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Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 12


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

Biometrics Week in Review: Suprema’s new fingerprint algorithms, Bill Gates talks biometric ID and banking, CLEAR working with TSA, FIDO edge over Touch ID, Apple drives biometrics, Barclays using biometrics to automate, India’s biometric employee attendance, NEC video case study, FBI wants Rapid DNA added to NGI.

Suprema’s new fingerprint algorithms certified by FBI – Suprema announced that its fingerprint image compression algorithms has received the latest version of FBI WSQ (Wavelet Scalar Quantization) certification.

Bill Gates talks biometric identification, banking for emerging countries – Bill Gates recently said his foundation was ready to partner with the banking industry to develop affordable digital payments and biometric identity authorization services via mobile phones to individuals in emerging countries.

LAX unveils 40 new APC kiosks, CLEAR working with TSA to strengthen airport security – U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Los Angeles International Airport have installed 40 new automated passport control kiosks at LAX airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal.

FIDO Alliance says its authentication technology has an edge over Apple’s Touch ID – At a recent event held in Seoul, FIDO Alliance president Michael Barrett said that the organization’s biometric authentication technology has a greater chance of being adopted than its competitors.

White House official says biometric authentication should replace passwords – Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, recently spoke out against passwords as a security measure, and in favor of more sophisticated identification technology such as biometrics.

Apple drives biometrics in mobile commerce, boosts consumer privacy: report – Recent developments from Apple – Touch ID, mobile payment system Apple Pay, and Apple’s updated privacy policy – have been a huge driver of consumer biometrics in mobile commerce, and at the same time promoted consumer control of personal data.

Barclays using biometric technologies to “completely automate” branch operations – Ashok Vaswani, CEO of retail and business banking at Barclays, said the British bank is currently developing new ways to “completely automate” as much of its branch operations as it can.

Indian gov’t launches biometric employee attendance system – The Indian government is making its employee attendance records available online. Using the Aadhaar system, employee attendance data will be tracked in real-time and made publicly visible via an online portal.

South Africa implements NEC biometric ID solution: NEC video case study – NEC recently posted a case study video that details how the South African government implemented the company’s automated fingerprint identification system to replace its previous paper system.

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation recently announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database.

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