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

Digital Identities and Authentication Seminar 2014

Exploring safe digital identification in an online world 4 June 2014 Wellington, New Zealand The Biometrics Institute is known for its long track record in successfully facilitating discussion around the use of biometrics in a stimulating and independent forum. This seminar reflects a growing demand for discussion around online authentication, mobile transactions and privacy. The 2013 Biometrics Institute Industry Survey reported that smartphones/mobile devices were given the highest mention in terms of future biometric use. Coupled with a significant number

Biometrics are key for secure banking

Biometrics are the new E-verification tools for online and mobile banking says Steve Cook, Director of Business Development for Facebanx. Why? Simply because consumers are fed-up with identity theft and further inconveniences with having to prove who they are. Fraud is costing banks and tax-payers millions. ID theft is increasing at an alarming rate and is affecting millions of people, yet not enough stringent methods are being adopted to protect customer accounts. According to a recent report by the US

Fingerprint Cards announces flagship model smartphone design win, opens Shanghai office

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has announced yet another significant design win — this time its a flagship model design win for its swipe sensor technology from a Tier 1 smartphone manufacturer in China. In addition, the rapidly-expanding company has opened a regional office in Shanghai. Fingerprint Cards has been receiving a large amount of orders and design-wins as of late.  Reported yesterday, the company announced another smartphone design win from a smartphone manufacturer in China. As we’ve reported in, Fingerprint Cards

OASIS enhances public-key cryptography standard

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) has just enhanced its popular public-key cryptography Standard, PKCS #11 for mobile and cloud applications. According to OASIS, PKCS#11 specifies a platform-independent application programming interface for cryptographic tokens which store and control authentication information including personal identity, cryptographic keys, certificates, digital signatures and biometric data. “We’re updating PKCS #11 to address recent advances in cryptography, such as new algorithms. We’ll also be considering requirements brought on by mobile devices, cloud computing

Fingerprint Cards chosen by Chinese mobile phone manufacturer

Fingerprint Cards has just announced that its FPC1080A swipe sensor has been selected by one of China’s mobile phone manufacturers with access to a well-known European mobile brand. The Chinese company is starting an Android Smartphone project this month and expects to release the first mobile phone models in the second half of 2013, both in China and internationally. According to the company, the first model will use MediaTek’s Quad Core 3G/HSPA Android platform, the MT 6789, which FPC has excellent

Eye tracking and gesture will control future mobile devices

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. expects that technologies that track eye and gesture movements will play a large role in future mobile applications and devices. According to a recent New York Times report, the newest smartphone from Samsung will have an eye-tracking feature that will allow its users to scroll down a page without having to touch the screen. While Samsung has not revealed any details about the the technology it will be using, the firm has filed a trademark in the

USPTO awards Google patent for face recognition unlock feature

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Google a patent for its facial recognition unlock feature, already being used on many Android devices running newer versions of the mobile operating system. Reported in Patent Bolt, Google originally introduced its face unlock feature with the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I’ve used this feature on my Android smartphone and tablet and though it is a convenient way to unlock your phone, and will be something I monitor

Fingerprint Cards receives massive order for area sensors

Fingerprint Cards has received an order worth US $3.12 million (SEK 20 M) for its FPC1011F3 area sensor from its distributor in China and Taiwan. The distributor, Hardware & Software Technologies Co. Ltd (HST) has made the order and delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2013. “The timing of this order is in line with the most optimistic forecast we provided in the financial report for the fourth quarter of 2012 and it confirms our number one position in the

First NSTIC pilot goes live

Daon, a provider of biometric identity management and authentication solutions has announced that the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), is the initial pilot participant to “go live” as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative. As reported previously in, Daon was selected last year to lead the team to develop an “identity ecosystem” to protect users from cybercrimes. The system will allow individuals to validate their identities securely while doing sensitive transactions like