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December 6, 2014

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Time Tracking, Mobility and Money

Biometric Time TrackingThis week  at FindBiometrics we reported on time and attendance applications, new biometric deployments in finance, developments in the mobile markets and more from a wide range of modalities and regions.

Here are the top Industry News stories from the past week.


One of the biggest news items of the year was the announcement that MasterCard and Zwipe have combined forces to bring fingerprint authentication to point of sale credit card transactions. This week the pilot of the technology, which was taking place in Norway, was successfully completed and we learned where to expect the biometric credit cards to pop up next. Meanwhile, Amex embraced fingerprint authentication for its mobile app and Crossmatch announced that First Bank has implemented its biometric technology.

New Biometric MasterCards Take Norway; Britain is Next

Amex Lets Users Scan Fingers for Mobile App Login

Crossmatch Biometric Tech Improves Security and Efficiency at Community Bank


This week saw NEXT Biometrics announcing a major tier one design win that will see its sensors built into mobile devices, while Precise Biometrics introduced its newest Tactivo readers. Mobile biometrics and law enforcement overlapped this week too, with police officials from Stockton, California, singing the praise of a new handheld multimodal scanner.

Precise Biometrics Tactivo Readers Compatible with New Apple Devices

West Coast Cops Pleased with Handheld Biometric Scanners

NEXT Biometrics Scores Tier One Design Win


Taking a global viewpoint for a moment, this week we took a look at the US military’s plan to use biometric screening in the training of Syrian rebels. Meanwhile, the Italian government started considering the regulation of biometric data in the burgeoning internet of things. In Venezuela this week, the nation’s government contracted Suprema to lend a biometric hand in combatting goods shortages and smuggling.

US Military to Use Biometric Screening In Syrian Rebel Training

Venezuelan Government Contracts Suprema to Help Fight Goods Shortages, Smuggling

Italian Officials Wade Into Regulation of Biometric Technology

Many Modes

A diverse collection of modalities made the news this week. Bionym changed its name to Nymi and announced the shipping date of its highly anticipated biometric wearable; Intel signed contract with Cognitec to get facial recognition protecting Windows login procedures; and IDEX was chosen by Flextronics to add its fingerprint recognition solutions to the Open Innovation Platform.

Bionym Changes Name as Nymi Biometric Wristband Prepares To Ship

Intel Signs With Cognitec For Face Biometrics, Access Control

Flextronics Chooses IDEX As It Embraces Biometrics

Body Recognition Could Prove Useful Where Other Biometrics Fail

Employee Tracking

This week we continued to see biometric technology adopted by businesses to keep better employee records. TruTouch is performing double duty at the Salvation Army, tracking staff time and checking blood alcohol levels. In the UK a home care residence is using handprint scanners from Bodet to keep track of attendance and Inception Technologies introduced a new reader for similar applications.

TruTouch Blood-Alcohol Sensor Eases Screening Process at Correctional Facility

Inception Technologies Offers User-Friendly Biometric Hand Reader for Employee Tracking

UK Home Care Residence Adopts Biometric Employee Tracking


Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout the coming week as we continue to bring you the  most relevant news in identity management. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.

December 5, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter