Fingerprint biometrics is among the top stories of the week on Biometric update, between an interview with Idex Biometrics, Idemia and Fingerprint Cards on the maturing partner ecosystem for payment cards, and a big volume signed by BIO-key to supply mobile scanners to a Nigerian client. Large-scale projects such as the EU’s digital identity wallet and Ethiopia’s MOSIP implementation also grabbed headlines, as did third-party identity verification architectures, with a patent filing authID.ai approved.
Top biometric news of the week
The European Digital Identity Wallet has taken another step closer to reality with the launch of a call for tenders to run four large-scale pilot projects. The plan is to test the DIW with national ID systems before a planned launch in September, and proposals are due May 17. Details also continue to emerge on how the digital wallet should fit in with existing regulations.
However, even EU ID card rules remain controversial, with a local German court referring a case brought against a civil society group’s obligation to store fingerprint data to the Court of Justice European. The complaint argues that the compulsory cards violate the requirement of consent to the processing of personal data and that a necessary privacy impact statement was never completed.
The long-standing partnership on biometric payment cards between Idex Biometrics and Idemia has enabled deep integration of components, allowing them to overcome the final technical hurdles in the development of the solution, as explained by the leaders of each business. Biometric update in an interview. Fingerprint Cards CEO Christian Fredrikson also contributes his perspective on examining the evolution of the market from secure elements to the race for mass deployment.
Meanwhile, FPC has advanced its biometric fingerprint push on enterprise PCs, with the company added to Microsoft’s Approved Vendor List (AVL). Only match-on-chip biometric sensors can be included on the AVL, and this type of solution is common in the enterprise segment, with a higher average selling price.
BIO-key provides tens of thousands of mobile biometric devices to Specta, an online subsidiary of Sterling Bank Nigeria, to enable them to enroll customers for inclusion in the national ID system. Nigeria’s National Identity Number (NIN) campaign is increasingly attracting private sector participants, and BIO-key’s Pocket10 FAP50 fingerprint scanners will go to officers across the country to bring the processes of enrollment to hard-to-reach populations.
MOSIP’s foundational ID partnership with the Ethiopian government has been expanded, and the partners plan to soon conduct extensive field testing and collect the biometrics of 100,000 people to enroll them in the system. The next generation of the open source digital ID platform, Asymmetric Amoeba, has been completed, and private sector participation in the ecosystem has been enhanced with a Miaxis Biometrics subcontract and compliance self-assessments from Mantra Softech.
authID.ai has obtained a patent for its method of authorizing transactions with multi-factor authentication via a third-party identity verifier. The company suggests that multi-party technology, already used in its service portfolio, separates the business by protecting users against identity theft and social engineering.
Data intermediaries are proposed as a way to provide data control and privacy to consumers in a World Economic Forum report. The report’s authors tout a wide range of benefits for users of Internet services. The devil is probably in the details.
The remote identity verification threat landscape consists of attacks ranging from deepfakes to video injections, but BioID’s Ann-Kathrin Freiberg explained in an EAB webinar that there are methods already known to be effective against each. . Freiberg reviews these methods, including liveness detection technologies that are effective in spotting deepfakes.
Panasonic’s contactless technologies, including facial recognition, have been deployed to help Japan’s digital transformation plans, which are significantly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. A trial of self-service biometric payment terminals is among the retail and tourism-focused projects.
Finally, a sad note for the biometrics community with the death of Jim Loudermilkwho had a distinguished career as a senior level technologist for the US Department of Justice, and also served as a senior director at Idemia National Security Solutions.
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