Gradiant showcases biometric technologies for hotels, mobile devices at January events

Hotel technology provider Roommatik is testing Gradiant’s faceIDNN biometric check-in technology, and showcasing it at the FITUR 2018 event, the companies have announced. Kiosks with faceIDNN compare the user’s face with ID documents such as a driver’s license or passport to enable self check-in at hotels. The technology leverages deep-learning to meet usability and security needs, provides anti-spoofing, and combines collaborative and non-collaborative techniques for liveness detection, according to the announcement. Hotels in Spain are required to create daily lists

Speed up implementation of biometrics technology to secure borders: WTTC

According to Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the implementation of biometrics technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the travel and tourism sector in 2018. “Biometric technology has been evolving over many years and we have seen gradual implementation across the sector for some time,” explained Guevara. “However, in order for the step change which needs to happen to improve security and create jobs through increased tourism

Cisive introduces ID verification and facial recognition tool for HR screening

Compliance and risk management solution provider Cisive has announced the launch of new real-time identity authentication tool for Human Resources, called IDVerity. IDVerity is designed to combat identity fraud and insider threats by enabling employers to institute a “Know Your Candidate” program, in which the authenticity of government issued ID is validated, and compared to a selfie the candidate takes with his or her mobile device. It combines AI with biometric facial recognition, liveness detection, and live verification experts in

American Green names Canadian distributor of biometrics-based marijuana vending units

Dispension Industries Incorporated will be the exclusive Canadian distributor of American Green’s Verified Identity Dispenser. The Verified Identity Dispenser was developed for the safe and secure management of regulated products, including cannabis products and pharmaceuticals. Prior to machine access, registered users are verified by scanning their finger using industry leading vascular biometric technology. “To comply with pending Canadian cannabis regulations and the requirements set forth by our government there is only one system that we feel can meet and exceed

Biometric entry and connected-car applications popular at CES 2018

Numerous concept cars and connected-car systems featuring integrated biometrics are being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Many of the systems feature facial recognition for vehicle entry and operation, and voice recognition for vehicle operation and utilizing advanced features. Chinese electric car startup Byton is displaying an SUV concept car which grants access and turns on with integrated facial recognition, and also features gesture and voice recognition for operation, and integration with Amazon’s Alexa,

Biometrics-based blockchain voting platform raises $2.2 million

Mobile-focused election voting and citizen engagement platform Voatz has raised over $2.2 million in seed round funding led by Medici Ventures with participation from the Urban Innovation Fund and Oakhouse Partners. Other investors in the round include Walt Winshall, Michael Dornbrook, Joe Caruso and members of the Walnut Ventures angels group. The company will use the capital to build out its business development team, expand its reach across the U.S. and accelerate the development of several new product features. Voatz

Namibia makes the switch to biometric passports

In an effort to fulfill International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements, Namibia is now only issuing biometric passports, or ePassports, instead of the old machine-readable passports, according to the country’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. “There have been attempts in the past to forge our passports but the current technology makes electronic passports secure,” said the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s director for immigration and border control, Nehemia Nghishekwa. The biometric passport is embedded with an electronic microprocessor

Somaliland election saw Iris ID technology deployed

Somaliland’s presidential election in November was the world’s first national election to use iris recognition to register and identify voters. The Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) reported an 80 per cent voter turnout. Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, had the legitimacy of previous elections disputed after duplicate registrations were found. According to a company statement, the NEC deployed the Iris ID iris recognition system after trials showed it surpassed both fingerprint and facial recognition systems in identifying

Nigerian government biometrics programs yielding results, biometric ATMs coming

Senior Nigerian government officials praised the efforts of the National Immigration Service (NIS) in implementing the country’s biometric visa at a year-end awards ceremony, The Nation reports. Ministry of Interior Permanent Secretary Abubakar Magaji said Nigeria’s biometric visa program is the only one of its kind in Africa. “It started this year, but we have already launched it. I know the biometric visa is going to block many people that we don’t want to come to Nigeria,” Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau

Visa survey shows consumers are ready for biometrics

Consumers are ready to give up passwords for biometrics, according to survey results from Visa which show 86 percent are interested in using biometrics for identity verification or to make payments. More than 65 percent of the 1,000 Americans surveyed by AYTM Market Research are already familiar with biometrics. Interestingly, while 70 percent say biometrics are easier than passwords or PINs, and 61 percent consider them faster, only 46 percent say they are more secure. “For financial institutions, the time