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Biometrics for banking, law enforcement, intelligence community most popular this week


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


This week saw a significant number of stories relating to fingerprint biometrics, starting with Next Biometrics Group ASA announcement that it has received an order for 160,000 fingerprint sensors to a customer that asked to remain confidential.

In other news regarding fingerprint applications in smartphones was Fingerprints Cards (FPC) announcement about Oppo recently integrating its touch fingerprint sensor FPC1025 into its new Android smartphone, Oppo R7 Plus. FPC also announced that it had helped Google develop Android M’s fingerprint sensor technology.

In regards to fingerprint applications in payment cards, Danske Bank said it hopes to launch, within the next year, biometric credit cards developed by Zwipe that verifies users’ identities via fingerprint authentication.

Additionally, SmartMetric, Inc. said it will soon release its new biometric-activated and user-validated EMV payments card in both the United States and throughout the European Union.

Law enforcement & intelligence

There were also a significant number of stories involving biometric applications in the law enforcement and intelligence field. First off, Police Scotland admitted to using face recognition technology to identify individuals captured on CCTV cameras and from other sources, as well as retaining these images in a database.

Australian law enforcement agencies have come together to support a new plan to build a national facial recognition database that will compares faces against images on passports, visas and driver’s licences as an anti-organized crime tool.

Interpol has called on Asia Pacific authorities to more effectively use biometrics in an effort to identify members of dangerous terrorist organizations such as ISIS.

And finally, Lockheed Martin said that the National Security Agency has tested the use of its new smartphone-swipe recognition technology, which verifies a user’s identity based on the swiftness and shape of their finger strokes on a touch screen.


In news relating to biometrics applications in banking, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) announced that NTT DOCOMO Inc. has become the first operator to adopt and implement the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics platform.

Meanwhile, China’s Central Bank has implemented a new policy that will prevent banks from verifying the identities of new customers using biometrics unless they meet a set of criteria.


In other biometric news, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced it is working with Accenture to deliver a biometric technology system for registering and verifying the identities of displaced individuals around the world, providing refugees with the help they need.

A new research report helmed by Cowen analyst Robert Stone stated that Synaptics is positioned to benefit from the increasing adoption of biometric user authentication systems.

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) urging NIST to consider expanding biometrics’ role in a future update to its electronic authentication guidance publication.

Finally, Microsoft is set to release the Windows 10 for Phones version alongside new Microsoft Lumia flagship smartphones, to coincide with the Windows 10 release later this year. Rumors claim that the two new Microsoft Lumia flagship smartphones will feature iris recognition for access control.

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