Australia to roll out facial recognition in airports

AustraliaAustralia’s Customs and Border Protection will install 92 facial recognition terminals in international airports as part of an $18 million deal with Portuguese smart-gate manufacturer Vision-Box. The contract represents a switching of smart-gate vendors for Customs – Vision-Box rival Morpho had been the provider of choice to date for the agency. Morpho delivered around 61 electronic gates at arrival terminals as part of a $53 million agreement with the border security agency that is due to continue out to 2019.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/403070,australia-to-roll-out-facial-recognition-in-overseas-airports.aspx

Tencent to improve facial recognition for banking services

China.gifChinese internet giant Tencent has reported progress garnering government support for facial recognition technology to be used for banking services. Tenpay, a Tencent subsidiary for payments, announced a cooperative partnership with the National Citizen Identity Information Center under China’s Ministry of Public Security on Monday.  The arrangement will allow Tencent to work with police to improve the accuracy of facial recognition technology so customers won’t need to visit a bank for verification purposes, the firm said.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1204&MainCatID=12&id=20150416000157

Asustek to add fingerprint ID function to ZenFone in 2H15, says paper

TaiwanAsustek Computer is planning to add fingerprint identification functionality to its ZenFone smartphones in the second half, at the soonest and the function will become a default feature for the ZenFone 3 in 2016, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report citing company president Jerry Shen as saying. Asustek’s new inexpensive smartphones for China will also feature the function in the second half of the year.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150330PB201.html

Samsung to unveil tablet with iris recognition

KoreaNEW DELHI: It looks like Samsung is working on a new version of its Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet that supports iris recognition.  California (US)-based Stanford Research Institute (SRI), has issued a press informing that it has exclusively licensed its Iris on the Move (IOM) technologies to Samsung for use in Samsung mobile products. Additionally SRI has inked a supply agreement to start production and sales of the IOM technology-embedded Samsung mobile products for enterprise and business to business (b2b) applications.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Samsung-to-unveil-tablet-with-iris-recognition/articleshow/46716368.cms

Australia to collect more biometric data at airports

AustraliaAustralia is pushing legislation to expand the types and amount of biometric data it can collect at immigration checkpoints. The new bill introduced this month would give the Department of Immigration and Border Protection power to collect more data, including from minors, when the need arises because the country faces higher terrorism-related risks. “Recent border and terrorism-related events in Australia and worldwide illustrate the need for measures to strengthen community protection outcomes,” says the outline of the Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6305-australia-to-collect-more-biometric-data-at-airports

China vendors to ship over 50 million Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2015

ChinaShipments of Android-based smartphones with fingerprint sensors by China-based handset makers are expected to reach over 50 million units in 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based IC backend service companies. Vendors of Android smartphones, including Samsung Electronics and HTC, have adopted sliding-type fingerprint sensors, which are more competitive in pricing as compared to press-type sensors used by Apple, and therefore have pushed up the popularity of fingerprint sensors, said the sources.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150317PD203.html

Govt pushes to collect more biometric data at Aussie airports

AustraliaThe federal government is attempting to expand the amount and type of biometric data it collects on Australian citizens and foreigners – including minors – at the country’s airports through new legislation. The Coalition Government had initially attempted to include an expansion to biometric data collection in its ‘foreign fighters’ bill last year. It was knocked back by the parliamentary committee reviewing the bill, which said the collection of additional types of biometric data should by covered under entirely new legislation given the sensitive nature of the information involved.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/401738,govt-pushes-to-collect-more-biometric-data-at-aussie-airports.aspx

Watch Alibaba’s Jack Ma demonstrate face recognition-enabled payments

China.gifYesterday at Cebit in Hanover, Alibaba founder Jack Ma took the stage to wax philosophical on entrepreneurship and the future of technology. While he oozed charisma on stage, the real treat came at the end of his address. After noting how online payments can sometimes be troublesome, the founder took out his smartphone and paid for a set of stamps on Alibaba using face-recognition technology.

https://www.techinasia.com/watch-alibabas-jack-ma-demonstrate-face-recognition-enabled-payments/

China’s Alibaba shows off pay-with-your-face technology at German IT fair

China.gifHANOVER: China’s Internet tycoon Jack Ma, founder of giant online merchant Alibaba, gave a glimpse of the future when he demonstrated a new e-payment system using facial recognition at the CeBIT IT fair in Germany. Criss-crossing the stage in the style of a Silicon Valley pioneer late on Sunday (Mar 15), Ma showed off the technology that uses facial recognition from a smartphone camera selfie as a digital signature, saying he had just used it to send a gift to the mayor of the event’s host city of Hanover.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-s-alibaba-shows-off/1719442.html

