2016 Biometric Industry Year-End Review

2016 will be remembered as a prolific year for the biometric industry. More countries have started integrating biometric identification checks for government services including:

Private companies are also leaping into the world of biometrics. 2016 brought a surge of private investment into the use of biometrics to help:

At the end of 2016 we can safely say that the biometric industry shows continued strong growth potential and is now, perhaps used more than ever around the globe and well positioned to continue its spread to additional industries in the near future.

2016 biometric year in review

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2016 biometric year in review

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The Importance of Biometric Identification in Businesses

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The rising use of biometric identification technology in business indicates that the technology is playing a more important role to protect data and assets.

The following post on biometric identification in businesses was submitted by Simon Parker.

Biometrics have provided a more dynamic solution for business owners, who now have the ability to navigate various complications such as ID Swapping, undocumented access and the regular badge checking as well. Simply put, biometric systems are particular security systems that are integrated with human characteristics.

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How Biometrics on Smartphones is Changing our Lives

There are nearly 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, estimates The International Telecommunication Union which is equivalent to 95.5 percent of the world population. The world is more connected than ever before and every smartphone user wants to be sure about personal data security in the digital age. For years, the password was the only secured way of authentication, but times have changed and passwords are now much easier to hack and harder to remember as they increase in complexity. Alternatively, we have seen a precipitous rise in the use of biometrics to replace passwords because the technology has proven to be much more convenient and less time-consuming than passwords. Mobile phones and biometrics are a winning combination in the mass market, allowing the technology to become much more widely accepted.

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M2SYS Named a “Key Player” in Emerging Biometrics Tech

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Technavio’s report on the “key players” in emerging biometrics technology included M2SYS Technology. (photo courtesy of Pixabay http://bit.ly/1NI2T1t)

Thank you to the team at TechNavio for naming M2SYS as a “key player” in the emerging biometric technology field for our multi-modal biometrics software platform that supports biometric modalities including: DNA, fingerprint, finger vein, palm vein, iris, and facial recognition.

The Technvaio report prognosticates a bright future for the global emerging biometrics technologies market, predicting a market currently valued at $555 million to quickly double in the next four years to $1.04 billion. Fueling the growth for these emerging biometric technologies is growth of the industry in: government, gaming, and healthcare. Continue reading →

Controversy Stalks FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI)

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Civil liberties organizations are increasingly expressing concerns over the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) biometrics database.

The following guest post was written by Jenny Richards, a freelance content writer.

The Next Generation Identification (NGI) project by the Federal Bureau of Investigations has again raised eyebrows with images stored by the beginning of the year increasing. While the term may sound all too innocuous, the reasoning behind the multi-faceted recognition technology has been causing jitters in the ever aggressive civil liberties world.
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Impact of Recent Court Order Request to Unlock iPhone with Biometrics

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A recent court ruling on the legality of submitting individual biometric credentials to unlock a smartphone favors the legal system.

The following guest post was submitted by The Carter Capner Group, a law firm serving Queensland and the Australian city of Brisbane.

Many people such as personal injury and compensation lawyers Carter Capner have confidential information on their smartphones. Thanks to advances in technology, people no longer need to rely on a password to protect their sensitive data. It is now possible to lock a cell phone with the owner’s fingerprint. This eliminates the possibility of a hacker figuring out the password to access the contents of the phone. It is this exact fingerprint technology that was the subject of a case in Virginia criminal court last November. In this case, a key ruling was made that will now make it easier for law enforcement officials to gather evidence that is contained on a smartphone. The judge ruled that criminal defendants can now be legally compelled to open their phone for police if it has been locked using a fingerprint recognition program. One would imagine this ruling will also carry over and apply to other devices such as tablets, laptops and PCs.
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Fingerprint-Locked Smartphones: Unlocking Your Constitutional Rights?

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Does the use of biometrics for smart phone access have an effect on our constitutional rights?

The following guest post was submitted by Sarah Smith.

