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

SimPrints wins £250,000 from Gates Foundation to develop fingerprint scanner

UK start-up SimPrints announced it has received a £250,000 grant in funding to develop a fingerprint scanner that some are calling a “game-changer” in global healthcare, according to Cambridge News. The grant comes from Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Cambridge’s ARM has partially matched this grant with an additional US$150,000 in funding. The Saving Lives at Birth challenge awards funding to the most promising technological advancements in combating maternal

Intel, 50 Cent collaborate on biometric headphones that measure heart activity

SMS Audio, the audio headphone and accessories brand owned by 50 Cent, is set to announce its new line of biometric headphones based on Intel’s health monitoring technology, according to a report by Gizmodo. The entertainer told the WSJ earlier this week that SMS Audio has partnered with a major tech firm to launch a new product later this week. According to unnamed sources cited in the Gizmodo report, BioSport In-Ear is a biometric earbud based on Intel’s prototype health

Intel, Michael J. Fox developing smartwatch app to help Parkinson’s patients

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) and Intel Corporation announced they are partnering to gather and analyze biometric data from smartwatch devices worn by Parkinson’s patients. The project is designed to help those individuals with Parkinson’s more effectively manage the disease and develop research that will lead to better treatments and, potentially, a cure. “The answers are within us. We just need to find a way to let people into our brains both literally and figuratively to help us figure

BIO-key International, Experian Public Sector to provide enhanced ID verification using biometrics

BIO-key International announced it is partnering with Experian Public Sector to provide combined, streamlined multi-factor ID proofing services and fraud prevention. As a result of the partnership, BIO-key will provide its fingerprint-based biometric identification technology along with Experian’s suite of identity verification products, to offer comprehensive identity proofing for authentication transactions. “By adding BIO-key’s world class technology to our industry-leading suite of fraud solutions which includes Precise ID, Experian customers will be able to positively ID an enrolled individual during