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Safran Identity & Security Unveils MorphoFACE

Safran Identity & Security Unveils MorphoFACE

“The company has demonstrated its prowess in this area before, from the similarly named MorphoFace Investigate facial recognition solution for police to the Selfie-Check facial authentication system for mobile devices.” Safran Identity & Security has unveiled MorphoFACE — a new facial biometrics solution for security applications at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo. The new solution is…

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UL Can Now Provide Biometric Certification Services for Brazilian Banks

UL Can Now Provide Biometric Certification Services for Brazilian Banks

“The accreditation comes at a time of growing interest in biometric authentication technologies among banks around the world, and of increasing activity in Brazil’s IT security sector.” Industry consultancy UL says that its São Paulo lab has received accreditation from the country’s leading association of banks for its expertise in biometrics. The accreditation means that UL…

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Trustonic TEE to Help Protect UK Government Communications

Trustonic TEE to Help Protect UK Government Communications

A new partnership with Armour Communications will see Trustonic Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) technology protecting UK government assets. Armour Communications is a provider of encrypted voice and video communications technologies to the enterprise and government sector, with a key client being the UK government. The company’s partnership with Trustonic will see the latter’s Kinibi TEE…

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Samsung Completes Acquisition of Smart Car Parts Maker

Samsung Completes Acquisition of Smart Car Parts Maker

Samsung Electronics has completed its acquisition of Harman, a connected car components maker. The purchase was first announced last autumn, signalling a significant investment into the smart car market for Samsung. The deal was valued at approximately $8 billion dollars; in announcing its completion, Samsung says the deal has ultimately seen payouts to Harman shareholders of…

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Fingerprint Cards Aims To Become Multimodal Biometrics Leader

Fingerprint Cards Aims To Become Multimodal Biometrics Leader

Earlier this month we were in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2017 where biometrics technology once again received great deal of attention. One of the big identity trends of this year’s show was fingerprint sensor innovation—under-glass deployments, in-keyboard integrations, even the unveiling of the world’s first in-display fingerprint sensor. Among the excitement around this modality…

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Android Pay Launches in Belgium as Rivals March Elsewhere

Android Pay Launches in Belgium as Rivals March Elsewhere

Android Pay has launched in Belgium. The mobile payments platform arrives in the country with the support of Visa and Mastercard via BNP Paribas Fortis, Fintro, and Hello Bank, with support for debit cards in the pipeline from those institutions as well as CBC/KBC. Official merchant supporters include Carrefour, H&M, McDonald’s, Medi-Market, Media Markt, and…

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Kwikset Lets Alexa Lock the Door for You

Kwikset Lets Alexa Lock the Door for You

Amazon’s Alexa AI assistant has extended its reach in the smart home with a new capability of managing smart locks from Kwikset. The latter’s SmartCode 910, 912, 914, and 916 devices can now be locked with a simple voice command from the user. The functionality operates through the Wink or Samsung SmartThings smart home hubs,…

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Movado Announces New Android Wear Smartwatches

Movado Announces New Android Wear Smartwatches

A major watch brand has announced new offerings based on Android Wear 2.0, Google’s smartwatch operating system. Movado will launch its new Movado Connect collection this autumn in five men’s styles. The watches will sport their own customizable dials based on Movado’s Museum dial design, and will support always-on displays. In terms of functionality, they’ll…

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Facial Recognition to Complement Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanning: Report

Facial Recognition to Complement Galaxy S8’s Iris Scanning: Report

Samsung is planning to incorporate facial recognition into the forthcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, reports The Korea Economic Daily. The feature will complement iris scanning in the device’s overall biometric authentication process. While Samsung had previously been keen to push the enhanced security of iris scanning on its aborted Note7 smartphone last year, a company official…

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FIDO Standards Could Complement PIV: White Paper

FIDO Standards Could Complement PIV: White Paper

The FIDO Alliance is hoping that the Trump administration will heed its advice in a new white paper outlining how FIDO standards could complement existing digital security protocols in use by the government. It’s a response to last December’s report from the US Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which advocated for stronger authentication methods beyond…

