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Biometrics to make an appearance at ‘CES on the Hill’ event in D.C.


CES on the Hill, an invitation-only event produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, returns to Washington, D.C. on April 30.

The idea behind this invite-only event is that it gives policymakers the specific opportunity to interact with technology companies, and unsurprisingly, this year, some biometric technologies will be on display.

CES on the Hill exhibitors include AT&T, Best Buy, BlackBerry, DashIT, DISH, EcoStar, Motoral Mobility, ORIGOSafe, Panasonic, Pandora, Qualcomm, Google, HTC America, Lenovo, LG Electronics USA, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics America, Sharp Electronics Corp, TiVo, VIZIO and VOXX International Corp.

Also, for the second year in a row, there will be a dedicated showcase area for exhibitors from the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2014 International CES.

The companies exhibiting through the Eureka Park program includes, Clearview Audio, DesCartes Biometrics, myIDkey, RideScout, SmartCharge, Solar Coll Technologies, TREWGrip LLC and ZEROHOUR.

Of interest to the biometrics community, DesCartes Biometrics will be showing off its ear biometric authentication technology for Android smartphones, and myIDkey will be exhibiting its fingerprint-activated key fob for storing usernames passwords.

“The convenience of ear biometrics for mobile device security is not easily matched – an individual user simply lifts the device to their ear and presses their ear to the touch screen to authenticate and unlock the device,” Michael Boczek, president and CEO of DesCartes Biometrics said. “By combining the most natural of all phone gestures – lifting your phone to your ear – with the unique geometry of your ear, Descartes Biometrics has created a robust and reliable mobile device security solution that is easy to use, non-invasive and non-distracting. ERGO provides users the ability to authenticate using a biometric that is local and insular – the profile is stored and used on the device, not in the cloud or on a remote server. ERGO is also a cost effective solution, no additional hardware is required.  At Descartes Biometrics, identity matters. We see a world where your identity is your key.”

According to Boczek, the company launched ERGO – its ear biometric authentication technology – at CES in Las Vegas and the company is excited to attend the CES on the Hill event.

“Policy makers have to be interested in knowing what it is like for a small business start-ups.  In a difficult economy encouraging and supporting job creation should be top of mind,” Boczek said. “What are the biggest hurdles or obstacles in starting a new business?  How does healthcare reform impact new, small employers?  As a technology company we rely on skilled technical resources to make the “next big thing” a reality.  Is our educational system set-up to support these requirements, or are we increasing our reliance on foreign students and workers to fill the gap with H1-B visas?  Are we able to protect our intellectual property in an increasingly competitive global economy?”

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, Arkami Inc – the company behind myIDkey – quickly raised capital through Kickstarter last year to fund the development of its fingerprint key fob device.

Also, last year the company closed its $1.8 million Series A round of funding.  

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