Identity Management / Biometrics


Two-Thirds Of Consumers Prefer Credit Card Verification By Biometrics, According To Poll

A recent online poll by Unisys Corp. reveals that consumers trust fingerprint biometrics over photo identification, PIN numbers or handwritten signatures to verify their identities when using a credit card or requesting personal information.

Florida Law Enforcement Using Solution To Enhance Mobile Biometric ID Programs

Cross Match Technologies Inc., a global provider of biometric identity solutions, is delivering its Mobile Rapid ID solution to local law enforcement in Martin County, Fla.

Port Of Houston Begins Pilot Test Using Intellicheck Mobilisa TWIC Readers

Intellicheck Mobilisa Inc., provider of access control and wireless security systems announced recently that the Port of Houston, Texas purchased the company’s TWIC readers and began an official pilot test using this new technology.

Report: Biometric Technologies ‘Inherently Fallible,’ Better Science Base Needed

Biometric systems -- designed to automatically recognize individuals based on biological and behavioral traits such as fingerprints, palm prints, or voice or face recognition -- are "inherently fallible," says a new report by the National Research Council, and no single trait has been identified that is stable and distinctive across all groups. To strengthen the science and improve system effectiveness, additional research is needed at virtually all levels of design and operation.

Safran To Acquire L-1 Identity Solutions For $1.09 Billion

Safran announced recently that it has entered into a definitive agreement with L-1 Identity Solutions, a identity management provider in the United States, for Safran to acquire the operating and holding company of L-1 and its biometric and enterprise access solutions, secure credentialing solutions and enrollment services businesses, for a total cash amount of $1.09 billion.

SIA Releases Privacy Framework For Security Technology

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is taking the lead on privacy protection issues with the release of a 12-item “Privacy Framework.” The Framework was drafted to address privacy concerns related to the recording of video, the collection of personally identifiable information and the use of biometrics, RFID and other security technologies.

RSA Provides Technology To Canon U.S.A. For Government Smart Card Solution

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, recently announced that RSA Professional Services has worked with Canon U.S.A. Inc. to provide U.S. government standard encryption for its embedded platform used to validate smartcards in Canon printers, copiers and multifunction products (MFP). RSA's technology has enabled the company to sell equipment that achieves the security requirements for smart card authentication to the U.S. public sector, such as the U.S. Department of Defense.

3M To Acquire Biometric Provider Cogent Systems

3M and Cogent Inc. announced recently that they have entered into a definitive agreement for 3M’s acquisition of Cogent Inc. for $10.50 per share.



New Product Of The Year Award Winners Announced

Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the publication’s premiere Virtual Event today.

On Guard

Multi-campus users want a new model for security and safety that offers customization today while providing easy migration or upgrades in the future. They want their next security system to be flexible, adaptable and scalable. The solution must provide the right products for their specific applications now and in the future. Users look forward to eventually incorporating emergency lockdown, Wi-Fi, network on a card, mesh networks, video analytics and other new technologies without complications.

Getting a Handle on TWIC

The Port of Wilmington, which opened in 1923, is the busiest port on the Delaware River and the leading North American importation site for fresh fruit, bananas and juice concentrate. It also was the first seaport to use the TWIC card, beginning with the TWIC Technology Phase pilot program in October 2003. TWIC is designed to add a layer of security at ports by ensuring that workers in secure areas have received a background check and do not pose a national security threat.

Leon, Mexico To Use Iris Scanning Technology For Safe City Initiative

Global Rainmakers Inc. recently announced that it will provide iris technology for the secure city initiative in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Portoss, a Leon-based company, specializes in creating information systems for the law enforcement sector. This latest partnership between Portoss and the City of Leon is envisioned to create the most secure city in the world, using iris biometrics from GRI as the foundation.

SIA Opposes Alaska Biometrics Bill

Legislation that would sharply restrict the use of biometric technology in Alaska would have unintended negative consequences and “ultimately result in the use of less secure identity solutions,” the Security Industry Association (SIA) warned in a letter to the bill sponsor.

Government Agency Uses Biometric Software For PIV Credentialing System

Aware Inc. recently announced that it has supplied client- and server-based software products for the PIV employee credentialing system of a large U.S. federal government agency.

HID Global Surpasses 100 Million Milestone For E-Government Inlays, Prelaminiate Shipments Worldwide

HID Global recently announced that it surpassed its 100 millionth product shipment of e-government inlays and prelaminates to 28 countries worldwide this month.

Biometrics Go Big

In recent years, biometric security systems have moved beyond the more tradition applications -- such as access control at businesses, government facilities and ports -- and into some surprising realms.

Security, STAT

Since 1925, northern New Jersey has turned to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck for healthcare excellence. While its patient volume and service delivery have recently undergone extensive expansion, Holy Name Medical Center employed an outdated and difficult-to-maintain security system that had outlived its usefulness. Holy Name’s newly built Emergency Care Center and status as a Medical Coordination Center for disaster preparedness helped drive the funding needed to invest in a new security management system. Hospital officials chose AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Security Management System with Symmetry Video. This offered Holy Name access control, video and alarm monitoring on one platform.

What's In Your Future?

The typical access control system in use today, in all too many cases, is installed in stages. As a result, it is comprised of different brands and disparate products, many of which do not integrate into the same system or talk with each other.

Security’s Role in the Smart-card Game

Smart cards are the first truly successful mass-market semiconductor segment with the primary objective of providing security. Unlike holograms, magnetic-stripe cards and most RFID chips, smart cards can perform cryptographic computations using on-chip keys. As a result, a smart card can authenticate itself to other devices without revealing its secrets.

Inside and Out

While airports worldwide struggle to maintain security and regulate access to restricted areas, some facilities have found a solution by implementing the most advanced and accurate identification technology available: biometrics.

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