biometric authentication

Costco Support Points to Growing Legitimacy of Apple Pay

Costco Support Points to Growing Legitimacy of Apple Pay

Costco shoppers can now use Apple Pay to make their purchases across the US. The support applies to all 750 of the bulk retailer’s outlets across the country, and Costco says it’s also planning to enable Apple Pay support at its gas stations. It’s the latest big breakthrough for Apple in terms of getting major…

AfriDOKTA and Smart Applications Offer Health Insurance Services Via Biometric Access

AfriDOKTA and Smart Applications Offer Health Insurance Services Via Biometric Access

“The aim is to allow users to access AfriDOKTA’s services – including video consultation with doctors over mobile devices or desktops – via biometric authentication, thanks to Smart Applications’ fingerprint scanning technology.” AfriDOKTA, an African telemedicine solutions provider, has teamed up with East Africa-based Smart Applications International to trial its biometric health insurance services. As…

Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

Apple Pay Has 252 Million Users And Counting: Loup Ventures

About 31 percent of active iPhone users are also using Apple Pay, Apple’s biometrically secured digital payments platform, according to a new estimate from Loup Ventures. And the firm predicts this number will rise substantially. In a new post on its website, the investment firm says Apple will lead the charge for digital wallets more…

New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

“Android 9 highlights another major tech trend, too: The growing prominence of biometric security.” Google has launched the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, and is placing a strong focus on artificial intelligence this time around. In announcing Android 9 Pie on its blog, Google explained that its AI technology is designed to…

VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

VCSEL Orders Point to New Face-Scanning iPhones: Report

Evidence that Apple is planning to bring Face ID to its new smartphones this year continues to mount, this time thanks to a quarterly update from VCSEL supplier Lumentum. As a provider of vertical cavity surface emitting laser technology, Lumentum is a key supplier for Apple’s flagship facial recognition system, which is designed to create…

Biometrics Market on Track to Hit $41.8 Billion by 2023

Biometrics Market on Track to Hit $41.8 Billion by 2023

The biometrics market will grow from a value of $16.8 billion this year to $41.8 billion by 2023, according to a new forecast from MarketsandMarkets. The growth will reflect a CAGR of 19.99 percent for the forecast period. The government sector will be the key driver of the overall market’s growth, according to a report…

Chase, Samsung Pay Join Forces

Chase, Samsung Pay Join Forces

“…Samsung Pay’s MST technology will allow them to use their Chase Pay accounts to make purchases at virtually any point of sale using their phones, even those that would seem to only support swipe-based payments.” Samsung and Chase Bank have teamed up to integrate the latter’s mobile payments platform into the former’s. That means consumers…

Samsung Brings Iris Scanning to Tablet Line

Samsung Brings Iris Scanning to Tablet Line

Samsung has brought its iris recognition technology to the tablet. The company has officially launched the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, and it looks like the device relies primarily on iris scanning for user authentication. It doesn’t even feature a fingerprint sensor. Curiously, in its announcement of the device, Samsung scarcely mentioned its iris scanner. Nor…

BIO-key Awarded Key Biometrics Patent

BIO-key Awarded Key Biometrics Patent

 “Accurate and efficient one-to-many biometric identification is the cornerstone of secure identity and authentication services.” – Mira LaCous, CTO, BIO-key BIO-key has been awarded a patent for a key component of its technology portfolio. Entitled, “Adaptive Short Lists and Acceleration of Biometrics Database Search,” US Patent 10,025,831 covers an iterative search system, in which a database…

Deep Learning Leads to Death-proof Liveness Detection for Iris Biometrics

Deep Learning Leads to Death-proof Liveness Detection for Iris Biometrics

“They trained their deep learning system on a database of 574 near-infrared post-mortem images, as well as a database of 256 images of irises from live subjects…” Polish researchers are working on technology that can prevent fraudsters from using the iris biometrics of dead people. The researchers, Mateusz Trokielewicz, Adam Czajka, and Piotr Maciejewicz, have published…

