Samsung patents pressure-sensitive under-display fingerprint scanner

Samsung has registered for a patent for a pressure sensitive under-the-display fingerprint scanner, which the company could introduce in one of its 2018 flagship smartphones, according to a report by GalaxyClub. The patent application in South Korea was initially filed back in March, and published on October 27th. Titled ‘Electronic Device for Supporting the Fingerprint Verification and Operating Method Thereof’, the patent describes a method for incorporating the sensor under the screen. In the patent, Samsung describes in the problem

7-Eleven testing palm-vein authentication for payments in South Korea

A 7-Eleven outlet in South Korea is testing a self-checkout system that will allow customers to pay for purchases using a palm-vein authentication solution called HandPay, according to a report by CNET. Last week, the convenience store chain began testing the self-checkout system at a new store in Lotte World Tower. The pilot project lasts until the end of July. According to a company blog post, the new outlet will be the world’s first unmanned convenience store to be equipped

Suprema granted fingerprint patent in South Korea

Suprema Inc. has received a patent in its home country of South Korea covering the outer structure of fingerprint recognition modules. Published on April 10, patent application #10-2015-0062473 offers limited information about the technology. “This patent adds a wedge structure to the fixed structure of the fingerprint recognition module structure, simplifying the mold structure of the terminal covers and strengthening the waterproof structure,” Suprema describes in the patent application. In the application, Suprema states that the technology will be applied

Facial recognition trial completed at South Korea government complex

South Korea’s Government Buildings Management Office is ramping up security at public buildings with a facial recognition system following a high-profile illegal entry at one of its offices last year. According to a Korea Bizwire report, the system, developed by local IT company SysOne, so far covers 186 gates at four complexes and is responsible for monitoring some 32,000 employees and 6,000 daily visitors. The Government Buildings Management Office is officially implementing the access control system after the success of

UN to adopt fingerprint recognition-based employee ID cards

The United Nations International Computing Center (UNICC) has launched the One UN Smart Card project – which plans to adopt fingerprint recognition-based ID cards for employees and affiliates at UN headquarters – via the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM), according to a report by Business Korea. Initially proposed in 2012, the project will develop and distribute ID cards to enable all UN employees working at its headquarters as well as its 37 affiliated organizations to access their computers and enter the

Samsung considering South Korean suppliers for fingerprint reader components

New reports reveal that Samsung appears to be ready to implement fingerprint readers on the bulk of its upcoming handsets and is looking at several South Korean firms to supply the technology, according to a report in Tech Times. Widespread adoption of fingerprint technology has previously thought to be challenging for Samsung because there are few companies that manufacture it in large scale, except for FPC and Synaptics. It has already been revealed that Samsung is currently considering producing its

South Korean firm releases mobile facial identification service

The Korea Trade Network (KTNET) has released a new mobile multi-factor biometric authentication service solution, providing mobile app developers and other companies with a way to implement a simplified, cost-effective face identification system, according to a report by Korea Herald. The identification service solution, BioCA, was jointly developed by the Korea International Trade Association subsidiary in partnership with Daon and the Korea Smart Authentication Corp. BioCA uses a smartphone’s front-facing camera to recognize and identify an individual’s face, then transfers

Samsung rumored to be developing its own fingerprint sensors

Samsung is rumored to be developing its own fingerprint reader sensors to be incorporated into its mobile devices, according to a report by Android Headlines. With the increasing number of Android smartphones incorporating a fingerprint sensor, the market is largely dominated by Sweden’s FPC and the US’ Synaptics. Samsung currently manufactures several components including the Exynos chipsets, some of which are licensed to other smartphone vendors but the majority are used in Samsung’s own smartphones. In addition to the Exynose

Samsung granted South Korean patent for fingerprint scanner gestures

Samsung has been granted a patent in South Korea relating to a fingerprint scanner with swipe functionality, according to a report by XDA Developers. The newly patented feature — which Samsung initially filed two years ago — will allow users to perform certain functions on their smartphone by simply swiping in a particular way. Based on the patent illustrations, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner gestures offer a different implementation than other smartphones with similar features. Rather than using the swipe gestures to

Two South Korean banks deploying iris recognition for mobile banking security

Yonhap News Agency is reporting that KEB Hana Bank and Woori Bank revealed that they will employ an iris recognition solution to authenticate mobile banking clients. They plan to introduce the system to coincide with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung’s newest phablet that has an iris scanner. The iris recognition solution will be available only for those who use the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 is to be release in South Korea in mid-August. A