UNHCR’s biometrics solution helping Myanmar refugees in Thailand

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced it has successfully completed its roll-out of its biometrics identity management system (BIMS) to identify Myanmar refugees in Thailand’s nine border camps. From January through May, UNHCR and the Royal Thai Government used the UNHCR’s new BIMS to verify and update the records of nearly 110,000 registered and unregistered refugees from Myanmar. Thailand was selected as the first site of the global roll-out program. The Thailand camps had not undergone regular

NEC launches biometrics solution for hospitality industry

NEC Corporation has launched NEC Smart Hospitality Solutions, an integrated portfolio of solutions for the international hospitality industry that includes communications platforms, unified communications (UC) applications, property management systems (PMS), facial recognition systems, digital signage and guest room management systems. Based on a modular and seamlessly integrated approach, the hospitality solutions enable customer data to be easily shared throughout the portfolio to provide hotel owners and operators with highly value-added guest services and improve the productivity of hotel staff. For

Morpho works with Ideco to expand presence in African biometric markets

Morpho (Safran) said it is planning to aggressively capture untapped markets in Africa. The company recently showcased MorphoWave in South Africa, the market’s first biometric access solution featuring high-speed touchless fingerprint matching. To expand its presence in South Africa, Morpho has been working with local partner Ideco, which is considered Africa’s leader in the design, distribution and integration of biometric solutions. “Not only do our strategies complement each other, but Ideco really understands the African markets,” said Guillaume Lefevre, Morpho

Infineon launches FIDO single-chip reference design for secure USB token

Infineon Technologies AG has launched the first FIDO certified single-chip USB token reference design supporting the FIDO Alliance Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication standard. The reference design is based on the Infineon SLE 78 security controller with integrated USB interface, offering a cost and size effective solution for high security authenticators. Using the Infineon reference design, manufacturers will be able to quickly implement compact and secure USB tokens that are compliant with the FIDO U2F authentication standard. The U2F USB

Integrated Biometrics attending biometrics events in South Carolina, Africa and Australia

Integrated Biometrics announced it is participating in several biometrics-related events, with company representatives attending the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Biometrics Community of Interest meeting in North Charleston, South Carolina on May 27; the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney, Australia on May 27-28; and ID4Africa in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on June 2-4. “As biometric identification devices continue to get smaller and more portable, it is essential that we maintain our ability to support new mobile requirements

realtime North America’s biometric authentication software compatible with SAP HANA

realtime North America Inc. announced that its bioLock Fraud Prevention software solution for use with SAP is now compliant with SAP HANA, making it the only natively embedded biometric security system certified by SAP. SAP HANA is an OLTP/OLAP database management system designed to accommodate both high transaction rates and complex query processing on the same platform. realtime’s bioLock software system assures true identity management of users gaining access to SAP via biometric authentication of transactional activity. The certification enables

UNHCR, Accenture provide global biometric identity management system to help refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is working with Accenture to deliver a biometric technology system for registering and verifying the identities of displaced individuals around the world, providing refugees with the help they need. After a competitive tendering process, Accenture secured the three-year contract in which UNHCR will deploy Accenture’s biometric identity management system (BIMS) across UNHCR global operations. Accenture’s system is able to capture and store fingerprints, iris data and facial images of individuals, providing these

European Association for Biometrics to host second European research conference

European Association for Biometrics announced it is organizing the EAB Research Projects Conference 2015 (EAB-RPC), Europe’s largest conference on research in the area of Biometrics and Identity Management on September 7-8 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany. The second EAB Research Projects Conference 2015, which is funded by the European Commission, will be colocated with the IEEE BIOSIG conference that will take place later that same week. The EAB and numerous EU FP7 projects, namely FIDELITY, FastPass, BEAT, FutureID, MobilePass,

Department of Defense far from adopting biometrics for identity and access management

The Department of Defense is currently re-assessing and updating its Identity and Access Management (IdAM) strategy to improve its overall network access security without making the authorization process more difficult for authorized users, according to a report by C4ISR & Networks. “We’ve looked at a number of different solutions, from biometrics to different kinds of encryption; there’s a whole spectrum of solutions out there,” said Michael McCarthy, director of operations and program manager for the Army’s Brigade Modernization Command. But

Northrop Grumman wins £28.8M contract to provide forensic and biometric capability in the UK

Global security firm Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a £28.8 million (USD $45.3 million) contract by the United Kingdom Home Office to provide service and systems operations and maintenance to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC). Under the two-year FABrIC contract, Northrop Grumman will maintain and improve the IDENT1 central national biometric database software. The identity management and crime scene forensic systems use fingerprints to forensically verify or resolve identities in the UK for law enforcement, which has