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Privacy, facial recognition and analyst reports most popular biometrics news


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


Fingerprints was once again the leading topic for the week’s most popular stories, starting with Beijing-based security technology firm Ola announcing that it developed a Bluetooth-enabled smart entry lock integrated with a Fingerprint Cards FPC1020 capacitive touch fingerprint sensor in the handle.

Synaptics Inc. announced that Sharp has selected Natural ID fingerprint sensor to provide secure authentication for its new flagship smartphone device, the AQUOS ZETA SH-03G.

At the Global Smart Touch Industry Summit in Shenzhen, China, Precise Biometrics COO Patrik Lindeberg shared key advice on how to achieve fingerprint authentication success.

And finally, Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone design that features a new advanced chip for its multi-touch displays that “will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors”, potentially replacing the home button.

Face and iris recognition

Face and iris recognition technologies found its way into the top stories this week, starting with KeyLemon’s announcement that it has integrated its face and speaker recognition solution with onefacein’s biometric password solution, allowing users to securely access all of their password-protected sites with their face, voice and synced devices.

Meanwhile, Unisys Corporation announced it completed the initial phase of testing of a facial recognition system at Dulles International Airport, Virginia.

Finally, French electronic systems firm Thales developed a border control solution with facial and iris recognition technology that could potentially replace immigration officers in the future.

Face and iris recognition

Two stories addressing analyst reports proved to be popular, starting with Frost & Sullivan’s latest report entitled “2015 Global Outlook of the Biometrics Industry“, which predicts that Europe and North America will dominate the 2015 biometrics market

A blog post by Ploughshare Innovations provided a summary of recent analyst reports addressing the significant growth of the global biometrics market over the next decade.

Privacy issues

Two stories dealing with privacy issues made headlines this week, starting with the Biometrics Institute announcement that it was disappointed by the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder consultation regarding a voluntary code of conduct for companies using facial recognition technology has failed following the withdrawal of several representatives from privacy groups.

In Australia, a telecommunications law associate professor called for new laws banning the use of face recognition technology to visual images online in an effort to identify people without prior consent.

In other biometrics-related news, China is examining the introduction of electronic identification in a bid to protect private information and curb Internet fraud.

Various companies in the security industry have collaborated to establish the MIDAS (Mobile Identity Authentication Standard) Alliance, in an effort to resolve potential issues caused by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) SecuRe Pay guidelines.

In a new partnership, Entertech Systems and Digitus Biometrics have integrated Entertech’s BioConnect identity management platform with the Digitus db Bus and db Cabinet Sentry for server cabinet access control to launch a fully-integrated solution called db BioConnect.

Finally, Crossmatch released an improved version of DigitalPersonaR Altus multi-factor authentication solution.

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