Mobile device fingerprint use surges in UK: Deloitte

Almost four out of five smartphone users in the UK (79 percent) use their device’s fingerprint scanner, according to new research from Deloitte. Deloitte’s seventh annual Mobile Consumer Survey, “State of the Smart,” shows that the number of UK smartphone users aged 16 to 75 who use their device’s fingerprint sensor increased by a third from last year to 12 million. Thirty-six percent of mobile devices in the UK are now equipped with a fingerprint sensor, and among those who

UK’s Home Office Biometrics to host supplier event for procurement project

The UK’s Home Office will host an event to share its Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Strategic Central and Bureau Platform (SCBP) procurement strategy with potential suppliers on Tuesday, December 12, to provide insight into its requirements and approach, and judge industry interest. The HOB program currently uses fingerprint, face and DNA verification for crime scene investigation, visa applications, passport applications, border control and counter-terrorism. The Home Office intends to run separate procurement processes for the SCBP’s “matcher/mobile/bureau application & tools”

UK Ministry of Defence develops new chemical to reveal fingerprints on challenging surfaces

The UK government has announced the development of a chemical for use recovering fingerprints from previously challenging or impossible surfaces. The advanced fingerprint visualization technology makes it possible to acquire prints from items exposed to high temperatures, such as IED components or fired ammunition cases, and cleaned metal items, according to the announcement. The technology was jointly developed by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Loughborough University, where it was

Two UK banks add Face ID authentication option to mobile banking apps

Nationwide and Bank of Scotland have updated their mobile apps to support Face ID, the facial authentication feature integrated in Apple’s new iPhone X, according to a report by MacRumors. The banks are the first mobile banking apps in the UK to provide support for Apple’s new facial recognition technology. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently wrote in a note to investors that he believes that Apple will continue using the 3D face recognition technology instead of Touch ID fingerprint

UK CCTV watchdog issues warning to police chiefs over facial recognition tech

A CCTV watchdog has written to police chiefs to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. The UK Government’s independent Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has written to the National Police Chiefs Council to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. According to a report by the EveningStandard, Porter added that “if not responsibly considered and regulated it could undermine public confidence”. The Commissioner also called for more

Non-profit aims to strengthen border management internationally

Tony Smith, the former head of UK Border Force, has formed a new non-profit organization called International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) that aims to strengthen border management internationally. Officially launched last week at the Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur, IBMATA intends to encourage best practice in border management principles and the intelligent use of new and emerging technology. Smith, who chairs IBMATA and also led the UK government’s border security program for London

Financial Conduct Authority firm testing facial recognition for risk profiles

A firm participating in the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) regulatory sandbox is testing a plan to integrate facial recognition technology into the risk profiling assessment process being performed by advisers, according to a report by the FCA. In June, two firms using facial recognition in their solutions were among the 24 fintech companies selected by the FCA to test their products on actual customers in the UK. The FCA said the regulatory sandbox had helped cut down on the amount

UK firm XMOS raises $15M in series E funding round

UK voice capture solutions firm XMOS Ltd recently raised $15M in a Series E funding round led by Infineon Technologies. In addition, existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, Draper Esprit, Foundation Capital and Robert Bosch Venture Capital participated in the funding. The company said it intends to use the funds for its product development plans. Led by president and CEO Mark Lippett, XMOS provides a range of voice and audio solutions to the consumer electronics market by combining voice processing, biometrics and

Biometrics essential to drive efficiency in pensions administration

PASA, the UK Pensions Administration Standards Association, the independent body dedicated to driving up standards in pensions administration in the UK, has stressed that the use and development of biometrics must be given a higher priority in order to drive efficiency and continue meeting member needs in the long term. “Used as a means to instantly electronically identify individuals by unique features like voice, fingerprint or iris recognition, biometrics combines personal data with search technology and logic to check that

New fingerprint tech capable of detecting traces of drugs, blood, alcohol and more

Research teams at Sheffield Hallam University have been collaborating with West Yorkshire Police since 2012 in testing new technology that uses a form of mass spectrometry to find traces of different substances within a fingerprint, according to a report by The BBC. The technique is close to becoming admissible as evidence in court, with the Home Office recently confirming it could be “only months” before the technology is used in casework. Researchers have said that the advanced fingerprinting technique can