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Black Sea national bank certifies biometric signatures 21 November 2014

The national bank of a country in the Black Sea has certified German firm StepOver's biometric eSignature solution.

US Army to task Novetta subsidiary with active authentication R&D 21 November 2014

The US Army intends to task IBG, a Novetta Solutions Company, with the development of a biometric authentication system based on so-called “active authentication”.

Chinese firms make imprint on fingerprint sensor market 21 November 2014

Chinese fingerprint sensor firms are benefiting from rising orders by domestic smartphone manufacturers.

Russia to mull mandatory biometric registration 21 November 2014

A populist-nationalist Russian political party has drafted legislation that would require all citizens to submit fingerprint and DNA details.

VoiceTrust and BioID form multimodal biometric alliance 20 November 2014

Canadian Voice biometrics firm VoiceTrust has entered a strategic partnership with German multimodal biometric cloud security company BioID AG.

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connect:ID is a visionary event, powered by Science Media Partners and the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA), that focuses on all aspects of human identity and the opportunities for its management in the physical and digital worlds.

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Indian hotel deploys NEC face recognition solution 20 November 2014

A Lemon Tree group hotel at Delhi Airport has become the first in the country to deploy NEC’s Face Recognition Solution. 

As one bitcoin firm embraces biometrics, another draws back 20 November 2014

Bitcoin startup CryptoLabs has said biometrics will feature on its new digital wallet, but bitcoin atm firm RoboCoin says it is disabling the technology on its machines.

Biometric voting system hailed in the Solomon Islands 20 November 2014

Senior officials, polling staff and international media have said a biometric voting system used for a first time this week in the Solomon Islands’ general election has worked well.

Turkey halts biometric healthcare registration 19 November 2014

Turkey’s Council of State has suspended biometric registration of patients after lawsuits were launched by the Turkish Physicians Association and other groups.

Biometrics help Kenya hunt out 12,500 'ghost workers' 19 November 2014

Kenya has stopped the salaries of 12,500 employees who failed to show up following a biometric registration exercise.

Malaysian bank 'interested' in finger vein reader 19 November 2014

A unnamed Malaysian bank is interested in a Hitachi finger vein reader that was adopted by Britain’s Barclays bank earlier this year, say senior Hitachi staff.

Identiv, Nice Systems join Fido Alliance 19 November 2014

Identity solutions firm Identiv and voice biometrics company Nice Systems have become the latest members of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance.

Japan mulls facial recognition for its airports 18 November 2014

Experts in Japan have told politicians that facial recognition technology has evolved enough to be installed at the country's airports.

EyeLock and MorphoTrust partner to bring iris scanning to US public 18 November 2014

A strategic partnership between iris-based authentication firm EyeLock and identity solution provider MorphoTrust USA will see the latter’s secure identity centres now offer iris scanning technology.

Pakistan turns to biometrics for banking 18 November 2014

Pakistan’s central bank has signed an agreement with the national database authority on biometric technology for identity verification.

NEC biometric identity solution accepted by western US states 18 November 2014

A consortium of western US states and their local law enforcement agencies have accepted a multimodal biometric identification system developed by NEC.

Interview: Thomas Bengs on Fujitsu’s new ‘pay by palm’ solution 18 November 2014

Fujitsu has launched a cashless payment solution that uses palm veins for authentication, raising a challenge to other emerging biometric-based payments systems like Apple Pay and Zwipe Mastercard.

SmartMetric reveals biometric card manufacturing progress 17 November 2014

Biometric payment card developer SmartMetric has made progress in developing mass manufacturing capability for a card-sized device featuring a fingerprint scanner.

UK boosts numbers of biometric border gates 17 November 2014

Britain is installing new ePassport gates at airports in London and Manchester as plans for a nationwide roll-out take shape.

US firms reveal early Apple Pay success 17 November 2014

Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Walgreens say mobile payments have risen significantly since the release of biometrics-backed Apple Pay last month.

UK sports centre scores with biometric attendance system 17 November 2014

A new biometric time and attendance system installed at Writhlington Sports and Leisure centre in the UK is saving management hours in paperwork and improving safety.

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Latest Features/Interviews

Interview: Thomas Bengs on Fujitsu’s new ‘pay by palm’ solution

Fujitsu has launched a cashless payment solution that uses palm veins for authentication, raising a challenge to other emerging biometric-based payments systems like Apple Pay and Zwipe Mastercard.

Interview: LaserLock CTO Paul Donfried on the complexities of online identity management

Planet Biometrics talked to identity management trailblazer Paul Donfried in a frank and open interview about the benefits and frustrations surrounding online identity trends such as third-party management and federation protocols.

INTERVIEW: Senior IHS analyst Marwan Boustany on fingerprint sensors in a mobile world

Planet Biometrics talks to Marwan Boustany, about the prospects of mobile devices revolutionising the fingerprint sensor market.

INTERVIEW: Natural Security Alliance CEO Cédric Hozanne on mobile payments

Planet Biometrics talks to Natural Security Alliance CEO Cedric Hozanne about his organisation’s mission to guide the rapidly expanding mobile payments market.

INTERVIEW: American System’s Dr. Joseph DiZinno on ‘identity intelligence’

Joseph DiZinno was named vice president of identity intelligence at American Systems in early September. In an interview with Planet Biometrics, DiZinno explains his work on ‘identity intelligence’ and covers his colourful past as the FBI’s lab director.

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Latest Expert Comment and Blogs

Comment: Biometrics and the chances of owning a hoverboard

Biometrics technology is almost invariably depicted in movies as a big brother's best friend. If it was instead portrayed with realism and positivity, the public would better understand the potential life-changing benefits. 

Guest blog: Biometric payments just a heartbeat away

As more people buy goods in-store using their own smart-phones and devices, the next step will be for them to use biometric identification to free themselves from remembering codes and passwords.

Guest blog: The importance of multi-modal biometrics for borders

Security crises in the Middle East underline that multimodal biometric systems are needed to increase the accuracy, effectiveness, and improve the performance of border control systems.

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