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Biometrics and banking, border security, identity and facial recognition trending this week


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

Facial recognition

Ongoing advances in facial recognition technology enable companies to potentially profit from their user base’s biometric data, and privacy advocates have drawn a pattern in how Facebook and Google have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising.

CMU researchers have demonstrated glasses that can dupe AI facial recognition systems into misidentifying faces. The glasses were able to make an individual who is captured on camera appear as another, or seem completely unrecognizable.

Dr Hitoshi Imaoka, principal research fellow of the Data Research Laboratories at NEC Corporation, confirmed this week that the company is in talks and holding trials with banks and credit card companies to deploy facial recognition for consumer ID applications.

Jumio’s Netverify now includes Face Match and ID verification, a three-pronged approach to the Know Your Customers (KYC) process on mobile devices by confirming an identity and the validity of the person presenting the ID.


IBM is adding a behavioral biometrics feature to its Trusteer Pinpoint Detect anti-bank-fraud toolkit to help banks easily detect detect unauthorized logins. The system is designed to learn multiple patterns of normal behavior for accounts with more than one user.

Intelligent Environments’ 2016 Future Password Index reveals that UK consumer demand for different types of biometric authentication has increased significantly since 2014, with iris recognition surpassing fingerprint technology in demand.

Technavio has released a new research report on the global biometrics market in the banking, financial services and insurance sector, which finds that the global biometrics market in the BFSI sector is projected to see a CAGR growth of close to 20% over the forecast period.

Border security

Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy announced that “at least two airports” in the country will soon receive Russian inspector-recommended biometrics-based workforce management equipment to improve security.

According to newly leaked documents, Germany is looking to test facial recognition video surveillance in the country’s train stations. The use of facial recognition software is part of a draft law to increase video surveillance in public spaces across the country.

Turkey will begin issuing biometric passports this month in accordance with its agreement with the EU to grant a visa waiver to Turkish citizens. The new epassports feature an embedded microchip that include the holder’s biometric data and fingerprints, as well as biographic information.

Identity verification

Paul Munsen, the global identity and access management platform lead at McDonald’s, revealed that the fast food giant has been experimenting with the idea of using biometrics to manage employee access to corporate systems inside its retail locations.

Safran Identity & Security subsidiary Smart Chip has provided technical guidance to the world’s first automated test track for driver accreditation. Smart Chip enables the biometric fingerprint recognition for identification of the driver, and has developed an online portal for booking test times.

Fingerprint technology

Goodix revealed that the ZTE AXON7 MAX is the first mobile phone to implement its Live Finger Detection (LFD) technology. The LFD sensor integrates fingerprint and optical sensors in one package. The optical sensor uses infrared to detect human tissue and confirms the fingerprint are from a live finger.

Zwipe has announced an agreement to form a joint venture with Kuang-Chi Group to create a commercial platform in China for Zwipe’s biometric authentication technology. Zwipe and Kuang-Chi will hold 49% and 51% of the joint venture, respectively.

French casino and hotel firm, Groupe Partouche, has partnered with MeReal Biometrics for a real-world testing and case study of MeReal’s fingerprint secured smartcards. MeReal is also showcasing the card at next week’s Web Summit conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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