Biometrics providers are positioning themselves in the market for facial recognition and fingerprint sensors


The interoperability of digital wallets and health cards, smart city biometrics, truly inclusive national digital identification systems and the fight against child trafficking were among the themes of the most read articles on Biometric Update during from last week.

Meanwhile, tech vendors continue to compete for share in the hot market, with highlights such as the launch of Paravision facial recognition, advancements in biometric payment cards for Idex Biometrics, Zwipe and Linxens, multi-million dollar government contracts for Trust Stamp and NEC; and a big week for Fingerprint Cards with a breakthrough card authentication technology and PC offering.

Top biometric news of the week

Paravision has unveiled a host of new computer vision capabilities and tools for biometric deployments under the name “Converge 2021”. The new features extend Paravision’s facial biometrics to mobile phones, facilitate edge deployments with new hardware baseline designs, introduce one-to-many people search and detection tools, and upgrade its cloud technology for users. video stream. CPO Joey Pritikin and company COO Benji Hutchison explained the importance of the milestone, and how Paravision got there, to Biometric Update in an interview.

Fingerprint Cards and Infineon have teamed up to develop a way to perform biometric authentication within the secure element of a fingerprint-enabled payment card. This could both make card design simpler and more flexible, and reduce production costs. Meanwhile, FPC and Next Biometrics have signed agreements to integrate their fingerprint technologies into desktops and laptops, respectively.

Idex Biometrics technology has been selected for “cold wallet” biometric payment cards for Chinese digital currency under development with six banks. Zwipe has signed another payments partner for its biometric card platform and, during London Identity Week, Linxens Group Vice President of Marketing Franck Germain provided forecasts reflecting the rapid growth of the range of products.

Digital wallets have a critical role to play in ensuring the interoperability and data security of the regional digital identification system proposed by Europe, writes Protokol CEO Lars Rensing in a guest post on the update. biometric. If EU member states develop all their digital wallets individually, as could happen under the proposed framework, Rensing warns they should do so using common resources such as the European Infrastructure Reference Library. Blockchain services.

Emirates says it is at the forefront of scaling up its IATA Travel Pass deployment, as well as increasing its travel capacity with biometrics and self-service technologies, and Brazil is undertaking an initiative to make similar changes towards the use of single-token biometrics at its airports. A panel at NEC Visionary Week 2021, meanwhile, stressed the importance of removing quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers for the aviation industry to resume.

The black market for false evidence of COVID vaccination is heating up, and Sarah Amundsson, head of customer success for Shufti Pro, explains the problem and what can be done about it in a guest post. Fake digital health passes are already an industry in their own right in 29 countries, making automated verification a practical necessity.

Two facial recognition contracts involving law enforcement groups with a history of controversial biometric deployments have been signed on either side of the Atlantic. Trust Stamp has won a $ 3.9 million contract with the United States Department of Immigration and Customs (ICE) to have its facial recognition deployed in migrant detention centers for six months or 10,000 people (at a default price of $ 390 each), whichever comes first. NEC has won a facial recognition contract with the London Metropolitan Police worth approximately $ 4.2 million, to provide historical (or forensic) correspondence with the CCTV feeds.

A new plan for the adoption of smart city technology, including biometrics, is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Emerging Technologies Charter update. The latest update is intended to help the city recover economically from the pandemic using data and includes plans for a framework for using facial recognition.

a MIT Technology Review Examining the use of face checking in government pandemic unemployment compensation programs to prevent fraud begins with the obvious fact that people have to look alike for this method to work. However, Anne L. Washington, assistant professor of data policy at New York University, suggests later in the article that “(the) problem is that governments have some kind of technology and it works. % of the time, they think it’s resolved.

ID4Africa hosted their second live streaming event of the season, and the 20th since their launch, examining the place of digital public goods and open source technologies in government identification systems. Country reports followed from Kenya, where Huduma Namba legislation remains pending, and South Africa, where the national identification system continues to evolve.

Researchers at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have recommended a combination of ear shape, iris and fingerprint biometrics to verify the identity of infants as the country continues to fight both child trafficking and social assistance fraud.

Garry Harrison is Oaro’s new CEO and will lead its blockchain-based corporate IAM strategy. New executives have also been hired by Socure, with Scott Slipsy joining as CPO to lead the growth of his team as the company expands its client base in identity verification and fraud prevention, and Secret Double Octopus, which welcomes Horacio Zambrano as CMO to lead go-to-market efforts for its passwordless multi-factor authentication.

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