Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 21

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: spoofing finger vein recognition, biometric passports for Haiti, biometric database of HIV patients, voice biometric banking app, FBI’s NGI database, Fujitsu deal with Biyo, MasterCard biometrics pilot, Alipay select Nok Nok, Suprema access control, VoiceTrust share exchange, new funding. Tabula Rasa video demonstrates spoofing in a commercial finger vein recognition device – The video shows how enrollment of

Health IT in the Cloud: Moving From “Nice to Have” to “Mandatory”

This is a guest post by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at M2SYS Technology. 83% of IT executives report they are using cloud services today for healthcare IT according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Cloud Survey. Health IT is moving to cloud and it’s no longer a “nice to have.” – It has become a necessity. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 set in motion a series of strict compliance requirements for the healthcare industry.

Biometric registration for HIV patients in Kenya mandatory

The Kenyan government will enforce a new rule starting in January that makes it mandatory for all HIV/AIDS patients living in Homa Bay and Mombasa counties to undergo biometric registration, according to The Star. Martin Sirengo, head of National Aids and STI Control Program, said the program will be expanded to other counties in March. The project’s concept note has been completed and the Ministry of Health is now working towards implementing the program, sad Sirengo. Those patients who are

SIBA chairman discusses responsible use of biometrics in private and public sectors

In a statement released yesterday, Paul Schuepp, chairman of the board at the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA) discussed the importance of responsible use of biometric technologies in commercial and government sectors. “The biometric community has the ability and responsibility to proactively engage the most pressing economic and national security policy issues that involve human access or identification facing the United States today,” said Schuepp. “The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association is the non-profit trade association poised to do

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity

More than 350K iris and fingerprint devices shipped a year in India: 6Wresearch report

6Wresearch announced it has a published a new report that shows that more than 350,000 iris and fingerprint units were shipped in India in the year leading up to June 2014. The report illustrates how biometrics are growing in worldwide acceptance, specifically across developing countries such as India. The report provides details about the total number of biometric units imported and manufactured in India, as well as the players, prices and features including resolution, verification, interface and applications. Single-modal biometric

Precise Biometrics announces new strategy to reach profitability during 2015

Precise Biometrics announced it is focusing the operations in order to reach profitability during 2015 by boosting its market presence in fingerprint technologies, making more efficient use of its partner network for the sale of Tactivo, and reducing its operating expenses. The company will expand its development, market presence and sales efforts with a predominant focus on Asian mobile phone manufacturers to strengthen its position in the market for fingerprint technology in mobile devices. “We maintain a close dialogue with

Imprivata makes enhancements to biometric verification solution for healthcare

Imprivata announced it has made several technology enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away, a biometric verification solution designed to protect healthcare organizations against unauthorized access to patient records at shared clinical workstations. Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away is HIPAA compliant, boosts clinical workflow efficiency, and includes advanced 3D camera technology, video tracking and facial recognition software to deliver an active presence detection solution that safeguards patient information. “We’ve made significant enhancements to Imprivata OneSign Secure Walk-Away to deliver a leading-edge, patented

PatientSecure to provide Columbus Community Hospital with biometric solution to identify patients

This fall, Columbus Community Hospital will be introducing a biometric patient identification system developed by PatientSecure. The palm vein recognition solution will ensure correct medical records are used for each patient and speed up the registration process, according to a report by ColumbusTelegram.com. Using palm vein recognition to identify patients, the PatientSecure scanner’s infrared light scans the veins in an individual’s hand. These vein patterns are unique to each individual, never change over an entire lifespan, and are considered more

Researchers developing a fingerprint recognition solution to track infants’ vaccinations

A Michigan State University professor is working on a fingerprint recognition method to track the vaccination schedules of infants and toddlers, which will boost immunization coverage and ultimately save the lives of children in developing countries, according to a report by Michigan State University Today. In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded study, Anil Jain and his team are hoping that the new tracking method it has developed will increase vaccination coverage of children in developing countries, where keeping track