Biometrics may soon effect the outcome of criminal law proceedings if a Virginia Beach judge’s ruling is any indication of the implications of owning a fingerprint-locked smartphone. According to the judge, such devices are not covered under the 5th Amendment, which protects individuals who refuse to give up their passcodes to their mobile devices. Individuals may now be compelled to give their fingerprints for law enforcement to access their mobile devices. This comes as no surprise to experts who predicted that such a matter would arise with biometric security features on mobile devices.
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The Top 5 Biometric Identification Management Industry Blogs

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If you’re thirsty for more information, news, and opinions on the biometric identification management industry, follow these top blogs.

The following post was written by  Mohammad Shahnewaz,
Sr. Executive – SEO, SEM, PPC
Business Development & Interactive Marketing Dept. at M2SYS Technology

Introduction

The recent iCloud hack that compromised celebrity personal accounts, leading to the publication of nude photos and videos was a sharp reminder that businesses are vulnerable. Despite taking various security precautions to protect confidential customer and business data, many businesses continually fail to prevent breaches. Perhaps it may be time for industry leaders to understand that in order to prevent modern security breaches, there is no more effective option than understanding what data breach security options are available and implementing a strong identity management system.

What’s the solution?

If you are looking for a solution that will secure valuable data in an efficient and convenient way, one of the most advanced and modern and high tech choices would be to implement a biometric identity management system. However, there is no “one size fits all” biometric solution available – the idea is to gather knowledge and educate yourself about this technology first to not only understand its value, but determine which biometric technology is going to be the most effective for your own unique needs.

Where do you turn for biometric industry information and education?

There is a sea of biometric identity management knowledge available on the web, but it’s difficult to know where to start. To give you a hand, we have prepared a list of the top 5 biometric identity management industry blogs that provide you with frequent, relevant, quality content covering a full range of security issues relevant to any business or government worldwide.

The Top 5 Biometric Identification Management Industry Blogs (in no particular order)

1. Biometric Update
Biometric Update was first published in 2007 & was founded by Stephen Mayhew and Allison Heather. If you are looking to find information about upcoming industry events and conferences you need to visit their site. Tracking all the latest industry news and events, biometricupdate.com is also one of the leading biometric news portals that publishes breaking news, analysis, and research about the global biometrics market. Each day they publish original articles, interviews, videos, and podcasts that focus on global developments in biometrics technology. On this site you will also find a list of industry specific biometric companies who provide specialized solutions.

Follow Biometric Update on Twitter @BiometricUpdate

2. Planet Biometrics
Owned by UK based company Science Media Partners Ltd, Planet Biometrics started its publication earlier in 2011. Their managing editor Mark Lockie is also the founder of the site. Their website is focused exclusively on the global biometric industry, and if you are a newbie into the world of biometric technology, we strongly recommend subscribing to their newsletter. These newsletters provide industry expert’s views, provides critical analysis, uncovers breaking news in biometric identification management, and most importantly, provides educational information and advice for end users. Their professional, content-rich, and informative blog is the hallmark of the site.

Follow Planet Biometrics on Twitter @biometric_man

3. Find Biometrics
Peter O’Neill is the founder and president of findBiometrics.com and has an extensive media background both in online and broadcasting environments. Since it was established in 2002, Peter encouraged his team to publish biometric industry news, informative articles, and interviews with industry leaders, featuring exclusive videos that provide an in depth look at the most important and pressing issues facing the biometrics community. Their Web site also maintains a calendar for the most important and current industry events and conferences. Their modality based biometric vendor list is a perfect place to look for the best options available for you.

Follow FindBiometrics on Twitter @FindBiometrics

4. SecureID News
If you want to increase your knowledge base and understand how biometrics can be paired with NFC, RFID, and smartcards, then you need to visit SecureID News produced by AVISIAN Publishing. Their editor Zack Martin, is a tech-savvy editor and reporter with more than 12-years of experience. His curated contents cover all the major vertical markets of identification technology with a special focus on government ID projects.
Follow Avisian on Twitter @Avisian

5. M2SYS Blog
If you are reading this blog, then you are probably aware of the fact that it is operated by one of the leading biometric research and development firms in the world, M2SYS Technology. Here, you will find relevant real world biometric identification management deployment experience, education, and experience directly from our team which will help your decision making process for choosing the best identity management system that fits your need.

