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Top biometrics news stories, week of August 10


Biometrics Week in Review: next killer app for biometrics, biometric authentication project, airports deploy biometric screening in Australia and Japan, new biometric entry/exit testing center, biometric screening at South Africa borders posts, testing facial recognition accuracy for video, Launchkey’s latest update, a guest post about biometrics research at DHS and a guest post about biometrics at the US southern border.

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

Mobile commerce next killer app for biometrics – Mobile payment transaction growth, combined with biometrics, will ensure increased speed of mobile commerce, especially in North America, because the technology can offer a higher level of security, while providing an intuitive customer experience.

U.S. Army seeks information from companies for biometric authentication system project – The U.S. Army has posted a “Sources Sought” request seeking information from businesses for market research purposes to help the agency design and develop an emerging biometric authentication system.

Facial recognition and biometric screening to be deployed at Australian airports – Australian Customs and Border Protection Services is rolling out facial recognition and biometric screening at the departure gates of all major airports in the country.

DHS and CBP launch Maryland facility for biometric entry/exit testing – The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, along with Customs and Border Protection have launched a new test center in Maryland to test biometric technologies as part of the Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering project.

“Human Factors” and Biometrics at DHS – Inside the Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security is a little known group called The Human Factors and Behavioral Sciences Division and biometrics plays a significant role in their research. A guest post by Chuck Brooks.

Facial recognition to be tested at Japan airports – Japan’s Ministry of Justice will begin trialing facial recognition technology for automated immigration gates at the Narita and Haneda airports later this month to prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

NIST conducting program to assess facial recognition accuracy – The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a new program called the Face in Video Evaluation, which is designed to assess the capability of face recognition algorithms to accurately identify or ignore people captured on video.

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs to deploy biometric technology at border posts – South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is looking to integrate biometric technology such as fingerprint and facial recognition in its ongoing information systems modernization programme.

Launchkey supports facial recognition login in latest update – LaunchKey has just unveiled a new facial recognition login system for use with online services like WordPress.

Biometrics essential to protecting unaccompanied minors illegally crossing US southern border – Biometrics won’t solve the issue of illegal immigration, but they could help assure public and national security and the well-being of the unaccompanied minors and the families housing them. A guest post by Janice Kephart.

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