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New technologies for finger vein, voice, and facial biometrics unveiled


Several newly-announced technologies could increase the accessibility of biometrics for different use cases, including internet log-ins, browser-based interactions with contact centers, mobile fleet control, parking space management and background checks.

Futronic finger vein scanner

Futronic has announced the launch of a new biometric finger vein scanner using infrared light and a CMOS image sensor in a system specially designed to reduce optical background noise in the vein image.

The VS80 USB2.0 Finger Vein Scanner works with all major operating systems, and Futronic has also released a new version of its proprietary Windows logon control software, FinLogon, which is provided free to customers purchasing the company’s fingerprint or vein scanners.

“We have many years’ experience in making an optical fingerprint scanner, which was well leveraged to develop the vein scanner,” said YM Jiang, Futronic’s Marketing Director. “The finger vein scanner is a natural extension of our current family of fingerprint scanners. This new device gives our worldwide customers a choice for more secure biometric technology.”

The company suggests vein recognition is an effective modality for banking industry applications due to its high resistance to forgery and spoofing.

Auraya brings voice biometrics to web browsers

Auraya has made its EVA compatible with OpenID Connect 1.0 to enable secure and reliable contact center voice biometric services in web browsers.

EVA is an Amazon Connect extension utilizing the ArmorVox engine, which can be deployed in Amazon Connect contact centers with AWS Cloud Formation to deliver voice biometrics for the telephony and digital channels. The software uses Auraya’s patented process for capturing voice samples in an HTML5 browser for both enrollment and verification. EVA can now be used with all web browsers utilizing OpenID Connect 1.0.

Auraya says its voice biometric authentication can be used by organizations in regulated industries to meet transaction requirements and fight fraud.

ORBL facial recognition app

A new facial recognition mobile app for Android from ORBL to deliver the facial matching capabilities of its cloud-based system to smartphone users.

The app is intended for professional use, with applications such as fleet control for public transport, trucking, or taxi companies, and identification by police officers, alcohol-check meters, and self-banned gamblers, according to the announcement. ORBL’s 20-channel pre-processing server functions are replicated by the app for a single video stream, with a match returned or a new ID profile created in under a second. The company says the app provides an opportunity for system integrators, installers and end-users to test the accuracy and consistency of ORBL’s facial recognition algorithm with no cost and minimal effort, and enables real-world trials with minimal investment.

No images are kept by default, and ORBL’s facial biometric technology is GDPR compatible. ORBL’s algorithm is based on a multi-tiered neural network, which the company says perform better than legacy approaches for challenging matching conditions, such as low-lighting, angled facial images, or sophisticated disguise attempts.

While it is designed as a cloud-based system, ORBL’s facial recognition can also be deployed to on-premise systems.

Telpo mobile parking terminal with biometric payment

Telpo has unveiled a its new handheld biometric POS machine TPS900 to meet the needs of the parking space fee collection and enforcement market in Africa.

The TPS900 supports GPRS positioning to find available spaces for vehicles in real-time, including rod-side spaces. The device also supports biometric payments with facial or fingerprint recognition, as well as QR code payment, and card payments through NFC, IC, and magnetic stripes. The system has also achieved major payment industry certifications including EMV, PCI, Paywave, Paypass, and Mir, Telpo says.

Parking control officers carry the mobile smart POS device to the vehicle to register a plate number and photograph of the car. On pick-up, the terminal can automatically calculate the fee amount, and provide the driver with an invoice. Transactions are completed wirelessly over 3G.

InfoMart background checks

Background screening company InfoMart has launched a new mobile biometric screening solution, ASAP ID, to enable HR departments, trust and safety officers, and risk mitigation professionals to onboard candidates as seamlessly as possible.

Like most mobile on-boarding systems, ASAP ID combines document checking with facial recognition, and also adds signature biometrics. InfoMart also provides a configurable risk modeling platform and velocity components for instantaneous response to known fraud threats. The company also says its reinvented algorithm stacks make image capture more user-friendly, and improved document classification results in higher processing rates.

“In 2016 InfoMart adopted emerging fintech technology to innovate the background screening industry’s first ID validation platform, ASAP ID,” says InfoMart Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Tammy Cohen. “After years of operation, the current version of ASAP ID utilizes new risk modeling, velocity, and biometric fusion to cut our customers’ turnaround significantly.”

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