Through our blog we share:

  • Biometric research and development news
  • Real life critical biometric deployment issues, challenges, and solutions from our team of experts
  • Ideas, views, and opinions on the most important issues facing biometric industry
  • Links and updates to biometric industry related FAQs, case studies, whitepapers, videos, articles, and Infographics
  • Real world experiences and results shared from thousands of biometric identity management deployments throughout the world for governments, enterprises, healthcare and financial organizations, and individuals

Follow M2SYS Technology on Twitter @M2SYS

(Honorable Mention)

6. Securlinx
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the great work that Jason Hodge from Securlinx brings to the biometric identification management industry on their blog. Jason always has insightful and clever commentaries on the latest biometric news and events and his blog is definitely worth a bookmark. Check out Jason’s blog for recent news and events in the biometric industry, and their real world applications.

Follow Securlinx on Twitter @SecurLinx

So, there you have it, 5 of the top biometric identity management industry blogs on the web. Pay them all a visit, add them to your RSS feeds, subscribe to their newsletter and watch as your IQ on biometric technology goes up by several points a week.

What additional biometric news sites or blogs can you add to the list?

This blog post was written by Mohammad Shahnewaz, Senior Executive in our Business Development & Interactive Marketing Department

Will Apple Pay (and Touch ID) Help Advance U.S. Consumer Acceptance of Biometrics?

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Will the introduction of Apple Pay help advance the use of biometrics for secure retail transactions in the U.S. market?

The following post was written by Arifin Hussain, Executive – SEO, SEM, PPC Business Development & Interactive Marketing Dept. with M2SYS Technology.

U.S consumers entered the biometric based consumer payment space with a big splash through integration of near-field communications (NFC) technology to allow secure wireless payments through a mobile wallet service called Apple Pay. Apple Pay uses Touch ID – a biometric fingerprint authentication technology available on the latest version of Apple’s smartphones to authenticate customers for retail purchases.

Biometric identification is already being used as a security measure in many global verticals such as financial services, healthcare, and workforce management but has been largely left out of the mix as a secure authentication mechanism for retail transactions. Will the recent introduction of Apple Pay via Touch ID help to accelerate acceptance of biometrics among U.S. consumers as a secure identification technology in a retail environment? After all, consumers flock en masse to Apple products as if they were a cult in and of themselves populated by consumers with voracious appetites for new technology.  Unlike other security systems that rely on passwords or payment cards, one of the greatest advantages of biometrics is the individual identification accuracy it provides. Physiological characteristics such as fingerprints, finger veins, palm veins, iris, voice, and facial recognition provide accurate and secure authentication and cannot be easily replicated by criminals.

How Much More Secure Is Biometric Technology?

In the United States, banks have been using biometrics since the mid-2000s to secure self-service access to safe cash deposit boxes for consumers. However, U.S. consumers are worried about privacy and the potential misuse of their captured biometric data specifically with where and how the data is stored and secured.  Despite worries about someone stealing your phone or it being susceptible to hackers, experts say Apple Pay actually adds significant security to your payment transactions, even more than traditional credit cards.

Apple Pay has proved that using biometric to secure retail payments is convenient, safe, and secure as their system requires users to input their VISA, MasterCard, or American Express credit card details into their phone and upon receipt, the card network will send a token and the transaction security key to a special chip within the iOS device. In order to complete a transaction, users need to put their fingerprint on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on Apple’s latest smartphones to verify they are who they say they are.  When this credential is accepted, the phone’s token and a transaction security key will be sent to the merchant. The card network will then verify the transaction, pass over the information to the bank issuer for token decryption and then both the token and security key will be accepted by the merchant via NFC.  All process are done by involving three separate parties for quick and secure payment verification.

The user credentials and fingerprint data in the Apple Pay programs are highly encrypted and secured in a chip within the device. Even Apple does not have access to any of the data and purchase history. Therefore, if the phone is lost, an end user can easily turn off the system and remotely wipe out all payment and credentialing information.

Why We May See Growth of Consumer Acceptance on Using Biometrics

Biometrics is a strong technology to help solve the problem of secure and accurate retail payment authentication and eliminate the need for consumers to enter a password, and the use of biometrics is gaining popularity not only in the U.S but also worldwide. For example, in China 2.78 billion retail transactions using biometric authentication have been conducted via Alipay Wallet, the online payment service by the giant B2B marketplace, Alibaba.

