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Identify Security showcases perpetual authorisation tool 29 September 2014

Identify Security say its new software combines face detection and recognition, life signs, and proximity sensing sensors to verify the dynamic physical presence of a live person.

Brazil expands biometric voting for October election 29 September 2014

Brazil’s electoral court says that biometrics offers the best solution to voter fraud.

Biometric firm welcomes US airport screening plan 29 September 2014

Plans to allow private firms to cooperate with a US Transportation Security Administration initiative airport screening initiative have been welcomed by a biometrics firm.

Keystroke biometrics feature in ‘one-handed’ competition 29 September 2014

A US university is launching a competition that aims to find out what happens to keystroke biometrics when typing behaviour is seriously handicapped due to injury or distraction.

Russia to launch fingerprint pilot for visas in 2015 29 September 2014

Applicants for Russian visas in Britain, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia are to all have their fingerprints scanned as part of a pilot initiative.

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> connect:ID March 23 - 25 2015, Washington, D.C

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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Frontier Security announces integration with Suprema partner 26 September 2014

Frontier Security, a developer of integrated enterprise security management solutions, will integrate its solutions with Suprema's biometric devices

Cognitec adds iOS support to face recognition algorithm 26 September 2014

FaceVACS-SDK is being developed to appeal to security and consumer customers that are exploring the use of portable face recognition applications. 

US hospital secures medical identities with fingerprints 26 September 2014

A hospital in Indiana says fingerprint scanners it has installed could cut down on duplicate records and potentially life-threatening errors.

Singapore mulls iris scanners for border checkpoints 26 September 2014

Singapore, which already uses fingerprint scanning for border entry, is considering a “small-scale” test of iris scanners.

Bionym raises US$14m finance for its wristband device 25 September 2014

Toronto-based firm says funds will provide it with the resources needed to bring its nymi platform to the market.

EyeLock launches partnership with password firm 25 September 2014

EyeLock has incorporated Sticky Password's software into its myris device with the aim of improving security and usability

NEXT Biometrics launches smaller, but not smallest, sensor 25 September 2014

NEXT Biometrics say that while its latest sensor has been made smaller to appeal to mobile, tablet and notebook markets, that certain dimensions are needed to ensure security and convenience.

Researchers reveal sub-surface fingerprint scanner 25 September 2014

Researchers from the University of Windsor in Canada say their device could still read prints that were damaged through work, an accident or on purpose.

Waving goodbye to queues with your fingerprint? 25 September 2014

Advanced optical biometric devices that read fingerprints at walking speed, as users wave their hands through scanners, promise to resolve speed issues raised by previous biometric authentication methods. But experts caution that it may not be so straightforward.

OBIM sets sights on new biometric database 25 September 2014

The USA's Office of Biometric Identity Management says its current identity database is creaking under an increased workload - but plans are afoot to upgrade and eventually replace the system.

Exclusive: World Bank releases digital identity report for Africa 24 September 2014

The World Bank has released a report entitled "Digital Identity Toolkit: A Guide for Stakeholders in Africa" that is intended to help policymakers navigate the world of electronic identity infrastructure and how new technologies, such as biometrics, can play a part.

Samsung set to include biometrics on smartwatch 24 September 2014

Samsung is preparing to launch a smartwatch that will use biometric scanners for authentication of mobile payments, according to media reports.

Security researcher spoofs iPhone 6’s fingerprint scanner 24 September 2014

While mobile security firm Lookout has spoofed the iPhone 6's fingerprint scanner, their researcher points out that it is still a very useful security measure.

Research firm: Indian fingerprint market to grow 35.1% annually 24 September 2014

6Wresearch says that although the government, travel and transportation sectors have dominated the biometric fingerprint market, this share is likely to decline in the future

Gambia introduces biometric ePassport 24 September 2014

The Gambian Immigration Department has announced the launch of a biometric ePassport aimed to ease both the overseas visa and re-entry processes for citizens.

Ukraine eyes EU visa-free status with biometric passport plan 23 September 2014

Ukraine plans to implement a nationwide biometric passport system that would ease its citizens' entry to European Union countries.

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Latest Features/Interviews

Apple Pay - What do we know?

In this paper, independent transaction security experts UL describe what is known about Apple Pay in both a technical and organizational context, as well as what questions still remain to be answered. 

Exclusive Interview: NexID on the importance of spoof mitigation

NexID COO Mark Cornett says companies must face up to the issue of spoofing so solutions are developed that boost consumer confidence in biometric authentication. 

What is the Apex Air Entry and Exit Re-Engineering project?

A question and answer session designed to answer questions about the Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering (AEER) project and its integration of biometrics

Holding ghosts accountable: Biometrics bring greater transparency to African public sector

The insidious nature of corruption presents a formidable obstacle for the improvement of any society. One of the more nuanced forms of corruption occurs through the employment of “ghost workers. But biometrics is being successfuly used to help eliminate the problem.

Special Report on the SC37 Meetings in Darmstadt, Germany

The January meeting of the working groups of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 subcommittee on biometrics were held in Darmstadt, Germany. Greg Cannon of Crossmatch reports.

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Latest Expert Comment and Blogs

Comment: Commercial vein sensor spoofed - so what?

The vein recognition industry has been somewhat immune from the problem of biometric spoof attacks. This perception could gradually change as researchers spoof - at least under specific limitations - a commercial sensor. But one could argue - so what, at least for the majority of use cases…

LIVE at the 2014 Global Identity Summit

Planet Biometrics is following all the breaking news, comment and events at the 2014 Global Identity Summit in Tampa.


Guest Blog: Biometrics emerge as tool to tackle electoral fraud

More democratic countries are eyeing adoption of biometric voter identification technologies to help support free and fair elections. Guest blogger, Mohammad Shahnewaz, reports…

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