Florida bill requiring biometrics for patient identity verification raises concerns

Florida House Bill 1299, sponsored by Rep. Dane Eagle, has a provision that would require Florida hospitals to install software that allows them to use biometrics and the state driver’s license database to verify Medicaid patients identification, according to a report by the St. Augustine Record. Medicaid is a social health care program for families and individuals with low income and limited resources. When the bill came up for a vote last month in the House Children, Families and Seniors

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ribbon cutting and panel discussions

On Monday February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) will celebrate its move to expanded new facilities with a ribbon cutting dedication and expert panel discussions featuring senior elected and government officials and the CEOs and presidents of several large companies. The event will be webcast. The 5,574 square-meter (60,000 square-foot) facility in Rockville, Maryland has 22 labs, including two large enough to hold vehicles for cybersecurity testing. NCCoE staff and partners

Visa Developer platform provides access to Visa APIs and SDKs

Software application developers now have access to Visa’s payments technology, products and services through Visa Developer. The new Visa Developer platform is designed to drive innovation in payments and commerce, offering access to some of Visa’s most popular payment technologies and services including account holder identification, person-to-person payment capabilities, secure in-store and online payment services such as Visa Checkout, currency conversion and consumer transaction alerts. Visa plans to provide access to more of its payment technology over the next year.

Facial recognition check-in being tested at Beijing Railway Station

Beijing Railway Station has recently started testing facial recognition technology to identify passengers according to a report by ECNS Wire. Those passengers with a second-generation identification card and a blue magcard ticket can use the new automated biometric check-in feature. Passengers are required to remove masks, sunglasses and hats to have their face photos taken and identity verified. The use of face recognition technology in China is predicted to boom as China’s facial recognition market is expected to reach 10

GenKey healthcare solution shortlisted for Africa Healthcare Award

GenKey’s biometrics based healthcare solution has been shortlisted for the ‘Solution of the Year Award’ in the category ‘Awards for Technology and Solution Providers Operating in Africa and/or Exporting to Africa’. The Africa Healthcare Awards recognize excellence and achievements in the field of African healthcare provision; as well as recognizing new international solutions and technologies that have the potential to create positive change in Africa. The awards are judged by an expert panel drawn from senior management from African hospitals,

MorphoTrust partners with Confirm.io to develop cloud-based mobile authentication solutions

MorphoTrust and Confirm.io are combining efforts to release enterprise-class mobile SDKs and APIs for developers requiring advanced user verification and mobile facial recognition. In a statement, the companies said that the “alliance will enable identity assurance for markets including the sharing economy, peer-to-peer, and high-trust transactions.” The partnership draws upon MorphoTrust’s government-class biometric and authentication portfolio and Confirm.io’s consumer-friendly mobile authentication and cloud technologies to deliver solutions that enable companies to ensure people are who they claim to be when

India to open Aadhaar for private sector employment ID validation

According to an article in the Economic Times, the Indian government plans to widen the scope of the Aadhaar authentication system to allow validation of identification credentials for employment purposes. According to the report, citizens would be able to use Aadhaar to verify details of others for a small fee. Aadhaar, recognized as the world’s largest universal civil ID program and biometric database, is currently used by the Indian government to provide social services. To date, Aadhaar has issued over

Fingerprints required for all Singapore-bound travellers

Starting in June, all travellers entering Singapore by land, air or sea will have their fingerprints taken. According to statements made to Parliament by Singapore Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Lee, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will be capturing the fingerprints of anyone who enters Singapore at its air, land and sea checkpoints as part of its plans to beef up border security. The fingerprint scans will allow the immigration authorities to “verify the traveller’s identity before

Bio-Metrica CEO discusses multi-factor biometric identification systems

Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Bio-Metrica is a first-tier manufacturer, software developer and system integrator of turnkey and custom biometric identification solutions to government, law enforcement, and enterprises worldwide. The company provides advanced biometric solutions to customers in a range of industry sectors, including government, law enforcement, healthcare, finance, education, retail, and manufacturing. Additionally, Bio-Metrica helps customers during the installation and configuration, maintenance and upgrade of the biometric system, customizing the solution based on their specific project requirements. Last month, Bio-Metrica released

CBP using Unisys facial recognition solution at JFK Airport

Following up on its successful testing last year at Dulles International Airport, Unisys Corporation announced this week that its facial recognition solution has been deployed at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) identify imposters attempting to enter the United States using passports that are fraudulent or do not belong to them. The biometric identitfication system will initially be rolled out at three terminals this month at JFK. The