Face biometrics vendors considering expansion and tough questions

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Biometrics is reaching a crucial point in the adoption curve, with a Mastercard survey showing and a Juniper report predicting that people are ready to use new technologies and convinced of biometrics’ core value proposition. However, people have privacy and security concerns, and a group of hackers showed why this week. Facial recognition has also featured in lookalike research by Herta and academics, a possible new regional headquarters for NtechLab and UK Trust Framework certification for Amiqus. The NIST Image Quality Standard is now on a timeline, meanwhile, and details have surfaced in IriTech’s search for a strategic investor.

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A Mastercard survey indicates that about seven in ten consumers find biometrics easier and more secure than other authentication options, but just over half are willing to use the technology to save time. Almost three-quarters expressed concern about who would end up owning their data. However, with the rise of digital payments, biometrics are being used more frequently, with additional room for growth.

A forecast from Juniper Research pegs the digital identity verification market at $11.6 billion this year, and will grow to $20.8 billion by 2027. The hacker collective used a simple and inexpensive method to defeat each system.

The problem identical twins pose to biometric systems is well known, but a team of researchers, including one from Herta Security, have “objectively” identified “ultra-similar” look-alikes that could confuse the algorithms of facial recognition. The physical similarities between the doppelgangers are physically complete, the researchers say, and their behaviors may also resemble each other.

Turkey is printing a quarter of a million biometric passports for Hungary over the next year and will also supply French passports as the country avoids the worst effects of the global shortage of microchips. Printing of the new biometric Turkish passport is also being moved to the country, and Turkey has issued 6.7 million national ID cards with chips so far in 2022.

IriTech seeks to establish a major partnership to explore the wide range of applications for which its biometric technology can be used, confirmed CEO Dr. Daehoon Kim. Biometric update. Finding an investor to help the business grow could also lead to a sale, he says.

NtechLab plans to expand its presence in Thailand to recruit talent for research and development of biometric technology, and may even open a regional headquarters in the country. The Center for European Policy Analysis examines how Russian companies continue to participate in the international market despite the restrictions imposed by the war in Ukraine.

Amiqus is the latest selfie biometrics provider to be certified under the UK’s Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework for DBS ‘right to work’ background checks. The company offers NFC and photo ID document scanning and video liveness checks. The ranks of certified digital identity providers are approaching the double digits.

Sectigo CSO and CISO David Mahdi examines the makeup of government-backed digital identity frameworks and how to implement them in a Biometric update Guest post. Consumer trust is gained by showing them how institutions can verify their statements without storing their data, but the reliability of the system must also be verified, he argues.

NIST is working with CBP and TSA to develop a facial image quality standard and hopes to have it ready by early 2024. Donnie Scott of Idemia NA says compliance with the upcoming standard should be a stake for facial biometrics contracts with the US government. .

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to bid on a $500 million contract for biometric data collection and related services. Comments on the contract, which includes an extension of the biometric modality used by the agency, are sought. A virtual conference with potential bidders is scheduled for the end of the month.

A UK government tender for mobile biometric equipment has been withdrawn and reissued at a slightly higher value after no qualified bids were submitted on the first attempt. The new contract is for £500,000, for which the Home Office wants 150 enrollment devices with FAP60 fingerprint scanners.

Oosto’s Dean Nicolls tries to dispel some of the misconceptions about facial recognition in a profile of the company’s rollout at an Oklahoma casino to Forbes. Associate Editor Thomas Brewster sees risks in deployments that might one day happen, but also talks to the happy customer about how the technology is actually being used.

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biometrics | digital identification | facial biometrics | identity verification | research and development | standards

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