Face Verification 12 from Neurotechnology extends facial authentication capabilities

Face Verification 12 from Neurotechnology extends facial authentication capabilities

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of the new Face Verification system. Face Verification 12 is designed for the integration of facial authentication and liveness detection into PC, mobile and web applications for digital onboarding, payment, banking, telecommunications and other face recognition uses on personal devices.

The new facial recognition algorithm in Face Verification 12 features the same simple APIs as the previous version for enrollment, liveness checks, authentication and ISO 19794-5 quality checks while providing even better accuracy for both face recognition and liveness detection. It also includes a new encrypted biometric template format with a compact dimension. This compact template size makes it easier to store biometric data on small micro controllers or even include it in a QR code with other data, improving the overall versatility of the product for use in a wider range of environments.

The new version introduces a web service component that provides server-based performance for all operations that were previously available only for use on mobile devices and PCs. The web service is ready to be deployed on the server of a system integrator or of an end customer, and the operations can be performed through a WebRTC and REST API while processing live streaming from a camera in real time.

Face Verification 12 adds an improved passive mode to both mobile and server components. The new passive modality doesn’t require the user to perform any active action, and it is able to detect various types of spoofing attacks, including masks, videos, photos and others. The new liveness modality adds to the passive and active modalities in the previous Face Verification SDK, including an improved blinking detection algorithm.

The new SDK component of the Face Verification system also allows users to export the face biometric data that is generated and use it to perform enrollment and verification on smart cards that integrate the new MegaMatcher On Card 12 algorithm released by Neurotechnology on November 29, 2021. This smart card technology performs on-card face template comparisons and can be used as an additional authentication factor for applications that require a very high degree of security. The combination of Face Verification and MegaMatcher On Card forms a unique product ecosystem in the identity verification market and provides even greater flexibility and value.

“We see an increasing demand for face recognition technology for consumer applications,” said Antonello Mincone, business development manager for Neurotechnology. “However the requirements vary widely, depending on the location where data is stored, where the biometric checks are perfomed and the different privacy and security regulations involved. Face Verification 12 responds to this demand with a new web service component and smart card compatibility that expand the architectural capabilities for face authentication. It allows system integrators to easily implement and deploy different enrollment and authentication workflows for mobile, web and hybrid applications,” Mincone added.

Face Verification 12 has a convenient licensing model that accounts for only the number of persons that have effectively used the deployed system, regardless of whether the enrollment or liveness check took place on mobile or web. So the same biometric data, once enrolled, can later be verified in a variety of authentication scenarios and without extra operational costs.

Biometric access card from UK’s Freevolt features FPC tech

Biometric access card from UK’s Freevolt features FPC tech

Freevolt Technologies (formerly Drayson Technologies) – a UK technology company developing next-generation biometric smart card products for access control, cryptocurrency wallets and the healthcare sector – has announced it is launching S-Key, a battery-less biometric access card integrating the T-Shape sensor module by Fingerprint Cards AB.

With an S-Key access card, it is now possible for users to access physical areas securely and conveniently without having to touch the reader or a PIN pad because the user’s biometric data is stored securely on the card.

“We are immensely proud to be working with Fingerprints, who are leaders in fingerprint technologies, and who have been incredibly supportive throughout our development of S-Key. By integrating our leading-edge Freevolt energy harvesting technology with Fingerprints’ best-in-class sensors and software, we have created a battery-less and revolutionary biometric access control card, which is available to order now. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Fingerprints.” – Gonzalo de Gisbert, Head of Product and Business Development at Freevolt Technologies.

More secure and frictionless access and authentication methods are now high on the agendas of enterprises to keep workplaces safe. Biometrics not only plays a role in securing the modern workplace but can also improve convenience by saving users time and giving employees greater flexibility over how, when and where they work.

To support easier integration, S-Key is compliant with existing access control infrastructure.

Precise to carry out directed share issue

Precise to carry out directed share issue

Precise Biometrics plans to carry out a directed share issue of approximately SEK 20 million ($2.1 million) pursuant to the authorization granted by the Annual General Meeting held on 14 May 2021. The objective of the directed issue is to finance part of the Company’s acquisition of EastCoast Solutions that was announced today, thereby accelerating the Company’s SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) business area Digital Identity. Precise has mandated Vator Securities AB to act as Sole Bookrunner in connection with the directed issue.

The price and the total number of new shares in the directed issue is to be determined through an accelerated book building procedure, which will be initiated after the publication of this press release and close before trading commences on Nasdaq Stockholm on 30 November 2021. The directed issue is subject to a resolution by the Board of Directors following close of the book building procedure. The book building procedure may, if the Company so decides, be shortened or extended and may at any time be terminated.

