ATM banking with facial recognition debuts in China

China’s Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based Tzekwan Technology have designed and developed the world’s first ATM that features an embedded facial recognition feature, according to a report by CRIEnglish.com. The new ATMs will be linked with banks and local police offices to curb identity fraud and theft-related crimes, ensuring that no one other than the bank card owner will be able to withdraw money, even with the correct password. The ATM features a facial recognition camera that takes photos of the

Pindrop Security’s voice analysis system reduces up to 90% of phone fraud, says CEO

BiometricUpdate.com recently posed questions to Vijay Balasubramaniyan, Ph.D., the chief executive officer and co-founder of Pindrop Security in an exclusive interview. The company is a leader in phone fraud prevention and call center authentication. Pindrop Security is noted for its innovative technology that detects where a call has originated through analysis of audio quality and line noise. The system, in effect, analyzes every call and determines whether it is trustworthy or not, by using patented algorithms and techniques that re-create

FPC supports fingerprint capabilities with Google’s Android M preview, sees record high stock prices

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has supported Google in the development of fingerprint sensor technology as part of the Android M Developer Preview taking place at this week’s Google I/O, while its shares saw record high prices. At the annual conference, Google previewed its new Android software for smartphones, tablets, watches and TVs, along with new capabilities featured in its Android M release, which will be released later this year. The new Android M release will offer platform support for fingerprint sensors,

Nok Nok Labs, NTT DOCOMO provide biometric authentication on FIDO-enabled smartphones

Nok Nok Labs announced that NTT DOCOMO, Inc. has selected the NNL S3 Authentication Suite to deliver simple and strong authentication to DOCOMO’s 65 million-plus customers in the Japan market. NTT DOCOMO customers will be able to easily and securely access online services from DOCOMO and other companies using biometric authentication, such as fingerprint-sensors and iris-recognition, from FIDO-enabled smartphones manufactured by Sharp, Fujitsu and Samsung. By deploying Nok Nok Labs’ FIDO certified solutions, NTT DOCOMO is successfully delivering several firsts

Give biometrics a broader role in electronic authentication guidelines: IBIA

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) urging NIST to consider expanding biometrics’ role in a future update to its electronic authentication guidance publication. Last month, NIST issued a call for comments on NIST Special Publication 800-63-2 Electronic Authentication Guideline which was last updated in August 2013. The comments addressed NIST’s question, “What requirements, processes, standards, or technologies are currently excluded from 800-63-2 that should be considered for future

Mitek acquires face recognition firm IDchecker for up to $10.6M

Mitek announced it is acquiring Dutch cloud-based identity document verification and facial recognition tools provider IDchecker for up to $10.6 million. The company will pay $5.85 million in cash, $2.75 million in stock, and up to $2 million in additional stock payments through September 2016 if they successfully reach certain targets. IDchecker’s Strong ID solution “authenticates 3,500 different types of passports, driver licenses and identity cards from nearly every country in the world,” as well as compliments Mitek’s Photo Verify

Biometrics for government agencies, face and voice hit big this week

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news articles from BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Government contracts There were a significant number of stories relating to government biometric contracts this week, starting with the Department of Defense announcement that it is currently re-assessing and updating its Identity and Access Management strategy to improve its overall network access security without making the authorization process more difficult for authorized users. Meanwhile, the U.S. Special Operations Command said it is currently testing

Researcher says brainwaves could be a way for security systems to verify identity

A research team led by Blair Armstrong of Basque Center on Cognition, Brain, and Language in Spain observed the brain signals of 45 subjects while they read a list of 75 acronyms, then used computer programs to identify any discrepancies between individuals, according to a report by New Scientist. The subjects’ responses varied enough that the computer programs were able to identify the individuals with an accuracy rate of about 94 percent when the team repeated the test. The research

Instructure integrates Verificient’s behavioral biometrics application

Verificient Technologies, Inc. announced it has partnered with software-as-a-service firm Instructure to integrate Verificient’s multifactor biometrics behavioral application, Proctortrack, in its Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). Proctortrack, which recently received its first patent, provides automated remote proctoring for distance learners taking tests online. Using a series of vision-based cues, audio cues, test data, and key-stroke patterns, Proctortrack is able to detect possible dishonest behaviors, to accurately identify the authorized user. By integrating Proctortrack into its Canvas Learning Management System, Instructure

MorphoTrust enrolls over one million people in TSA PreCheck program

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) announced that over one million people are now enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration PreCheck program for which it is the sole enrollment services provider. MorphoTrust enrolls about 4,000 people per day in its increasing network of more than 330 TSA PreCheck application centers, including locations at 31 airports and many IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust. TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that provides low-risk travelers with a faster and more efficient screening at 133 U.S. airports.