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Latest News Headlines

Digitial ink dries on Kofax acquisition of biometric signature verification firm Softpro 02 September 2014

Kofax Limited has acquired Softpro, a German provider of biometric signature verification, fraud prevention and electronic signature software and services, for US$35 million.

Warid Telecom rolls out biometric-based SIM activation across Pakistan 02 September 2014

Warid Telecom has expanded its biometric verification solutions (BVS) network throughout Pakistan, ensuring that its customers are biometrically verified before a SIM card can be activated against their name.

Video: Nigeria's biometric-based eID project 02 September 2014

Representatives from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nigeria give an inspiring overview of the Nigerian eID project - and the National Identity Management System (NIMS).

Alipay and Huawei roll out biometric security for mobile payments 02 September 2014

Alipay, a powerhouse in the Chinese online-payments market, has announced it is working with Huawei to enable the smartphone manufacturer to use its newest fingerprint-enabled phone for mobile e-payments.

Kenya introduces fingerprinting to clean up public servant numbers 01 September 2014

A massive rationalisation of public service employees in Kenya has begun today – at both the national and county levels – using fingerprint biometrics to weed out potential “ghost workers”.

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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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MasterCard-branded eID card formally launched in Nigeria 01 September 2014

One of Africa’s most ambitious financial inclusion and biometric identity verification projects is to be rolled out to more than 100 million Nigerians.

Indian biometric market heats up 28 August 2014

New research has found that biometric systems are gaining acceptance in India with more than 350,000 iris and fingerprint units being shipped in the year to June 2014.

Innovatrics fingerprint software ideal for 'real life' tests show 28 August 2014

Innovatrics claims that recent tests by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show its fingerprint algorithms would excel in real life situations.

Biometric Solutions and Vision-Box win Danish deal 27 August 2014

Danish Government awards the consortium of Biometric Solutions and Vision-Box a four-year framework agreement for the procurement of biometric-based solutions and components.

Imprivata announces tech developments 27 August 2014

Imprivata introduces several technology enhancements to its biometric verification solution designed to protect access to patient records at unattended clinical workstations. 

FBI readies for NGI system 27 August 2014

FBI now fully activating its Next Generation Identification system.

Norway taps Steria for AFIS technology 26 August 2014

Norwegian Police select Steria for six-year contract to implement a biometrics system.

Morpho launches Finger on the Fly 26 August 2014

Morpho launches contactless four finger scanner. 

NEC on top for matching accuracy 25 August 2014

NEC Corporation's fingerprint identification technology takes top spot for matching accuracy in the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test conducted by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

St George Bank gives biometrics the thumbs up 25 August 2014

Australia’s St George Bank to roll out fingerprint access to accounts

Venezuela looks to biometrics 25 August 2014

Venezuelan government turns to fingerprint technology in effort to combat food smuggling into neighbouring countries.

Suprema unveils Xpass S2 23 August 2014

Suprema launches new model of IP access control multi-smart card reader and controller, Xpass S2.

Ingram Micro inks distribution agreement with Invixium 23 August 2014

Ingram Micro Canada is exclusive Canadian distribution partner of Invixium's IXM line of biometric fingerprint access control products.

NXT-ID to be listed on Nasdaq 22 August 2014

NXT-ID approved for listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market.

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.

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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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