The Biometric Citizen

Biometrics is becoming more familiar in the commercial marketplace, but it has a relatively long history of use by governments worldwide — not only to lower security risks and mitigate fraud, but also to improve delivery of goods and services to citizens. The focus on strong personal identification is the best means of achieving these objectives. Whether the application is border control or benefit disbursement, knowing the identity of whomever is gaining access to a country, service or privilege is

Protecting against criminal use of stolen biometric data

A database has been breached and biometric data is “in the wild”. Conceivably, this stolen data could be used by the perpetrators to hijack a user’s identity and gain fraudulent access to restricted areas, bank accounts, healthcare records — wherever biometric authentication is securing valuable assets. What can be done to render biometric data useless to any would-be impostor? The white paper “Protecting Against Criminal Use of Stolen Biometric Data” discusses numerous tactics and best practices that should be considered

Next-generation thin-film optical filters for life sciences

Next-generation thin-film optical filters enhance excitation and emission in fluorescence imaging and detection systems. Fluorescence based systems have revolutionized the way organisms, cells, and biomolecules are visualized and detected. However, challenges that are common in these instruments, such as bleedthrough, background autofluorescence, and poor signal-to-noise ratios (S/N), can reduce performance and lead to frustration. Fortunately, performance and signal quality can be greatly improved by integrating next-generation thin-film optical filters into fluorescence based instruments. Because proper optical filtering boosts throughput and

Ultra-narrowband optical bandpass filters with large format and improved temperature stability

Sophisticated monitor and deposition methods enable multi-cavity narrowband filters that push the envelope of performance. Hard coated ultra-narrowband optical filters made using modern plasma processes offer much improved transmission, temperature stability and out of band blocking as compared to legacy soft coatings. These filters are used in optical systems as diverse as LIDAR (light detection and ranging), Doppler shift detection of plasma velocity, laser cleanup, chemical and gas sensing, as well as for cutting-edge astronomy and instrumentation applications. Ultra-narrowband filters

Enhancing banking services with biometric authentication

Do you know who is transacting? A typical bank customer visits an ATM a few times a week and only rarely pays a visit to a human teller. In today’s anonymous landscape, how does the bank know who is transacting? The white paper “Enhancing Banking Services with Biometric Authentication” shows how biometrics answers this question while bringing user convenience to the table.

Biometrics-as-a-service: Making identity fraud prevention truly globally accessible

Some form of identity theft is at the heart of most financially-motivated fraud. Identity fraud and its derivative crimes cost banks, retailers, healthcare providers, governments, and ultimately consumers and taxpayers around the globe hundreds of billions of dollars every year This whitepaper can be downloaded — free of charge — and the reader can learn more about cloud-based biometric identity proofing and authentication services for mass markets.

The methods of hacking into voice biometrics systems

The human ear can identify a voice owner with great accuracy. But biometric voice verification systems use advanced digital signal processing techniques that capture nuances of speech inaudible to humans. The combination of sound analysis technology with the appropriate access management system reduces the risk of an imposter’s positive verification to a minimum. This whitepaper can be downloaded — free of charge — and the reader can various explore topics such as player speaker recordings, speech synthesis, converting voice and

Single lens extended depth-of-field technology makes iris authentication more practical and convenient

In today’s iris image capture technology, the limitation of Depth-of-Field is the main problem for traditional iris recognition systems. Reducing the aperture can increase the DOF, but the light gathering capability and resolution will decrease. Due to eye safety, increasing the light or illumination source is not encouraged as the source may damage the human eye.

How to procure a livescan system: an objective guide for decision-makers

This guide is intended to help you clearly define your assumptions and requirements in order to create an RFP (Request for Proposal) for one or more LiveScan fingerprint identification devices. This in turn will ensure that your expectations will be fulfilled and your implementation timeframes met.