News about Biometrics.
February 23rd, 2017
NFC World partners Rambus, Mahindra Comviva, STMicroelectronics, Dejamobile, NXP, Gemalto and Antelop will be attending Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March. Here’s what you can expect to see and where…
February 23rd, 2017
PARTNER NEWS: Customers of French bank Crédit Mutuel Arkéa can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using the bank’s Paylib mobile app and authorise payments at the point of sale with a…
February 22nd, 2017
PARTNER NEWS: Mobile financial solutions firm Mahindra Comviva has launched PayPlus Aadhaar Pay, a merchant payment acceptance solution designed for rural India that will enable merchants to accept in-store payments through Aadhaar numbers and biometric-based…
February 21st, 2017
Indian consumers can now make QR code-based mobile payments using BharatQR, a “low cost, interoperable mobile acceptance solution” backed by the Indian government and developed by Mastercard, Visa and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)….
February 20th, 2017
Apple has acquired RealFace, an Israel-based facial recognition technology startup, in a deal estimated to be “several million dollars,” Israeli financial website Calcalist reports. RealFace uses deep learning to “detect a wide variety of elements in images and recognize faces of people with a fairly high degree of accuracy”.
February 17th, 2017
Apple’s iPhone 7S, 7S Plus and 8 will come with a 3D laser scanner for facial recognition later this year to replace the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall has told MacRumors. He says the switch to facial recognition will “potentially be more secure than Touch ID, which could increase Apple Pay adoption among banks and merchants”.
February 15th, 2017
A patent shows Apple is working on a “micro-LED active matrix display panel” that would allow a fingerprint scanner to be integrated into an iPhone touchscreen and could eventually replace the current Touch ID button. “The ability to detect an object’s surface profile while the display panel is not emitting visible light enables the display panel to detect a user’s fingerprint to unlock a mobile device when the display panel appears to be off,” the application says.
February 14th, 2017
The global wearable security devices market is expected to reach US$5.74bn by 2021, Technavio research shows. The market will grow between 2017 and 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of “close to 19% during the forecast period,” the company says. “The increased adoption of Internet of Things to manage the physical assets of an organisation is one of the key drivers of the market.”
February 13th, 2017
All 558,000 ration shops across India will be enabled to accept Aadhaar-based payments by June 30 this year, The Times of India reports, with all those in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan states already Aadhar-enabled. The government wants to bring all citizens under the biometrics-based ID system within the same timeframe, adding it will “not force it on people”, the report adds.
February 10th, 2017
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has begun a three-month trial of facial recognition technology at one of its boarding gates. Passengers register by having their faces, passports and boarding passes scanned, and then use a separate biometric gate to board their plane. Schiphol and Dutch airline KLM say the ultimate goal is “making the boarding process as easy and quick as possible for passengers”.
February 7th, 2017
Fingerprint and iris scanning technology “could eventually” be incorporated into a Bluetooth and geolocation-based ticketing service to be piloted by UK rail firm Chiltern Railways in July 2017. The proposal from Rail Delivery Group aims to help in “reducing delays and increasing the number of passengers through the gates at busy times”.
February 7th, 2017
February 6th, 2017
Customers of Turkish bank Yapı Kredi can now log in to their mobile banking app and withdraw cash from ATMs with a scan of their eyes through an integration with EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID platform. “Once the user has logged in to the mobile app on their phone with Eyeprint ID by the ATM, they simply scan a QR code from the ATM, input the amount they want to withdraw on their app and the ATM spits out the money,” EyeVerify told NFC World.
February 1st, 2017
The Indian government has unveiled new measures to promote a digital economy during its 2017 Budget speech, including “the imminent launch of Aadhaar Pay, a merchant version of the Aadhaar-enabled payment system”, The Times of India reports. Two new schemes will be launched to promote the use of the BHIM mobile payments app, while “the government decided to remove all duties on point-of-sale devices, fingerprint readers and similar devices” to promote cashless transactions.
January 31st, 2017
More than 14 banks have signed up to support Aadhaar Pay, a service set to be unveiled by the Government of India that will enable consumers to receive and make payments using biometrics. “They can visit any merchant, share their Aadhaar number and verify themselves using biometrics to pay and receive money,” law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference reported by Live Mint. Aadhaar Pay will be available through the BHIM mobile payment service launched in India by president Narendra Modi earlier this year.
January 27th, 2017
Customers of DCB Bank in India will be able to carry out transactions such as opening a bank account by having their eyes scanned and verified against the country’s Aadhaar biometric ID database. “A bank representative points the camera at the person’s eyes for about three to five seconds and the Aadhaar details are retrieved from the Aadhaar database,” The Economic Times reports. The feature will roll out to nearly 250 branches in the next six months.
January 27th, 2017
Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone will come with an iris scanner to allow owners to unlock their devices and authenticate purchases with their eyes, according to The Guardian. The technology was first made available on the company’s Galaxy Note 7 device unveiled in August 2016. “The Galaxy S8 will also come with an artificial intelligence assistant, which can perform tasks such as object recognition,” the publication reports.
January 25th, 2017
International travellers arriving at Australian airports may soon be able to pass through immigration and customs using biometric recognition without having to show their passports. “Passengers will be processed by biometric recognition of the face, iris and/or fingerprints matched to existing data,” The Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Australian government’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection is now seeking a service provider to implement the “seamless traveller” system, which it hopes will process 90% of travellers automatically by 2020.
January 25th, 2017
Consumers with Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge devices can now log into select websites and mobile apps using their fingerprint and Samsung Pass, the biometric authentication service unveiled by Samsung in August 2016. The feature is being added through support for Android 7.0 Nougat, which is currently being rolled out by Samsung, and “will soon be expanded to support mobile banking app integration,” according to the company. The platform also supports iris recognition for authenticating payments through Samsung Pay, but the feature has not been activated yet.
January 24th, 2017
Customers of Austria’s Erste Bank und Sparkassen can now open a current or student account using video-based online identification through either a mobile device or desktop computer, saving the “time and effort involved in visiting…