DHS outlines vision for improving operational efficiency through biometrics programs

The Department of Homeland Security has outlined its vision for how its biometric-based programs will help improve the agency’s operational efficiency over the next decade, according to a report by GCN. At the forefront of the agency’s biometrics program is its national biometric database, Automated Biometrics Identification System, which is joined by numerous research and development activities within the agency’s Science and Technology Directorate and operational components. The DHS’ strategic framework will be used to identify and align key initiatives

Survey reveals biometrics demand with 84% supporting eliminating passwords

Mobile authentication platform firm LaunchKey released findings from a recent survey it commissioned in which 84% of respondents said that they would support eliminating passwords as an authentication method. The survey results also found that 76% of respondents feel their data would be more secure with an alternative form of verification, with 59% preferring fingerprint scans over passwords. Additionally, 46% of survey respondents said they currently have more than 10 passwords to manage, 68% admitted that they reuse passwords for

NEC facial recognition software deployed by Arizona Department of Transportation

NEC Corporation of America announced that Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected and deployed NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition software. The automated facial recognition solution uses NEC’s NeoFace Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) based biometric solution through a cloud platform. NeoFace will help improve the credential issuance process of ADOT, which currently has a database of about 7.7 million driver’s license and identification records with roughly 16 million images. The facial recognition software interfaces with credential issuance processes to ultimately lower any

ISS introduces workforce management solution with biometric terminals

ISS announced it has launched ISS SAMAY WEB, a web-based desktop workforce management software integrated with HID Lumidigm biometric terminals. The solution is designed and deployed to ensure ISS’s consistency in its portfolio of products. ISS SAMAY WEB helps to increase an HR department’s efficiency and ability to monitor financial savings. The intuitive software allows management to seamlessly schedule shifts, monitor the clock in and clock out and break times of employees, set holidays, identify overtime, access employee records —

HID Global integrates biometrics technology with smartcard readers

HID Global announced that it has integrated the company’s Lumidigm biometrics technology with its Omnikey contactless smart card readers to provide a seamless identity validation process for citizen ID as well as financial, healthcare and other commercial applications. The Lumidigm V-Series V371 fingerprint reader enables program administrators to verify the identity of users by prompting them present a card, fingerprint or both to the reader. The fingerprint reader is designed to streamline enrolment and transactions while preventing any spoofing techniques

Clear biometric technology being introduced at Baltimore-Washington airport

The Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport will introduce their fingerprint recognition and iris scanning solution next month as a security clearance option to all travellers enrolled in the Clear Fast Access program, according to a report by the Suffield Times. Clear said its kiosks might be integrated into the Transportation Safety Management’s existing Pre-Test system at BWI’s B and D concourses. The biometric kiosks are currently installed at 12 airports in the country, enabling members to bypass the TSA ticket check

Australian Senate passes biometrics collection bill

Without first putting the matter to a vote, the Australian Senate has passed new legislation to strengthen the country’s biometrics system, according to a report by 9News.com.au. The legislation was initially met with some opposition in parliament when introduced by the Coalition in June, with the parliamentary human rights committee deeming the collection of children’s fingerprints and facial biometric data a violation of privacy rights. The bill, which is subject to final approval by the House of Representatives, permits the

Precise Biometrics integrates Precise BioMatch Mobile in Chinese smartphone

Precise Biometrics announced that it has partnered with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) to integrate its Precise BioMatch Mobile in a new smartphone from a Chinese manufacturer. The company said the integration will generate license revenue starting from the third quarter 2015 for a yet-to-be-determined value that will be based on the number of sensors FPC delivers to the manufacturer. ”We welcome yet another user of Precise BioMatch Mobile,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “The launch of this new model

Sri Lankan government begins capturing fingerprints for biometric passports

The Sri Lankan government has begun the process of capturing the biometric fingerprint data of applicants when issuing passports, according to a report by News.LK. The move comes more than a year after the Australian government announced it would provide 500 million Sri Lankan rupees (S$4.76 million) to fund the Sri Lankan passport project. Earlier this week, the Immigration and Emigration Department begin issuing biometric passports that adhere to international standards. Under this initiative, the Sri Lankan passport will become

What’s your password user profile?

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, director of Customer Success, NuData Security. Imagine this scenario: Your friend’s birthday is coming up, and you’re about to hit the mall in search of a gift and then run some errands. Before you leave, you decide to check online for the gift you have in mind. Within just a few minutes, you’ve not only found it – you’ve found it at a great price. The website doesn’t have a guest checkout,