National identity systems still functioning, market for investments in biometrics is strong

The government’s digital ID efforts and investments in biometric technology made up most of the main stories on last week’s biometric update. Plans to accelerate the deployment of PhilSys in the Philippines, the adoption of the mobile driver’s license in the United States, even if the implementation of REAL ID is again delayed, and the need for biometric passports to include Trustworthy facial images grabbed the headlines. Meanwhile, Paravision’s facial recognition will be integrated by HID Global, one of its latest investors, NEC has developed an artificial intelligence engine to speed up biometric matching, and NEC of America has launched a new subsidiary.

Top biometric news of the week

Records for the national digital identity PhilSys have been granted an essential service exemption from the country’s movement restrictions due to COVID-19, as the government tries to speed up the program. The efforts also include a larger-scale online system, which handles check-in through biometric enrollment, as the website has been plagued by performance issues.

The smart home tech market is expected to be worth more than $ 70 billion in five years, and biometric locks could play an important role in the expected growth, as explained in a recent webcast and blog post on smart cards. ‘fingerprints. Insurance brokers are starting to encourage smart locks, and biometric locks can already help people save money, Bankrate research shows.

Mobile driver’s licenses are coming to more US states and could reach eight by early 2022, and they can do a growing number of things with the acceptance of a growing number of agencies. They’re going live faster than REAL ID, whose deadline has been pushed back again, now through 2023.

According to a Secure Identity Alliance report, trusted travel documents are too often named after them, and that includes biometric passports. Altered images, including face morphologies, are all too common, and between under-trained border staff and too many false positives, there are several areas that countries can address to improve their border security.

The implications of digital transformation and convergence for proof of identity are examined in a blog post by Onfido VP of Design Mark Opland with reference to Locksmith Paradox. He argues that “strategically structured frictions,” based on a deep understanding of customer expectations and perceptions, can actually benefit users and businesses who need to know who they are.

The biometrics industry is still figuring out what to do about face theft, something Innovatrics CEO and CTO Jan Lunter describes in an editorial for BetaNews as a shift from verifying identity to verifying humanity. Lunter claims that active vividness checks cause enrollment dropout 20-30% of the time, while passive vividness detection requires innovation all the way to collecting images for ensemble formation. of data.

Paravision’s impressive $ 23 million funding round is intrigued by the inclusion of biometric systems integrator and established partner HID Global among its investors. The company plans to invest money in technology development and partner teams as it expands the global reach of its facial recognition technology.

the Tekuni The newsletter features a review of facial recognition in Japan through an interview with Nauman Mustafa, Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Autify. Mustafa talks about the use of facial biometrics for contactless airport processes, the risks the technology can pose due to biased performance, and the need to educate the public to inform decisions in society as its growing use will increase.

Digital health pass deployments are progressing in France and the UK, but there are concerns about uncertainty around what they will be needed for and how they will ensure trust. At the same time, a partnership between Mastercard and Cassava will see the Africa CDC Travel Pass integrated with Mastercard’s Community Pass platform to extend its reach.

Global aviation is slowly ramping up operations, and advice from the G20 to help the process includes increasing the use of biometrics and contactless technologies. Jumio also emphasizes the value of biometrics and online identity verification, while a trial of the Aruba Health App with SITA and the extension of Israel’s Green Pass seems to indicate a trend general to digital health passes.

The in-depth review of digital health passes in its various forms and permutations by the recently completed ID4Africa, with 20 different experts sharing information on everything from stacks of centralized ledger-based health records to verifiable credentials. the ways in which self-sovereign identity can be used to prove health. status. The second part examined national initiatives, the Good Health Pass initiative and innovative technologies, highlighting the need for a reliable offline authentication method. Part three looked at the chain of trust for health testing or vaccination, from the event to the use of a supporting document that proves it happened, with a CEO roundtable, presentation on the EU Green Pass and a segment on the reallocation of proven technologies.

Interest in using biometrics and other new methods to authenticate payments is high among Africans, according to a new study from Mastercard. More people expect to use QR codes over the next year, but 42% plan to use biometrics, just as the business environment appears to be improving for digital startups in Nigeria.

NEC has developed an artificial intelligence engine that it claims can speed up facial recognition and other applications where real-time analysis of time series data is involved up to 20 times. Neuroscience-inspired innovation doesn’t degrade accuracy, the company says, using a confidence threshold to get results faster.

The US government’s demand for biometrics and other advanced technologies prompted the launch of NEC America’s new subsidiary, NEC National Security Systems, which will be headed by Benji Hutchinson. The new company is expected to enter into a special security deal with the government and achieve top-secret facility clearance level to support its federal customers, and notes its parent company’s legacy of investing in technology R&D.

SITA was started by the airline industry 25 years ago in preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and the company is celebrating its anniversary by hosting its own Olympic Games to raise funds for the COVAX initiative. From the early development of the electronic travel authorization system to pioneering biometric kiosks, SITA is reviewing its work help 60 governments control their borders.

The EmotiBit biometric wearable, which can provide insight into the wearer’s emotions, as well as physiological traits and movement, according to its inventors, ended its crowdfunding campaign with $ 118,692 in pledges, crushing its Kickstarter goal of $ 15,000. If the enthusiasm of the crowdfunding community is any indication, we’ll be hearing more about this project soon. The estimated delivery date for Pledge Rewards is February 2022.

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