Equiniti launches Daon-based mobile biometric authentication service

Equiniti Group PLC has partnered with Daon Inc. to launch Prequel, a mobile biometric authentication and identity lifecycle solution. By partnering with Daon, Equiniti has developed one of the only end-to-end digital onboarding services in the UK that is convenient, secure, and easy to use, Equiniti said in a press release. Using Daon’s IdentityX Platform, Prequel mobile app is able to facilitate multi-factor, multimodal mobile biometric authentication for the financial services industry. The mobile app also includes key identification and

TOC appoints former diplomat to lead its International Management division

Chilean biometric verification company TOC announced that Andrés Landerrretche, a lawyer at the University of Chile and former diplomat, will lead its newly created International Management division. Founded in 2010, TOC S.A. is a Chilean company specializing in the development of identity verification technologies and applications derived from biometric technology. Landerretche has developed his career mainly abroad in the diplomatic service of Chile with assignments in South Africa and as delegate of Chile to the United Nations in New York.

Uber to roll out face recognition security check for drivers in U.S.

Uber is introducing facial recognition verification for drivers, a new security measure that will soon roll out to the entire U.S., according to a report by Techcrunch. The move comes a few months after Uber launched the feature in China in order to counter fraud, prevent identity theft, and ensure the safety of its riders. Real-Time ID Check uses Microsoft machine learning to compare a selfie taken in the Uber driver app against the driver’s registered profile photo. The two

Indian banks testing blockchain, AI, biometrics, open API and payments

Several Indian banks are testing and launching new technologies including blockchain, artificial intelligence, biometrics, open API and payments, in both the corporate and retail banking space, according to a report by Live Mint. The banks are exploring these five technologies either independently or with the aid of fintech companies. In July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) established an inter-regulatory working group to study issues relating to fintech and digital banking in India in an effort to better understand major

Immigration and Customs Enforcement app collects biometric ID in the field

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has developed an app that enables all 12,000 ICE officers to collect biometric data in the field, according to a report by GCN. Eagle Directed Identification Environment (EDDIE) is designed to be used with ICE officers’ agency-issued Apple iPhone and a pocket-size Bluetooth-connected fingerprint scanner. After the user-friendly app authorizes the officer using it, the officer can then take a photo of the subject while the phone’s Global Positioning System collects location data. After

Telstra testing blockchain, biometrics to secure IoT smart home devices

Telstra is testing the combined use of blockchain and biometric security on its Internet of Things (IoT) smart home products, according to a report by ZDNet. Katherine Robins, principal security expert at Telstra, revealed that the company is performing real-world testing of the Ethereum, Apache Hyperledger, and Ripple blockchains. Through the testing phase, Robins said she and her team questioned whether a solution could be found for devices with a small amount of storage through blockchaining IoT. The company initially

ABI Research forecasts 300M shipments of smartphones with iris scanners in 2021

ABI Research has published new research that forecasts a rise in global shipments of smartphones equipped with iris scanners, reaching almost 300 million in 2021. The findings are a part of ABI Research’s “Human-Machine Interface Attach Rate and Penetration” report, which is included in its Wearables & Devices sector. “As the iris is an unchanging, protected, and completely unique feature of the human body, smartphone vendors are gradually incorporating iris scanning capabilities into their products as a secure biometric identification

DHS report unveils people mistakenly granted U.S. citizenship due to incomplete fingerprint data

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that reveals that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 potentially ineligible individuals due to missing fingerprint records. All 858 individuals originated from special interest countries who had been ordered deported or removed under a different name. Neither the digital fingerprint repository at DHS nor the repository at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had all old fingerprint records of individuals

Applied Recognition releases biometric authentication solution for digital documentation

Applied Recognition Inc. is now offering Ver-ID Transactions in general availability, enabling face authentication and credential matching on digitally signed documents. The solution combines face authentication with credential matching to achieve a higher level of security in digital documentation, which can help increase the adoption and growth of new online services across a range of markets. Applied Recognition’s face recognition algorithm, FaceLocate, is at the foundation of Ver-ID Transactions. Trained for over a decade on hundreds of thousands of faces,

Protecting customer loyalty with comprehensive user verification

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, vice president of customer success at NuData Security. According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report, hacking using legitimate user credentials was associated in most of last year’s data breaches, and more than 60 percent of confirmed breaches involved weak, default or stolen passwords. When it comes to data breaches, the biggest impact typically isn’t in the immediate financial sense. Instead, the biggest impact is on customer loyalty. In fact, a