Precise intends to use the net proceeds from the directed issue to finance part of the Company’s acquisition of EastCoast Solutions that was announced today. Given the Company’s diversified shareholder base, Precise’s Board of Directors believes that using the flexibility provided by deviating from the shareholders’ preferential right is the most appropriate alternative for the Company and its shareholders at this time, allowing Precise to raise capital to finance the up-front payment in the acquisition of EastCoast Solutions in a timely and cost-effective manner.

In connection with the directed issue, Board members and persons of the management holding shares have undertaken to the Sole Bookrunner, with customary exceptions, not to sell any shares in the Company for a period commencing on the date of this announcement and ending 90 calendar days after completion of the directed issue.

MegaMatcher On Card 12 from Neurotechnology features new card algorithms

MegaMatcher On Card 12 from Neurotechnology features new card algorithms

 Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of the new MegaMatcher On Card software development kit (SDK). MegaMatcher On Card is an SDK for developing applications that feature biometric comparisons directly within the microcontroller of smart cards, and it includes optimized versions of the top ranked fingerprint, face and iris biometric algorithms from Neurotechnology.

The latest version of the SDK includes a new implementation of the face recognition algorithm with a biometric data template size lower than 256 bytes. This small size helps to save storage space on microcontrollers and enables the transmission of the face template to smart cards in a single data unit. This results in faster authentication speed and makes it easy to add support for face biometrics as a modality in third party smart card applications that were previously developed only for fingerprints.

MegaMatcher On Card 12 introduces the 1-to-N extension of the fingerprint library for the automatic recognition of multiple fingerprints on the same smart card, making it possible to verify the card owner directly through the use of any of the fingerprint data stored in the card. This is more convenient for end users and for system integrators who don’t have to implement complex mechanisms to require a specific fingerprint for verification.

“There are already more than 130 million smart cards and secure elements worldwide that include our MegaMatcher On Card technology,” said Antonello Mincone, business development manager for Neurotechnology. “We are constantly improving our on-card technology and adding value for its different uses, as we do with all our algorithms and related products across multiple platforms,” Mincone added.

MegaMatcher On Card 12 also includes support, through code samples and tutorials, for NXP® JCOP 4 smart cards with a fingerprint 1-to-1 library from Neurotechnology.

ID Week reveals London 2022 dates

ID Week reveals London 2022 dates

The organisers of Identity Week Europe, the world’s largest and most important identity event, have revealed that it is returning to the ExCeL, London next summer, 28-29 June 2022.

The organisers have also just released the 2022 sponsorship brochure – download it today to find out how you can maximize your ROI in the identity space for 2022.

The brochure lists who attends the event, content themes for 2022, Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities, and a round up of 2021 speakers & sponsors.

CBRE automated visitor registration in business centers in Russia

CBRE automated visitor registration in business centers in Russia

A visitor management solution was developed and put on stream for CBRE in Russia, the global consulting company in commercial real estate services and investments. The system of contactless ID badges without the Security Identification Office participation was implemented by LETA.

A visitor should place a passport on the scanner built into the terminal, and the Smart Engines ID scanning software automatically scans the visitor’s name and requests the application for the visitor. After a positive response, the terminal issues a pass card to enter the building. Now visitors can get a pass themselves in less than three minutes.

“For CBRE’s clients, the execution speed of any request is important, so we are focused on improving the service quality. Cooperation with LETA allowed us to implement a new convenient service. The speed of obtaining a security pass in the terminal creates comfortable and secure (which is extremely important today) conditions for visitors of business centers, and the front desk staff pays more attention to visitors instead of searching for paper applications and issuing passes,” comments Natalia Afanasova, Director of CBRE’s Real Estate Management Department.

“We are glad that our solution helped CBRE to implement its intended plans. The passport scanner was upgraded to adapt our hardware and software complex to the task, integration with the visitor application registration system was carried out. It is certainly an interesting and useful experience for us, and it allows us to take a wider view of the implementation of our products in new areas. In the future, we plan to develop and improve self-registration terminal solutions for office centers, residential complexes, public and health-care institutions,” says Alexey Bugrov, CEO of LETA.

FacePhi signs a contract with Aena

FacePhi signs a contract with Aena

FacePhi, world-leading company in digital identity verification, continues to expand the use of its technology. More precisely, the company has just signed a contract with Aena (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) after being awarded the public tender for “the supply and update of a facial biometrics solution” for its airports.  

