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Biometrics and smart cards, privacy, patents and mobile identity credentialing trending this week


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

Biometric smart cards

A consumer survey of credit card users in the United States found that 80% of those questioned are concerned about credit card and identity fraud and that 67% of those users would be willing to pay for a biometrics secured credit card that has a built-in fingerprint reader for protection.

NEXT Biometrics introduced the new generation of fingerprint sensors the company plans to lead the developing smart card market with. Tore Etholm-Idsoe, CEO of NEXT Biometrics, said, “We have succeeded in creating a brand new core sensor design that consumes less power and going forward will be used in both our flexible and rigid sensor modules.”

MeReal Biometrics unveiled its new card technology this past week. MeReal Biometrics’ patented “computer on a card” is manufactured in France and combines a fingerprint sensor, a dual acoustic / RFID signature, and a rechargeable battery on a traditional wallet-sized payments card, suitable for the payments and banking, access and identity, loyalty and healthcare markets.

NEXT Biometrics is pursuing the smart card market with a flexible fingerprint sensor it, along with manufacturing partner Innolux, has figured out how to mass produce inexpensively. NEXT Biometrics CEO Tore Etholm-Idsøe spoke with Biometric Update about the scientific and industrial project, and the challenges unique to smart cards with technological innovation.

Industry insight

Forty-four privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this past week asking for an extension to the comment period concerning the FBI’s request to modify the Privacy Act. The agency is asking for certain provisions of the act to be changed concerning its Next Generation Identification system.

Accenture recently recognized its own technological prowess by acknowledging its “biometric matching engine” patent as the most outstanding intellectual property produced by the firm in the last fiscal year. The firm developed the engine to employ a dynamic matching strategy to identify and contrast individual records within databases comprising of at least two sets of biometric modalities.

Synaptics Incorporated has unveiled its new ultra-small form factor USB module that enables Natural ID secure fingerprint authentication on any notebook PC. We had the opportunity to discuss Synaptics’ new Natural ID USB fingerprint solution features and how it differentiates itself from other fingerprint ID solutions on the market, with Synaptics VP of Marketing, Godfrey Cheng.

HooYu has released a new report titled “Trust & Identity in the Sharing Economy” that reveals that businesses operating in the sharing economy are being hindered by consumer concerns over trust in the identity of the other party in the transaction. HooYu offers a global identity verification platform that enables businesses to authenticate customer identity.

In a guest post by the managing director of Cardzgroup Ltd, industry veteran Scott Richardson looks at the past, present, and future of mobile biometric security measures.


Credence ID announced the launch of its CredenceTAB product at the ID4Africa Forum held in Kigali, Rwanda and Yash Shah, VP Products & Programs demonstrated the features and benefits of the new product for ID4Africa attendees and Biometric Update. Credence ID also announced its partnership with Invixium at the event.

ID4Africa, the organization that promotes the transparent and responsible adoption of digital ID management in the service of development in Africa, recently published a report on the identity ecosystem in Rwanda. The report was released at the recent ID4Africa Forum. The report was designed as an information transfer tool for African identity authorities to establish best practices.

Nigeria and South Africa provided useful insights into how they manage their respective identity programs at the recent ID4Africa Forum and exposition held Kigali, Rwanda. One of the main themes that emerged from the conference is the logistical and technical complexity required to implement such programs.


Carnegie Mellon University has won an $8.9M contract with the U.S. Navy to provide algorithms and fundamental research to solve problems such as low-resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging that are encountered during aerial and biometric surveillance efforts.

Neurotechnology’s newest VeriLook face recognition algorithm, according to the company, provides five times higher accuracy in identifying full frontal faces and 10 to 15 times higher accuracy for unconstrained facial recognition.

Acer’s latest Windows 10 laptops give users the ability to quickly authenticate themselves and log into these devices using their fingerprint. Microsoft Windows Hello is a biometrics-based security system which was bundled in the release of Windows 10.

Taiwanese sensor manufacturer ELAN Microelectronics have obtained orders from first-tier notebook firms for its fingerprint sensor modules and are set to start volume shipments in the second half of 2016.

Suprema launched its BioConnect Identity Platform, developed by Suprema’s partner, BioConnect. The BioConnect Identity Platform provides an integration of Suprema’s biometric solutions with more than 20 leading access control systems in the global security market.

Lenovo’s new ZUK Z2 smartphone features Fingerprint Cards touch fingerprint sensor FPC1155 and Precise Biometrics’ algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile.

In an effort to decrease the need for bank cards, Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank, is working on biometric security measures including voice and image recognition with a reported accuracy of 99.9 percent.

Gulf Bank has introduced facial recognition to its mobile banking app allowing customers access to their personal accounts by blinking their eyes at their smartphone camera in combination with fingerprint recognition through Touch ID.

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