Biometric

New Mercedes S-class to Feature Biometric Authentication, Upgraded Voice Controls

New Mercedes S-class to Feature Biometric Authentication, Upgraded Voice Controls

Luxury car maker Mercedes has announced an update to its MBUX infotainment system that includes improved voice controls, new features to its heads-up display (HUD) navigation system, and multimodal biometric authentication for added security. The improved voice recognition control will take over some functions previously handled by physical buttons, as well as having better natural…

Clearview AI Terminates All Canadian Contracts

Clearview AI Terminates All Canadian Contracts

Clearview AI is no longer available in Canada. The controversial facial recognition provider has terminated all of its contracts in the country after drawing the attention of multiple privacy watchdogs at the federal and provincial levels. This is not the first time that Clearview has abandoned a territory in response to legal pressure. The company…

Biometric Payment Authentication May be Around the Corner on Chrome

Biometric Payment Authentication May be Around the Corner on Chrome

A new Google Chrome flag recently uncovered hints that the popular browser may soon be adding biometric authentication for payments on Android as well as other major OSs. The flag — titled “Allow using platform authenticators to retrieve server cards” — indicates that users will be able to “use a platform authenticator”, likely the fingerprint…

New IDEMIA Tokyo Office to Feature Experience Center

New IDEMIA Tokyo Office to Feature Experience Center

French security and identity solutions company IDEMIA has announced that it has opened its new Japanese head office in Tokyo’s Shibuya District, featuring a new experience center that will showcase some of the company’s tech offerings. Aside from being home to IDEMIA’s five business units in the country — Financial Institutions, Mobile Operators, Biometric Devices,…

FPC Wants Consumers to #PaySmarter with Biometric Cards

FPC Wants Consumers to #PaySmarter with Biometric Cards

“Noting that new biometric payment card technologies have at this point been tested and accredited for mass market launches, FPC wants to harness consumer demand to encourage banks to adopt the tech.” Fingerprint Cards has become the latest biometrics expert to point to the COVID-19 pandemic as an important new factor driving interest in contactless,…

COVID-19 Driving Up Interest in Biometric Payment Cards: Zwipe

COVID-19 Driving Up Interest in Biometric Payment Cards: Zwipe

Biometric smart cards are finally poised to become a commercial reality. In a recent memo, Zwipe CEO André Løvestam noted that several “1st Generation” biometric cards will achieve small-scale commercial launches in 2020, paving the way for an even greater breakthrough as demand increases in the next few years. Of course, Løvestam believes that Zwipe…

Fingerprint Sensor Market to Double by 2025: Report

Fingerprint Sensor Market to Double by 2025: Report

MarketsandMarkets has released a new report that details the impact of COVID-19 on fingerprint sensor markets. In that regard, the firm expects the market for that technology to double between 2020 and 2025, growing from $3 billion to $6 billion even though the coronavirus has raised health concerns and discouraged the use of shared fingerprint readers.…

Cops Can Compel Biometric Phone Unlocking with a Warrant, Says Kentucky Court

Cops Can Compel Biometric Phone Unlocking with a Warrant, Says Kentucky Court

“It’s well-established that suspects can’t be forced to divulge the passcodes that would enable phone access, but there is growing debate about whether biometric data amounts to the same thing.” Another prominent court has weighed in on the question of Fifth Amendment rights with respect to biometric phone unlocking, with a federal court in Kentucky…

Jumio Announces French Portfolio to Meet Growing Demand

Jumio Announces French Portfolio to Meet Growing Demand

Jumio is creating a new French portfolio in an effort to increase its appeal in French language markets. The company has also appointed Frederic Ly as its first sales leader for the region. As sales leader, Ly will be asked to expand Jumio’s current clientele, and to oversee the formation of a new regional sales…