With the signing of this contract with the world´s largest airport operator by a number of passengers, which has a network that extends throughout Spain and other countries such as the United  Kingdom -London-, Mexico and Brazil, FacePhi continues its expansion in the international airport sector. The company will be responsible for providing its digital onboarding and authentication technologies that will be applied to several passenger and employee management processes at the different Aena airports, which will be carried out exclusively with the knowledge and prior consent of the user and excluding its use for video surveillance.  

In this way, FacePhi will be in charge of providing digital solutions for the different phases that passengers go through during their experience at an airport: from registration, check-in and access to the security area or VIP lounges, to the very moment of boarding a plane. Thus, the identity verification technology applied to these processes will speed up travel procedures and improve passengers’ experience, avoiding crowding and reducing physical contact with both airport staff and other passengers, among other advantages.   

On the other hand, Aena will also extend the use of its technology to internal management and operation processes of its employees, such as carrying out maintenance, security or service activities. In this way, the safety of its workers and facilities will be reinforced as a whole, in addition to avoiding the use of paper or plastic identification cards, with the consequent environmental benefit and waste minimisation. 


The initial contract has a duration of 4 years for a total amount of approximately 1.5 million euros. 

Knopka implements Smart Engines’ technology

Knopka implements Smart Engines’ technology

Accounting outsourcing service Knopka has implemented Smart Engines technology for Russian passport recognition into its HR system. The service users now have access to the capabilities of the Smart ID Engine software product, which provides fast and secure entry of passport data, simplifying the process of hiring new employees. Knopka is an accounting outsourcing company with management accounting and legal protection for firms and organizations in Moscow and throughout Russia.

Now clients of Knopka for a new employee’s employment do not need to enter their passport data manually. The Smart Engines OCR will quickly and accurately extract data from the passport based on modern artificial intelligence technologies. Then it is automatically entered into the new employee’s account fields in Knopka’s customer HR system.

Smart Engines software products do not require any special skills from end-users. Flagship GreenOCR® technology provides high speed and accuracy scanning on scanned copies and passport photos taken from different angles and under other lighting conditions. The document in the image can be at any angle.

“Giving the user a useful hands-on experience means understanding modern standards and applying them in service development. Before using Smart Engines, customers spent up to 10 minutes entering data by hand. Now, this is not required, and the saved time can be devoted to solving the problems of your business,” said Evgeny Kobzev, co-founder of Knopka.

How biometric cards can stifle fraud concerns

How biometric cards can stifle fraud concerns

By Lina Andolf-Orup, Senior Director, Global Marketing at Fingerprint Cards

Contactless payment technology first came to the UK in September 2007. Like the rest of the world, UK consumers have grown to love the convenience of contactless, which now accounts for 57% of all in-store transactions following a 90% growth between 2019 and 2020.  

Recognizing the benefits of contactless, in March 2021, it was announced that the limit would more than double from £45 to £100 (USD 137), which took effect in October 2021. This placed the UK amongst the highest limits in the world

While the increased limit has opened the doors to more tap and go transactions, existing worries are likely to be intensified. In search of a solution, the UK can look to banks in France, Switzerland and Mexico and their launches of the biometric payment card.

Growing limits, growing worries

Initially, the £10 cap limited consumers to low-value items. However, as the years rolled by, the limits went up. From £10 to £15, then £20, £30, then £45 at the onset of the pandemic, before finally rocketing to £100 in October 2021. Compared to the early days of only being able to buy a cup of coffee and a newspaper, consumers can now use contactless for goods such as their weekly family grocery shop or a full tank of fuel. 

Yet, the UK has not escaped contactless skepticism. Even before the limit increase, 53% of UK consumers were worried about the risk of contactless fraud if their card is lost or stolen, and the new limit has not helped.  

Consumers can now spend £300 before a PIN is needed, leading the media to label contactless cards a ‘thief’s dream’. Exacerbating these concerns is research from the consumer watchdog Which? that found, in 2016, some banks were not safeguarding consumers against contactless fraud. While banks may have adopted a more robust approach since then, stories like this do nothing to calm consumers. 

It’s not just consumers who face the risk of higher losses. To help safeguard customers, the UK payments regulators expanded credit regulations, requiring banks and issuers to refund victims of contactless fraud, opening up the probability of increased losses. 

A mixed reaction to the new limit

Looking at the reaction of the UK payments and retail ecosystem, there are signs that the £100 limit has not been met with as much enthusiasm as some might have hoped. 

