Mastercard rolling out payment system using facial and fingerprint recognition

Mastercard is rolling out MasterCard Identity Check, the credit card firm’s new payments system that enables consumers to make online purchases using facial or fingerprint recognition technologies, according to a report by The Telegraph. The move comes a few months after Mastercard said it would launch a small pilot program this fall which would allow select consumers to place a finger on the scanner of their smartphone, or blink into their smartphone’s camera to verify their identity to complete online

Biometrics needed to win the war against financial fraud

This is a guest post by Michael Boukadakis, the founder and CEO of Enacomm This year, October brings something scarier for ill-prepared merchants than anything Halloween has to offer: the EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) payments liability shift. As of October 1, 2015, all retailers across America will be forced to take the financial fall when card criminals successfully launch attacks that could have been thwarted. Doing its part in the fight against fraud, the financial industry is making a

Ghana deploys GenKey biometric voter verification solution

GenKey announced that its biometric voter verification solution has been successfully deployed, with the cooperation of local partner STL, at the District Level Elections in Ghana, which was held on September 1. The news comes a few weeks after Ghanaian opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) claimed that the party used facial recognition technology to discover that there are 76,000 fake voters on the country’s voter’s register. The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana had selected STL/GenKey’s solution to verify the identity

Australian government to invest $18.5m on national facial recognition system

The Australian federal government will invest $18.5 million in a new law enforcement facial recognition system called the National Facial Biometric Matching Capability, according to a report by Computerworld. The move comes a couple weeks after it was revealed that the Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves. The new facial recognition system will allow government agencies to match images of unidentified

TSA’s five year strategy plan includes more biometrics

The Transportation Security Administration has released an aggressive five-year strategy that includes a potential expansion of the use of biometrics, among other things, to create the “airport of the future”, according to a report by Next Gov. Written in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the 45-page “Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security” details a foundation “for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of specific mission needs.” The plan details the agency’s long-term functional

China’s financial sector sees growing adoption rate of facial recognition technology

An increasing number of financial institutions in China are following in the footsteps of Internet bank WeBank by using facial recognition technology in their mobile apps to verify the identity of its customers, according to a report by Want ChinaTimes. According to a China Business News report, Chinese banks like Pingan Puhui are using face recognition capabilities as a requirement for verifying the identities of new borrowers, while uses passwords based on face recognition. The financial sector in China

Avion Solutions uses Hitachi finger vein reader during blood drive

Engineering and technology firm Avion Solutions recently used a finger vein reader it developed with Hitachi to identify blood donors during its blood drive at its Huntsville, Alabama-based headquarters, according to a report by WHNT News. Avion Solutions Inc. partnered with Hitachi, Ltd. to develop BIT (Biometric Identification Tool), which enables blood providers to verify the identity of donors using the unique vein patterns found in the individual’s finger, to ultimately create a seamless experience. The recently completed a successful

Indian telcos hope to use Aadhaar biometric database for faster subscriber verification

Indian telecom operators plan to turn to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in an effort to get approval for using the Aadhaar biometric database to speed up subscriber verification since the home ministry is said to have objected to the idea citing security concerns, according to a report by the Economic Times. The move comes a few weeks after India’s Supreme Court placed a cease order on the national Indian government concerning the use of Aadhaar data. Last week, the

BioCatch to present at Visa Europe and Microsoft Ventures conferences

BioCatch announced it has been selected to present on stage at the Visa Europe Innovation Exchange, a one day conference to connect European corporate executives with Israeli startups. Held on September 9 in Tel Aviv, the conference will take place on the same day as Microsoft Ventures Innovation Fest at DLD, an event at which BioCatch executives will also be presenting “Behavioral Biometrics – a Disruptive New Approach to Catching Fraudsters”. In addition, BioCatch will be attending and speaking at

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