RightPatient recognized at Fierce Innovation Awards for patient identity management and engagement platform

RightPatient announced it has received top honors in the “Best in Show” category, as well as an overall award of “Best in Show: Fiercest Engagement Solution for its patient identity management and engagement platform at this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition. The RightPatient platform provides flexible and scalable biometric patient safety, patient data integrity, and patient engagement system, with support for any form of biometrics, including fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, facial, and voice recognition The identity management

Macy’s launches line of bags, briefcases and wallets integrated with fingerprint recognition

Macy’s, Inc. has launched a new line of luxury handbags, briefcases, and wallets that are integrated with fingerprint recognition, RFID blocking technology, and GPS technology that are designed to protect the consumer’s private possessions. Design by Macy’s first luxury technology designer, Royce Leather CEO Andrew Royce Bauer, the collection features the world’s first security bag integrated with DNA based fingerprint technology. Featuring hand-milled hardware coupled with Italian Saffiano Leather, the Royce Leather Freedom Briefcase enables only a single user to

Technologies for biometrics and wearables are accelerating change

This is a guest post by Chuck Brooks, Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox Our increasingly hyper-connected world is becoming even more connected and personal with the emerging generation of technologies for “wearables.” Advanced sensor technologies are being miniaturized, made flexible, and attachable to our bodies. These new technologies and their biometric components will have significant implications on the future of health, security, and how we conduct commerce. Most of us are familiar with Google Glass, Samsung Galaxy Gear

Stakeholders work towards establishing facial recognition guidelines

Consumer protection and privacy organization Center For Digital Democracy and NTIA are attempting to establish voluntary guidelines for the use of facial recognition software, according to a report by Broadcasting & Cable. Earlier this week, the stakeholders met at the Commerce Department where the National Telecommunications & Information Administration’s (NTIA) John Verdi moderated a discussion to address language on important concerns including data retention/disposal, security and deletion. Center For Digital Democracy (CDD) executive director Jeff Chester emphasized that there ought

Washington State city considers implementing new fingerprint ID system

Mercer Island, Washington is contemplating on signing an interlocal agreement with King County to install fingerprint identification systems in police cars that are designed to improve efficiency, according to a report by Mercer Island Reporter. Provided by the County, the new $1,150 mobile ID devices are designed to help police officers identify suspects in the field that are lying about their names or other key information. Remote searches are able to provide an ID response in under two minutes, which

Italian data protection authority introduces new privacy rules on biometric data

Italian data protection authority, the Garante, recently issued a new set of privacy rules designed for facilitating the processing of biometric data, according to a report by Gaming Tech Law. With the Internet of Things technologies and specifically biometric wearables significantly relying on the processing of biometric data, the Garante has introduced the new rules to aid companies in developing these technologies. First, the provision to the data subject of a privacy information notice must now list key information, including

GCHQ former head warns smartphone users to be careful with their personal data

Sir John Adye, the former head of UK intelligence and security agency GCHQ, is warning smartphone users to be careful with handling their personal data, according to a report by Tech Week Europe. Adye said that there should be greater control and supervision of smartphones that feature biometric security functions like fingerprint recognition, such as Apple’s iPhone 6. Though he is all for the new security features, Adye said that it is unclear as to what happens to individual’s personal

Biometrics Institute appoints new board of directors and re-confirms its focus on building trust in biometrics in 2015

The Biometrics Institute announced its newly elected board of directors, which includes representatives from Immigration New Zealand, the FBI, Spanish Ceca Bank and UK Home Office. Arron Baker of Immigration New Zealand has been re-elected as Biometrics Institute’s chairman and director. He will oversee the board of directors, which is comprised of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Paul Cross, Salmat Speech Solutions GM Brett Feldon, the FBI’s Jim Loudermilk, Australia Attorney Generals Department’s Andrew Rice, Cognitec Systems’ Juergen

Latin America’s growing biometric technology market

Latin America has become the largest growing market for biometric technology used for identifying individuals and is increasingly being used by the region’s governments, biometric expert Sergio Valdez said at the recent Second International Security Meeting (EISCE) in Quito, Ecuador. “It is being applied in many Latin American countries” at a rapid rate “precisely because of the volume of the critical mass of inhabitants,” said Valdez, director of business development of the multinational 3M for Latin America. According to market

Toronto police considering facial recognition software to identify suspects

The Toronto Police Service is considering facial recognition software as a tool that could significantly reduce the time it takes to identify suspects, according to a report by the CBC. Already adopted by Calgary police and various law enforcement agencies in the United States, facial recognition software enables police officers to match crime scene images against a database containing thousands of mug shots. But despite the popularity of the software in other regions, privacy advocates have criticized the technology for