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Biometrics and privacy, fingerprint recognition in schools, online fraud trends and more top stories this week


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

Aadhaar court order delays India social programs

One of the top stories this week came from India, where the country’s social programs that relied upon the biometric database for citizen authentication could be jeopardized by the Supreme Court decision to place a cease order on Aadhaar data usage.

Imprivata palm vein patient ID tool

Meanwhile, Imprivata launched Imprivata PatientSecure, a palm vein biometrics-based patient identification solution that generates a one-to-one link between patients and their correct medical record in their healthcare provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system.

Online fraud trends

And in a special guest post, NuData Security director of customer success Ryan Wilk detailed the various trends in online fraud and how behavioral attributes and biometrics can help authenticate genuine users.


Fingerprint recognition continued to be the focus of some of the top stories this week, starting with the Westerville City School District Food Service Department announcement that it would gradually phase in fingerprint authentication at several school cafeterias throughout the Columbus, Ohio district.

In new fingerprint technology news, Next Biometrics Group ASA introduced ultra-thin fingerprint sensor designs that eliminate the need for large bezels, or metallic frames, used in the first generation of its sensors, making them tailored for the design-focused smartphone, tablet and notebook markets.

Switching over to a more controversial use of fingerprint technology, California officials have demanded ride-sharing firm Uber to start using law enforcement fingerprint checks in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco as a more thorough screening practice to ensure that its drivers do not have any recent records of violence or crime.

Finally, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recently shared the results of its first pilot program in which it experimented with using biometric fingerprint machines to verify the identities of voters.

Facial recognition

Facial recognition technology also found its way into several stories this week. First off, NEC Corporation of America announced that Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has selected and deployed NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition software.

Next, CyberExtruder announced it released its new Aureus 3D facial reconstruction software, as well as version 5.0 of its facial recognition matching algorithm.

And finally, MorphoTrust USA (Safran) announced it is providing MorphoTrust mobile driver license (mDL) software for the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new pilot program.


Recently, there has been a considerable amount of biometrics activity in the ‘Land Down Under’, and this week certainly proved to be no different. The Australian government announced that it expects to roll out a facial recognition matching system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves.

An independent report has found that Australia’s federal government has failed to perform adequate privacy impact assessments on nearly 90 percent of the national security measures it has passed over the past 14 years, according to independent research.

And finally, the country’s NSW Police Force is looking to provide officers with portable fingerprint scanners to be used with a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras which are being slowly rolled out across the force.

Analyst Reports

This week brought along a couple of interesting analyst reports beginning with Infiniti Research Limited’s new report titled “Global Biometrics Market in BFSI Sector 2015-2019”, which forecast the market to grow at a CAGR of 21.83% during 2014-2019.

Finally, Tractica announced it published a new report titled “Biometrics for Finance Applications”, which examines the global market for biometrics in the finance industry, including 10-year forecasts for the period from 2015 through 2024.

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