The industry body for UK retailers, the British Retail Consortium’s response highlighted that not all retailers plan to implement the new limit. One of the biggest concerns is the risk of higher losses from contactless walk-offs. This happens when a consumer accidentally doesn’t pay for their purchase after they fail to notice that a PIN is needed. This happens either when they have reached the limit of consecutive contactless transactions, or the cumulative contactless transaction value has been hit. While this is less of a problem at staffed checkouts, it poses a significant risk with self-service machines. 

Currently, levels of contactless fraud are relatively low – equivalent to less than 2p in every £100 in 2020. However, this is before contactless cards became a more lucrative target for criminals. Banks need to be proactive to minimize the risk of higher contactless limits to maintain trust in the technology. 

The mixed response does not do much to support clarity amongst consumers about contactless limits. For example, if a customer expects to pay £100 using a contactless card, yet the retailer has not implemented the limit, this could be met with confusion, and possibly anger, at the checkout, undermining the overall convenience of contactless.

An increasing and misplaced burden 

Following the introduction of the £100 limit, banks have adopted varied approaches to maintain trust. One method deployed by some banks is allowing customers to set their own limits, or even allow them to disable contactless entirely – a tactic that consumers seem to favor. 

Alongside putting customers in control of contactless limits, banks are reminding them to be more vigilant with their cards and to check their statements more regularly. This makes sense from the bank’s perspective; they need to act to support customers. But placing additional responsibility on customers to mitigate fraud risks can potentially derail the progress contactless technology has made to become the favorite in-store payment method. And this shouldn’t be the case. 

To ensure consumers continue to use and trust contactless technology as limits rise, banks can instead utilize the robust security and frictionless experience provided by biometrics. The success of this approach can be seen in mobile wallets, with some UK banks advising customers to explore their use following the contactless limit increase. 

Since mobile wallets require authentication for each transaction, and often use biometrics to do so, the introduction of biometrics to payment cards will bring consistency to the in-store payments experience across card and mobile – with biometrics being the authentication bridge between them.

Bringing Biometrics to Britain  

With biometric payment cards, banks, issuers, retailers and consumers can unlock the full potential that contactless brings to in-store payments. Alongside added protection reducing fraud risks and lost revenue, it provides the convenience of avoiding contactless limits – and the confusion they can bring – altogether. 

The building blocks are in place for biometric payment cards to reach mass market. Milestones such as achieving new compliance, strategic collaborations and exciting technical innovations are continually lowering market barriers. 

There is already significant interest in the UK. When UK consumers were asked if they would prefer a biometric payment card, 48% said ‘yes’, 62% would switch banks to get one, and 42% would be willing to pay extra for it. NatWest and RBS have taken an early lead by identifying the potential of biometric card technology and have undertaken pilot tests. 

Moving forward, banks and issuers need to ensure they are supporting customers by adding strong authentication to the ‘tap’ of contactless. In doing so, they can take a significant step in reducing the worries intensified by higher contactless limits. 

Learn more about the global potential of biometric payment cards by downloading our latest eBook


Idemia to reveal new security feature product at webinar

Idemia to reveal new security feature product at webinar

Idemia is unveiling a new security feature product on Thursday, November 25, 2021 · 10:00 AM (CET time).

Olivier Charlanes and Aimane Ait El Madani from IDEMIA will make a presentation on ID document fraud, a global challenge for governments, and the solution to combat it. They will then unveil IDEMIA’s latest disruptive technology based on optical variable elements. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

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Herta launches a new version of BioMarketing

Herta launches a new version of BioMarketing

Herta launches a new version of its marketing solution that now displays a control  panel with relevant information about the behavior of visitors in a business. 

The new version of BioMarketing has a Dashboard that shows real-time information on the performance of a business  and allows you to view online data on the number of visitors and their recurrence, the average dwell time or the level  of occupancy. 

The information of the new product allows to have a deeper description of the different visitor profiles, as well as to  be able to identify the ideal buyer in certain areas of interest. In addition, thanks to its statistics filter by dates, it also  allows the user to measure the impact of the seasonal campaigns carried out in each center, thus helping to maximize  the return on investment with a detailed analysis even by the hour. 

Herta is currently in the most innovative stage in its history. With more than ten years of experience in the market and  clients around the world, adapting both to the post-pandemic world and to the new needs of its ecosystem of partners  and users, strengthens the company to continue leading the field of facial recognition and artificial intelligence. 

authID.ai to be Granted US Patent

authID.ai to be Granted US Patent

authID.ai, a leading provider of secure, mobile, biometric identity authentication solutions, today announced the Company has received notification from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) that U.S. Patent No. 11182777 (“the ‘777 patent”) will be issued on November 23, 2021.

