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Top Biometrics News Stories, Week of May 18


Biometrics Week in Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 firmware update, voice biometrics for customer authentication at Banco Santander Mexico, biometrics in Florida schools, ATMs in Poland with Hitachi finger vein biometrics, a major report on surveillance in Canada, Fingerprint Cards gets new design win, biometric drivers’ licenses in India, MorphoTrak and Identity One news and a guest post from SIBA CEO Janice Kephart.

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

Samsung Galaxy S5 firmware update addresses fingerprint sensor accuracy: reports – The new update which is expected to take a while to make the rounds to all connected GS5 devices, improves both the accuracy of the fingerprint sensor, as well as the camera and gallery apps.

Nuance deploys voice biometrics for customer authentication at Banco Santander Mexico – Nuance Communications has announced that Banco Santander Mexico has deployed the company’s Vocal Password voice biometrics solution for its automated phone system.

Gov. Scott signs Bill 188 into law, bans biometrics in Florida schools – Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has signed Bill 188 into law, banning the collection of biometric information from students in Florida schools.

ITCARD to deploy ATMs in Poland with Hitachi finger vein biometrics – ITCARD has announced a new contract with Hitachi Europe for a line of ATMs with finger vein readers at 1730 Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold ATMs throughout Poland.

Major report on surveillance in Canada released – Last week, a multidisciplinary academic research team released a major study arguing that surveillance in Canada is expanding, mostly unchecked, into every facet of life.

Why biometrics are essential in schools: The lunch line – Janice Kephart`s guest post on the Florida legislature’s near unanimous vote to ban all biometrics in all schools.

Fingerprint Cards gets new design win for biometric fingerprint touch sensor, to be used in a flagship smartphone model – Fingerprint Cards has announced a new design win for its FPC 1020 biometric fingerprint sensor from a Chinese Top 3 smartphones.

BioEnable to supply USB fingerprint sensors for biometric drivers’ licenses in Pune, India – BioEnable has announced that it has been selected by the Regional Transport office of Pune, India to supply biometric fingerprint scanners for drivers’ license registrations.

IBIA issues statement in opposition of Florida’s recently-passed Bill 188 – The International Biometrics & Identification Association has issued a statement in regards to Florida Governor Rick Scott’s recent signing of Bill 188 into law.

MorphoTrak and Identity One team up for biometric access control deployment – MorphoTrak has inked a new partnership with Identity One as an integrator to deliver a biometric access and time & attendance system to a large North American freight railroad network company.

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