Phuket, Thailand to use Herta facial recognition for Safe City project

Facial recognition firm Herta has announced it will install solutions in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a Safe City project in partnership with Point IT. Pictures or videos will be taken of vehicle occupants entering the city by police with mobile phones at security checkpoints, and sent wirelessly to the network of Herta’s BioSurveillance NEXT system, according to the announcement. The mobile phones then receive an alarm if a blacklisted subject is detected. “We are very proud to provide leading

Researchers develop lip-reading system to beat voice-spoofing

Researchers at Florida State University have developed a way for smartphones to read user’s lip gestures with sonar, enabling the gestures to be used as a liveness detection system to thwart replay attacks. The system, which the researchers call VoiceGesture, uses the phone’s speaker to transmit a high-frequency sound, which is reflected back to the microphone as the user says his or her password. It does not require and additional hardware, and can be integrated into existing smartphone operating systems

Tech giants unwilling to link biometrics to Aadhaar

Officials in the Indian government claim that Apple, Microsoft and Google are not making their proprietary biometric systems available to be used for Aadhaar authentication. The officials claim that these companies are acting as “gatekeepers” and are averse to allowing open access to their smartphone software development frameworks to leverage biometric functionality. 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

Morpho and Airtel to test Aadhaar-based mobile phone sign-up

Morpho (Safran) has been chosen by Airtel, a leading Indian telecom operator, to become its key partner in an electronic know your customer (e-KYC) pilot project operating in Uttar Pradesh. In March, Airtel launched an Aadhaar-based e-KYC initiative in the Indian state for subscriber verification. e-KYC is a process that enables banking and telecom customers to open and access accounts by way of their Aadhaar number. Customers in Uttar Pradesh will be required to use their Aadhaar number along with

MTN Nigeria orders $1M in biometrics-based KYC devices from Novateqni

Biometrics and secure payment technologies firm Novateqni Corporation announced a U.S. $1 million order of its biometrics authentication product KYC100 by MTN Nigeria, a division of South African-based mobile teleco MTN Group. The KYC100 units are used to enroll the fingerprints, photo and personal detail of mobile phone buyers as required under the country’s new regulations. The KYC notation, which stands for “Know Your Customer”, is the business process necessary to verify the identity of its clients, which is becoming

Precise Biometrics announces new strategy to reach profitability during 2015

Precise Biometrics announced it is focusing the operations in order to reach profitability during 2015 by boosting its market presence in fingerprint technologies, making more efficient use of its partner network for the sale of Tactivo, and reducing its operating expenses. The company will expand its development, market presence and sales efforts with a predominant focus on Asian mobile phone manufacturers to strengthen its position in the market for fingerprint technology in mobile devices. “We maintain a close dialogue with

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may feature iris scanning technology

In a recent tweet by certified Samsung Twitter account @SamsungExynos, the smartphone device manufacturer teased it is currently developing iris scanning technology, following rumors that its new flagship handset, Galaxy S5, would feature the technology. The Tweet follows news that the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini would feature fingerprint technology. The @SamsungExynos tweet published a diagram of a smartphone scanning an eye with the caption, “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision. What would you

Samsung to release second smartphone with fingerprint sensors

Samsung announced it will soon release its second biometrics smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, which is a smaller version of its flagship Galaxy S5 phone. Set for release later this month, the new smartphone will include hardware that its earlier smaller flagship versions omitted, including fingerprint technology for added security and convenience. The device’s fingerprint sensor home button allows users to verify PayPal payments by pressing their finger against the sensor. By including the fingerprint sensor on the new device,

Next round of smartphones to incorporate biometrics

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that biometrics will become integrated within a wide number of mobile devices in the near future. Integration will be driven by smartphone and tablet manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung Electronics, which we expect will add both fingerprint and gesture recognition functionality to their mobile devices within the next year. In January, at the Consumer Electronics Show, a Samsung Android phone was demonstrated which included a fingerprint sensor underneath its screen. Developed by Validity, a

Matt Smallman to keynote Voice Biometrics Conference, May 8-9, in San Francisco

Opus Research has announced that Matt Smallman of Barclay’s Wealth and Investment Management will present this year’s keynote case study at the Voice Biometrics conference at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, May 8-9, 2013. Smallman leads the Client Experience Strategy and Change team for Wealth and Investment Management at Barclays. In 2012, Smallman was part of the team that implemented the world’s first application of non-text dependant voice biometrics as the primary means of authentication in service centers. The