Yoti launches digital identity app to general availability

Digital identity provider Yoti has launched its flagship mobile app to Apple’s App Store and Google Play to enable users to prove their identity easily and securely in person or online. The launch is the culmination of efforts by a team of more than 180 people at the firm, which was founded in 2014. Yoti provides a secure identity platform for consumers and businesses to combat identity fraud. Users can prove their age, or identity to businesses, confirm the identity

Kickstarter campaign launched to fund biometrics-based global ID startup

Biometrics-based global identity system startup GID has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise €25,000 in funding to support software development and manufacturing. The system captures user biometric data, and uses it to generate a unique, 15-digit alphanumeric code with a proprietary algorithm. The user does not have to remember the code, as it can be accessed with the fingerprint sensor instantaneously, according to launch announcement. GID account holders also receive GID email and messenger accounts, a cloud data storage account

9M enrolled in Malawi identity program

Nine million Malawians have been successfully registered in the country’s nationwide identity program using biometric registration kits from Laxton Group. Laxton was awarded the contract by the United Nations Development Program in February 2017. The biometric registration kits were used by National Registration Bureau officers to register new applicants and amend existing records for the nationwide registration campaign. Laxton’s solution included the delivery of 2,000 registration kits, a central biometric record management system, in-country project management, and training of National

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean complete biometric verification trial with CPB

IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho, and Royal Caribbean Cruises have completed a public-private partnership trial with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to verify passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to secure and expedite passenger processing at U.S. sea-ports of entry. The “Sea Re-entry” trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of

Chemist suggests sweat analysis for biometric authentication

A concept paper published in ChemPhysChem proposes a new biometrics-based authentication approach for unlocking mobile and wearable devices that relies on analyzing skin secretions, or sweat, to build an amino acid profile that is unique to the device’s owner, according to a report in Phys.org. Skin secretions contain many small molecules that can each be targeted for authentication analysis. The profile would be stored within the device and used for identification purposes each time an attempt to unlock is made.

Goode Intelligence examines biometrics market for the connected car

Goode Intelligence has published a new analyst report forecasting that the biometrics market for the connected car will be valued at $969 million, with a CAGR of 96 percent over the six year period from 2018. In “Biometrics for the Connected Car; Automotive Biometrics Market Analysis & Forecasts 2018-2023”, the market research firm predicts that it will take the market around three to five years to start deploying biometrics in greater volumes for in-car and supporting biometrics on smart mobile

DHS S&T to host series of biometric technology rallies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a series of Biometric Technology Rallies aimed at supporting industry innovation and advance technologies that assist DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) operations. DHS will use the results of these rallies to inform planning activities by sharing the information with industry participants to improve product capabilities, as well as with researchers to enable the development of next-generation capabilities. The first Biometric Technology Rally will be held

India updating ATMs to include facial recognition tech

India’s Automated teller machines (ATMs) will be replaced in the next three to four months with new multi-function biometric-enabled machines, according to a report by India.com. NCR Corporation said that bank ATMs will be replaced with new machines that have biometric face recognition features, which will improve the overall security. As a global leader in omnichannel solutions, NCR Corporation has a 50 percent ATM market share in India. The company’s Hyderabad-based R&D center develops Interactive Teller ATM and EMV contactless

Biometrics check mandatory for SIM card purchases in Thailand

Thailand is making facial or fingerprint scans mandatory for those obtaining new SIM cards, effective December 15. According to a report by DW, this is being implemented in an effort to combat electronic fraud and to enhance mobile banking security. “This is not aimed at tracking users, explained regulatory official Takorn Tantasith, “but enhancing security, especially in the case of mobile payments.” Thai nationals will have their fingerprints or facial scans matched against data on their national ID cards. Foreigners

Elyctis voter ID tech plays central role in Kyrgyzstan election

In the October 2017 Kyrgyzstan presidential election, more 5,000 Elyctis ID BOX One readers were used in all voting stations across the country to verify the identity of voters. The Elyctis ID BOX One was used to read data from the MRZ (Machine Readable Zone) from the ID document presented by the voter and to check this data against the voter register biometric database, making the identity verification and voting process faster. Voters can use any document that contains an