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4G to Overtake 3G in LATAM/Caribbean This Year: GSMA Report

4G to Overtake 3G in LATAM/Caribbean This Year: GSMA Report

2018 will have been the year in which 4G connectivity surpassed 3G in Latin America, suggests a new report from the GSMA. Entitled “The Mobile Economy: Latin America and the Caribbean 2018”, the report forecasts that by the end of the year, 4G networks will account for 38 percent of the region’s connections. That points…

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Nuance Opens New Car-Focused AI Research Lab in Germany

Nuance Opens New Car-Focused AI Research Lab in Germany

Nuance Communications has announced a new AI research center that will focus on smart and autonomous car technologies. Dubbed the Design, Research, Innovation and Vehicle Experience Lab, or the DRIVE Lab, it will be based in the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (“DFKI”) in Saarbrücken. Work at the new lab will complement research in DRIVE…

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Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

Mastercard, Microsoft to Collaborate on Digital Identity Service

“…their service will be focused on the areas of financial services, digital commerce, government services, and consumer-focused online services like music streaming and social media.” Mastercard and Microsoft have announced that they’re teaming up on a digital identity project. What exactly this project will entail is pretty vague at the moment. In a statement, the…

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2019 Data Breach Forecast Predicts Biometric Hacking

2019 Data Breach Forecast Predicts Biometric Hacking

“…2019 could be a year in which major hack attacks demonstrate which biometric security systems are truly effective and which are outdated, if Experian’s prediction is proven right.” Experian’s sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast finds biometrics in the crosshairs. Assessing the five major security threats expected for 2019, the report predicts that hackers will…

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Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

Singapore Hosts Advisory Council on AI Ethics, Featuring Google, Microsoft Execs

“Together, the council members discussed a draft model framework on the responsible use of AI published by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission earlier this year…” Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence and Data has just convened its inaugural meeting. The group includes representatives from some high-profile global companies, including Google’s Asia…

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Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

Scam iPhone App Exploited Misunderstanding of Touch ID, Biometrics

“…the app would dim the screen, obscuring a purchase interface asking the user to confirm an in-app transaction of $89.99, with a bright red fingerprint icon distracting the user’s attention.” An ostensibly health-related app for the iPhone was designed to use Touch ID to scam users out of almost $100. As 9to5Mac reports, the straightforwardly…

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FIDO, Egis Organize Taiwan Seminar

FIDO, Egis Organize Taiwan Seminar

The FIDO Alliance has been working with Taiwan-based facial and iris recognition specialist Egis Technology to spread the word about strong authentication in Asia, with the organizations having jointly organized last week’s 2018 FIDO Taipei Seminar. Carrying the slogan, “No More Passwords”, the event featured the participation of a number of firms including GoTrust, AuthenTrend, TWCA,…

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Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

Windows 10 Update Emphasizes FIDO2 Authentication via Hello

A new Windows 10 update has delivered FIDO2 authentication, with Microsoft placing its Windows Hello biometric authentication platform closer to front and center for end users. With respect to the latter, Windows’ development team has now placed a Windows Hello setup button right on the OS’s lock screen. It’s clearly a move aimed at encouraging…

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Zwipe’s New VP of Business Development is a Biometric Cards Expert

Zwipe’s New VP of Business Development is a Biometric Cards Expert

A trade journalist who has covered biometric cards extensively is Zwipe‘s new Vice President of Business Development. Antonio D’Albore is the founder and Editor in Chief of Embedded Security News, and the author of “The Rise of Biometric Cards“, an extensive research report published near the start of this year. He has also held executive…

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Qualcomm to Focus on AI with New $100M Investment Fund

Qualcomm to Focus on AI with New $100M Investment Fund

“In addition to other applications, Qualcomm’s new AI investment fund could help to shore up the company’s capabilities in biometric identification and authentication.” Qualcomm has announced a new $100 million investment fund. Aptly called the Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund, it’s kicking off with a series-A investment in AnyVision, an Israel-based computer vision specialist that previously…

