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

Technavio report finds North American biometrics market to exceed $8B by 2020

Technavio recently published a new research study titled ‘Biometrics Market in North America 2016-2020,’ which forecasts the biometrics market in North America to reach over $8 billion in revenue by 2020. The comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The report states that the Increasing complexity of cyber-attacks and data pilferage, along with the growing awareness about security risks have driven end-users to adopt more secure, multimodal authentication solutions. “A

Biometrics research, facial recognition, authentication and access control trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Research and development Researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan are using an artificial intelligence algorithm and biometrics to identify a person using hand geometry and more specifically, the “V” signs terrorists sometimes make when posing for photos or videos. Ahmad Hassanat and his team told the MIT Technology Review: “Identifying a person using a small part of the hand is a challenging

Researchers looking to identify terrorists based on hand geometry

Researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan are using an artificial intelligence algorithm and biometrics to identify a person using hand geometry and more specifically, the “V” signs terrorists sometimes make when posing for photos or videos. In an MIT Technology Review report, researcher Ahmad Hassanat and his team said: “Identifying a person using a small part of the hand is a challenging task, and has, to the best of our knowledge, never been investigated.” According to the study’s abstract: “Sometimes

New biometrics market research from TechNavio and Hexa Research

TechNavio has published two separate reports about the global hand geometry biometrics market and the biometrics market in BRIC countries, while Hexa Research has published a report examining the biometrics technology market based on application. Technavio’s “Global Hand Geometry Biometrics Market 2015-2019” report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global hand geometry biometrics market for the period 2015-2019. Technavio’s analysts predict the global hand geometry biometrics market — which include sales , from sensors, scanners, software,

Coal mining company fails to accommodate employee’s objection to using biometric hand scanner: EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) told a West Virginia federal court last week that Consolidation Coal Co. violated anti-discrimination laws by not accommodating an employee’s religious objections to using a biometric time attendance system, according to a report by Law 360. The EEOC filed a reply brief in support of its bid for summary judgment in a lawsuit against the coal company and its parent Consol Energy. The brief explains how laborer and evangelical Christian Beverly Butcher felt

Inception Technologies releases new biometric reader

Inception Technologies announced it has released Atlas 2000, a new biometric reader that simplifies the process of collecting workforce data. The Atlas 2000 resolves various issues regarding user interface, connectivity and modern technology that are commonly associated with existing readers. Inception Technologies’ new reader uses a hand geometry recognition system that ensures a high level of security every time a user clocks in, enables users to handle self-service tasks, and allows them to connect via WiFi or a cellular signal

University of Georgia replacing biometric hand scanners, chooses PIN for access control

Administrators at the University of Georgia have implemented PIN entry to access all buildings on its Athens campus, replacing the previous hand geometry biometrics system, according to a report by CR80 News. Previously, students would place their hands over a biometric reader to gain access to dormitories, dining halls and exercise facilities. The new system requires students to use a combination of their student ID and a pin number to access campus areas. The university has been using hand geometry

Allegion deploys hand geometry readers at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Allegion recently completed a biometric access control deployment at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. This is the same place that the 2012 Olympic Games took place, and this most recent deployment is part of a nearly $500 million project to convert the park following the games. Human Recognition Systems was initially appointed to deploy secure access control and workforce management at the site, and the company reportedly selected Allegion as a partner to deliver some of these technologies. In

SunTrust Bank opens new branch with biometric safety deposit box

SunTrust Bank recently opened a new branch in Atlanta that features a fully automated safe deposit box system that allows users to securely store valuables and access them using debit/credit cards, a pin number and a biometric hand scan. Called SafeStore Auto, the company says it is the first of its kind to be used by a financial institution in the United States. The system was developed over the last year by SunTrust and Hamilton Safe, which built the system. The