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

CLEAR biometric identity verification platform available at all three Washington D.C. airports

CLEAR have opened kiosks at Dulles International and Reagan National airports to quickly verify a traveler’s identity as part of the security screening process. Clear kiosks have been in operation at BWI-Marshall Airport for the last year. In a report in Washington’s Top News, David Cohen, CLEAR’s chief administrative officer explained how the biometric identity verification platform works for registered users. “The verification process takes less than a second. Our technology will assess what the best biometric is, and will

Saudi mobile phone subscribers drop by 3 million due to fingerprint registration

A report by the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) revealed that the number of mobile phone subscribers in Saudi Arabia decreased from 54 million in 2011 to 51 million in 2016 following the July 20th deadline for fingerprint registration, according to a report by ArabianBusiness.com. Earlier this year the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced it will fingerprint anyone looking to buy a SIM card as a security measure. Meanwhile, both post-paid and pre-paid mobile phone customers will have a

BluStor’s CyberGate uses biometrics to guard Personal Mobile Cloud

The same improvements made in chip and battery technology over the past few years that have driven the mobile explosion have also enabled BluStor’s solution to the security problems created by the connected, mobile world. By focussing on the individual, the CyberGate secures the most vulnerable point in any transaction with biometric identification, device control, and data storage on a familiar form factor that fits in your wallet. BluStor is the latest project from Seagate and Conner Peripherals founder Finis

ISACA research shows that mobile payment technology is mitigating risks

Global IT association ISACA has released new research that finds that advancements in mobile payment security technology are helping to curb risks and improve consumer trust beyond levels typically associated with plastic payment cards. In its complimentary guide, “Is Mobile the Winner in Payment Security?,” ISACA outlines several advantages of mobile payments in regrads to physical and e-commerce transactions. The research highlights tokenization, device-specific cryptograms and two-factor authentication as three key technological improvements that are making mobile payments more appealing

Police body cams to add facial recognition capabilities in the future

Axon, a business unit of Taser International, said it expects to roll out body cam models with facial recognition capabilities in the future, according to a report by Popular Science. The disturbing frequency of police killing — such as the July 6 death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — has led police forces across the country to outfit officers with body cameras as a preventative measure aimed at curbing abuse of power and legal action. Taser said it

Biometrics alone will not win the authentication wars

This is a guest post by Terry Nelms, Director of Research at Pindrop Robbing a bank used to mean walking into a building, making threats and walking out with a bag of money. Now, fraudsters rely on committing crimes without a physical presence. From halfway around the world they can phone-in or use the Internet to commit crimes. Obviously, the rules have changed. Hackers target banks and any business with a digital presence to steal people’s identities and export valuable

NetGuardians, BehavioSec to provide behavioral biometric technologies

NetGuardians and BehavioSec are partnering to leverage their complementary technologies to provide comprehensive fraud protection to both financial institutions and their clients around the world. NetGuardians specializes in user behavior analytics and profiling to implement controls for fraud and compliance issues, while BehavioSec’s behavioral biometric technology analyzes behaviors at the user transaction level and alerts the organization of any behavior changes that signal misuse. Through their new joint offering, the companies will enable financial institutions to protect clients by statistically

NICE Actimize launches multi-factor authentication solution

NICE Actimize has launched Authentication-IQ, a solution that manages multiple authentication methods across financial institution channels with an integrated strategy in an effort to improve security, customer experience, and cost efficiency. NICE Actimize’s Authentication-IQ applies advanced analytics that intuitively select the most effective authentication method to use in a specific transaction, based on the risk of fraud, consumer preference and cost efficiency. Using Authentication-IQ, financial institutions are able to optimize authentication methods across digital channels and the contact center to

Intellicheck Mobilisa wins $250K access control contract for classified government facility

Intellicheck Mobilisa has been awarded a $250,000 federal contract to expand the deployment of its biometric access control solution Defense ID at a highly classified federal government facility in the Washington, D.C. area. The contract will more effectively enable security personnel to protect the highly sensitive federal facility with Intellicheck’s real-time identification authentication solution. “Defense ID was designed to address a security environment that is fluid and constantly evolving,” said Dr. William Roof, Intellicheck CEO. “Our expertise in addressing security