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Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending November 2


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

Biometrics Week in Review: India and Aadhaar, NYPD mobile fingerprints, pro sports and wearables, mobile forensic device, global guidelines on facial recognition, Lenovo and Microsoft bands, Encap Security, biometrics in schools, facial recognition for mobile banking.

India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme – Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar.

NYPD to equip police officers and vehicles with biometric smartphones and tablets – Starting next year, the New York City Police Department will provide new biometric technology for its 35,000 police officers and 6,000 vehicles.

Professional sports teams and athletes driving wearable technology – Wearable technology has quickly become a mainstream practice in professional sports, as many athletes and teams are using clothing and equipment with embedded sensors which track and record data on heart rates, speed, workload and distance.

Booz Allen introduces mobile forensic device for law enforcement and military – The handheld VAMPIRE device conducts real-time forensic analysis in the field, performing fast, accurate, on-site latent and live fingerprint identification and matching analysis.

Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines – Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the Interpol Facial Expert Working Group to begin development on international facial recognition standards.

Lenovo to release new biometric band that unlocks computer without entering a password – Lenovo will soon release the Smartband SW-B100, a new biometric wearable equipped with various fitness features and has the ability to unlock your computer.

State lawmakers continue to place restrictions on biometrics in schools – Several U.S. states have implemented bans or restrictions on the use of biometric technologies in schools as concerns over student privacy have increased.

Microsoft Band collects biometric data for health and fitness – Microsoft Band also offers premium features that go beyond the average fitness band, including GPS, heart rate monitor, a microphone for dictating notes, notifications about messages, events and social network updates.

Encap Security integrates Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition into its authentication platform – Encap Security has integrated Apple’s Touch ID technology into its Smarter Authentication platform, enabling any financial services application using Encap’s technology to use Apple’s fingerprint sensor for login and transaction authentication.

FacePhi brings facial recognition to mobile banking in Costa Rica – FacePhi Biometrics announced it has signed a deal with Coopeservidores to install its facial recognition system for the Costa Rican financial institution’s mobile banking service.

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