IriTech, Egistec sign co-promotion deal to target mobile device and VR/AR manufacturers

IriTech, Inc. has entered a co-promotion agreement with fingerprint sensor developer Egis Technology Inc., which is expected to create more opportunities for the two companies in the consumer technology space while focusing on the mobile industry. With an extensive background in iris recognition technologies, IriTech provides several innovative approaches aimed at emerging industries such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and automotive. The company has made significant investments in research and development to solve various challenges faced by iris

U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by Auburnpub.com. In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can

Civil liberties group warns Aadhaar becoming mandatory

The Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) has complained that despite repeated reminders from Indian courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue. According to an article by The Wire, the organization has determined that “in blatant disregard of the Supreme Court’s directions, the finance ministry has communicated a ‘common strategy’ to be adopted by banks to achieve specific targets under Aadhaar” despite the fact that Aadhaar enrolment is supposed to be “free and voluntary”. Aadhaar is the

IrisGuard introduces iris camera designed for outdoor enrollment and recognition

IrisGuard has released EyeHood, its portable iris camera that is ideally suited for outdoor enrollments and recognitions. EyeHood is the latest addition to the IrisGuard EyePay platform camera portfolio. The camera fully shields the user from direct sunlight and other external lighting conditions both at mobile or stationary enrollment and verification stations, providing excellent iris quality images and matching results, essential in payment and identity systems. According to a company statement, the EyeHood was developed to meet difficult outdoor registration

Technavio report forecasts global automotive biometric market 2017-2021

Technavio published a new report titled “Global Biometric Market in the Automotive Sector, 2017-2021”, which forecasts that the market will grow steadily during the next four years and see a CAGR increase of more than 19 percent by 2021. The report states that one of the main growth drivers of the market is the vulnerability in existing keyless entry systems in which criminals use hacking devices to break into vehicles. To combat this, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and

iPhone 8 rumored to include either iris scanner or face recognition

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 model, which is expected to be released in September, will reportedly include either an iris scanner or facial recognition software, according to a Mac Rumors report that pointed to sources and patents. Rumors that the new iPhone would feature iris scanning technology have been rampant since last August when Mac Rumors released a report citing a Chinese-language MoneyDJ article. “An iris scanner could complement or replace Touch ID as a way to verify a user’s identity,

Automotive industry increasingly adopting biometric technologies

A new report by Venture Beat points to the increasing use of biometric technologies in connected cars to increase security through driver identification and authentication, as well as provide a more convenient experience. In fact, a recent report found that the biometric vehicle access systems global market will increase from its current $442.7 million to reach $854.8 million by 2021. At last month’s CES show, several firms demonstrated integrated biometrics technology for vehicle authentication including: Continental’s fingerprint and facial recognition

Rail Delivery Group proposes to integrate biometrics into Bluetooth ticketing service

Britain’s Rail Delivery Group has proposed to integrate fingerprint and iris scanning technologies into a Bluetooth and geolocation-based ticketing service, according to a report by Global Rail News. The biometric ticketing technology is one of several proposals outlined in the railway’s Capability Delivery Plan (CDP), which was developed by over 200 experts from across the rail industry and its supply chain. The RDP proposes a mobile app and software, currently in development, which would enable passengers to be automatically identified

EyeLock white paper discusses biometric authentication in the cloud

​​​EyeLock has released a new white paper titled “What You Should Know About Biometrics in the Cloud”. The white paper discusses the challenges caused by biometrics in the cloud as well as how EyeLock’s new biometric protection system BioDentity Suite helps to address these issues. Authored by Christopher Ream, chief information security officer at EyeLock, the paper emphasizes the importance of identity protection in maintaining security as applications and devices shift from the enterprise network to the cloud. In December,

UIDAI terminates 24 fraudulent apps and websites offering Aadhaar services

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, has shut down 24 fake apps and websites offering Aadhaar-based services by illegally charging users, according to a report by BGR. UIDAI terminated 12 websites and 12 mobile apps available on the Google Play Store, while another 26 illegal websites and apps have also been flagged for deletion. These apps and websites were reportedly charging for services which are otherwise free to the public, such as