European Association for Biometrics launches pan European research initiative

The European Association for Biometrics announced a new pan European research initiative, the EAB-CITeR Consortium, modelled after the U.S.-based Center for Identification Technology Research. The initiative is designed to further European R&D in biometrics by establishing a direct cooperation between European research institutes, industry and end users. The EAB-CITeR Consortium operates as an independent consortium, established as an EAB Committee. Research institutes can only join the organization for free if they successfully bring end users and/or companies on board with

Survey says young people ready to replace passwords with biometrics

A new survey commissioned by Visa Europe reveals that 76% of 16- to 24-year-olds are ready to replace passwords with biometric authentication methods such as facial recognition, fingerprint and retina scanning, according to a report by The Telegraph. Seventy-six percent of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed said they would feel comfortable making a payment using biometric security while 69% felt that the authentication method would make their lives faster and easier. Survey respondents said that they would prefer using fingerprint

NEC multimodal biometric solution selected by two California counties

NEC Corporation of America announced that it is providing its multimodal biometrics identification solution (MBIS) Integra-ID 5 to the Cal-ID units of San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California, to upgrade their existing identification, biometrics and forensics capabilities. The Integra-ID 5 updates SB/RV’s current AFIS functionality with an advanced biometric solution that integrates a range of authentication options, including fingerprint, palm-print and facial recognition. The implementation of the NEC solution adheres to the FBI’s Electronic Biometric Transmission Standard version 10,

CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA 2015

May 5-7, 2015 Washington D.C THE GLOBAL EVENT FOR PAYMENT, IDENTIFICATION AND MOBILITY CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA will take place in Washington, DC, May 5-7, 2015 for its 4th edition. The 2014 event attracted attendees from more than 50 countries, with 166 companies exhibiting, a 20 percent increase from the CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS EVENT in 2013. CARTES SECURE CONNEXIONS AMERICA hosts a top-quality, three-day conference uniquely concentrated on North American issues for senior level decision makers. In addition, the show

Sonavation acquires security identification firm Arkami

Biometric ultrasound technology firm Sonavation announced it has acquired the assets of security identification firm Arkami for an undisclosed amount. Sonavation designs and manufactures biometric sensors using ultrasound to provide secure authentication and protection for digital and physical environments for consumers and businesses. Combining Arkami’s security identification technology with its biometric ultrasound solutions, Sonavation will soon release fingerprint authentication products that it claims is “virtually unspoofable”. “As consumers and businesses are becoming increasingly vulnerable across the digital landscape, we want

Biometric China 2015 Introduction

May 9-11, 2015 Guangzhou, China China International Biometric Identification Technology Exhibition 2015 (Biometric China 2015) – one of China’s first special exhibition on biometric identification as well as the most professional one in this line at present, which will be held in Asia’s largest hall-China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex Area B from May 9-11, 2015. Be sure to also visit these two other events happening at the same time: China Lock Industry Expo 2015 – one of China’s

Entrust Datacard, INTERPOL sign 5-year strategic partner agreement

Identity-based security and secure payment technology provider Entrust Datacard has signed a new five-year strategic partner agreement with international policing organization Interpol. The Entrust Datacard brand debuted last week as a result of Datacard Group’s acquisition of Entrust less than a year ago. In its pursuit of malicious actors and international criminal organizations, Interpol is prioritizing the development of new and efficient international police cooperation tools such as the Interpol Travel Document, which has helped worldwide police agencies securely communicate,

Biometric identification news from Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria

Uganda to Procure Biometric Passport System Uganda’s directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control has started the process of procuring electronic passports in a move aimed at tightening border security, combating terrorism, and fighting passport forgery. The East African country plans on issuing e-passport in November 2015, according to a local report. Uganda’s e-passport will feature a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip which stores citizen data along with a headshot, and data from fingerprint and iris scans. According to newspaper Turkiye, the

Idiap engineers developing vein reading biometric wristwatch

Engineers from the Idiap Research Institute are currently developing a new vein reading biometric watch called BioWatch, enabling users to own and control the watch themselves. Joe Rice – touted as the inventor of vein recognition – has partnered with Matthias Vanoni and the engineers at Idiap in Martigny, Switzerland to develop a personal worn biometric system that will secure people’s transactions. At the core of BioWatch is the wrist vein reader, a wearable technology that reads the vein pattern

BIO-key provides fingerprint authentication solutions to three new eye care customers

BIO-key International announced it is providing fingerprint authentication solutions to three additional eye care customers – Eyecare Medical, Hollingshead Eye Center, and I Care San Antonio – bringing its total number of U.S. customers to 57 eye care centers. BIO-key has partnered with Medflow and Davlong to provide these fingerprint authentication solutions to the new customers. These new customers join BIO-key’s growing roster of customers which include AT&T, McKesson, FBI, US Courts, LexisNexis, and NCR, along with leading hospitals and