EAB launching Swedish Biometrics Forum

Halmstad University, in cooperation with European Organization for Biometrics (EAB), is hosting the kick-off meeting of the Swedish Biometrics Forum on Friday, January 26, 2018. The purpose of the forum is to bring together researchers, companies, agencies and other stakeholders for a one-day meeting in Halmstad to discuss new ideas and challenges, and where invited speakers talk about their research or activities in the area. The agenda includes presentations by: Prof. Christoph Busch on Biometrics and Presentation Attack Detection; Diane

Fingerprint Cards tops Sweden Technology Fast 50 again

Fingerprint Cards is the first company to take first place for two consecutive years in Deloitte’s independent ranking of Sweden’s fastest growing technology companies, the Sweden Technology Fast 50. Fingerprint Cards saw growth of 6,858 percent. The company’s line of touch sensors come in 55 smartphone models with 23 different manufacturers. The company was founded in 1997 and is listed on the LargeCap list since 2016. Fingerprint Cards is the first company ever in the Swedish ranking’s fourteen-year history that

Sweden drafts law to share biometrics data with U.S. for crime prevention

Last Thursday, Sweden announced in a statement that it has moved closer to a deal with the United States that would see the two countries swap fingerprint data to tackle crime. The law drafted by the Swedish government would let authorities in both countries run fingerprint searches in each other’s databases but would require a formal request for access to a person’s name and other personal data. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented, “We are exchanging fingerprints with the United States

Next Biometrics attracts $14.78M investment from Swedish investors

Next Biometrics announced it has drawn an investment of 120 million Norwegian crowns (US$14.78 million) from Greenbridge Partners, a firm founded by Swedish investors Melker Schorling and Ola Rollen, according to a report by Reuters. The news caused Next Biometrics’ shares to sharply rise by 64 percent, early Friday morning. “Greenbridge Partners Ltd has undertaken a thorough process before making the investment decision,” Next said in a statement. Schorling’s investment company Melker Schorling AB holds a major stakes in various

Precise Biometrics smartcard reader approved for usage with Swedish healthcare system Pascal

Precise Biometrics announced that its smart card reader Tactivo has been approved for usage with Swedish national healthcare system Pascal, a mobile prescription solution for dose packaged medicals used by nurses, doctors and midwives. The Tactivo smart card reader utilizes strong two-factor authentication by combining smart card and fingerprint verification or smart card and PIN code. The solution with Tactivo provides swift and secure access to the prescription tool Pascal from iPhone or iPad using SITHS-card login, an identification card

Palm vein payments startup Quixter recognized at PayExpo

Biometric payments startup Quixter uses palm vein biometrics to authenticate users, and just this past week it was picked as one of four contenders for PayExpo’s Payments Dragons’ Den. Reported in City A.M., Quixter is currently only being used in Sweden, but its founder Frederik Leifland sees the company addressing a need in the market outside of the country as well. Quixter didn’t win the Dragon’s Den competition, but its inclusion shows a growing interest in biometrics startups, and also

Fingerprint Cards recruits Jan Johannesson as new VP, strategic planning and portfolio management

Fingerprint Cards has announced that it has appointed Jan Johannesson as Vice President, strategic planning and portfolio management. According to the company, Johannesson has previously held positions in Ericsson Mobile Platforms and he has also worked with Northstream AB, a management consulting firm for the mobile industry. Johannesson will work from the company’s soon-to-be-opened office in Lund, Sweden. “Jan brings unique skills in understanding the complete value chain in the mobile phone industry and translating this knowledge into tools for making

Sweden looks to Cybercom for e-identification system

IT security specialist Cybercom Group has won a contract to provide e-identification services to Sweden. The contract runs for three years, with an option for two more years. The value of the contract is estimated to be approximately US $4.63 million (SEK 30 million). “We are very proud to be given the opportunity to build the security foundation that is essential for the entire e-society,” Björn Lindeberg, Business Manager, Cybercom said. “This contract further strengthens our leading position in the field of