The State of Biometrics Solutions: Use Cases and Advances

By | 2017-10-11T15:23:34+00:00 June 15th, 2017|

Global Market Insights estimated that the biometrics market will be worth $31 billion by 2023, with future growth driven by consumer-facing applications like mobile authentication. Consumer electronics, healthcare, banking, and even the home safety industry are integrating advanced biometrics capabilities into their products, services, and operations. This is in part because biometric technology is performing [...]

Improving Mobile Biometric Identification with Hardware Abstraction

By | 2017-10-11T15:10:53+00:00 December 1st, 2016|

Biometrics have continued the inevitable migration from the desktop device to the mobile device. Both the mobile industry and the biometric industry have continued to strive for smaller and more capable devices. The past few years have seen the accelerated adoption of biometrics on mobile devices. Most recently, iris biometrics have been added to Samsung [...]

Improving Biometric Search Performance with Intramodal Fusion

By | 2017-03-24T12:46:59+00:00 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 [...]

Biometrics in Education: Case Study at NYC Schools

By | 2017-10-11T15:13:08+00:00 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 [...]

Facial Biometric Search – Examiner Tools Can Make the Difference

By | 2017-10-11T15:11:31+00:00 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 | 2017-10-11T15:24:32+00:00 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; [...]

Biometric KYC (Part III) – Registration of Prepaid SIM Cards

By | 2017-10-11T15:30:43+00:00 March 25th, 2016|

Millions of people in many parts of the world buy prepaid SIM cards to purchase mobile telephony and data services on a pay-as-you-go basis, as opposed to a subscription and contract. The vast majority of users are attracted to this model of service for its low cost, flexibility, and convenience. But the potential anonymity afforded [...]

Biometric KYC (Part II) – Biometric Identity Proofing Gets Off the Ground for Onboarding

By | 2017-10-11T15:33:12+00:00 March 18th, 2016|

Biometrics have been primarily the business of governments for many years, which—for applications like law enforcement, defense, and border control—applied biometric search to “identify” people, essentially verifying their claimed identity.

Today, biometric sensors are ubiquitous, and millions of people are using biometrics many times each day for authentication. It’s now hard to remember a time when the association of biometrics with criminality was reflexive; a notion that collection of my fingerprints—let alone a mugshot— represents accusation and inherent mistrust. This is a powerful paradigm shift for the industry not only in terms of market potential but for the change in how consumers view biometrics [...]

Biometric KYC (Part I) – Keeping Fraudsters Out of Your System

By | 2017-10-11T15:32:30+00:00 March 4th, 2016|

Some form of identity theft is at the heart of most financially-motivated fraud. A proliferation of personally identifiable information (PII) available through social media and other public sources is easily accessible to aspiring fraudsters, while the anonymity of Internet commerce and communication gives them plenty of cover. Illicit call centers troll for private identity data [...]