The ‘777 patent, entitled Systems and Methods Using a Primary Account Number to Represent Identity Attributes, is for a method that enables various attributes of the individual, to be securely linked to a Primary Account Number (PAN) to authenticate the user’s identity. The PAN of a user may then be used for identifying a user, without any sensitive data being released, as well as used to provide access, such as opening a door for a user, or accessing a bank account, or other payment method of the user. The PAN has become the most ubiquitous way of processing credit card and other payment transactions, which can be sent over established communications networks between banks and merchants anywhere in the world. Using this invention, identity authentication transactions can be authorized via the individual’s biometrics, such as the user’s unique facial features and routed over the same networks in the same way as payment transactions.

The identity attributes are stored in a secure, encrypted database that can be accessed when called upon during identity authentication or verification transactions. A transaction processor can then use the PAN to efficiently and securely facilitate a range of identity verification or authentication transactions. In this way, the identity attributes themselves do not have to be transferred or disclosed to the merchant and thereby exposed to potential theft.

These types of identity verification and authentication transactions which can be authorized by the individual using their biometrics may be required when, for example: using public transportation, accessing medical records, entering physical facilities, or when making payments at a point of sale to a merchant both on existing global networks as well as future platforms that may be developed.

“This patent grant validates the innovation behind authID’s proprietary solutions and is further proof of our commitment to optimizing the identity verification process and addressing the inherent problems of legacy authentication options,” said Tom Thimot, CEO of authID.ai. “This brings us one step closer to actualizing our vision of ‘payments by face,’ in which every enterprise can use cloud-based biometrics to offer its customers a more convenient, frictionless, and secure transaction experience.”

Onfido appoints new directors

Onfido appoints new directors

Onfido, the global identity verification and authentication provider, today announced the appointment of Sue Barsamian as Director and Bill Losch as Audit Chair to its board of directors. Barsamian and Losch bring over 30 years of experience to the company’s executive team, with expertise in fast-growth technology companies pioneering identity and security solutions.

A highly accomplished business executive, Barsamian has overseen rapid growth for a range of leading technology companies, including at the helm of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s 2000-person software sales and marketing team. She currently sits on the boards of three public companies: Five9, Box and NortonLifeLock. Barsamian’s track record of building and mentoring teams extends to former board roles at security company Symantec, data company Segment, and identity management platform, Auth0. Her appointment brings a wealth of expertise to Onfido as the company fulfills global demand for secure, seamless access to digital services.

Commenting on her new position, Sue Barsamian said, “Identity theft losses increased 42% in 2020 reaching $712 billion, making digital identity verification critical for enterprises. Whether you’re in financial services, retail or healthcare, verifying that an online user is legitimate and present defines customer trust and determines if you’re a leader or laggard in the digital economy. Onfido helps billion-dollar businesses enable digital access, without compromising on security or experience and I’m looking forward to supporting them scale their solutions globally.”

Bill Losch is an industry veteran who has spent almost a decade as Chief Financial Officer of Okta, a leading identity and access management company and Onfido partner. His leadership as CFO helped Okta to scale quickly from a disruptive start-up to a publicly traded technology firm which has grown to a forecasted $1 billion plus in revenue and 13,000 global customers. Losch’s previous experience at hyperscale technology companies Yahoo!, DreamWorks Animation and Druva, makes him the perfect fit for Onfido as it prepares to embark on the next phase of its growth.

“Digital identities, and how we secure them, will be the key innovation of the next decade. Onfido is building an impressive roster of solutions that is unmatched by its competitors,” Losch commented on his decision to join Onfido. “There are many partners and customers who are excited about Onfido’s trajectory as it sets the course for better identity proofing and management in an increasingly virtual world. I’m thrilled to be working closely with its leadership team as the company continues to innovate and grow.”

Mike Tuchen, Chief Executive Officer of Onfido said, “Sue and Bill are two exceptional industry leaders with specialized experience in accelerating companies into hypergrowth, which will be vital as we embark on the next stage of our expansion journey. Robust identity verification has huge untapped potential as the digital economy expands — unlocking greater global opportunities, whether through financial inclusion, accessibility or fraud prevention. I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to work with Sue and Bill.  With our enhanced leadership team, we’re in a strong position to make accessing the digital economy a safe and smooth experience for everyone.”