NEC fingerprint ID technology ranked first

JapanNEC has achieved the top score in the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 10 finger identification tests. NIST’s Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE) found that NEC had the best fingerprint matching results among the 18 companies and organisations that took part in the testing. FpVTE was organised to mimic potential operational requirements, such as application with National ID systems and criminal investigations.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6280-nec-fingerprint-id-technology-ranked-first

Fingerprint recognition smartphones from China vendors expected to ramp up in 2H15

ChinaChina handset supply chains expect to see orders for smartphones with fingerprint recognition from China vendors increase in the second half of 2015. O-Film in conjunction with Synaptics is expected to be one of the main suppliers, which is expected to release new products in the second half of 2015. O-Film reportedly plans to begin production of fingerprint recognition modules for use in smartphones at an initial monthly production capacity of four million units in the second quarter of 2015 and see that amount increase in the second half of the year.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150216PD212.html

Australian government should do more on identity assurance, says NICTA

Australian Government agencies must adopt identity authentication techniques, according to a new report by the agency which advises the public sector on ICT. A white paper from National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) said that using these tools will verify that people on the website are citizens, and allow them greater flexibility in how they access government digital services.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5805-australian-government-should-do-more-on-identity-assurance-says-nicta

St George turns on fingerprint login for Apple iOS Internet banking

St George Bank has activated Touch ID login for its iOS mobile application following the successful implementation and trials of the biometric technology by subsidiary, Bank of Melbourne. iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus users who own a St George account can now use Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor to log into the app rather than typing account details each time. Support for the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to go live “in the coming months”.

http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/558153/st-george-turns-fingerprint-login-apple-ios-internet-banking/

Government authentication services made available at Manila malls

Citizens in Metro Manila, the Philippines, can now authenticate their documents at satellite offices in four malls across the city, the Department of Foreign Affairs has announced.  Previously, citizens needing an official stamp had to visit the consular office. Now, the same service is made available at malls from Monday to Saturday.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4702-government-authentication-services-made-available-at-malls

Singapore customs considers iris scanning at borders

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore told local media that they are exploring iris scanning as a potential technology to complement its existing biometrics system.  Currently, Singapore citizens, permanent residents and work pass holders who have registered their fingerprints in the country’s national database can clear immigration through automated gates.  The proposals will allow the authority to evaluate if the technology is ready and suitable to be used at the checkpoints.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/4700-singapore-customs-considers-iris-scanning-at-borders

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/

India’s biometric ID project is back on track

The new Indian government has indicated strong support for a controversial project to require residents to have biometric IDs in order to collect government benefits, setting a target of 1 billion enrollments by 2015. The status of the project was in doubt when a new federal government was voted in last May, as the winning Bharatiya Janata Party had said during the election campaign that it would review the program. The new target signals the new government’s backing of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which was largely seen as a project of the previous government led by the Congress party.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/indias-biometric-id-project-is-back-on-track/

Foxconn to invest in signature technology developer AirSig

Foxconn Electronics will invest US$2 million to acquire a 10% stake in AirSig, a Taiwan-based developer of digital signing technology, and apply the technology to information security for mobile devices, according to AirSig. Prior to the investment, Foxconn also invested in Norway-based Next Biometrics to acquire fingerprint identification technologies.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140903PD208.html

Could fingerprint scans replace Queensland’s Go Card?

Within the next 15 years, Queenslanders could find their humble Go Card transformed into a loyalty card, a way of paying for bikes and taxis, or even phased out altogether in favour of a mobile phone or a simple fingerprint scan before boarding a train. The Queensland Government’s contract with current Go Card operator Cubic Transportation Systems is coming to an end, and the state’s transport department is scouring the market for new capabilities that have become available since Go Card went live in 2007.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389986,could-fingerprint-scans-replace-queensland8217s-go-card.aspx

The “Future of Authentication” at COMPUTEX Taipei, Asia’s Largest and the World’s Second Largest ICT Show

FIDO Alliance visionary Ramesh Kesanupalli will present the “Future of Authentication” on June 4th at COMPUTEX TAIPEI. FIDO Alliance members EgisTec, Nok Nok Labs, and others will follow Mr. Kesanupalli in a panel discussion regarding FIDO authentication. COMPUTEX TAIPEI is among the world’s leading platforms for introducing ICT procurement, new products, and technology applications. Every year top ICT elites, innovators, and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world gather to showcase the most advanced and innovative ICT products, attracting more than 38,000 international visitors.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/3098962