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Most popular biometrics news updates for week ending December 7


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

Biometrics Week in Review: credit cards with fingerprint sensor, nymi band discovery kits, fingerprint cards, facial recognition, Umrah visa applicants, smart card readers, fingerprint algorithms, authentication solutions, body recognition, swipe and touch sensors.

MasterCard’s new contactless credit cards with integrated Zwipe fingerprint sensor soon available in UK – The first Zwipe MasterCard payment cards will be issued in Britain next year, following the completion of a successful trial with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN, aligned to the Eika Group.

Bionym rebrands to Nymi and launches new product kit – The team behind Nymi has also announced that it has begun selling a developer-targeted version of the Nymi Band called the “Nymi Band Discovery Kit” which will begin shipping on December 15.

FPC 1020, Precise BioMatch Mobile integrated in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 development platforms – Fingerprint Cards’ touch fingerprint sensor FPC1020 and Precise Biometrics Precise BioMatch Mobile algorithm have both been integrated in Intrinsyc’s mobile development platforms MDP810 Tablet and MDP810 Smartphone.

Intel licenses Cognitec’s facial recognition technology for device access – Cognitec Systems announced it has licensed its facial recognition software to Intel Corporation, which will enable the company to use face recognition to access control on electronic devices.

ICCI urges Saudi government to stop biometrics collection for Umrah visa applicants – The ICCI is concerned that a single company would not be able to effectively process over 800,000 annual Umrah visa applications, which would result in a large number of Pakistanis not be able to proceed for Umrah.

Precise Biometrics updates line of smart card readers for smartphones and tablets – Precise Biometrics has launched three new Tactivo smart card readers for iPhone 6, iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2. Tactivo products provide strong authentication through the built-in fingerprint sensor and smart card reader.

Miaxis Biometrics receives order for 1.4m fingerprint algorithm licenses from European firm – Miaxis Biometrics announced that it has received an initial purchase order for 1.4 million fingerprint algorithm licenses for an embedded solution from an undisclosed European company.

Suprema provides fingerprint recognition solutions to Venezuela government – Suprema announced it would provide its fingerprint recognition solution to the Venezuelan government to help identify authorized customers at grocery stores and pharmacies.

University of Adelaide researcher developing new method of biometric identification – A University of Adelaide PhD student has discovered a new process known as “body recognition” which could potentially become a new method of biometric identification in the future.

IDEX provides fingerprint sensors to enhance Flextronics’ Open Innovation Platform offering – Fingerprint sensor firm IDEX ASA announced it has signed an agreement with Flextronics to provide its fingerprint sensors, including swipe and touch sensors as part of Flextronics’ Open Innovation Platform.

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