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Top biometrics news stories, week of June 22


Biometrics Week in Review: New biometrics testing facility, Facebook rejects biometrics, Nuance Communications, biometrics market valuation, Aadhaar and NPR, biometric exit system for the US, biometric safety deposit boxes and AOptix launches new division.

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

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to open biometric test facility – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced it will open its test facility for biometric identification technology in Landover, Maryland at the end of the month.

Facebook rejects biometrics to embrace QR codes – Facebook`s top security architect has stated that he would like his company to eventually move away from using passwords, but vehemently opposes the use of biometrics.

Nuance looking at possible sale of the company: report – Nuance Communications could be looking to sell the company, according to a report in the Wall St, Journal.

Biometrics market expected to exceed $23B by 2019 claims new report – The global biometrics technology market is projected to reach a value of $23.3 billion by 2019 according to a report published by Transparency Market Research.

Aadhaar reportedly to be merged with India’s census database – The government of India is considering merging the Aadhaar system with the NRP database to create efficiencies.

Biometric exit system spawns U.S. immigration debate – Contributing editor Rawlson King discusses technological controls over immigration procedures including the implementation of a biometrics based “entry-exit systems” at U.S. border crossings.

SunTrust Bank opens new branch with biometric safety deposit box – Called SafeStore Auto, the company says it is the first of its kind to be used by a financial institution in the United States. The system was developed over the last year by SunTrust and Hamilton Safe.

5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometrics by 2019: Goode Intelligence – Goode Intelligence has forecasted that by 2019 there will be 5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometric technology around the globe.

AOptix Technologies forms biometric identity verification unit – AOptix Technologies has announced that it has formed Terrain Biometrics, an independent division that provides identity verification solutions to customers worldwide.

India confirms NPR as primary national identity scheme – According to India’s Home Ministry, the National Population Register (NPR) will be the new favored national identification scheme. The NPR is a comprehensive identity database used for India’s census.

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