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G+D Announces Mobile Authentication Solution Based On Nexsign

G+D Announces Mobile Authentication Solution Based On Nexsign

Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security (or “G+D”) is planning to launch a new mobile authentication system in Europe and North America, the company has announced. The Convego Mobile Authentication system is the product of a collaboration with Samsung SDS, leveraging its Nexsign platform to offer a multi-modal biometric authentication solution that supports behavioral, facial, fingerprint, and voice…

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FaceTec White Paper Comprehensively Makes the Case for Standardized Anti-Spoof Testing

FaceTec White Paper Comprehensively Makes the Case for Standardized Anti-Spoof Testing

“It comprehensively lays out the growing proliferation of biometric security, the serious risks that presentation attacks pose, and the consequent importance of independent, accredited industry testing…” Toward the end of this summer, FaceTec‘s ZoOm 3D Face Login authentication solution became the first in the world to attain Level 1 certification in iBeta’s Presentation Attack Detection…

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Gemalto Announces SSO Solution for the Cloud

Gemalto Announces SSO Solution for the Cloud

Gemalto is aiming to expand the use of Public Key Infrastructure security to the cloud with its latest offering, SafeNet Trusted Access. The solution is designed to enable enterprise workers to access cloud- and web-based resources using a Single Sign-On solution that leverages the same physical smart cards and tokens they use for on-premise security.…

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Jumio Returns to REGTECH100 for Second Consecutive Year

Jumio Returns to REGTECH100 for Second Consecutive Year

“…the number of candidates nominated for this year’s REGTECH100 had nearly doubled over last year, reaching 824 – a sign of the vitality of this market area in the wake of major new regulations such as the European Union’s GDPR and PSD2 rules.” The industry accolades continue for Jumio, with the company making the REGTECH100…

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Acceptto Emerges From Stealth Mode, Launches Cognitive Authentication Platform

Acceptto Emerges From Stealth Mode, Launches Cognitive Authentication Platform

“The Cognitive Authentication platform powers a specific Single Sign-On solution called “It’sMe”, which is designed to operate across mobile devices, web browsers, and enterprise applications.” Portland-based authentication startup Acceptto has officially launched, announcing its new Cognitive Authentication platform. The company says that its platform is based on machine learning, and that it’s designed to replace…

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Biometric Age Verification Can Curb Youth Gambling in UK: Jumio

Biometric Age Verification Can Curb Youth Gambling in UK: Jumio

“By implementing a system like Jumio’s which combines document reading with facial recognition, regulators can enable online betting operators to take advantage of readily available technology – ie. smartphones – to confirm the identities and ages of their patrons.” In the wake of a scandalous new report on youth gambling in the UK, Jumio is…

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HID Global Turns Mobile Smart Card Into PC Security Key

HID Global Turns Mobile Smart Card Into PC Security Key

“… a registered user can easily gain access to a company workstation, for example, without the need to remember a complicated password; and if they walk away while carrying their smartphone, the workstation will automatically lock.” HID Global has brought its mobile smart card technology to the realm of computer security keys with a newly…

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Middle Eastern Banks Commence Trials of Biometric Visa Cards

Middle Eastern Banks Commence Trials of Biometric Visa Cards

Ten Middle Eastern banks are now trialing biometric payment cards featuring Zwipe technology, the company has announced. The trials commenced this week, and are the product of a collaboration with Lebanon-based FinTech solutions provider Areeba, as well as Unilux Cards and Gemalto. The cards in play are Visa payment cards, featuring a built-in fingerprint sensor…

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IDEX Biometrics Teams With Infineon for Biometric Smart Cards

IDEX Biometrics Teams With Infineon for Biometric Smart Cards

“…the companies emphasized the power efficiency of Infineon’s Secure Elements, asserting that they can support contactless transactions “at significantly below 300ms”, allowing transactions to be performed in under a second.” IDEX Biometrics has become the latest fingerprint sensor specialist to team up with Munich-based Infineon on biometric cards. The companies have announced a partnership in…

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