• The big biometric hitters

    Five companies are in the lead in the competition for a share of the U.S. government biometric market; they have plowed money — a lot of money — into their lobbying activities, and some hope to strengthen their hand by hiring former administration officials

  • Federal money for identity programs boost biometrics market

    A slew of U.S. government programs — US VISIT, the Real ID Act, TWIC, the FBI’s next-generation database, and many more — depend on biometric technology; the estimated value of potential contracts to implement federal identity-solutions programs has more than doubled since 2006, rising from $890 million to $2 billion this year; biometric companies fiercely compete — and lobby — for contracts

  • Biometric technology helps Coalition forces in iraq

    Gen. David Petraeus: “[Biometric] systems and databases and the dedicated people who run them are helping to eliminate the ability of insurgents and criminals to remain anonymous, hidden amongst an otherwise law-abiding, peace-desiring population”

  • L-1 Identity Solutions receives $4.9 million order for biometric devices

    L-1 contracted to sell its hand-held detection device, identifying individuals via iris, finger, and face biometrics in a mobile situation, to unnamed U.S. government agencies

  • Biometrics to be used in fast-tracking trusted travellers through airports

    The United States and the United Kingdom agree on using fingerprint, iris, and facial recognition technology to speed up frequent travellers’ journeys through immigration control

  • Growing opposition to fingerprinting foreign visitors to U.S.

    Legislators support airline industry’s contention that forcing them to fingerprint foreign visitors to the United States would ruin them financially; airlines say that fingerprinting 33 million visitors a year would cost $12 billion over 10 years

  • Congress weighs in on Digimarc sale

    Legislators uncomfortable with French company Safran acquiring U.S. ID maker Digimarc; they want CFIUS to take a very close look at the sale and its consequences for U.S. citizens’ security and privacy

  • Faking a fingerprint

    A tech blogger argues there is no such thing as fingerprint reader that cannot be fooled; as proof, he offers several videos showing different techniques for faking readers

  • £500,00 boost for hi-tech firm

    Warwick Warp has developed innovative technology in biometrics which dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of recognition of fingerprints; VCs are intrigued

  • Fujitsu promotes palm vein biometrics in U.S.

    Palm vein architecture biometric technology is wide-spread in Asia, especially in Japan, where many banks use it in their ATMs; one reason for the popularity of the system in Japan is the stronger association made in Japanese culture between fingerprinting and criminality; Fujitsu believes other reasons — the fact, for example, that fingerprinting is not suitable for about 8 percent of the population — offer opportunities in the U.S. for its technology

  • Warning: ID cards face fingerprint errors

    Independent research groups warns that the U.K. biometric national ID scheme’s preference for fingerprint and facial recognition technologies makes the system susceptible to errors in identification

  • U.K. identity card scheme will not mandate fingerprint readers

    A proliferation of different fingerprint reading machines will be used in government programs, including the proposed biometric national identity card

  • Hospital system relies on palm reading for identity authentication

    Palm-reading system used to safeguard patient records at the third largest U.S. public health provider; company says method offers greater accuracy than fingerprinting

  • Identica Holdings Corporation

    Identica champions one of the newest biometric technologies: Vascular pattern recognition, also referred to as vein pattern authentication; the technology offers several advantages over current biometric measures

  • TSA issues TWIC card readers standards

    The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) aims to register about 1.2 million employees in U.S. ports and those who have regular access to these ports; the agency issues standard for readers which will read the information off TWIC cards