Explainer: Mobile Biometrics

Mobile biometrics refers to the deployment of biometric authentication methods on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Use cases for mobile biometrics include securing sensitive data on personal or corporate mobile devices such as enterprise or financial information, providing physical access to corporate facilities and providing mobile identity management tools to national security and law enforcement agencies. Over the past few years, mobile devices have become a key computing platform, transforming how people access business and personal information. Access

GCR Launches Biometric System with Business Automation

IT products and services consulting firm GCR announced on Wednesday it has introduced a credentialing system that couples the power of biometrics with business automation and other aspects. Dubbed AirportIQ Secure Credentials, the new system offers continuous validation of background, identity verification of aviation workers and binding of biometric and biographic information to the individual. The system, which GCR says is actively being marketed to other airports, manages the entry and maintenance of identity information, prints badges, interfaces with access

Electoral Commission of Ghana Upgrades Biometric Verification Machines

The Electoral Commission of Ghana says it has successfully upgraded the Biometric Verification Machines used in the 2012 general elections to prevent them from shutting down unexpectedly. EC director of training Augustine Okrah recently spoke about the upgrade of the machines at the Regional Consultative Forum on the Public Elections Regulations (C.I.75), explaining that “once the machine says verified, one can in no way vote at a different polling station”. He assured attendees that after the upgrade, the machines were

LaserLock: An interview with Neil Alpert, CEO

The need for identity verification is becoming clear in many industries today, and as such an increasing number of companies are introducing biometric technology to their offerings. LaserLock is one of these companies, and though it has a primary focus on anti-counterfeit technologies, identity verification plays an important role in what the company does. I had a chance to chat with Neil Alpert, CEO of LaserLock about the role that biometrics and identity verification play in anti-counterfeiting, as well as

LaserLock looks to facial recognition for new identity verification system for internet gaming

LaserLock Technologies has developed a solution, which includes biometrics, to verify the age of players on internet gaming platforms. As internet gaming has now become legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, with other states expected to follow, companies are increasingly faced with the challenge of establishing virtual identity verification processes to enforce underage restrictions and other ethical gaming issues. LaserLock’s system, through its VerifyMe platform, uses geo-location tracking as well as facial recognition via webcam for player verification. According to

More than 9,400 foreign nationals in Taiwan register for automated immigration system

More than 9,400 foreign nationals living in Taiwan have registered to use the recently introduced automated immigration clearance system. According to a report in The China Post, As of May 27, 40,459 entries and exits had been made through the eGate system by foreign residents in Taiwan. Altogether, over 5.08 million entries and exists by both Taiwanese and foreign nationals have been recorded through the eGates since the system was launched in 2011. Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the National Immigration

Trinidad and Tobago to roll out biometric system in July

Trinidad and Tobago’s minister for Social Development has proclaimed that a biometric system will be introduced to reduce crime and that citizens receiving State grant should enroll in the Republic’s Direct Deposit programme. Reported in Trinidad Express, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh – the Minister for Social Development – made the comments speaking to reporters after a United National Congress national executive meeting and specified that the new system will include a retinal scan. “We want to encourage persons to come onto

Indiana school district considers biometric system for lunch payments, could expand to classrooms and buses

The Southwest Allen County School district in Indiana is considering implementing a biometric payment system for its cafeteria program. Reported in The Journal Gazette, the district is specifically looking at a fingerprint-based system from IdentiMetrics, which would cost $32,314 to install in all school cafeterias. According to Jim Coplen, Southwest Allen County district’s business manager, the system has already been given positive reviews by a nearby district in Indiana. According to the report in the Journal Gazette, the district isn’t

Biometric payments in school cafeterias: Privacy nightmare or lunchroom revolution?

Lunchrooms have gone through some significant changes since the days of mystery meats, food fights, and anything with traces of peanuts. But beyond Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, technology is changing the cafeteria experience in the form of biometric payments. Around the world, many cafeterias are being fitted with biometric payment systems for students to purchase lunch, and these systems tout some appealing benefits: kids don’t need to carry cash, kids who lose money don’t need to go without food, lunch

Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards stuck in post

Nearly 200,000 Aadhaar cards and smart cards have been piling up across post offices in the region surrounding the western port city Kochi in India. The Postal Department says a shortage of staff is the main cause for backlog, and has been affecting the region for at least three months, according to a report by New Indian Express. The unavailability of Smart Cards has prevented those living in coastal areas including Palluruthy, Chittoor, Kannammali, Kumbalangi, Vypeen and Udayamperoor from accessing