Actual iD time management solution uses Suprema biometric readers and enrollment devices

Actual iD’s cloud-based time and absence management solution leverages Suprema biometric readers to ensure that employees’ real identity is being used for time tracking and compliance purposes. The company’s time and absence management solution helps its customers adhere to many of the compliance challenges facing employers, including maintaining records for key compliance requirements. These include hours worked for hourly employees, hours worked for salaried employees in excess of a regular work day, and vacation time and pay. “We continue to

Bank crossroads ahead: build or buy mobile payment applications

This is a guest post by Rajesh Sharma, VP Mobile Banking & Payment Apps at INSIDE Secure. Commerce has evolved over the 10,000 plus year history of society. The Internet age introduced online banking 20 years ago and now 80 percent of bank consumers in the developed world are using it. In addition, in the span of just the past four years or so, mobile banking has grown to 52 percent of smartphone owners. And now, mobile payment applications (apps)

FTC approves facial recognition to verify parental consent under COPPA

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has allowed a new verification method that uses facial recognition technology and photographs of parents captured by a smartphone or webcam when providing consent for a child to use an online service, under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, according to a report by IDG News Service. Prior to the FTC’s approval, the inclusion of facial recognition technology went through a long process of debate including public comment. Under the current rules of the Children’s

Biometrics Institute Showcase Australia to discuss border security, identity management

The Biometrics Institute announced it will host the Biometrics Institute Showcase Australia conference and exhibition, held in Canberra on November 18, which will address the use of biometrics in border security, physical and digital identity management and trust. The one-day event enables members of the biometric community to share and exchange information and feedback, while providing Biometrics Institute supplier members the opportunity to showcase their applications, services and products. “While we have seen a lot of interest in the use

Facebook integrates facial recognition technology into messaging app

Facebook has integrated its facial recognition technology into its Messenger app for Australian users, with plans to roll it out in other global markets in the coming weeks, according to a report by Recode. The social media giant has been using facial recognition technology since 2010 for its automatic tagging feature, which identifies people in photos posted by users and suggests them to “tag” their friends. With this latest integration, the messaging app will now analyze the user’s photos, identify

Facial recognition use by retailers raise privacy concerns

Big-box retailers such as Walmart are using facial recognition technology to identify suspected thieves, which has raised a number of privacy concerns among the public, according to a report by Fortune. Earlier this year, Walmart tested a facial recognition system that automatically scanned the face of all customers entering several of its stores across many states. The facial recognition technology matches faces against a database containing a number of alleged offenders. If a match is found, the system promptly notifies

Verificient Technologies signs the Student Privacy Pledge

Verificient Technologies has signed the Student Privacy Pledge developed by The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). The Student Privacy Pledge is designed to safeguard student privacy regarding the collection, maintenance and use of student personal information and is endorsed by President Barack Obama. Verificient joins several other education technology providers in signing the Student Privacy Pledge, including Amplify, Apple, Blackboard, Canvas, Google, Kahn Academy, Microsoft, Parchment, Schoology, and Turnitin. The Student Privacy

More opposition to Australia’s facial recognition scheme

In a meeting held with police, justice and law ministers, the attorney general of the Australian Capital Territory Simon Corbell stated that the country’s new facial recognition database would grant police “unprecedented and extraordinary” access to sensitive information without the proper privacy guidelines regulating its use, according to a report by The Guardian. The move comes a few months after the government announced that next year it will roll out the new facial recognition matching system that uses a hub-and-spoke

Using biometrics to fight identity theft

A new research project called Secure Access Control Over Wide Area Network (SWAN), funded by The Research Council of Norway, will provide authentication and secure access to banking and other services over broadband and mobile networks by using biometric identifiers. The SWAN-project will research and develop technologies and countermeasures to reduce and weaken spoofing attacks, which lead to a more stable access control platform based on biometrics. The kick-off meeting of the SWAN-project was held on November 2 and included

MIT-developed software analyzes Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed software that analyzes the variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls, according to a report by Gizmodo. In a study published by MIT, the researchers discuss the RF-Capture device, which transmits wireless signals and then analyzes the reflections of those signals to construct a human form. The technology serves as an extension of another solution the researchers have been developing for a few years. The team previously used