Apple’s clout with biometric mobile wallet technology has transformed people to believe in the benefits of using biometrics to secure retail transactions. Biometric payment authentication is a mass scale reality now that Apple has released TouchID and many major banks and national retail chain stores in the U.S. are accepting Apple pay to secure retail purchases. This new biometric based mobile wallet provides an easier way to pay wirelessly and securely with your finger as a payment card alternative. Apple Pay is considered as a convenient solution for retailers to replace the security challenged swipe based payment methods and a more comfortable solution for consumers to pay via fingerprint instead of being worried about lost cards or theft. Apple Pay would also have a positive impact on contextual mobile commerce around couponing, tickets, identity, and the access management industry.

Furthermore, Apple’s success on using secure biometric authentication in the payment system accelerates support to use biometrics as a security measure. A global survey conducted by Unisys of consumer attitudes to using biometrics found a 5% increase in people who favor the use of biometrics as a preferred method of identity verification. Supporters of biometrics were mainly in the North American region (71%) followed by Europe (69%) and the Asia-Pacific region (68%).

The Benefits of Using Biometrics for Consumers

The benefits of biometrics for consumer use are huge, adding security to products and services where it is applicable. Speed of access and accurate authentication is critical to the success of biometric implementations in the retail industry. Consumers have little patience for time-consuming authentication, despite the added security that biometrics technology offers. Here are some key reasons on why consumers may be more likely to accept biometrics for individual identification:

  • Security – Biometric technology has been considered as a high level security solution for governments and businesses for a long time, and providing secure authentication for consumers can help bring more reliable security technologies to the retail industry.
  • Speed and Accuracy – Consumers frequently need to provide their unique authentication credentials to make purchases and biometric technology can provide a faster and more accurate identification solution within moments rather than using traditional payment methods that are more susceptible to fraud.
  • Convenience – Biometric identification methods offer convenience. Biometric physiological characteristics cannot be easily replicated and provide a more convenient authentication credential traditional than passwords or PINS. It can also prevent unauthorized access to any device or information when protected by biometrics.

Conclusion

User acceptance of biometric authentication in e-commerce clearly indicates that security, convenience, ease of use, and greater privacy act as strong motivators when present. Despite worries about privacy and security, the acceptance of biometrics acceptance is gaining momentum for use in retail. Apple Pay can utilize the benefits of biometrics as quick and secure way of retail transaction authorization and promises to boost user acceptance of biometrics among U.S. consumers.

Yemen Deploys M2SYS TrueVoter™ Biometric Voter Registration Solution

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Yemen’s decision to deploy the TrueVoter™ biometric voter registration system will require all citizens to register their biometric credentials to vote in the upcoming elections.

Today, we were excited to announce that the country of Yemen has deployed our TrueVoter™ biometric voter registration solution that allows for the fast, accurate, and uncontested enrollment and identification of voters for the upcoming constitutional referendum and national elections. Working in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Yemen’s Supreme Commission for Elections and Referendum (SCER) chose the TrueVoter™ biometric voter registration solution to help reduce the number of electoral disputes, support the legitimacy of the voting process, and, by extension, boost public confidence in Yemen’s democratic institutions.

TrueVoter™ is a unique biometric voting registration solution broken down into four components:

  1. Easy Capture – a highly configurable voter data capture solution for enrollment
  2. Voter Information Manager – this is the central application that manages all voter records
  3. ABIS matching – a fast matching search engine that delivers accurate and secure results
  4. ABIS de-duplication and adjudication – the fastest and most powerful de-duplication software in the world and powerful back end tool to help quickly and fairly resolve any election disputes

Furthermore, the TrueVoter™ system has the ability be easily configured to support the English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Portuguese languages, plus it provides the SCER with a comprehensive and secure system to register voters and de-duplicate biometric data within the database, providing a clean and accurate voter registry that prevents citizens from registering multiple times and voting under different aliases.

Take a look at our video covering the deployment:

We proudly support Yemen’s government in their proactive step to establish election legitimacy through the use of a biometric voter registration platform. We also hope that additional countries seeking to stem election fraud and establish more faith in democratically elected governments will also consider deploying biometric voter registration solutions!