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Top biometrics news stories, week ending October 5


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

Biometrics Week in Review: Nigerian ID card backlash, FBI wants Rapid DNA added to NGI, biometrics and cars, biometric data sharing, Frontier integrates biometrics, touchID for mobile banking, Singapore RFI for iris scanning solution, payPal Ebay split.

Nigerian ID card with branded Mastercard logo draws backlash – The Nigerian government’s decision to brand its new electronic national identity card with MasterCard’s logo has drawn a significant backlash among experts in constitutional law and economics.

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

Tangerine adds Nuance virtual assistant, biometrics to mobile banking app in Canada – Nuance Communications has teamed up with Canadian bank Tangerine to launch a new banking app that includes voice banking, a virtual assistant experience and an option for Touch ID users to use fingerprint authentication.

What is biometric data sharing? An introduction & overview – The HVDS Data Sharing Protocol between the five member countries allows for the sharing of fingerprints from up to 3,000 people per country per year. A guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global.

Toyota to showcase research vehicle with custom biometric software – Toyota showcased the latest generation Driver Awareness Research Vehicle, DARV1.5, at last week’s Meeting of the Minds 2014 summit in Detroit. The car was developed in partnership with Microsoft Research.

Frontier integrates biometrics with Entertech Systems for Suprema Technology – The integration provides seamless enrollment and a choice of biometric templates all within the Frontier system architecture, providing more effective management and the benefit of the access control solution.

Turkish bank partners with Monitise to offer TouchID fingerprint log-in for mobile banking – Turkish bank Işbank has partnered with mobile payments firm Monitise, integrating Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication into its mobile banking application, İşCep.

Ford considers biometric authentication for future vehicles – Ford’s Global Technologies division has developed a system to bring advanced biometrics to future vehicles. Originally filed on March 19, 2013, Ford’s patent application #20140285216 was recently published.

Singapore considering iris scanning systems at borders – Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs is currently looking to implement iris scanning systems at its borders, having issued a request for information asking all interested vendors to submit proposals by October 10.

PayPal split from eBay will advance mobile payment technology – eBay has stated that by spinning off PayPal, the two new companies will capitalize on their own respective growth opportunities in a rapidly changing global commerce and payments landscape.

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