Synaptics pushes its fingerprint sensor technology into new markets

Synaptics projected its total addressable market will expand from smartphones and tablets into new growth areas like automotive and gaming peripherals to see a significant leap from $2.7 billion in 2014 to $10.1 billion in 2018, according to a report by Investors.com. Synaptics hopes to realize these ambitious goals by integrating touchscreen technology and display drivers into a single offering, with its first touch-display driver integration product slated for next year. The company acquired Renesas SP Drivers in September, therefore

EgisTec fingerprint touch sensor ET300 to be featured in Philips’ new flagship smartphone

Egis Technology announced it has implemented its ET300 fingerprint touch sensor in Alibaba and Philips’ collaborative smartphone, Philips Aurora i966. EgisTec’s ET300 fingerprint touch sensor module is the ideal choice for usage in mobile consumer electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, particularly because of its small size, reliability, and high performance. ET300 is able to read a fingerprint to accurately authenticate and verify the identity of the individual. Additionally, the fingerprint touch sensor module has one of the fastest

Nok Nok Labs & Javelin release mobile security report

This week, Nok Nok Labs and Javelin Strategy & Research, released the findings of a new research report entitled: “Smartphones, Tablets, and Fraud: When Apathy Meets Security”. The report, sponsored by Nok Nok Labs, found that consumer apathy around mobile security has led to insecure personal data on mobile devices. The report notes that at least six in 10 mobile users reuse passwords across multiple accounts. As a result, the prioritization of convenience over security in online authentication has led

Auraya launches ‘ArmorVox for Android’ voice biometrics solution

Australian voice-based security solutions provider Auraya Systems has developed a version of its ArmorVox10 voice biometrics engine that runs wholly on an Android device. According to Auraya’s announcement, “ArmorVox for Android” features ArmorVox’s language-independent Speaker Adaptive core voice biometrics technology (which is patented in Australia as well as the U.S.), but in a “cut down” version configured to operate on an Android smartphone or tablet device. ArmorVox for Android software provides both enrolment and verification functionality, meaning that a smartphone

Most popular biometrics news updates for week ending November 9

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: TrustMark certification, new fingerprint module, licence and facial recognition app, Oppo smartphone, Money20/20, heartbeat-authenticated payments, new privacy standards, ongoing MINEX evaluation, biometric kiosk, EyeVerify updates. Biometrics Institute eyes ‘Trust Mark’ certification program – The Biometrics Institute is working on a program that it says will reassure the public of the responsible use of biometrics, and will make privacy compliance more

EyeVerify launches updated version of EyePrint ID

EyeVerify Inc. today will release EyePrint ID v2.0, the second version of the firm’s patented technology that eliminates the need to use passwords on mobile devices, at the Money 20/20 event in Las Vegas this week. EyeVerify will provide demonstrations of the new technology at the Aria Hotel at Starvine 10 at 10:30 am PT. EyeVerify’s patented Eyeprint ID technology uses built-in cameras in today’s mobile devices to image and then pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of

Court orders defendant to provide fingerprint to unlock phone in criminal case

In a Virginia criminal court case where a defendant’s cellphone could provide valuable evidence, a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant can be forced to provide authorities their fingerprint to allow police to open and search their cellphone. According to a report from The Virginian-Pilot, Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled last week that providing a fingerprint is similar to providing a DNA or handwriting sample, all of which are permitted by law. On the other hand, an

New Oppo smartphone uses Fingerprint Cards’ fingerprint sensor and Precise Biometrics algorithm

Fingerprint Cards announced that the Oppa N3 is the first smartphone to use Fingerprint Card’s touch fingerprint sensor FPC1021. Additionally, Precise Biometrics delivered the fingerprint algorithm, Precise BioMatch Mobile that is used with FPC1021. “The demand for fingerprint algorithms for small sensors in mobile devices continues to increase,” said Håkan Persson, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “The fact that a leading Chinese smartphone vendor has chosen a solution with our technology is yet another proof that we are world leading within

NYPD to equip police officers and vehicles with biometric smartphones and tablets

Starting next year, the New York City Police Department will provide new biometric technology for its 35,000 police officers and 6,000 vehicles, according to a report by Government Technology. The new biometric devices are part of the department’s $160 million program, funded entirely by criminal forfeiture money, designed to lower the number of arrests while boosting the number of summonses. NYPD officers will be given biometric smartphones that allow them to browse databases, view wanted posters and scan suspects’ fingerprints.

Android 5.0’s improved face unlock feature could replace passwords

Google is offering a new security feature hidden inside its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, which provides an improved version of its face unlock technology, according to a report by TechnoBuffalo. Called “Trusted Face”, the feature could potentially replace the use of a regular passcode and improves on the previous version of its facial recognition technology it first introduced with Android 4.0. The original feature took too long to unlock the screen and could even be hacked by an image of