Biometric Software Month: The Primer

The mobile biometric revolution isn’t just about fingerprint sensors on flagship handsets. Biometric software, which has the ability to transform standard hardware into strong authentication solutions is an integral part of the mobile security equation. Throughout July at Mobile ID World we will be placing an in depth focus on the technology that can bring biometrics to places where there were none before. Welcome to Biometric Software Month.

Identity In Your Pocket

Biometric Authentication BannersA smartphone is home to more than just your contacts and social media – the mobile device has long housed the potential to listen, look and verify using its microphone and cameras of ever increasing quality. Thanks to those two standard pieces of hardware, even pre-biometric revolution smartphones can be transformed into strong authentication devices with the right software. What’s more is the variety of options users have when selecting their biometric software solution of choice. Biometric software solutions can authenticate a user via her face, eye veins, voice and even fingerprint – not relying on any new sensors.

The following links will give you an idea of the diverse range of biometric software available to transform your smartphone into an authentication machine.

Envisioneering Singles Out AGNITiO’s KIVOX Mobile Software

Sensory Brings Multi Factor Biometrics To Android Devices

ZTE Incorporates EyeVerify Biometrics into Flagship Device

Diamond Fortress Releases Overhauled Fingerprint-Scanning Software

Alipay Facial Recognition Developer Raises $47 Million in Series B Funding

New USAA App Uses Facial Recognition, NFC Technology

Cognitec Releases Facial Recognition SDK For Android

Beyond the Handset

securityOf course, mobility isn’t confined to the smartphone and neither is biometric software. With the advent of the Internet of Things we are seeing an increasing demand for biometric security, which can be most easily served with software solutions. Connected car technology, which is a subset of IoT, is becoming a place for speech and voice software that helps drivers safely interface with their vehicles while on the road. Additionally, biometric software is becoming an integral part of desktop and notebook computers, with Windows 10 set to launch with strong authentication options.

Perhaps the most important aspect of biometric software is that it refuses to be pigeonholed when it comes to deployments. The following links serve as an example of just some of the many ways biometric software can transcend the smartphone.

Consensus Grows on Need for Biometric Security in Internet of Things

Silicon Labs Releases Development Kits To Bring Biometrics to the Internet of Things

IoT Month: Talking To Your Things

TrulySecure Lets Devices Distinguish Between Speakers

Connected Car Tech Will Use Biometrics to Offer Personalized Driving Experience

Microsoft Embraces FIDO Standards for Windows 10


HiResIn case you’re getting the impression at this point that biometric software is strictly an alternative to embedded biometric sensors, it is important to underline that software plays an integral role in the world of increasingly prolific fingerprint scanning smartphones. Sensors rely on matching algorithms to authenticate users and liveness detection software can be applied to biometric systems to improve anti-spoofing. This is true for fingerprint solutions and beyond, with a Clarkson University professor having just recently initiated a competition for liveness detection in iris scanning solutions.

The links below will give you an idea of the ways that biometric software is bolstering various types of mobile authentication.

IDEX Teams With Nok Nok Labs, Integrates

Samsung Smartphone Software Upgrade Improves Biometrics, Performance

Precise Biometrics Receives Frost & Sullivan Award for Software

New Huawei, Meizu Smartphones Rely on Precise Biometrics Algorithms

NexID Brings Biometric Liveness Detection to Android Devices

Clarkson University Calls For Iris Liveness Detection

Identity As A Service

HiResFlexibility is among the greatest boons offered by mobility, and the same goes for biometric software. Thanks to innovations in cloud technology and the aforementioned proliferation of mobile devices, biometrics solutions providers have been able to offer authentication through the popular Software as a Service (SaaS) model. As a service, biometric software has a great deal going for it in terms of benefits. SaaS biometrics are highly scalable, with many solutions of this kind supporting a variety of modalities, and therefore excellent for enterprise deployments.

The following links will serve as a foundation for Software as a Service biometics.

Online Auction Site to Implement Biometrics for Users

Daon’s IdentityX Platform Gets FIDO Certification

ImageWare Partners with Extenua to Offer Secure Enterprise Cloud Storage

Cloud Authentication Month: Biometrics as a Service

Gemalto Launches Mobile ID Platform, Attacks Password Fatigue


Join us through the rest of July as we continue to examine the diverse and convenient world of biometric software here at Mobile ID World. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #BiometricSoftwareMonth.