Biometrics Archive

US Congress asked mobile taxi apps to use biometrics for drivers’ authentication

US Congress members called mobile taxi apps firms such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to use fingerprint checks to verify the backgrounds of their taxi drivers. The petition comes following controversies involving alleged assaults by mobile taxi firms’ drivers in the US and in India. US congress members are aware that the companies conduct private

India to incorporate biometric banking

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has published a document containing the specifications that financial institutions may have to adopt in order to enable biometric payments. Appropriate implementation of biometric payments could give the country a competitive edge. The goal is to optimize the use of smartphones and biometric authentication from the Unique Identification

Microsoft incorporates biometric authentication to the new version of Windows 10

Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 will support the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) 2.0 specification. Instead of passwords to access Microsoft services, and other third-party accounts, people will be able to use a fingerprint or eye scan, possibly integrated with a key fob for two-factor authentication for added security. Biometric scanners have already been integrated into numerous

Younger customers prefer biometrics to passwords

Young banking customers would rather use biometric security devices than PINs and passwords for authentication, according to a recent study carried out by Visa Europe. The payments firm found that 75% of adults between 16 to 24 years of age, the so-called generation Z, would prefer to use biometric security, with 69% claiming it to

Biometric integrated systems enable primary health care

The Ponemon Institute, a leader of independent research on information security policy, has estimated that patient identity theft is rising fast.  In the USA, 1.5 million patients were reported to have been affected in 2013, a 20% increase from 2012.  Even more concerning is the fact that 28% of medical identity theft victims receive a misdiagnosis,

DARPA promotes a behavior-based biometric identification system

The United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA) has awarded a multimillion-dollar grant to researchers at the West Point academy, one of the US’s most prestigious military institutions, to promote the building of a behavior-based biometric identification system. A behavior-based biometric system would detect how a computer user handles the mouse or crafts an email.