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Top biometrics news stories, week of August 17


Biometrics Week in Review: Technoglobal acquisition strategy, biometrics for prison management, mobile commerce opportunities, biometrics in banking, South African borders, mass surveillance tested in Boston, US terrorism database, a voice biometrics patent and a special report on mobile biometric authentication.

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

Fingerprint recognition provider Technoglobal adopts accretive M&A strategy – Technoglobal Inc., a leading Japanese provider of fingerprint authentication technology, is seeking to acquire new international businesses to spur accretive growth.

Credence ID, Fulcrum Biometrics provide mobile biometric solutions for prisons in Mexico and Guatemala – Credence ID and Fulcrum Biometrics announced two new deployments of their combined Android-based mobile biometric equipment and software in Mexico and Guatemala, to manage jail populations as well as improve prisoner and public safety.

Special Report: Mobile Biometric Authentication – This report examines how the total market for mobile biometrics will increase due to smartphone growth and the drive for password supplantation and outlines the increasing use of mobile biometrics for financial services and to aid in law enforcement and military applications.

Bank Muscat launches biometric system compatible with national ID card – Financial services firm Bank Muscat announced it has introduced a biometric ID system designed to improve efficiency and facilitate faster transaction processing times that is compatible with the national identification card of Oman.

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 including fingerprint and facial recognition in its ongoing information system modernization programme.

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.

Next Biometrics partners with Duodigit to provide fingerprint sensor solutions in Brazil – The partnership will enable Next Biometrics to distribute the fingerprint sensor to the Brazilian market. Duodigit provides a consolidated network of biometrics software, hardware and consulting services for a range of different applications.

Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers – Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year which gave authorities a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity of the event.

U.S. government adding biometric files to terrorism database – In addition to fingerprints, iris scans and facial images, the government has included in the database more non-traditional biometric datafields such as handwriting, signatures, scars, tattoos and DNA strands.

Auraya granted U.S. patent rights for voice biometric technology – Auraya Systems announced that it has been granted patent protection in the USA from the U.S. Patent Office for its core Speaker Adaptive Voice Biometric technology, quickly following its patent from the Australian Patent Office.

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