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Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of April 19


Biometrics Week in Review: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint hack, Fingerprint Cards order for touch sensors, CardLogix encoding engine for ID cards and badges, SmartMetric biometric ID card, Biometrics at ‘CES on the Hill’, Apple patent application about biometric spoofing, PayPal Samsung fingerprint integration, Quixter launches palm vein payment system, Kenyan government kicks off biometric database project and an editorial on biometric voter enrollment.

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 falls to the same fingerprint hack as the iPhone 5S – Announced shortly after the phone hit the market, the circumstances of this latest hack are almost identical to that of the iPhone 5S last year. Read more and watch the video demonstration of the hack.

Fingerprint Cards gets pre-ramp production order for touch sensors – This new order is set for delivery in May 2014 and the company expects to ship more than three million units for this particular Tier 1 smartphone.

CardLogix launches encoding engine for ID cards and badges – The Card Encoding Engine is a comprehensive card personalization software for designing, encoding and printing credential data, as well as badge issuance.

SmartMetric plans biometric ID card with embedded fingerprint sensor and color display – SmartMetric says it’s working on releasing a new biometric ID card that will display a user’s face following an on-card fingerprint match.

PayPal debuts Samsung fingerprint integration – This particular integration and partnership between PayPal and Samsung is an interesting development because it is in stark contrast to Apple’s strict handling of the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S.

Biometrics to make an appearance at ‘CES on the Hill’ event in D.C. – DesCartes Biometrics will be showing off its ear biometric authentication technology and myIDkey will be exhibiting its fingerprint-activated key fob for storing usernames and passwords.

USPTO publishes Apple patent application addressing biometric spoofing – The new anti-spoofing concept describes a method of capturing a larger more comprehensive image of the finger, besides just ridges and valleys.

Quixter launches biometric palm vein payment system – Quixter is a new Swedish startup that has deployed its new palm vein biometric payment system at Lund University.

Kenyan government kicks off biometric database project – The aim of the new database project is to address security issues and to assist in national planning and will contain individual’s biometrics, land establishments and assets.

Biometric voter enrollment engenders rewards and risks – Quick and precise voter enrollment and identification is the cornerstone of any credible election and biometric voting systems are increasingly being deployed in the developing world with the aim to ensure a fair and efficient electoral process.

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