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Biometrics to monitor tuberculosis cases, FBI criminal history monitoring pilot & more top stories


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

Airport facial authentication

One of the week’s biggest stories comes from the TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis Program Management division, which recently selected Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to participate in a “proof of concept” pilot of the FBI RapBack service.

Biometrics-enabled humanitarian efforts

On the other side of the globe, Operation ASHA, a non-profit organization that aims to provide tuberculosis (TB) treatment and health services to poor residents in India’s urban slums and rural villages, is using biometrics technology to ensure that TB patients receive comprehensive treatment as well as to track any new cases.

Facial recognition in law enforcement

A new procurement document reveals that the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department will outfit deputy officers with mobile facial recognition technology to identify people in the field.

Facial recognition

In facial recognition news, FacialNetwork announced it will soon release ZoOm, a patent-pending 3D facial authentication smartphone app, in the App Store and on Google Play.

Microsoft recently projected that it can install its new Windows 10 operating system, which features biometric authentication, into 1 billion devices by 2017.

And finally, MasterCard will launch a small pilot program this fall in which the credit card giant will start approving online purchases with fingerprints and facial scans, in an effort to reduce fraud.


There were two big announcements relating to the integration of biometric technology in smartphones, starting with a rumor that that the upcoming LG G Pro, which will be released later this year, wil feature iris recognition technology.

Additionally, Apple unveiled it has been granted a US patent that covers a new technology that enables users to unlock future iPhones by taking a selfie.


Sonavation COO Bob Stewart made an interesting argument this week, stating that organizations too often implement these authentication procedures only to open up new security holes.

Unisys published the 2015 Unisys Security Insights Survey, which found that about one-third of American consumers view biometrics as an effective security feature.

Analyst reports

Three recently published reports offered some interesting insights on the global biometrics market, starting with Goode Intelligence’s “Analyst Report, Biometrics for Banking; Market and Technology Analysis, Adoption Strategies and Forecasts 2015-2020,” which forecasts that there will be over one billion users accessing banking services through biometric systems by 2017.

Next, Markets and Markets released a 178-page report addressing the next-generation biometrics market, which is expected to undergo a 17.9% CAGR to reach $24.4 billion by 2020.

And finally, HID Global VP of product marketing John Fenske recently shared five key trends he believes will impact the access control security marketplace.


Integrated Biometrics, LLC announced that Pakistan Education Department deployed its Columbo fingerprint scanner to verify the identity of teachers in remote areas of Pakistan.

Closing out the week, Fingerprint Cards AB announced it received an order for its touch fingerprint sensors from the Asian distributor World Peace Industrial Group (WPI), part of WPG Holdings.

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