Fingerprint Cards, Gentex collaborate to bring iris authentication to auto industry

Fingerprint Cards and Gentex today announced an exclusive partnership agreement to bring iris-scanning technology to the automotive industry. “Collaboration is key within the automotive ecosystem, and as a leading provider of smart mirrors and automotive electronics, Gentex brings an unmatched platform and vehicle real estate through which we can deploy our ActiveIRIS technology,” explained Christian Fredrikson, president and CEO of Fingerprint Cards. The ActiveIRIS iris recognition system was developed by Delta ID, which Fingerprint Cards acquired last year for US$106

Jeff Carter appointed CEO of EyeLock

VOXX International announced today that Jeff Carter, formerly CTO of EyeLock, the company’s majority owned subsidiary, has been appointed CEO of EyeLock, effective immediately. “Jeff has been central to the development of EyeLock’s intellectual property, a portfolio that includes nearly 100 patents and pending patents as well as proprietary technology …,” said Pat Lavelle, VOXX International’s President and CEO. “He has been working to enhance not only EyeLock’s IP, but its distribution channels and customer reach; roles he will continue

EyeLock to showcase iris authentication technology at CES

EyeLock will showcase outdoor and indoor access control solutions and release its new embedded iris authentication solution “Harrington” at CES this week. Harrington, which was recently integrated into ViaTouch’s Auto-Retail Vending Solution, is a self-contained, standalone iris enrollment and authentication system. It offers a variety of system interface topologies available to the end-user with three different image sensor lensing options that allow nominal working distances up to 60cm with imager module thickness between 3.0mm and 5.7mm. Dual iris enrollment and

FotoNation announces iris recognition solution for VR

Xperi computational imaging and facial analytics subsidiary FotoNation has announced the launch of iris recognition solution IrisXR for AR, VR, and MR applications. IrisXR provides security and personalization with state-of-the-art anti-spoofing and FotoNation’s MIRLIN iris recognition technology, according to the announcement. Head-mounted wearables pose potential challenges including close proximity, large occlusions, and wide eye-gaze angles, all of which the company says IrisXR addresses. It also has a false acceptance rate of only 1 in 10 million, yet uses little memory

Somaliland election saw Iris ID technology deployed

Somaliland’s presidential election in November was the world’s first national election to use iris recognition to register and identify voters. The Somaliland National Electoral Commission (NEC) reported an 80 per cent voter turnout. Somaliland, which declared independence from Somalia in 1991, had the legitimacy of previous elections disputed after duplicate registrations were found. According to a company statement, the NEC deployed the Iris ID iris recognition system after trials showed it surpassed both fingerprint and facial recognition systems in identifying

Gentex biometrics technology featured in Rinspeed concept car

A vehicle-sized “skateboard” with biometric security and personalization has been unveiled by automotive think tank and car design firm Rinspeed, featuring iris scanning and other connected-car technologies from Gentex. The concept car, dubbed “Snap,” allows users to connect personalized “pods” to the “skateboard” chassis, which autonomously drives passengers to their destination. The pods are secured by biometrics, which also serve to automatically personalize seat position, HVAC controls, and other amenities through Gentex HomeLink vehicle-to-home automation technology. The biometric system can

U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

China expands biometric collection program in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are gathering DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types from all residents between ages 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Some of the data is being collected under a program “Physicals for All,” which provides free annual medical examinations. Biometric data is also being collecting from those considered a threat to stability, known as “focus personnel,” and their families, regardless of their age. Previously, all passport applicants in the region have been

Determining the best biometric reader for an application

This guest post was contributed by Anixter. Biometric physical access control is the most secure means for allowing access due to the unique physical characteristics of every individual. Biometric physical access control solutions provide stronger authentication methods than a PIN, access card or physical keys, which can be lost or stolen and facilitate an unauthorized entry. Biometrics is the only credential that positively authenticates the person before he or she accesses a secure area. There are multiple ways of using

Swedish biometrics company may miss opportunity by snubbing Chinese investor

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, Former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), which develops biometric systems that let consumers use their fingerprints to unlock mobile phones and other devices, two weeks ago, took the unusual step of talking down its share price. On November 23, Fingerprint Cards CEO and Chairman Christian Fredrikson said the company had been approached by an investor but did not expect negotiations to result in an investment. The stock declined, giving