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ImageWare Systems Will Be Presenting at ROTH Capital Partners Conference

ImageWare Systems Will Be Presenting at ROTH Capital Partners Conference

ImageWare has been offered an opportunity to drum up some potentially significant investor interest with an invitation to present at the 29th ROTH Capital Partners Conference. It’s the investment banking firm’s annual gathering of investors and executives aimed at promoting small and mid-cap companies. ROTH says that its last event attracted almost 500 companies and…

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InvenSense and GlobalFoundries Develop Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

InvenSense and GlobalFoundries Develop Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

MEMS sensor technology developer InvenSense has teamed up with GlobalFoundries (GF) to develop ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology for the mobile and IoT markets. Called the InvenSense UltraPrint Ultrasound Fingerprint Touch Sensor Solution, it’s the product of a development process that leverages GF’s aluminum nitride manufacturing technology to enable the production of piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers.…

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Apple Pay Comes to Ireland, Italy and Taiwan May Be Next

Apple Pay Comes to Ireland, Italy and Taiwan May Be Next

Apple Pay has launched in Ireland, making it the 14th country in which Apple’s biometrically secured mPayment service is available. It arrived with the support of Ulster Bank and KBC, as well as the Boon app, which lets users pay with Apple Pay using digital prepaid cards. Merchant partners include Applegreen, Centra, Guinness Storehouse, and…

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IBM Breaks Speech Recognition Record with 5.5% Error Rate

IBM Breaks Speech Recognition Record with 5.5% Error Rate

IBM has broken an industry record with its speech recognition technology, reaching a word error rate of 5.5 percent. It’s a considerable accomplishment given that the company attained a word error rate of 6.9 percent only half a year ago. More importantly, it has broken the record of a rival, with Microsoft researchers having reached…

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Airtel Lanka Embraces Gemalto Solution for Remote Device Configuration

Airtel Lanka Embraces Gemalto Solution for Remote Device Configuration

“The deployment helps Gemalto to further secure its position as a device management solutions provider…” Gemalto’s Device Management platform has been deployed by Airtel Lanka, Airtel’s Sri Lankan subsidiary. The solution allows Airtel Lanka to remotely configure mobile subscribers’ new devices without interrupting their cellular service. Gemalto says its Device Management platform is able to…

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PayPal Hints at Coming ‘Conversational Commerce’

PayPal Hints at Coming ‘Conversational Commerce’

PayPal may be looking into voice recognition to enable more digital commerce use cases in the near future, if a new post-MWC blog post offers any hints. Looking back on last week’s event — for which we featured extensive firsthand coverage — PayPal Head of Global Initiatives Anuj Nayar notes two dominant trends. One is the Internet…

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Zwipe’s Biometric Payment Cards ‘On Track’ for 2017 Debut

Zwipe’s Biometric Payment Cards ‘On Track’ for 2017 Debut

Zwipe is reporting progress on the biometric payment cards front in a new corporate update. The company says it is on track to deliver its dual interface biometric payment cards to market this year, and to that end established new agreements with two “multinational card manufacturers” in Q4 of 2016. That bodes well for the…

MorphoFlex eSIM Solution is Road-Ready with ISO Certification

“Perhaps most importantly for the automotive sector, the solution meets the ISO TS 16949 automotive production and servicing standards.” Safran Identity & Security is highlighting the smart car applications of its MorphoFlex solution. In a new post on its website, the company cites Gartner Research’s prediction that by 2020, there will be over 250 million connected…

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New S3 Authentication Suite Offers FIDO Server Supporting UAF and U2F

New S3 Authentication Suite Offers FIDO Server Supporting UAF and U2F

“Nok Nok Labs in itself a co-founder of FIDO and an author of its authentication standards, which are quickly becoming adopted across a range of devices and online services, and have garnered the high-profile support of Google and Facebook.” Nok Nok Labs has launched a Premium Edition version of its S3 Authentication Suite. In a…

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