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Top biometrics news stories, week of July 13


Biometrics Week in Review: biometric visa for South Africa tourism, FiDELYS smartwatch, VISA Europe considers biometrics, biometric intelligence lab, travel biometrics testing center, Emirates Identity Authority, U.S. military, biometric-based banking solution, voice authentication for call centers and a report on global eID

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

New South African tourism rules require many tourists to obtain biometric visa in person – The South African tourism department is set to introduce new regulations in October that would require many travellers to the country to obtain a biometric visa in-person.

IriTech to release FiDELYS smartwatch with iris recognition – IriTech announced it will release the world’s first iris recognition enabled smartwatch, FiDELYS, by launching a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo.

Visa Europe considers biometric authentication for payment – Visa Europe director of new payment propositions Jonathan Vaux attributes the increase in the popularity of card-on-file payment to the growing use of biometrics.

U.S. Army to launch biometric intelligence lab – The U.S. Army is working towards setting up its Biometrically Enabled Intelligence System Integration Lab project, as well as recruiting companies to participate in the initiative.

U.S. opens travel biometrics technology testing center – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened its new test facility for biometric identification technology in Landover, Maryland.

Emirates Identity Authority among world’s best in biometric population enrollment: U.N Survey – The Emirates Identity Authority was recognized as one of the world’s best biometric programs, according to the recent United Nation’s e-Government Survey 2014.

U.S. military completes test of biometrics system – The upgraded biometrics database repository at the U.S. Department of Defense, known as DOD ABIS, recently completed an internal test, and will now move on to the final testing phase before implementing a fully upgraded system.

Credit union offers biometric fingerprint scanning solution to members – Service 1st Federal Credit Union is now offering members biometric fingerprint scanning authentication, developed by RG2 Solutions.

Nuance and TRUSTID to provide voice biometric solution to contact centers – Nuance Communications announced that it has partnered with TRUSTID to provide an effective customer authentication and anti-fraud solution for contact centers.

Global eID revenue to reach $54 billion, says Acuity – According to a new study from Acuity Market Intelligence, the global market for national electronic ID (eID) programs will generate US$54 billion in revenues between 2013 to 2018.

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