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Biometric Technology Today March 2013
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last year without proper checks on biometric pass-ports because of ‘poorly trained’ temporary staff.
Yet in Abu Dhabi, as reported by Gulf Today, iris recognition technology has succeeded since its application in 2003, up until the end of last month in preventing the entry of 351,318 deportees through various state border points, including 1,150 deportees, who departed from the state during January 2013.
FIDO Alliance to boost online authentication
Agnitio, Infineon Technologies, Lenovo, Nok Nok Labs, PayPal, and
Validity have formed the FIDO Alliance (Fast IDentity Online) to address online authentication with an industry sup-ported standards-based open protocol. FIDO Alliance founding member organ-isations are developing the specifica-tion and FIDO-compliant products.
FIDO’s standards-based approach detects when a FIDO-enabled device is present, and offers users the option to replace passwords with authentication methods that are more secure and easier to use including biometrics such as fingerprint scanners, voice and facial recognition, as well as existing authentication solutions and communications standards, such as trusted platform modules, USB security tokens, near field communication and one time passwords.
Hitachi develops biometric digital signature tech
Hitachi has developed secure digi-tal signature technology based
on biometric information such as fin-gervein pattern. It will be possible to
achieve an information security plat-form with the same functionality as the standard public key infrastructure (PKI), based on biometric information with-out using a smart card or password.
The technology will be developed as a secure digital signature technology along with applications such as in national ID systems, electronic government services, and electronic commerce. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan supported this work.
US startup seeks funds for biometric password USB kit
Californian startup Arkami has launched a project on funding web-
site Kickstarter to fund a USB device that will have voice activation and fin-gerprint recognition capabilities.
The device can be connected to a PC or Mac to sync passwords. The flash drive also has Bluetooth connectivity, which will allow it to be managed by iOS devices via a free app.
To activate the device a user has to swipe their finger on the edge of the stick. The user can then say the name of the account they want the password for, and it will be displayed on the screen.
Users can also add another layer of protec-tion, which will come in the form of taps. Users can set the device up so it needs to be tapped once, twice or a specified number of times after the fingerprint has been author-ised. If the device is lost or stolen, the USB will delete all information if there are multiple failed attempts to access it.
The myIDKey KickStarter project launched on 20 February with a target of raising $150,000. It raised $111,172 in the first 24 hours.
Telekom Deutschland signs up Atos Worldline for cardless POS
Atos Worldline has signed a frame-work agreement with Telekom
Deutschland for the development, setup and operation of the Pay-At-Match system. This cashless and card-less system permits secure and conven-ient payments by enabling customers to use their fingerprint and a personal identification number (PIN).
Infrared biometrics trial at Heathrow.
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Pay-At-Match is a biometric identification and authentication system for cashless and cardless payments. After the initial registration process, customers can pay at a POS (Point-Of-Sale) terminal using a combination of finger-print and five-digit code – they require neither cash nor a debit card.
AOptix to research mobile biometrics for US DoD
The US Defense Department (DoD) has awarded a $3m research contract
to California-based AOptix to develop mobile biometrics that will allow the soldier out on patrol to record the facial features or iris signature of a suspicious person from his or her smartphone at a distance, according to Wired. AOptix will work with CACI as a subcontractor.
AOptix was awarded the contract based on the company’s integration of biometrics, includ-ing iris, fingerprint, face and voice recognition, with smartphone technology. This initiative for the DoD will leverage AOptix’ Smart Mobile Identity platform.
Now US troops use the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection System (HIIDE) to scan, upload and transmit data from someone’s facial, eye or thumb features to its databases. To operate the HIIDE system, soldiers need to bring cam-eras close to people’s faces.
Cognitec video analytics for anonymous face recognition
Cognitec Systems has released an advanced version of FaceVACS-
VideoScan that detects people’s faces in live video streams or video footage and stores anonymous information for each appearance in front of a camera.
Operators can receive an alarm if too many people gather in a specific area and measure waiting times to direct traffic. Since the technol-ogy can analyse a face for gender, age and ethnic-ity as people approach a camera, it can trigger the display of a targeted message on a digital sign or other advertising and message devices.
The solution allows for real-time compari-son of faces to image databases to find known individuals. Security staff can track individuals
online, or receive alerts on mobile devices to act within the immediate vicinity of a suspect.
In addition, real-time identification of authorised individuals or high-ranking custom-ers can allow access to restricted areas or alert staff to provide special treatment.
Government is biggest spender on biometrics in SEA and ANZ
The governments of Southeast Asia (SEA) and Australia-New Zealand
(ANZ) are investing heavily in security projects and infrastructure, such as border control systems and national ID programmes, which bodes well for the biometrics market in the two regions, reports analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulation mandating all the countries to implement biometric passports by 2015 is further accelerating the growth of the market.
Frost & Sullivan’s analysis of the Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand biometrics market finds that market revenue is expected to reach around $600m in 2016.
Once the government vertical reaches satura-tion, biometrics market participants will shift their focus to verticals such as banking, consum-er electronics, and healthcare where competition is not yet intense, believes Frost & Sullivan. The consumer electronics vertical will be particularly attractive due to the rise in near field communi-cation (NFC) payment, it reports.
The market has also slowed down to some extent due to concerns over privacy. Key pro-jects such as a civil ID programme were halted
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FaceVACS-VideoScan detects people’s faces in live video streams.