The appointment of Sue Barsamian and Bill Losch to the board of directors follows significant financial momentum for Onfido. The company recently announced another record-breaking quarter in Q3, with a 93% increase year-to-October in global revenue and 100% growth in annually recurring revenue. Onfido also announced the acquisition of British biometric innovator, EYN, whose industry-first acoustic liveness technology will be incorporated into Onfido’s Real Identity Platform.

IDEMIA South Africa achieves level 1 B-BBEE status

IDEMIA South Africa achieves level 1 B-BBEE status

Company said the achievement recognises the continued efforts of the company in creating opportunities for black South Africans in its employment, supply chain and contribution to the community.

As part of the action plan to improve its status to Level 1, IDEMIA now works with over 40 black-owned local suppliers. This represents over 30% of IDEMIA’s local suppliers. Within the number of black-owned suppliers, more than half are owned/run by black women. In addition, 39% of the company’s employees are black women.

Empowerment is more than statistics. To truly create more opportunities for previously disadvantaged individuals, training and education are crucial. To this end, IDEMIA offers several training programmes for its employees, including finance for non-financial managers and intermediate & advanced level courses in the Microsoft Office Suite. Other training includes courses in soft skills such as conflict management and public speaking. In 2020, IDEMIA trained over 80% of its employees on skills that have value-added to their daily course of work.

As part of the IDEMIA’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme1, IMPACT, the company is exploring initiatives with local education institutions to raise awareness of the STEMi fields, and create opportunities for students in STEM education. IDEMIA IMPACT aims to redefine sustainable business through 17 priorities, including a commitment to work on a global community program focused on education, young people and technology, under five key pillars (Communities, Environment, People, Customers/Partners/Suppliers, Ethics) by 2023. The company’s CSR achievements and ambitions are outlined here.

“As a technology company, expanding STEM education to even more children is an essential pillar of IDEMIA’s IMPACT programme,” says Jeremias. “We have been an active supporter of initiatives such as the MTN Business App of the Year, which are geared to uncovering and developing local talent. Now with the opportunity to work directly with local schools, we will be able to have a direct positive impact on enabling the expansion of the South Africa technical talent pool.”

The global leader in Augmented Identity, IDEMIA has been supporting the country’s economy with technology solutions for over two decades. Working with customers such as South Africa’s government agencies, financial institutions and mobile operators, IDEMIA has been facilitating a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space. Located in Johannesburg, IDEMIA operates a state-of-the-art personalisation center and has grown to over 200-persons strong in the country. No stranger to innovation awards, IDEMIA’s biometric technology achieved the best accuracy with and without a mask during the 2020 Biometric Technology Rally, hosted by the US Department of Homeland Securityii.

HID Global brings PKIaaS into Europe

HID Global brings PKIaaS into Europe

Increasingly European enterprises must comply with regulations for establishing local residency of data and security infrastructure. HID Global now delivers its Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as a Service (PKIaaS) with high availability and redundancy via a hybrid of data centers and cloud regions operated within the EU, enabling what it expects to be a growing number of European customers to simplify regulatory compliance.

HID Global, whose cloud-based HID PKIaaS platform delivers the industry’s broadest range of automation capabilities for managing privately issued and publicly trusted certificates.

Customers can choose for all data and cryptographic key material associated with HID Global’s PKIaaS to reside exclusively within the EU. By using multiple EU-based data centers and cloud regions, HID assures local residency without compromising high availability and redundancy.  This includes both its preconfigured service for a dedicated issuing certificate authority (CA) and its customized Private Root PKI service.

PKI is a foundational security technology that has become difficult to manage and maintain in-house without adding the cost and complexity of a dedicated, skilled staff. Outsourcing PKI solves the problem but must be accomplished without losing control of trusted assets. Local EU data residency and service redundancy further enhances this control while also making it easier for customers to comply with EU regulations.

HID has delivered local data residency and service redundancy through a combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and hosted data centers at multiple locations throughout the EU. The infrastructure is used to deliver HID’s complete PKIaaS offering, across all certificate validation systems.

The next generation in secure polycarbonate documents

The next generation in secure polycarbonate documents

The digital transformation is changing both the environment and the conditions for authenticating documents. Trained document examiners at the borders generally have less time to inspect travel documents and some others are required to detect evidence of document fraud based on images or videos captured remotely. Simultaneously, providers of mobile onboarding software solutions are challenged with the opportunity to use artificial intelligence, where machines and mobile devices equipped with software algorithms capture images and perform template matching to confirm authenticity.

