle technologies such as adaptive cruise control or Blind Spot Information System could increase the distance between vehicles

Ford using eye tracking for researching consumer response to car design

Ford Motor Company is using new measurement processes such as eye tracking, to collect emotional and logical customer insights in an effort to learn more about how consumers visually discover new cars and trucks. The company’s research has shown that while an aesthetically-pleasing interior design can attract potential buyers, the design still needs to accommodate the various needs of customers or they will lose interest. Further down the road in its research, the automobile manufacturer will deploy eye tracking tools

Ford granted patent for keyless biometric system for vehicles

Ford Motor Company was recently granted a patent for a biometric device that uses fingerprints, retinal scans, and voice recognition to gain entry to and start a vehicle, according to a report by Jalopnik. Patent # 8,937,528 B2, filed in October 2012 and approved in January, details a system that uses a smartphone to connect to a vehicle’s controller via Bluetooth or WiFi to lock and unlock the doors, as well as potentially perform many other functions. Using a biometric

Ford considers biometric authentication for future vehicles

Ford’s Global Technologies division has developed a system to bring advanced biometrics to future vehicles, according to a report by Patently Apple. Originally filed on March 19, 2013, Ford’s patent application #20140285216 was recently published. Compatible with Apple’s iOS, as well as other mobile systems, the biometric system would be applied to the steering wheel of future Ford vehicles as an authentication device that identifies the driver. The system, which works in association with Apple’s Touch ID technology, ensures that

Ford Looks to Biometrics to Keep You Focused, Safe, Healthy

Engineers at Ford are looking to develop an intelligent car system that would put KITT from Knight Rider to shame. As a part of its Research and Innovation labs, Ford is developing this sytem to help drivers stay focused, safe and healthy on the road. “Ford has been a leader in delivering solutions for in-car communications and simplifying the user interface, and now we’re researching ways to use the car’s own intelligence to further help drivers,” Jeff Greenberg, senior technical