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Sharp includes fingerprint sensor in flagship smartphone

June 30th, 2015

Sharp is to include biometric provider Synaptics’ Natural ID fingerprint sensor in its latest flagship smartphone. “Aquos Zeta SH-03G complies with Fido’s latest industry standard, UAF 1.0, delivered through Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which utilizes unique technology to enable fingerprint authentication that can be done locally for increased data security,” Synaptics says.

One in five Australians make in-store mobile payments

June 26th, 2015

Three in ten Australians plan to use their smartphone for all their digital money and financial needs by 2017 and one in five (17%) are already using their smartphones to make in-store payments, research from lender Fair Go Finance reveals. “50% would like to use biometrics instead of PIN codes by 2020,” the survey finds. “One in ten said they would use Facebook to transfer money to friends and family.”

OceanFirst Bank adds Touch ID

June 24th, 2015

OceanFirst Bank is working with digital banking provider Digital Insight to begin offering Touch ID functionality within its mobile banking app. “We believe OceanFirst Bank customers appreciate having a variety of choices for ways to meet their banking needs, and we are pleased to provide the Touch ID option to our mobile banking clients for fast and secure access to their accounts,” says the US bank’s Joseph R Iantosca.

Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu rolls out mobile payments to 170 stores

June 23rd, 2015

Spanish supermarket chain Bonpreu is to roll out a mobile payments service to 170 stores, using a platform developed by Dinube that combines proprietary tokenization algorithms, NFC and biometric fingerprint security. Dinube charges merchants a… More

One in four US consumers would share DNA with their bank

June 22nd, 2015

One in four US consumers would consider sharing their DNA with their financial institution if it meant it would make authentication easier and their personal information more secure, research from Telstra reveals. “Two thirds of US consumers think that using biometrics — such as voice, fingerprint, iris and facial recognition — would be more secure and help reduce the risks of fraud,” says the Australian telecoms operator’s Rocky Scopelliti.

Amazon gets ear authentication patent

June 17th, 2015

Amazon has been granted a US patent that describes how a person’s ear could be used to authenticate them when answering a phone call or to unlock an audio file. “The device attempts to recognise the user based on ear shape or other parameters and can provide customised functionality of the device based at least upon that determination,” the abstract explains.

Google files contact lens authentication patent

June 8th, 2015

Google has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office that describes a contact lens which collects reflected light through sensors to assemble an image of the iris that is then matched against a stored image to authenticate the wearer. “In various implementations, the contact lens can be employed in systems and/or methods associated with authentication and identification,” the patent says.

Brain waves could replace passwords

June 8th, 2015

Brain waves could be used to verify a person’s identity in the future, researchers from Binghamton University have demonstrated in a study published in academic journal Neurocomputing. Using a sample of 45 volunteers and a list of 75 acronyms, the ‘Brainprint’ study found that participants’ brains reacted differently to each acronym, enough that a computer system identified each person with 94% accuracy.

Vodafone Turkey adds eye verification to mobile wallet app

June 5th, 2015

Vodafone Turkey is adding support for eye verification to its mobile wallet to enable users to unlock the app using biometric provider EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID technology. The addition of biometric security to the Vodafone Cep… More

Chase Bank adds Touch ID authentication

June 2nd, 2015

Chase Bank has added Touch ID authentication to its Chase Mobile app for iOS to let users log in to the service using their fingerprint. “To complete secure transactions, such as Chase QuickPay, customers will enter their passwords for additional authentication,” the bank explains. “Chase plans to offer fingerprint authentication for the Chase Mobile app for Android later this year.”

1bn biometric banking consumers by 2017

June 2nd, 2015

More than 1bn consumers globally will be accessing banking services through biometric systems by 2017 and biometrics will become the predominant method of identification for accessing bank services by 2020, Goode Intelligence predicts. “We are forecasting that by 2020, it will contribute US$5.5bn in revenue for companies involved in delivering biometric systems to the banking industry,” the company adds.

Chinese unveil face recognition ATM

June 2nd, 2015

Researchers at China’s Tsinghua University and technology company Tzekwan have unveiled an ATM with inbuilt facial recognition features. “The ATM camera captures facial images and compares them with the ID photos of users for verification,” Xinhua News Agency reports. “The machine will be able to identify the cardholders if their facial features have changed and avoid thieves who attempt to trick the machine.”

LG G5 could launch with iris scanner

June 1st, 2015

LG’s next flagship smartphone, the LG G5, will reportedly come equipped with an iris scanner and recognition technology developed by Korea-based biometrics provider Irience. “It is expected that the iris scanner will enable LG G5 users to use a wide variety of biometric technologies on the market,” Whowired Korea reports. “In particular, the feature will strengthen the security in the mobile banking transactions.”

Samsung files contactless fingerprint patent

June 1st, 2015

Samsung has filed a patent in the United States that reveals a touch-free fingerprint recognition system, using a device’s camera and matching the fingerprint to a stored image. “The present invention relates … more particularly to a method of recognising a contactless fingerprint using an electronic device configured to display a guide screen on a display of the electronic device,” the patent explains.

Google working on “brand new” Wallet service for Android and iOS

May 29th, 2015

Google has confirmed it is developing a “brand new” Google Wallet app for Android and iOS that will allow anyone with a US debit card to send and receive money for free “within minutes”, even if… More

USAA Bank will support Android Pay

May 29th, 2015

USAA Bank has said it will support Android Pay when the NFC payment solution launches later this year. “Members will be able to provision their USAA credit cards for Android Pay starting on the USAA Mobile App or the Android Pay app,” the bank says. “USAA will also be among the first financial institutions to provide the convenience and ease of logging on to the mobile app using Android’s fingerprint support capabilities when Android M launches later this year.” The bank added support for Apple Pay last year.

India’s ICICI Bank launches voice recognition service

May 27th, 2015

India’s largest private sector bank ICICI Bank has become the first in the country to launch a voice recognition-based service, allowing more than 33 million customers to make banking transactions through the bank’s call centre by authenticating themselves using their voice. “Our decision to invest in this new technology was primarily driven by the objective of enhancing the everyday banking experience of our customers,” said CEO Chanda Kochhar.

PayPal adds Touch ID to iOS app

May 27th, 2015

PayPal is letting its iOS mobile app users log in and access “virtually any part” of their PayPal wallet using Apple’s Touch ID. “When you log in to the latest PayPal app on a Touch ID-enabled iOS device, you’ll be asked if you want to enable Touch ID,” PayPal explains. “After a quick setup, simply use your fingerprint to log in and view your account, send money to friends, or access your digital wallet.”

NTT Docomo rolls out Fido biometrics platform in Japan

May 26th, 2015

NTT Docomo has become the world’s first mobile network operator (MNO) to deploy Fido authentication throughout its network, allowing it to replace passwords for millions of customers across its services with a range of enhanced… More

Danske Bank pilots Zwipe biometric cards

May 26th, 2015

Denmark’s Danske Bank has become the latest financial institution to pilot a contactless biometric card developed by Norway-based Zwipe that features an integrated fingerprint sensor and has received the backing of MasterCard. “We’re working on this as one of our pilot projects,” Danske Bank told NFC World. “We are not ready to disclose any further [information] at this time.”

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