1 in 4 Singapore consumers willing to share DNA … no, really!

SingaporeTHE majority of Singaporean consumers using mobile banking applications want their mobile devices to instantly recognise them via biometrics such as fingerprint and voiceprint, instead of having to prove who they are with passwords and usernames. Indeed, one in four is also willing to share DNA [information] with their bank to secure financial and personal information, Telstra said in a statement, citing a new report it released.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/1-in-4-singapore-consumers-willing-to-share-dna-no-really

CrimTrac invites bids for national fingerprints system

AustraliaNational crime data authority CrimTrac has commenced a refresh of Australia’s national fingerprint database, used by police and law enforcement agencies to match collected biometrics to criminals and suspects. CrimTrac has operated the national automated fingerprint identification system (NAFIS) since 1987, and is the custodian of 6.5 million sets of prints from more than 3.8 million individuals. The database is searched more than two million times every year. Justice Minister Michael Keenan first announced the agency’s intention to market-test the deal close to a year ago.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/405230,crimtrac-invites-bids-for-national-fingerprints-system.aspx

Australia set to collect more biometric data at airports

AustraliaA parliamentary committee has given its approval to the Coalition government’s controversial plans to expand the types of biometric data it collects on Australian citizens, foreigners and minors at the country’s airports. The government has been trying since last year to introduce laws to collect additional types of biometric data and extend the legislation to include Australian citizens. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/404972,australia-set-to-collect-more-biometric-data-at-airports.aspx

Biometric ATM to debut in China

China.gifCards and PIN numbers will soon no longer be enough to withdraw cash from ATMs in China. According to Xinhua news agency, Beijing’s Tsinghua University and Hangzhou-based security company Tzekwan Technology have developed a facial recognition ATM in hopes of reducing ATM-related crimes. The ATM works by capturing the facial features of the user before comparing it to a database of identification photos. Developers claimed that the ATM could still identify people even if their features have changed.

http://mis-asia.com/tech/industries/biometric-atm-to-debut-in-china/

WeChat gets voice login, 6.2 update

ChinaTENCENT Holdings Ltd has introduced the Voiceprint feature for its WeChat app, allowing users to log into their accounts through voice recognition, and rolled out more features under its 6.2 update. The speech-activated feature provides users with a new, quick and secure way to access their accounts, the Shenzhen-based company said in a statement. Users can verbally read out a set of unique numbers, with an option of not going through the process of remembering a lengthy password.

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/wechat-gets-voice-login-6-update

China Tech News: Chinese Researchers Have Developed ATM With Face Recognition Feature

ChinaATM users in China may no longer require any pin to withdraw cash or do banking transactions as researchers successfully develop machines with face recognition feature. In a bid to reduce the number of thefts that happen during transactions at the Automatic Teller Machine, Chinese researchers have developed a new machine that has a unique face recognition feature. The new facility will register users by recognizing their face.

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/52296/20150601/china-news-tech-news-china-atm-markets.htm

The face recognition startup that Jack Ma wants to use for selfie payments just got $25M in funding

China.gifFace++, a face recognition tech startup from Beijing, today announced it raised an additional US$25 million as part of its series B round that began in November last year (h/t to 36kr). The fresh funding brings the company’s series B to a total of US$47 million. Innovation Works and Ignition Partners contributed to the initial funding, while the more recent investors have not yet been disclosed.

https://www.techinasia.com/face-recognition-startup-jack-ma-selfie-payments-25m-funding/

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/