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Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 21


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

Biometrics Week in Review: spoofing finger vein recognition, biometric passports for Haiti, biometric database of HIV patients, voice biometric banking app, FBI’s NGI database, Fujitsu deal with Biyo, MasterCard biometrics pilot, Alipay select Nok Nok, Suprema access control, VoiceTrust share exchange, new funding.

Tabula Rasa video demonstrates spoofing in a commercial finger vein recognition device – The video shows how enrollment of a spoofing sample can be applied to the system using a forged image of the enrolled person’s vein pattern, printed on 80g paper, applied to another person’s middle finger with scotch tape.

Haitian government one step closer to transition to biometric passport – In 2015, the government will issue the new Haitian electronic passport which will contain an embedded chip that stores the biometric data of Haitian citizens. The move to the internationally accepted passport will help reinforce security measures at the border and prevent identity fraud.

Biometric registration for HIV patients in Kenya mandatory – Starting next year, any individual who tests positive for HIV will be biometrically registered and the database storing all the patients’ records will be synchronized, which will help link the HIV positive patients to healthcare centers.

ING demos voice biometrics for banking app – ING customers will be able to use their voice to check their bank balances or make payments in mid-September, with authorization and logging on through voice recognition to be introduced later this year.

The FBI says its biometric identification database is now fully operational – The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division announced its biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification (NGI), is now in full operational capability phase.

Fujitsu signs master distribution deal with Biyo for digital wallet solution – Fujitsu Frontech North America announced that Biyo (formerly PulseWallet) has signed a master distribution agreement with Biyo’s Digital Wallet for retail point of sale electronic transactions.

MasterCard biometric verification system achieves 98% success rate in pilot – MasterCard recently held a closed pilot trial to gain a deeper understanding of consumer interaction with voice and facial recognition and their biometric verification system achieved a 98% success rate.

Alipay selects Nok Nok Labs to power FIDO ready authentication on Samsung Galaxy S5 – Nok Nok Labs announced that Alipay will soon be using NNL S3 Authentication Suite to enable secure online payments via the fingerprint sensor technology integrated within Samsung Galaxy S5.

Suprema integrates access control with Milestone Systems video management software – Suprema announced the integration of its access control and biometric solutions with Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software.

VoiceTrust Announces Share Exchange Agreement, Raises $15M in Funding, Appoints New CEO and COO – VoiceTrust has entered into a share exchange agreement with Delrand Resources Limited that will see Delrand acquire VoiceTrust for CDN$27 million to be paid by the issuance of 36 million common shares in the capital of Delrand and will complete a private placement to raise minimum net proceeds of $15M for the business.

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