It is with these trends in mind that OVD Kinegram has introduced the KINEGRAM® PCI with Full Data Protection (FDP) as an example of the next generation for data page protection in polycarbonate documents. As depicted in the generic “Bee Design” shown below, the ability to integrate the embedded Kinegram elements over a larger area in perfect optical harmony with other features such as the pre-printed patterns and images, leads to an overall document design which is intuitive and self-explanatory and hence suitable for quick and reliable human inspection. The FDP solution is suitable for both ID3 format passport data pages and ID1 format identity cards or driver’s licenses.

The optically brilliant metallized image of a bee can be seen collecting nectar from a flower in the background print design. The wings of the bee, depicted by fine metallic lines, flap as the document is tilted indicative of perfect registration between the metal and diffractive structures which is characteristic of the KINEGRAM ZERO.ZERO® technology.

Another bee which overlaps the laser-etched primary photo is prepared as a transparent image with a virtual 3D effect. The body of the bee appears to protrude from the surface. Running a finger of the image confirms that it is completely flat and non-tactile.

While this Kinegram design is ideal for human inspection, the individual security features of the Kinegram are designed to be amenable to computer vision and optical machine authentication using desk-top document readers and mobile phones.



IDEX Biometrics enables turnkey solution for Biometric Smart Card

IDEX Biometrics enables turnkey solution for Biometric Smart Card

IDEX Biometrics has announced a proprietary software platform including a biometric card operating system (COS) and applets developed in collaboration with its partners jNet ThingX Corp., a Preferred Security Partner of Infineon Technologies AG. This software platform enables a full turnkey solution for biometric smart cards, reducing the complexity of card manufacturing, accelerating time-to-market, and lowering costs.

The IDEX turnkey solution is an extension of jNet’s Javelin EMV COS, which is based on Java CardTM, the world’s most popular and open application platform used to secure smart cards. The initial software release has been optimized for use with the highly-differentiated smart card reference design jointly announced earlier this year by IDEX Biometrics and Infineon Technologies.


The tight integration of this design enables fingerprint authentication with low latency, high accuracy, and excellent power efficiency. Full biometrically-authenticated EMV transactions can be completed in approximately 500 milliseconds end to end. The platform solution enables safe and easy user enrollment, secure storage of fingerprint templates, and rapid matching, all without any biometric data ever leaving the card. The COS is fully compliant with GlobalPlatform security standards and EMV interoperability requirements.

Card manufacturers leveraging IDEX’s turnkey solution can benefit from reduced time-to-market by six to nine months, while significantly cutting development and certification costs. The complete solution includes the hardware reference design including a proprietary passive inlay, a new COS, a suite of financial applets and a proprietary matching algorithm, deployed on Infineon’s latest secure element SLC38BML800 and accelerated by our proprietary TrustedBio ASIC. Fingerprint authentication is provided by IDEX Biometrics’ TrustedBioâ solution, which incorporates a fingerprint sensor, biometric functions, power management, and encrypted communications into a single module.

Vince Graziani, Chief Executive of IDEX Biometrics, adds, “This advanced software platform unlocks the differentiated performance of the IDEX Biometrics – Infineon collaboration. As a Preferred Security Partner to Infineon, jNet ThingX has experience with multiple generations of Infineon security devices making them the perfect development partner for our new software offering. This turnkey solution enables customers to quickly deploy fingerprint payment cards with industry-leading performance.”

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Biometric touchpoints in airports to increase 320%

Biometric touchpoints in airports to increase 320%

A new report predicts the number of biometrically-enabled passenger touchpoints in airports will rise to almost 51,000 by 2030 – up from 12,079 at the end of 2020. This shift will be driven by airlines and airport operators working to modernise the sector, improve operational efficiency and reassure travellers of COVID-safety measures. The study, published in September after more than 12 months of research, comes from Valour Consultancy, an award-winning provider of market intelligence services to the aviation community, and P.A.ID Strategies, an expert in payments, authentication, identity, security, and connectivity technologies.

Despite ongoing disruption and uncertainty impacting the aviation industry, the market for self-service and automated passenger-facing touchpoints in airports has continued to grow. Biometric integration into these touchpoints is set to gather pace, hastening the transition towards the long-promised seamless passenger journey. “While many installations in 2020 were part of projects initiated pre-COVID, growth towards the end of the year was aided by airports and airlines investing to encourage travellers back and provide safety reassurance” said report co-author, Craig Foster.

