Fujitsu featuring breakthroughs in biometric customer authentication at NRF 2018

Fujitsu Frontech North America will feature its latest breakthroughs in PalmSecure biometrics and washable/wearable RFID at next week’s NRF 2018 show in New York City. Fujitsu will be demonstrating the F-Pro palm vein biometric sensor and the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 ruggedized tablet with embedded F-Pro sensor for authentication in a fixed or mobile retail environment. The F-Pro features the latest and smallest palm vein biometric sensor to date based on PalmSecure technology. “Fujitsu is extremely excited about the release of

This ring uses gesture recognition to write words and numbers

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. FingerSound is an exciting new system from Georgia Tech researchers, led by graduate student Cheng Zhang, the technology’s creator. The technology enables people to trace numbers and letters on their fingers, with the figures appearing on a computer screen. Users can also navigate left, right, up and down with the appropriate gestures. Effectively, the device can serve as both a keyboard and mouse, when compared to conventional

Researchers using wearables to increase voice authentication security

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed new technique that allows wearables — such as a security-token necklace, ear buds or eyeglasses — to be used to eliminate vulnerabilities in voice authentication, according to a report by Phys.org. Researchers call sound an “open channel” that can be easily duplicated by novice impersonators and skilled hackers alike. “Increasingly, voice is being used as a security feature but it actually has huge holes in it,” said Kang Shin, the Kevin and

Authentication system for wearables combines behavioral biometrics with voice recognition

Researchers from the College of William and Mary have published a first-of-its-kind study that reveals that combining voice and touch recognition may help to prevent hackers from accessing personal data, according to a report by IEEE Xplore. The researchers claim to be the first to combine behavioral biometrics from different dimensions, which includes touch gestures, with voice commands for use with wearable glasses. The study explores the development of a new continuous authentication system for increased privacy protection could make

Biometrics industry stocks this week

As the biometrics industry continues to grow, Biometric Update is bringing a new focus to the stories around the stocks in the sector. Check in with this space each week for a rundown of the financial news and interesting ideas from the week that was. -Gemalto N.V. reported earnings this week. Management blamed weak demand in the U.S. and a slowdown in its removable-SIM card market for the non-stellar results (goodwill on the SIM business was written down, registered this

Insurers slowly adopting biometrics for a more seamless experience

Insurance agencies are slowly working towards adopting biometric technologies such as fingerprint, voice and facial recognition to provide clients with a more seamless experience, according to a report by Information Management. Donald Light, director of Celent America’s P&C insurance practice, said that insurance firms are considerably behind banking, technology, and security firms when it comes to implementing biometric technology. However, Light said that biometric adoption by insurers “will grow probably pretty quickly over the next two to three years.” “With

Fit Pay to provide payment capabilities for biometric ID ring Token

Payment and authentication firm Fit Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, announced it is providing payment capabilities for biometric identity ring startup Token. Currently available for presale for shipping in December, Token is a ring embedded with an ultra-compact fingerprint sensor and an optical proximity sensor that can be used for payments, access and several other applications. Expected to begin shipping to customers in December, Token replaces the need for most day-to-day credentials while using a proprietary continuous two-factor

NEC develops earphone prototype with otoacoustic authentication technology

NEC Corporation has developed a prototype “hearable device” (earphone device) user authentication technology, which enables users to safely and securely activate their computing devices without using their hands. The earphone authentication device leverages NEC’s otoacoustic authentication technology, which recognizes the characteristics of the user’s ear to enable hands-free authentication. The device’s motion sensor can be used to estimate the location of users, even in indoor environments where GPS signals are obstructed, providing them with guidance if they get lost in

Mastercard study forecasts growth of mobile payments, wearables, biometrics

Mastercard has published new research exploring the growth of digital payments and other payment technologies, which found that 59 percent of respondents believe that mobile payments will be the next payment technology to take-off. In addition, 47 percent of respondents think that wearable technology will be the next big payment technology, followed by biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprints (42 percent). The credit card giant surveyed over 1,000 New Zealanders for the annual study, which found that more than

Goode Intelligence forecasts mobile & wearable biometrics to surpass $6.2B by 2022

Goode Intelligence published a new analyst report forecasting that revenues for mobile & wearable biometric authentication will surpass $6.2 billion in revenues by 2022. In “Mobile & Wearable Biometric Authentication Market Analysis and Forecasts 2017-2022 (third edition)”, Goode Intelligence also predicts that by 2022 over 3.3 billion users will be benefiting from biometric authentication. Over the six years since Goode Intelligence has covered the market, it has grown significantly year-on-year with mobile biometric authentication becoming a regular security feature in