Rapid growth in biometrics seen in government contracts, funding and severe warnings


A combination of sobering worry and steady progress can be seen in the main articles of the past week. Progress towards commercialization of biometric payment cards continues with updates to Idex Biometrics, Zwipe and Fingerprint Cards, while LexisNexis won a major contract with the US government to provide biometric data for fraud prevention , and other government biometric contracts are on the way. Cloudastructure, Nethone, Stytch, Vu and HelloFlow have announced a combined round of $ 79.3 million to tackle various areas of digital identity.

Top biometric news of the week

The Secure Identity Alliance warns of a potential shortage of biometric passports and other digital identification documents if governments fail to secure their supply of microchips in the face of a global shortage. The shortage could last until 2023, but optimized inventory management and accurate forecasting could mitigate the risk, according to the Alliance.

Civil and human rights association EDRi has issued a grim warning about the ubiquity of mass biometric surveillance in Europe, after examining the laws and uses of the technology in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands . Programs that fail proportionality tests and indefinite “pilots” and “trials” are piling up, the group said, and could normalize if not quickly mastered.

The Canadian government is starting the bidding process for a border biometric system, both upstream and downstream. The system is expected to enable the collection of facial and fingerprint biometric data, as well as biographical data, at approximately 850 endpoints around the world. The process begins with a commitment period that ends on November 1.

NIST’s latest Facial Recognition Provider (FRVT) test examines algorithm performance in airport scenarios, particularly a dual boarding and immigration check-in application, and finds somewhat mixed results. While many algorithms may perform to the expected standard with small comparison galleries and multiple registration images, a minority of algorithms are sufficiently accurate with single image registration and large N databases. .

Mid-year updates from Idex Biometrics and Zwipe suggest a common focus on short-term biometric payments, but with the Central Bank of China (CBDC) digital currency more focused on the former, and building a global network of payment card partners for the latter. Zwipe MENA Managing Director Ramzi Saboury discusses the company’s biometric payment card plans, including the planned commercial launch of its third-generation biometric payment card in October, with Arabian Business. Saboury says that while Zwipe partners with banks in Europe and the United States on biometric payment cards, the MENA region may soon take the lead.

A new biometric payment card production partnership for fingerprint cards in Japan, as well as the announcement of the integration of the company’s sensors into four new Motorola devices, was the most read article of the week on Biometric Update . FPC’s T-Shape fingerprint sensor module will be integrated into cards by MoriX Co. to enable transactions above the current limit for contactless transactions.

1Kosmos CSO Mike Engle distinguishes between corporate biometrics and consumer biometrics in a guest post on Biometric Update, noting that the more solid and professional version is what can remedy the most persistent cybersecurity vulnerabilities; the password. Implementations of FIDO-based authentication with NIST 800-63-3, using a QR code to close the identity loop, can solve the flaws associated with “Trust on First Use,” writes Engle.

One of the UK government’s biggest advocates for digital ID, Lord Christopher Holmes, joins Biometric Update to talk about the country’s plans to move forward with Gov.uk Verify’s disappointment, the success of the open banking, and how zero-knowledge evidence and self-sovereign identity principles could fit into a more interoperable digital ID landscape.

Several countries have taken steps to facilitate access to government and financial services through selfie biometrics. The UK government is investigating a single sign-on (SSO) solution, preferably one that does not rely on identity documents, while the National Bank of Australia has tested OCR Labs technology and LexisNexis Risk Solutions has won a major award. contract with the US federal government. .

Online identity fraud is occurring in France at an even higher rate than the rest of Europe, according to a Fourthline study, providing advice on steps organizations can take to protect themselves against document fraud .

GET Group’s Director of Mobile Identity Product Development for North America, David Kelts, presents in a guest article the ISO 18013-5 standard for mobile driver’s licenses, which is based on the principles of privacy from conception.

The flow of investment capital flowing into the industry has slowed somewhat, but funding announcements continued this week with $ 29 million for Cloudastructure to evolve its facial recognition and computer vision platform, $ 6.7 million for Nethone and $ 30 million for Stytch, $ 12 million for Vu and $ 1.6 million for HelloFlow.

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airports | authentication | biometric cards | biometrics | cybersecurity | digital identity | facial recognition | fraud prevention | financing | government purchases | identity document | identity verification | surveillance

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