• Electronic "pets" to tackle identity theft problem

    Forget passwords, PINs, or even biometric security measures; a new, if futuristic, solution is offered for the problem of identity theft: Electronic pets; the pets would recognize their owners’ voiceprint, fingerprints, or walking style; researchers say it will be important for owners to bond with and nourish their electronic pets by playing with them

  • U.K. government developing London Olympics ID card

    The U.K. will host the 2012 Summer Olympic games, and the government is in the process of developing what it describes as a “pretty inclusive and far-reaching” Olympics accreditation card

  • National ID projects drive Asian biometrics market growth

    National ID and e-passport programs drive growth of biometric market in Asia; fingerprinting remains the preferred biometric technology

  • Facial recognition scans to be deployed in U.K. this summer

    U.K. government plans to deploy facial recognition scanners at U.K. airport this summer; scanner will allow for automatic security checks at gates

  • DHS proposes biometric airport and seaport exit procedures

    Moving to implement one more recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, DHS announces that by 30 June 2009 all visitors leaving the United States will have their biometric details taken and recorded

  • California passes smart-gun law

    Several companies are now working on embedding palm biometrics security mechanism in guns: The gun grip will store the image of the owner’s palm, and the gun will unlock only if the image of the palm holding the gun matches the stored image; California wants this mechanism in all guns sold in the state

  • UK Biometrics offers new finger print reader

    Newcastle-based biometric company introduces its Evolution product; company says Evolution can scan one million records per second

  • Biometric empire building: L-1 Identity Solutions acquires Bioscrypt

    Robert LaPenta’s L-1 has been steadily, methodically pursuing an acquisition campaign which would make the company an identification authentication superpower; latest acquisitions: Bioscrypt and the ID systems business of Digimarc

  • IrisGuard awarded Jordanian bank contract

    Cairo Amman Bank, the fastest growing retail bank in Jordan, will deploy U.K. company’s iris recognition technology in its seventy branches in the Middle East

  • Scholar: More biometrics means more freedom

    Irish scholar researching the history of biometrics and its current uses says that contrary to fears about invasion of privacy, the use of biometrics will lead to enhanced freedom (except for those who try to assume false identities)

  • Microsoft joins MIT Kerberos Consortium

    Kerberos develops the widely used network authentication standard; eight years ago Microsoft was accused of subverting the standard by adding proprietary extensions; after Microsoft lost both U.S. and European anti-trust trials, company joins consortium

  • Sagem Sécurité to coordinate TURBINE project

    TURBINE aims to develop advanced digital identity solutions, combining automatic fingerprint recognition and innovative cryptographic techniques; research efforts will focus on burying secret information inside a description of fingerprints

  • NIST: On-card fingerprint match is secure, speedy

    HSPD 12 mandates that by this fall most federal employees and contractors will be using federally approved PIV cards to authenticate their identity when seeking entrance to federal facilities; NIST tests two alternative authentication methods (we like the “match-on-card” approach)

  • DHS grants Maine Real ID extension

    Unless a state received a Real ID extension from DHS, then the driver’s licenses it issues to its residents must be Real ID-compliant by 11 May or state residents will not be able to board a plane, open a bank account, or enter a federal building; Maine’s application was not to DHS’s liking, so the state missed the extension application deadline; DHS decided to give the state 48 hours to comply

  • "Fingerprints are forever": Battle over using biometrics in school continues

    Arizona has been a battleground for the use of biometric technology in schools; citing the threat of identity theft, senators pass measure requiring parental consent before any biometric information is collected from children; “Fingerprints are forever,” says sponsoring senator