• Smiths Detection expands German facility

    To meet growing demand for its Advanced Threat Identification X-ray (aTiX) systems, Smiths Detection opens a 4,000 m2 production facility in Wiesbaden, Germany

  • New nuclear unit at Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce estimates worldwide civil nuclear power market could be worth £50 billion a year in fifteen years time; company wants a piece of the action

  • Blackstone, Windland in North Sea wind farm project

    U.S. investment group and German energy company forms partnership to construct one of the North Sea’s largest wind farms

  • Important deals in the chemical sector

    Ashland acquires Hercules, and Dow announces its plans to acquire Rohm and Haas; Ashland values Hercules at $3.3 billion; Dow is willing to pay $18.8 billion for Rohm and Haas

  • Stanley closes Oberon acquisition

    Purchase puts integrator on the biometrics fast track, enabling it to compete with some of the largest systems integrators in the government market for opportunities with the Defense Department

  • U.K. nursery chain install biometric access control

    Fourteen Busy Bees children’s nurseries install biometric access control from UK Biometric; access control will allow entry only to parents and care-givers

  • Aussie biometrics system recognized

    the Security Network, a non-profit industry body, declares BRS’s BioLock+ the “Most Innovative Security Product”

  • Bank customers can designate one finger as "panic finger"

    Can biometrics make banking more secure? Perhaps this will: New system allows customers to designate one finger as ‘panic finger”: swipe the said digit across the scanner and the transaction will appear to go through as normal even as the bank is alerted that something fishy is going on

  • Voice biometrics solves PINs-related security problems

    Survey shows that bank customers are worried that PINs, passwords, and security questions may not be the most viable ways of identifying individuals when it comes to accessing their details; researchers say voice biometrics is the solution

  • Sagem Morpho shows TWIC-compliant biometric reader

    Card is designed to read encrypted biometric data, such as a digital fingerprint, perform the match to the card holder, and perform an active card authentication across a contactless interface

  • Biometrics for U.K. home bankers

    Digital DNA fingerprinting technology launched to improve IT security and reduce ID theft and fraud for the U.K. banking industry

  • Atos Origin wins French biometric passport contract

    French IT services company missed out on the U.K. e-Borders contract, and has also failed to win a framework contract as part of the procurement for the U.K. national ID card scheme, but it finds consolation in winning the contract to manage the development and rollout of the biometric passport system in France

  • Hirsch Electronics biometric station wins award

    The Verification Station from the Santa Ana, California-based company wins Buildings Magazine 2008 award; “Finally…a high-end, cost-effective biometric system for more stringent security needs,” the magazine’s editors explain

  • 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

  • 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