Airtel and Vodafone offering Aadhar based e-KYC solutions

Indian telecom operators Airtel and Vodafone are offering Aadhar-based e-KYC (know your customer) solutions to their customers, according to a report by TeleAnalysis. Airtel currently has the system in place with e-KYC solutions being offered at its multiple stores throughout Delhi and NCR, while Vodafone will launch the system on August 24. “The solution is live in company operated stores across Delhi NCR and the company plans to roll out the solution across the country over the next few days,”

German minister wants facial recognition at airports, train stations

According to a report by Reuters, Germany’s Interior Minister wants facial recognition software deployed at train stations and airports in an effort to enhance security and identify terrorism suspects. In a report published in Bild am Sonntag, Thomas de Maiziere said internet software was able to determine whether persons shown in photographs were celebrities or politicians. “I would like to use this kind of facial recognition technology in video cameras at airports and train stations. Then, if a suspect appears

Barclays employs voice biometrics to authenticate phone banking customers

Barclays has been testing voice biometrics technology since 2013 and this past weekend the bank announced that it is ready to introduce the service to all of its personal banking clients to quickly authenticate phone-banking customers. According to a report in ZDNet, when customers use telephone banking, the technology will be able to identify them simply from the first few words they speak by comparing the customer’s unique voice print against a voice print the bank has already gathered. Voice

Samsung Galaxy Note7 features Qualcomm iris scanning technology

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is powering Samsung’s latest smartphone model, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 for select regions. Perhaps one of the most notable features of Samsung Galaxy Note7 is Qualcomm Haven, which offers a secure foundation for iris biometric scanning. The new smartphone also features Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with an integrated X12 LTE modem, Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP. “Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung continue to build upon a long history

Two South Korean banks deploying iris recognition for mobile banking security

Yonhap News Agency is reporting that KEB Hana Bank and Woori Bank revealed that they will employ an iris recognition solution to authenticate mobile banking clients. They plan to introduce the system to coincide with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s newest phablet that has an iris scanner. The iris recognition solution will be available only for those who use the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 is to be release in South Korea in mid-August. A

Biometrics are shaping the future of digital banking

This is a guest post by Paco Garcia, CTO at Yoti From blockchain to IoT solutions and digital challengers; the world of banking has been going through a series of changes in the way interactions with customers are carried out. As a result, the financial sector is introducing new and innovative products on an almost daily basis to ensure engagement stays high and loyal customers don’t sway. That’s why we’re seeing more ground breaking technologies enter the world of financial

Payments Association of South Africa collaborates with Visa and MasterCard on biometric authentication standards

The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) recently announced a new standardized specification to facilitate biometric authentication on payment cards. PASA is the payment system management body recognized by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to organize, manage and regulate the participation of its members in the payment system. Working in partnership with Mastercard and Visa, this technology framework is designed to ensure open interoperable solutions in South Africa. The specification enables a range of biometric solutions, from fingerprint verification

Allevate releases SaaS face recognition service on UK digital marketplace

Allevate is now offering MXSERVER on the UK Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 8 Framework. Allevate’s SaaS G-Cloud offering is enabled by Sungard Availability Services, which provides a secure managed cloud IaaS and PaaS platform, with official classification for UK government service provision. Developed by Tygart Technology, MXSERVER uses face recognition technology to process large amounts of textual, video and photo collections rapidly – automatically discovering, grouping and extracting segments depicting people. The solution searches media archives to locate

Airport Innovation Forum discusses biometrics to smooth travelers passage through terminals

A recent Airport Innovation Forum held in Australia discussed how biometrics, such as facial recognition technology, were increasingly being used to help smooth travellers passage through airport terminals and ports. In an article by Robyn Ironside of the News Corp Australia Network, World Travel and Tourism Council CEO David Scowsill commented: “Keeping the travelers moving means a lot more automation, a lot more visa waiver programs put in place and making sure we facilitate travel rather than stop it.” Ironside

Southern African Development Community countries slowly adopting biometric voting systems

Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are slowly adopting a biometric voting system, as the region increases efforts to promote the use of biometric technology to increase the credibility of their electoral process, according to a report by The Southern Times. Previously reported, the Democratic Republic of Congo contracted Gemalto to provide 22,000 mobile biometric voter enrolment kits to the electoral body for the upcoming elections in November. Along with the DRC, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have