IBIA comments on efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new focus paper commenting on the U.S. Coast Guard’s efforts to reduce maritime security risk by leveraging biometrics and advanced smart card technology. The paper, Maritime Security Enhanced through Biometric Readers, authored by Walter Hamilton, Vice Chairman, IBIA, comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently published final rule, which outlines the implementation requirements for electronic biometric readers used in conjunction with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – a biometric-enabled

Safran to build Nepal’s National Identification System

Safran Identity & Security announced today that it has been selected by the Nepal National Identity Management Center to build the National Identification System. According to a statement by the company, this is a first e-governance initiative towards establishing an electronic National Identity System for the country. “The National Identity System is one of the key programs identified in the e-Government Masterplan of Nepal. It is a first step in creating an ecosystem of trusted identities which promises to transform

NEXT Biometrics and Innolux invest in mass production of flexible fingerprint sensors

NEXT Biometrics and Innolux are in a hurry to get NEXT’s flexible fingerprint sensors into millions of smart cards, as the emerging details and ramifications of their recently announced investment partnership make clear. Flexible fingerprint sensors have always been the ultimate target of NEXT Biometrics, and the partnership to scale production capacity of the sensors represents a major change for a company known just a few years ago largely for Dell’s use of its sensors in laptops and tablets. The

BluStor and Arrow Electronics collaborate to target multi-factor biometric authentication market

Multi-factor biometric authentication firm BluStor and Arrow Electronics have collaborated to target the fast-growing, multi-factor biometric authentication market. Arrow Electronics is a global provider of electronic components, services and enterprise computing solutions. Finis Conner, the founder and CEO of BluStor, commented: “BluStor’s strategic collaboration with one of the world’s leading supply chain services’ company in this era of technology commoditization is a major advancement. It will allow us to scale quickly, knowing that we can maintain the highest level of

Elan expects to ship two million fingerprint sensors in the third quarter

Elan Microelectronics announced consolidated revenues for June 2016 increased 4.8% sequentially and 10.7% on year to US$16.7 million, according to a Digitimes report. Elan also disclosed shipments of its fingerprint sensors would be lower-than-expected in the second quarter, but are set to rise significantly in the third quarter. The company expects to ship two million fingerprint sensors in the third quarter, up from 600,000 in the second quarter. Elan further expects shipments of its fingerprint sensors will climb to more

Intellicheck granted US patent for identity card biometric authentication process

Intellicheck Mobilisa announced that it has been awarded a U.S. patent that governs the two-factor fingerprint biometric identity process that authenticates an identity card with embedded fingerprint biometric information and the live biometric information of a person presenting the card. “This patent allows us to make important strides in the fast growing $25 billion fingerprint biometric marketplace,” commented Dr. William Roof, Intellicheck CEO. “Aside from its clear applicability for use with a number of Federal Government identity credentials, this patented

Fingerprint Cards touch sensor in MeReal’s biometric smart card

MeReal Biometrics unveiled its biometric smart card with Fingerprint Cards (FPC) touch sensor FPC1011 at the recent RISE tech conference in Hong Kong, According to a statement by the company, FPC’s key product advantages include low power consumption, fast response time and industry leading 3D image quality, features FPC says may be even more important in the smartcard segment. MeReal Biometrics’ patented “computer on a card” is manufactured in France and combines the FPC1011 fingerprint sensor, a dual acoustic /

MeReal Biometrics unveils new card technology card at RISE

MeReal Biometrics unveiled its new card technology at the RISE tech conference this week in Hong Kong. MeReal Biometrics’ patented “computer on a card” is manufactured in France and combines a fingerprint sensor, a dual acoustic / RFID signature, and a rechargeable battery on a traditional wallet-sized payments card, suitable for the payments and banking, access and identity, loyalty and healthcare markets. Users activate the card with their fingerprint. When using phone banking or a payment app, the user can

Kona-I smartcard features Fingerprint Cards touch sensor

Korean fintech company Kona-I recently announced the roll-out of a biometric smart card that embeds the Fingerprint Cards FPC1020 touch fingerprint sensor. The smartcard can identify the user’s fingerprint and can be used to allow access to buildings or be used for other ID card purposes in the security sector. “The technology will replace password or authentication certificates in all kinds of areas that need secure identification, not only in the security industry but also in the financial and IoT

Mobile biometrics: past, present, and future

This is a guest post by Scott Richardson, Managing Director of Cardzgroup Ltd. Biometrics aren’t necessarily the first thing the average person thinks of when they think of the word “security”. And when it comes to protecting ourselves through passwords, most people will set a pet’s name as a password and add a 123 at the end, and for the average Joe, that’s all that’s perceived as being necessary. While the lucky ones will be able to get away with