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Somaliland turns to University of Notre Dame 21 August 2014

The independent state of Somaliland eyes iris recognition during its transformation into a multiparty democracy.

EyeVerify completes Series A funding round 21 August 2014

EyeVerify announces the completion of its Series A equity funding round of more than US$6 million with participation by companies including Qihoo 360, Sprint and Wells Fargo.

PCC and Yobe establish joint venture 20 August 2014

PCC Technology Group and Yobe create joint venture to market voice authentication product that blocks out background noise.

Neurotechnology releases NCheck Bio Attendance 19 August 2014

Neurotechnology releases NCheck Bio Attendance 2.1 software solution.

Trustonic and FPC to collaborate 19 August 2014

Trustonic and Fingerprint Cards announce collaboration to accelerate the availability of FIDO Ready secure biometric authentication on connected devices.

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> connect:ID March 23 - 25 2015, Washington, D.C

connect:ID is a visionary event, powered by Science Media Partners and the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA), that focuses on all aspects of human identity and the opportunities for its management in the physical and digital worlds.

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Yemen opts for biometric voting 19 August 2014

Yemen deploys M2SYS TrueVoter biometric voting platform.

Tamil Nadu looks to smart ration cards 18 August 2014

Indian state of Tamil Nadu looks to replace existing green and white ration cards. Biometric data to be used.

SmartMetric adds Cortex processor to cards 18 August 2014

SmartMetric adds Cortex processor to its biometric controlled credit, debit and identity cards.

BIO-key announces results 14 August 2014

BIO-key International reports its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, which includes strong visibility for Q3 2014.

Thales to provide biometric encryption for UK Biometric Residence cards 13 August 2014

PKISS system is used to provide encryption of the biometric and biographic data received from the Home Office to create the cards.

MorphoTrak appoints VP of Criminal Justice and Public Security 13 August 2014

Morpho (Safran) has announced the appointment of Steve Vinsik as MorphoTrak’s new Vice President of Criminal Justice and Public Security

UK to investigate current and future uses of biometric data and technologies 12 August 2014

The UK's Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the potential use and collection of biometric data and whether regulations in this emerging field are adequate. It wants to hear from all those with views on the future of the technology.

Credence ID and Fulcrum Biometrics win mobile biometric projects in Mexico and Guatemala 12 August 2014

Credence ID and Fulcrum Biometrics have announced two new deployments of their combined mobile biometric solution in Mexico and Guatemala. Both projects will deploy mobile biometric equipment and software to manage jail populations.

IDEX wins touch fingerprint sensor design win for Asian smartphone 12 August 2014

Norwegian fingerprint sensor manufacturer, IDEX, has announced the first design win for its new mobile touch fingerprint sensor.

CIC completes $1.1m funding round 07 August 2014

Communication Intelligence Corporation, a supplier of electronic signature and other software solutions including biometric signatures, has closed a new round of funding with a number of existing and new investors.

Omani bank uses fingerprint authentication 06 August 2014

Bank Muscat, one of the main banks in Oman, has rolled out a biometric system that works in conjunction with the country's national identification card.

Nigerian pensioners to have biometrics collected 06 August 2014

The Nigerian government has said it is to embark on a biometric data gathering exercise for the countries' pensioners.

MorphoTrust USA secures E-CAT deal 05 August 2014

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded MorphoTrust USA a contract to provide Credential Authentication Technology (E-CAT) for US airports.

Gender in the eye of the beholder 05 August 2014

Is it possible to look into a person’s eyes and tell whether they’re male or female. Apparently so reveals new research into soft biometrics – and with quite some certainty!

New biometric tests determine how well faces can be identified in videos 04 August 2014

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is to conduct new tests that will assess the capability of face recognition algorithms to correctly identify or ignore people appearing in video sequences.

LaserLock inks multi-year Mexican contract 01 August 2014

LaserLock Technologies signs US$7 million contract with a Mexican gaming company to license its VerifyMe Identity Services. 

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Latest Features

What is the Apex Air Entry and Exit Re-Engineering project?

A question and answer session designed to answer questions about the Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering (AEER) project and its integration of biometrics

Holding ghosts accountable: Biometrics bring greater transparency to African public sector

The insidious nature of corruption presents a formidable obstacle for the improvement of any society. One of the more nuanced forms of corruption occurs through the employment of “ghost workers. But biometrics is being successfuly used to help eliminate the problem.

Special Report on the SC37 Meetings in Darmstadt, Germany

The January meeting of the working groups of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 subcommittee on biometrics were held in Darmstadt, Germany. Greg Cannon of Crossmatch reports.

iPhone 5S: heralding a paradigm shift?

In drafting this statement, the EAB seeks to offer the suppliers of mobile devices, service operators and the user a perspective on how to assess this kind of technology - and in particular its security and usability.

EAB Contribution to Horizon 2020 consultations

An outline of some key research priorities and objectives are presented as input to the preliminary consultations surrounding the theme of Trustworthy ICT within the Horizon 2020 programme.

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Latest Expert Comment

On the cusp of mobile biometric technology adoption?

In the months since our first white paper on Mobile Biometrics was first posted, there have been several developments that suggest we are on the cusp of a surge in mobile biometric technology adoption.

Special Report on the April SC37 Meetings in Winchester, England

The April meetings of the working groups of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 subcommittee on biometrics were held in Winchester, England. This article is a Special Report by our Expert Editor, Cathy Tilton, into the meetings and main outcomes from the various Working Groups.

Special Report on the SC37 Meetings in Paris

A full and exclusive report into the recent Paris meetings by the SC37 subcommittee on biometrics and its working groups as they continue their task of setting international standards related to biometrics.

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