Biometrics relate to using something you have as a form of authentication. The most popular method at present is fingerprint with the latest iPhones shipping with a fingerprint reader which facilitates access to the phone instead of passwords. A number of 3rd party applications then leverage the core technology to support access e.g. bank accounts like HSBC and Barclays. As always in these cases ‘step up access’ is in place where additional security measures come into play when initiating payments etc

While major investment has gone into technologies related to iris scanning, voice recognition and facial recognition most have failed to gain traction as at the start of 2017. Whether this will change is anyone’s guess. The hardware is much more ubiquitous, but softer elements may be preventing adaption as use cases can struggle in some scenarios e.g. a thumbprint reader seems a lot less invasive than leaning into a machine to have your iris scanned.

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Do you own your own fingerprints?

These days, many of us regularly feed pieces of ourselves into machines for convenience and security. Our fingerprints unlock our smartphones, and companies are experimenting with more novel biometric markers—voice, heartbeat, grip—as ID for banking and other transactions.

How are smartphone fingerprint biometrics evolving?

It seems like only yesterday that Apple’s launch of its Touch ID fingerprint biometrics system was being met by mainstream media skepticism and high profile presentation attacks. But in the few short years that followed Apple’s bid on biometrics, the mobile fingerprint sensor has become almost ubiquitous. Indeed, it is almost more notable now when a smartphone ships without an embedded touch sensor, and much of the mobile biometrics market excitement has shifted to what companies are supplying the tech, than which OEMs have embraced it.

Visa replacing password with biometrics

Many mobile devices come with the ability to enable some sort of biometric authentication baked in – a microphone for voice, a camera for face and even a fingerprint scanner.

Gesture recognition & touchless sensing market worth 23.55 billion USD by 2020

The entire gesture recognition market has witnessed various advances after the launch of Microsoft Kinect which is meant for gaming consoles of Xbox 360 launched by Microsoft (U.S.). After the launch of Kinect, manufacturers and other players from the gesture control industry value chain started focusing on consumer electronics for gesture-enabled solutions.

Qatar national bank deploys iris scanning atms

The technology comes by way of Iris ID. To enroll, customers simply need to register their iris biometrics at a branch, which entails a digital photo of the iris. That information is converted into a biometric template against which the customer’s irises are matched whenever they approach a QNB ATM equipped with iris scanning technology.

Nec trials cashless payment services using face recognition

Tokyo, December 12, 2016 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that it is conducting trials for cashless payment services utilizing NEC facial recognition technology in cooperation with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Card Co., Ltd. (Sumitomo Mitsui Card).

Fujitsu launches online biometric authentication service

Tokyo, December 21, 2016 Fujitsu today announced that it will begin offering a new FIDO-compliant service for online biometric authentication. The “Online Biometric Authentication Service” will initially roll out from early April 2017, starting with Japan.

Is mastercard’s ‘selfie pay’ too much of a security risk

Biometrics were the talk of the town last month in Barcelona. As the world’s mobile technology companies gathered for their largest annual event, Mobile World Congress 2016, talk centered firmly around authentication and identity.

Want to beat facial recognition? Get some funky tortoiseshell glasses

A team of researchers from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University have created sets of eyeglasses that can prevent wearers from being identified by facial recognition systems, or even fool the technology into identifying them as completely unrelated individuals.

Barclays to introduce 'finger-vein id' readers

Barclays Bank is to introduce “finger-vein ID” readers that will allow customers to junk their pin numbers, passwords and authentication codes and instead access their account with just a scan of their digit.

Your face is not your password: face authentication by passing lenovo – asus – toshiba

Biometrics has nowadays been of universal interest and has been developed and used for many purposes such as for the detection of criminals and undesirables, identification and access control. Within this paper, we would like to concern about Facial Cognitive Biometric Systems and their application in User Authentication Based on Face Recognition.

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