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Top biometrics news stories, week of August 3


Biometrics Week in Review: iWallet app using fingerprint sensors, facial recognition at Brussels Airport, Nigerian banks collecting biometrics, next killer app for biometrics, Latin America market, fingerprint authentication for POS, Brits opt for biometrics, voice biometric solution for farmers and a guest post by Chuck Brooks on biometrics research at DHS.

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

Apple rumoured to launch iWallet app using fingerprint sensors to make purchases – Reports say that Apple is preparing to launch its ‘iWallet’ app, which would allow customers to use the iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to verify their identity to securely and conveniently make retail purchases in stores.

Brussels Airport to introduce facial recognition scanners – The pilot project will start with the deployment of six e-gates that use facial recognition software, and will be offered to all citizens of the European Union who are travelling from outside the Schengen area.

Gemalto ranked first in government and healthcare electronic documents study – Gemalto announced it has been ranked first in a recent study of the leading suppliers for government and healthcare electronic documents.

Nigerian banks plan to collect customer biometrics harmed by poor logistics – Just as commercial banks were preparing to launch an initiative designed to collect customers’ biometrics to curb fraud, it seems poor logistics may have already harmed the implementation.

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.

“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.

Latin American biometrics market to grow almost 25% through 2018 – A new report titled “Biometrics Market in Latin America 2014-2018” projects that the biometrics market in Latin America will grow at a CAGR of 23.7% between 2013-2018. The report focuses specifically on the biometrics markets of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

NCR expands use of BIO-key’s fingerprint authentication solutions for POS – BIO-key International announced that NCR Corporation has expanded its use of integrated BIO-key fingerprint authentication solutions through several national retail chains, including Wendy’s and Arby’s.

Eight in 10 Brits would opt for biometric security – An online poll in the UK has found that eight in 10 Britons are willing to using biometric security measures like fingerprint recognition, instead of traditional alphanumeric passwords.

Uniphore develops voice biometric solution for farmers – Indian software firm Uniphore has developed a customized voice solution that combines speech recognition and voice biometrics to provide a more inclusive information service for rural markets.

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