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Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 7


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

Biometrics Week in Review: iCloud hack, Delta ID raises $5M, Mastercard branded biometric ID card, mobile app guidelines, Synaptics, Huawei Alipay parnership, ImageWare, Qualcomm patent application, interview with LifeBEAM CTO and a guest post by Steve Cook.

Biometrics could prevent ‘celeb porn’ hacking incidents – By combining Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader technology with a passcode for iCloud access, users should be able to enhance secure access to their personal, cloud-based digital storage.

Delta ID raises $5M from Intel Capital to advance iris recognition technology – The financing, led by Intel Capital director Arun Chetty, will help Delta ID meet the rising demand for its iris recognition products from some of the most high-profile device manufacturers in the world.

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards – The card features 13 applications, including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology and Cryptovision’s biometric identification technology, providing millions of Nigerian’s with the ability to perform safe electronic payments.

NIST issues first draft of guidelines for third-party mobile app security – NIST has issued the first draft of guidelines designed to provide federal agencies with an unbiased overview of the pros and cons of using third-party mobile apps.

Synaptics acquisition of Validity fingerprint ID pays off – Synaptics’ acquisition of fingerprint identification firm Validity last November is quickly paying off, with shares of Synaptics doubling in the past 12 months.

Alipay, Huawei to introduce biometric security to mobile payments – Chinese online payment company Alipay has partnered with Huawei to use the fingerprint sensor in Huawei’s new Ascend Mate 7 smartphone, enabling a more secured way for users to make mobile purchases.

Reports say latest Imageware deal is with Wal-Mart – ImageWare Systems recently announced the three-year contract with a major international retailer to provide its multi-modal biometric identity management product suite that runs on the Fujitsu Trusted S5 Cloud platform. Reports say that customer is Wal-Mart.

Qualcomm submits patent application for biometrics authentication and authorization device – Qualcomm Inc. announced it has submitted an application to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for approval of a biometrics-based device for authentication and authorization.

Biometric identification’s role in the on-boarding process – Examining the use of biometrics in ID protection and KYC (know your customer). A guest post by Steve Cook.

LifeBEAM: An interview with Zvika Orron, CTO and Co-Founder – The company was established by former Israeli air force pilots who wanted to be able to monitor human physiology in any environment. LifeBEAM specializes in creating unique hardware and software platforms that monitor multiple physiological parameters including heart rate, blood flow and oxygen saturation.

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