John Devlin, who authored the report alongside Foster, went on to highlight differences in the adoption of biometrics by touchpoint. “Most of us will be familiar with a biometric face scan when we use automated border control (ABC) eGates and this kind of technology will increasingly be found in check-in kiosks, self-bag drop machines and other eGates going forward. The self-boarding gate market looks particularly promising with vendors attracted by high volumes, while airlines and airports can realise efficiency gains, reduce turn time, and redeploy staff to focus on travellers in most need of assistance. Further, growing use within a border control context will help push biometric penetration in self-boarding gates to 78% by 2030. Meanwhile, next year’s deadline for the EU’s Entry-Exit System is boosting installation of immigration kiosks and smart border infrastructure and platforms.”

The report also reveals how self-bag drop is expected to be one of the most lucrative touchpoints, generating $502 million in revenues over the 10-year forecast period. Integration of biometrics into this touchpoint is currently quite low at 14% but is set to grow rapidly over the next few years. “There exists a sizeable installed base of non-biometric units in certain key markets like Europe, many of which will be upgraded to include biometrics as privacy concerns are overcome and stakeholders look to further improve passenger processing times” explained Foster. “In the USA, TSA regulations stating that passenger identity must be verified by an agent and linked to checked luggage are being relaxed, adding further impetus to biometric integration” he concluded.

Aside from how smart, biometrically-enabled touchpoints can free up existing airport space to be used in more flexible layouts and generally enhance the passenger experience, the report delves deeply into various other elements of the business case for these technologies. This includes how airlines and airport operators can benefit from the development of new business and operational models on a reduced budget and workforce. The study also considers how self-service and automation technology has the potential to dramatically increase ancillary revenues on-site, off-site and even in the air.

Background information

The Seamless Passenger Journey in Smart Airports” is a new report from Valour Consultancy and P.A.ID Strategies. Developed with input from more than 40 companies across the value chain, the study includes 224 tables and charts showing the installed base, annual installations and associated revenues for biometric and non-biometric equipment in different regions and at different passenger touchpoints. This includes check-in, bag drop, pre-security, lounge, boarding gate, immigration and customs. The report also features extensive commentary on key market issues, technology trends and the competitive environment. For a full table of contents and report scope, visit: https://valourconsultancy.com/airports/passenger-journey/

Totm Technologies to be included in MSCI Singapore Micro Cap Index

Totm Technologies to be included in MSCI Singapore Micro Cap Index

Totm Technologies Limited (“Totm Technologies” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the “Group”) is pleased to announce that Totm Technologies will be included in the MSCI Singapore Micro Cap Index at the start of trading on 1 December 2021.


The MSCI Singapore Micro Cap Index is designed to measure the performance of the micro cap segment of the Singapore market. With 195 constituents, the index represents approximately US$12.7 billion of the free float market capitalisation of the Singapore equity universe1 . The index is based on the MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes (GIMI) Methodology — a comprehensive and consistent approach to index construction that allows for meaningful global views and cross regional comparisons across all market capitalization size, sector and style segments and combinations. This methodology aims to provide exhaustive coverage of the relevant investment opportunity set with a strong emphasis on index liquidity, investability and replicability.

Mr Pierre Prunier, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of Totm Technologies, said, “We are looking forward to the inclusion of the Company in the index as this is a key milestone that will enhance Totm Technologies’ trading liquidity and increase its visibility among global investors. We endeavour to step up our engagement with the investment community and promote Totm Technologies’ value proposition as a leading expert in Identity Management Solutions, especially in the space of Digital On-boarding and Digital ID. In the post-COVID-19 scenario, the global digital identity solutions market size is projected to grow from US$23.3 billion in 2021 to US$49.5 billion by 2026, representing a CAGR of 16.2% from 2021 to 20262 and the Group is poised to tap on this favourable trend.”

Stage set for Identity Week Asia

Stage set for Identity Week Asia

More high-profile speakers have been confirmed for Identity Week Asia, which is taking place virtually next week.

Ricarte Abejuela, Consul, Consulate General of the Philippines in New York will be taking part, as will Alok Agrawal, who is heading Gojek’s Identity product to build digital identity for consumers, drivers and merchants in the Gojek ecosystem.

Identity Week Asia will provide a central meeting point in Asia for anyone involved in authenticating human identity, whether via a secure credential, biometric, or digital identity solutions.

Governments, airlines, financial institutions, law enforcers, healthcare professionals and major corporations across the region are making Identity Week Asia central to their plans.

Dominic Chan, Director, National Digital Identity, GovTech Singapore is also speaking at the event and Nelson Goncalves, Identity Management and Biometrics Officer, International Organization for Migration, is taking part.

For more details of the agenda and to get your free virtual ass, see here.