HID Global recently announced that China Unicom has installed HID Global’s OMNIKEY 1021 desktop smart card readers at its stores in more than 20 provinces and cities across the country.
Securing doors and valuables in retail locations without hindering operational efficiency can be a challenge. And that’s just from the customers’ perspective. Adding to the difficulty of securing these dynamic environments, retail stores must manage large, flexible workforces, typically with high turnover. Traditional locks and keys, even smart cards or key fobs, provide only a thin layer of security because they can be lost, stolen or borrowed. There also are the costs associated with lock changes and card inventory management.
- By Jason Dugger
- Feb 01, 2011
The IT department at a large, campus-based organization had a minor disruption that could have turned into a major disaster. A new person on the cleaning company’s crew inadvertently spilled a bucket full of water and cleaning fluid in a telco closet that was being used for multiple purposes, and the liquid shorted out a vital piece of equipment. The accident was never reported, and it was only when services were disrupted that the IT department learned there was a problem.
- By Caren Bachmann
- Feb 01, 2011
Facial recognition technology has emerged as the fastest growing technology among the biometric technologies accepted worldwide and will continue to follow the same trend in future also.
Lumidigm recently announced that Free Amsterdam University (VU), one of Europe’s most prestigious colleges, is using the company’s Venus Series multispectral imaging sensors in fingerprint readers used by approximately 8,000 students, faculty and staff to enter the school’s multiple recreation facilities spread throughout Amsterdam.
Mexico will on Monday become the first country to start using iris scans for identity cards, according to the government, which claims the scheme will be highly secure.
A recent report says the worldwide biometrics market is estimated to grow from $4.2 billion in 2010 to $11.2 billion in 2015, at a CAGR of around 21.6 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Matrix Systems was able to outfit a family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with biometric access control and a CCTV system, which was much to their espionage aficionado son's liking. “All I need is a pair of shades, and I’m secret agent Garrett,” he said upon seeing the secret room for the first time.
- By Laura Williams
- Jan 14, 2011
The latest market data from ABI Research shows that the market for smart cards and secure ICs grew to record levels in 2010, and is forecast to grow even further in 2011.
For years, organizations have relied primarily on username and password mechanisms to control access to data, networks, and applications. Recent studies suggest this approach is no longer tenable. The Verizon Business 2010 Data Breach Investigations Report found almost 50 percent of network breeches exploited stolen or weak credentials. A Price Waterhouse Coopers study showed 92 percent of firms surveyed had experienced a malicious security breech in 2009, with the average cost for large firms ranging from $440,000 to more than $1 million. Business 2.0 is good for hackers, too it seems
- By Chris Harget
- Jan 10, 2011
Company stresses secure access for healthcare facilities needing to meet HIPPA/HITECH requirements.
The company's director of Government Relations will serve as chair of the Identity Management Committee over the next two years.
Before joining the company, Bergman held several managerial and executive positions at leading Fortune 500 companies and is considered an industry expert in the field of biometrics.
Charles' responsibilities will include corporate finance, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and infrastructure planning to see AOptix through the company’s fastest and most exciting growth phase to date.
Hoyos Corporation will partner with Herta Security to implement iris-scanning technology in airports to deal with airline security issues and create a more-secure process from check-in to boarding.
HID Global and Wincor Nixdorf recently announced they have developed an ATM solution with an integrated contactless smart card reader. The jointly developed solution enables a single piece of equipment to process ATM and automatic fare collection transactions, enhancing customer convenience and efficiency.
The Security Industry Association recently released recommendations for use of biometrics with the federal government’s E-Verify employment verification program.
Increasing levels of cyber crime, numerous regulatory and compliance requirements, and an explosion in usage of consumer devices and applications in the workplace will drive organizational investments in security solutions in 2011, according to Unisys security experts.
Oberthur Technologies has been selected to provide its ID-One PIV smart card to members of CLEAR, Alclear LLC's Trusted Traveler program.