About David Benini

David Benini has been an active participant in the biometrics industry since 2002. He is Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc., where he drives marketing, business development, and product development activities aimed at growth of Aware’s biometrics software business. David holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA degree from Cornell University.

Biometrics Untethered – Capture and Search with Better Accessibility and Ergonomics

By | February 9th, 2017|

Mobile technology has revolutionized many industries, and biometrics is one of them. As biometric authentication on handsets has become ubiquitous, the impact of its adoption has impacted biometrics beyond consumer applications. The mass-market scale of biometric authentication is driving useful technology improvements into biometric enrollment for search. One example is sensors. It wasn’t that long [...]

Improving Biometric Search Performance with Intramodal Fusion

By | November 10th, 2016|

We often hear about the benefits and applications of “multimodal” biometrics; the use of different biometric modalities together (e.g. fingerprint and face) to increase the performance and enrollment flexibility of biometric search and match solutions. There are cases where going multimodal is an ideal solution, but others where it’s not an attractive option. The benefits [...]

Going Branchless – Mobile Onboarding for Banks

By | September 29th, 2016|

Banks keep making banking easier, and that means cutting down on branch visits or eliminating them altogether by giving customers really great mobile apps. Perhaps more than any type of business, banking and financial services firms increasingly rely on the sophistication and ease-of-use of their mobile applications to attract new customers and keep them. They [...]

Biometrics in Education: Case Study at NYC Schools

By | September 1st, 2016|

It’s the time of year for new notebooks, sneakers, backpacks, and also new schoolteachers. Most of those new teachers will be subject to background checks. Fingerprint searches have been used for decades to screen new employees in a variety of careers, including nursing, policing, banking, transportation, and education. In the US, employers in these fields [...]

Biometric Authentication Part IV – Spoof Detection Is Critical For Mobile Facial Biometrics

By | August 18th, 2016|

Facial recognition is here to stay for mobile authentication. It’s fast, easy, and familiar to anyone who has taken a selfie. And thanks to the universal appeal of the selfie, even lower-cost mobile handsets just about now have a front-facing camera. This is important because it means that biometrics can be used to strengthen the [...]

Biometric Authentication Part III – Sorting Out the Options

By | August 4th, 2016|

Biometrics are the heir to the password for the reign of secure authentication. There are good reasons for that; our biometrics are naturally unique to us and could hardly be more convenient. They will enable strong authentication to become a seamless, transparent process that make login easier and more secure. But there are different ways [...]

What’s in a Name? FIDO Enables Trust Without Passwords

By | June 16th, 2016|

“Fido” in Latin translates as “to trust”, but it more commonly evokes thoughts of man’s most loyal companion. Abraham Lincoln had a dog named Fido, and among the most recognized (non-fictional) dogs in history was named Fido. He was a street dog that became famous in Italy in the 1950s for unwavering loyalty to his [...]

Facial Biometric Search – Examiner Tools Can Make the Difference

By | June 2nd, 2016|

The proliferation of digital cameras and facial images has made facial biometrics extremely useful for criminal investigations, and increasingly so for identity applications beyond law enforcement. As with fingerprints, the use of facial biometrics needs to meet certain criteria to make them admissible in court or for whatever legal basis might be required. In these [...]

Astra™ – A Next-Gen Biometric Platform from Aware Sets a Benchmark

By | May 18th, 2016|

In talk about large-scale biometric systems, we hear a lot about algorithm performance: speed, accuracy, template size, false accept and reject rates, ROC and DET curves, etc. These are critical to knowing if a biometric algorithm is up to the task at hand. But we hear less about how these systems achieve their massive scale; [...]

Know Your Visitor – Biometrics in Visitor Screening and Border Management

By | May 5th, 2016|

It is plainly evident that border management is essential to containing illegal immigration, international crime, and terrorism. But implementing effective border control measures while minimizing the impact of security on lawful travel and commerce is extraordinarily difficult and expensive; a herculean task. While management of travel through international airports requires substantial infrastructure and staffing, management [...]