IT News — Facebook has bolstered the default encryption settings for more than one billion users of its popular WhatsApp messaging service so that all messages will now be accessible only to the sender and recipient. The update arrives amid a heightened international debate over how much access law enforcement should have to digital communications and follows a high-profile showdown between Apple and the FBI over an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
Networks Asia — Most websites and email servers today use SSL or TLS to create an encrypted connection, to protect sensitive information sent across the internet from hackers and identity thieves. An SSL certificate is used to encrypt the information so that it remains encrypted and unreadable until it reaches the destination server and intended recipient. Now, many of the world’s most visited sites, such as Facebook and Youtube, encrypt web communications and SSL traffic accounts for a significant and growing portion of enterprise traffic.
Korea Times — Samsung Electronics said Sunday its digital signs have has won a major prize at Europe’s largest commercial display fair. The company said its outdoor digital signs had won the AV Display Innovation of the Year award at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week. European audio and display magazine AVNews awards the prize, the company said.
IT News — The federal government has attempted to soothe concerns stirred up by its proposed $18.5 million national facial recognition system, by promising to implement a series of recommendations made in a privacy impact assessment. The introduction of the tool was first floated earlier this year by state and federal police ministers and attorneys-general, and later won $18.5 million in funding from the federal government.
Network Asia — AliCloud, Alibaba Group’s cloud computing arm, has announced strategic partnerships to support start-ups and develop cloud solutions for secure data communications through quantum cryptography. AliCloud and Hon Hai’s Foxconn Technology Group have revealed a collaboration to foster small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) success.
Digi Times — Fingerprint identification sensors are expected to see growing adoption among Android smartphones in 2016, according to industry sources. China-based Android phone makers will follow the steps of Apple and Samsung to launch models that come with fingerprint sensors, which will stimulate significantly demand for fingerprint sensors for smartphones in 2016, said the sources.
IT News — NSW cops are set to receive yet another gadget to strap to their belts, adding fingerprint scanners to a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras being progressively rolled out across the force. The state’s police force has approached technology vendors for portable fingerprint scanner options, as it looks to digitise the day-to-day work of police on the beat so they no longer have to waste time returning to the station to register and verify IDs.
RCR Wireless — Networking powerhouse Ericsson has partnered with SK Holdings of South Korea to jointly develop “Internet of Things” platforms for the health care and transportation verticals. The Swedish company and SK Holdings, parent company of SK Telecom, also will develop a global ICT ecosystem drawing in IoT, cloud computing, big data platforms, attendant security solutions and other technological components.
MIS Asia — Taiwan’s CTBC Bank is currently testing an automated teller machine (ATM) that uses facial recognition and finger-vein scanning technologies to verify its customers. If the trial is successful, customers will be able to withdraw money from ATMs without the use of a card or a PIN number. Using Hitachi’s finger-vein technology VeinID, the ATM will use infrared light to read the unique vein pattern just below the skin surface of a finger. It will then match it with a pre-registered profile to authenticate the individual identity.
Enterprise Innovation — Today, it’s common to share our most precious information over the internet. We hand over credit cards to make online purchases, manage our finances through banking websites and mobile applications and share personal details with employers, public organizations and even our friends over email and social media.
THE 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.
National 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.
A 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
Cards 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.
TENCENT 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.
ATM 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.
Face++, 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.
Australia’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.
Chinese 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.
Asustek 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.
NEW 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.
Australia 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.
Shipments 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.
The 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.
Yesterday 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.
HANOVER: 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.
NEC 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.
China 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.
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.
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”.