IDEX Sensor for Dual-Interface Biometric Cards Successfully Integrated by JINCO

IDEX Sensor for Dual-Interface Biometric Cards Successfully Integrated by JINCO

“JINCO is a leading smart card integration pioneer and we are very proud that they have chosen to integrate our fingerprint sensor into their dual-interface biometric cards.” -Stan Swearingen, CEO, IDEX IDEX has announced successful integrations of its fingerprint sensor technology by its partner JINCO Universal. Based in Taiwan, JINCO offers sophisticated smart card solutions…

Yoti’s Asia Research Reveals High Stakes of Identity Tech

Yoti’s Asia Research Reveals High Stakes of Identity Tech

Yoti continues to share insights from its research concerning grassroots nonprofits in the developing world, with its findings from  Asia pointing to the paramount importance of accurate identity solutions that protect privacy. Writing on the company’s blog, David Burton, a researcher with Glean, a consultancy that helped to carry out Yoti’s research, explains that the…

iTrue Secures Blockchain-Based Platform With Facial Recognition

iTrue Secures Blockchain-Based Platform With Facial Recognition

A new startup is looking to blockchain and biometrics to enable decentralized app development. Called iTrue Limited, the Hong Kong-based firm is taking the Nuggets approach to user data. Like the Nuggets platform, iTrue incentivizes users to share their personal data by rewarding them for doing so with its ITU cryptocurrency tokens. But they can…

Confirmed: Next Samsung Tablet to Feature Iris, Facial Recognition

Confirmed: Next Samsung Tablet to Feature Iris, Facial Recognition

“…an instructional video on Intelligent Scan has been included in the official Galaxy Tab S4 firmware files – all but confirming that the tablet will use Intelligent Scan for user authentication.” It looks like Samsung’s next flagship tablet will indeed use iris recognition for user authentication. Speculation about the feature was prompted a few weeks…

How Behavioral Biometrics Enable PSD2 Compliance

How Behavioral Biometrics Enable PSD2 Compliance

BehavioSec is highlighting its technology’s compliance with Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), the European Union’s major regulation for payment services and transactions. In a new post on its website, BehavioSec points out the PSD2 now requires ‘Strong Customer Authentication‘ (SCA), which it defines as the use of two of three authentication factors – something the…

Jumio, Monzo Recognized for FinTech Collaboration

Jumio, Monzo Recognized for FinTech Collaboration

“Revolving around document reading and facial recognition, Jumio’s system can leverage an end user’s selfie camera to verify their identity, allowing for a fast and accurate verification process.” Jumio has won yet another industry award, this time with a partner: The company and its client Monzo took the top awards in the categories of “Financial…

Timehop Data Breach Yields Valuable Lessons: FIDO

Timehop Data Breach Yields Valuable Lessons: FIDO

Earlier this month, the company behind Timehop, a social media ‘time capsule’ app that shows users their older posts, revealed that it had suffered a data breach affecting 21 million users. And while the attack was not particularly exceptional as far as data breaches go, it nevertheless offers some food for thought, as FIDO Alliance…

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

Components Suppliers Predict Face ID Boon: Report

“… one supplier involved in the VCSEL laser technology needed for Face ID, Win Semiconductors, posted revenues of about $149.47 million for Q2 of 2018, a 19.71 percent year-over-year increase.” A new industry report offers further evidence that Apple is planning to bring its 3D facial recognition system to all of its new iPhones and…

Selfie Identification Comes to the Home Buying Process via Acuant and Noodigs

Selfie Identification Comes to the Home Buying Process via Acuant and Noodigs

“We believe in empowering individuals to create secure transactions and found that Acuant has the same mission with products to enable trust while keeping processes streamlined.” – Ryan Harris, CEO, Noodigs An innovative new Acuant client is taking advantage of its AssureID identity verification platform. Called Noodigs, the client is aiming to launch a digital…

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

Just a few years ago, biometric authentication was something of a novelty for consumers. Now, it’s in more consumer tech products than ever, and its upwards trajectory remains solidly in place – particularly in the mobile sector. Nevertheless, mobile biometrics tech is also at a turning point, with conventional fingerprint scanning starting to look just…

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