Next Biometrics introduces smaller biometric security sensor

Next Biometrics has launched its new touch area sensor for mobile, tablet and notebook markets. The new touch area sensor is 30% smaller than Next Biometrics’ current offering, measuring at a size of 144 square mm compared to 201 square mm. Despite the smaller size, Next Biometrics notes that market trends are currently projecting that customers will move away from smallest sensors in 2015 and 2016. “It ́s about maximizing user convenience without sacrificing security,” said Next Biometrics CEO Tore

Crucialtec provides fingerprint modules for Huawei smartphones

CrucialTec confirmed it has provided Huawei with touch-type fingerprint modules for Huawei’s new line of smartphones, according to a report by the Korea Times. The touch-type fingerprint recognition system has not typically been used in Android smartphones before while Apple has embraced it, introducing it with its iPhone 5s last year. “We supplied our touch-type fingerprint recognition modules to China’s Huawei,” said a CrucialTec representative. “Starting from Huawei, China’s major smartphone makers will use our fingerprint recognition modules. We are

BIO-key International, NEXT Biometrics Group ASA establish hardware and software partnerships

BIO-key International and NEXT Biometrics Group ASA announced that they have established hardware and software partnerships which will enable both companies to reinforce their offerings. NEXT Biometrics has licensed BIO-key International‘s fingerprint algorithm to be used with its new reduced-area, affordable sensors. Meanwhile, BIO-key has made a purchase order for NEXT area sensors for use in BIO-key’s new line of high performance fingerprint scanner devices. NEXT was seeking an effective algorithm for use with its new mid-sized fingerprint imaging sensors

Smartphones with biometric sensors may be required to be labelled as medical devices in South Korea

The Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and US Food and Drug Administration has ruled that any device that measures the amount of oxygen in the blood and UV radiation levels, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is required to be labeled as a medical device under the law, according to a report by Patently Apple. Scheduled to be released in October, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features an oxygen saturation sensor that measures the amount of oxygen in

Biometric revenue from smartphones expected to increase: Study

Frost & Sullivan published a new study that shows that the number of global biometrics smartphone users is expected to increase exponentially from 43.23 million in 2013 to 471.11 million in 2017. The spike in smartphone users during this time represents a shift from the early adopter phase to the early maturity phase. By 2019, biometrics will fully be considered a mature technology. Entitled “Biometrics Go Mobile: A Market Overview”, the Frost & Sullivan study is part of the Smart

ImageWare Systems introduces mobile biometric authentication app

ImageWare Systems introduced GoVerifyID, a mobile application that provides out-of-band biometric authentication from a mobile device, at Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas this past week. Using multi-modal biometrics with a mobile device, ImageWare’s GoVerifyID provides out-of-band verification, does not require any mobile front-end coding and can also be integrated into existing enterprise applications. The solution can be purchased via license or subscription as part of the company’s identity-as-a-services offering, GoCloudID. ImageWare CTO David Harding delivered a presentation entitled “Mobile

Samsung Galaxy devices deploy Sensory speech recognition technology

Sensory Inc. announced that Samsung has deployed its TrulyHandsfree voice technology across its Galaxy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and wearables. As an always-listening voice control solution, TrulyHandsfree enables users to activate and access their smartphone or device with an ultra-low power voice trigger. Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree voice control offers high accuracy command set capabilities, eliminating the need for close talking mics, quiet rooms, or completely accurate speech commands. Samsung mobile and wearable devices use this voice technology to answer calls, activate the

Trustonic, Fingerprint Cards to secure FIDO Ready biometric authentication on smart devices

Trustonic and Fingerprint Cards AB announced they have partnered to secure FIDO Ready secure biometric authentication on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. The partnership centers on FPCs touch fingerprint sensors (FPC1020, FPC1021 and FPC1150) and sensor driver software that are developed to take advantage of Trustonic

Special Report: Mobile Biometric Authentication

Biometric Update Special Reports provides analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions. This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. examines how the total market for mobile biometrics will increase due to smartphone growth along with the drive for password supplantation. This report also outlines the increasing use of mobile biometrics for financial services and

Authentify to release extension to device-based biometric multifactor authenticator

Authentify announced at this week’s BlackHat USA 2014 conference it is introducing xFA Smart Choice, an extension to its xFA device-based multifactor authentication service. xFA Smart Choice enables enterprises to automatically choose or prioritize the authentication factors their end-users have offered on their mobile device, simplifying the overall authentication process for end-users. “The barrier to mass-market deployment of stronger authentication boils down to the impact on the user experience,” said John Zurawski, vice president at Authentify. “After all, security and