Hyundai Mobis Invests $20 Million in Silicon Valley VC Funds

Hyundai Mobis Invests $20 Million in Silicon Valley VC Funds

Hyundai Mobis is investing a total of $20 million in a pair of venture funds based in Silicon Valley. The company has previously invested directly in various global technology leaders, but is diversifying its strategy in hopes that it will be able to secure new partners and keep up with the latest developments in the mobility…

Zwipe Teams Up with Italian Smart Card Maker

Zwipe Teams Up with Italian Smart Card Maker

“The two companies will work together on contactless payment solutions based on both card and wearable form factors.” Zwipe has found another new partner to help expand the reach of its biometric technology in the payments space. In this case, it’s Publicenter, described by Zwipe as Italy’s largest domestic smart card maker. The company is…

Samsung Reveals More Details of Payment Account App

Samsung Reveals More Details of Payment Account App

Following the announcement last month by Samsung that it will be joining the likes of competitors Apple and Google in offering its own physical payment card — Samsung Money by SoFi — the tech giant revealed more information about its solution in a post on its website. Billed as a ‘mobile-first money management experience’, some…

BehavioSec Pushes Behavioral Biometrics to Protect Online Traffic

BehavioSec Pushes Behavioral Biometrics to Protect Online Traffic

BehavioSec is advocating for the use of behavioral biometrics to safeguard online interactions. The company notes that online activity has gone up dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, both because more people are now working from home and because social distancing restrictions have forced them to do more of their shopping online. That…

Hyosung Adds PalmSecure Biometrics to ATMs

Hyosung Adds PalmSecure Biometrics to ATMs

ATM maker Hyosung has announced a partnership with Fujitsu that will see the latter’s PalmSecure biometric authentication technology implemented into a number of its ATMs. PalmSecure works by having an individual hold their hand a couple of inches over a sensor, where a near-infrared light beam records their palm vein pattern, and encrypts that data.…

Bittium Announces Ultra Secure Smartphone

Bittium Announces Ultra Secure Smartphone

Finland-based secure communications specialist Bittium has announced the launch of the Bittium Tough Mobile 2 C, a secure, ruggedized smartphone designed for confidential communications for authorities. The 2 C features dual-boot functionality, with a ‘hardened’ (configured and customized to make it more secure) Android 9 partitioned and completely separated from Bittium’s own Secure OS, allowing…

Zwipe Renews Biometric Card Contract with Brazil’s TGS

Zwipe Renews Biometric Card Contract with Brazil’s TGS

Zwipe has officially renewed its partnership with the Brazilian smart card manufacturer Thomas Greg & Sons (TGS). The two companies first joined forces in April of 2019 in an effort to develop biometric payment cards for the Latin American market. Now that the contract has been renewed, TGS will move forward with the small scale…

Safari 14 to Support Biometric Authentication Via FIDO2 WebAuthn

Safari 14 to Support Biometric Authentication Via FIDO2 WebAuthn

Tech giant Apple has announced that the latest version of its Safari web browser will be equipped with the option of allowing users to log in to certain websites with biometrics via Apple’s Face ID or Touch ID. Safari 14’s new features, which will ship with the new iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur operating…

IDnow Reports Ten-Fold Increase in Authentication Transactions Over Past Six Months

IDnow Reports Ten-Fold Increase in Authentication Transactions Over Past Six Months

“In announcing the tenfold growth in the use of AutoIdent, IDnow cited a few key factors in driving customer interest: new business models, heightened security efforts, and increasing digitization.” IDnow is reporting a 1000 percent increase in transaction volumes for its AutoIdent authentication solution over the past six months. Developed in collaboration with DERMALOG, AutoIdent…

Passbase Launches Codeless Biometric Onboarding Solution

Passbase Launches Codeless Biometric Onboarding Solution

Passbase has launched a new biometric authentication solution to help organizations that are trying to update their digital security practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s web-based platform utilizes facial recognition with 3D liveness detection to compare an image of a customer to the image on an official government ID. In that regard, the technology…

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