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Top biometrics news stories, week of June 8


Biometrics Week in Review: Apple debuts TouchID API, Facial recognition 30% more accurate, NEC launches MAG1C, facial recognition vending machines, mandatory biometric voter enrollment, Samsung wearables with fingerprint sensors, Entertech reseller partnership, Sonavation to demo biometric ultrasound authentication, Good Technology launches authentication framework and a guest post by Janice Kephart on facial recognition and privacy.

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

Bring on the fingerprint apps: Apple debuts TouchID API at WWDC 2014 – Apple held its annual WWDC event yesterday, and during the keynote the company made a huge announcement regarding biometrics.

Facial recognition up to 30% more accurate now than in 2010: NIST report – Facial recognition algorithms are up to 30 percent more accurate than they were in 2010, according to a recent NIST report.

NEC launches new solutions for detecting signs of unusual activity, utilizes biometrics – NEC has just announced the launch of MAG1C, a new solution for analyzing information from sources that include social networks, video and voice, as well as data from environment and scent sensors.

Coke trials facial recognition vending machines in Australia – Coca-Cola Amatil has teamed up with creative agency TKM9 to trial 50 interactive vending fridges across Australia, which all include facial recognition technology.

Philippines makes biometric voter enrollment mandatory – Philippine officials have announced that biometric voter enrollment will be mandatory in order to vote in the upcoming 2016 elections.

Synaptics CEO’s comments spark rumors of Samsung wearables with fingerprint sensors – It’s likely we’ll see Samsung wearables with embedded Synaptic fingerprint sensors in the near future.

Entertech Systems announces reseller partnership with ProdataKey for Suprema biometrics – Entertech Systems has announced a new strategic relationship with ProdataKey, for the company to offer Suprema biometric products to its integration partners.

Sonavation to demo biometric ultrasound authentication tech at DC Metro Cyber Security Summit 2014 – Sonavation will be in attendance at the upcoming DC Metro Cyber Security Summit 2014 and will introduce its ultrasound imaging and authentication technology to conference attendees.

Good Technology launches authentication framework, partners with biometrics companies – Good Technology has announced the launch of a new trusted authentication framework, which it says enabled enterprise app developers to leverage multifactor authentication methods – including biometrics.

Why scapegoating face recognition technology as privacy wormhole doesn’t solve anything – A guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA).

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