Leti and partners develop pressure-based fingerprint sensor

European R&D project known as PiezoMAT (PIEZOelectric nanowire MATrices), comprised of Leti, an advanced-research institute within the CEA Technological Research Division, and several partners, has developed a pressure-based fingerprint sensor with a resolution that’s more than twice as high as current U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) requirements. The project’s proof of concept demonstrates that a matrix of interconnected piezoelectric zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanowires grown on silicon can reconstruct the smallest features of human fingerprints at 1,000 dots per inch (DPI).

New R&D director appointed at Precise Biometrics

Precise Biometrics announced today that Fredrik Clementson has been appointed its new R&D Director and member of the management team. Clementson holds a Master of Science in Engineering and has worked with the company for ten years as a developer, project manager and in sales. He takes over September 1 from Rutger Petersson who is leaving the company for a new assignment as Analytics & Insight Manager at Verisure Innovation AB. “Fredrik has been working for a long time within

SRI wins $12.5M IARPA contract to research and develop dynamic biometrics

SRI International has been awarded a four-year $12.5 million contract by IARPA’s Odin Program to research and develop “dynamic biometrics” that can more effectively detect attempts to evade or dupe biometric security systems. By spotting these “presentation attacks”, the research organization will be able to address key flaws in current generation biometric security systems. This will ultimately expand biometric use cases beyond relatively low risk applications such as unlocking a person’s phone, or applications in which a human guard must

UWE Bristol, Customer Clever to develop 3-D facial recognition system

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has partnered with British facial recognition firm Customer Clever to develop a 3-D facial recognition system for high security commercial applications, according to a report in Phys.org. Customer Clever is already successfully providing its line of face recognition solutions — CleverIntel, CleverID, CleverAccess and CleverPod — for customers in a range of sectors, including retail. Innovate UK has allocated joint funding of £170,000 (US$217,657) for the two-year project in an effort

Precise Biometrics initiates search for new R&D director

Rutger Petersson, director of research and development and a member of Precise Biometrics‘ management team, is leaving the company for a new assignment as Analytics & Insight Manager at Verisure Innovation AB. “Rutger Petersson has been with the company for ten years and is a valuable and appreciated co-worker that has done great efforts for the company,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “I congratulate Verisure Innovation AB on the recruitment of a highly competent employee and, of course,

CrucialTec develops fingerprint sensor for IoT devices

CrucialTec has developed a standalone fingerprint module that can be installed in any type of connected, or Internet of Things, devices, according to a report by The Investor. The fingerprint module is unique in that it operates on its own embedded processor, while other fingerprint scanners for smartphones typically require the processing capability of a smartphone application processor chip. With a small footprint and high energy efficiency, the fingerprint scanner can be integrated into any electronics device including PCs, refrigerators,

Mobile app uses hand movement to authenticate smartphone owner

Scientists in Russia are developing a biometric app which allows a smartphone to recognize its owner by the characteristic movement of the hand when answering a call. Developed by the Institute of Cyber Intelligence Systems at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI in Russia, InCallAuth will use data from the smartphone’s accelerator, gyroscope, and light sensor. The application takes into account three key parameters including the initial device position, the speed of the movement of the hand holding the smartphone,

Ping An Technology developing AI face recognition technology with record results

Ping An Technology Co. Ltd. is reporting key breakthroughs in the development of its artificial intelligence face recognition technology. The company recently achieved a high score in the latest tests conducted by the University of Massachusetts’ facial recognition technology benchmark Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW), scoring a face recognition ratio of 0.9960+/-0.0031. The record results are slightly higher than that of other face recognition developers, which have published test results confirming an accuracy rate of approximately 99.5 percent, and

Alibaba to establish independent R&D teams to ramp up technologies

Alibaba plans to establish independent research and development teams to ramp up core technologies that support its goal of serving two billion people in the future. The company unveiled the plan last week at its inaugural tech summit, “New Technology, New Future”, held at its Hangzhou, China headquarters. “Alibaba’s success in commerce has outshone its light of technology over the past 18 years,” said Jeff Zhang, chief technology officer at Alibaba Group. Over the past several years, Alibaba has rolled

Researchers develop all-in-one authentication solution

Researchers at the University of Surrey have developed an ‘all in one’ authentication system that will allow users to verify identity using their face, eyes or fingerprints — either in combination with or instead of word-based systems — on their computers. Pass∞, developed by the Department of Computer Science’s Dr Shujun Li and PhD student Miss Nouf Aljaffan, is backward-compatible with existing computer systems enabling it to be easily added to all systems immediately with little or no alterations made