It’s no surprise that biometrics for air travel and border controls feature in many of the most read articles on Biometric update During the week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, one of the biggest travel weekends of each year. A biometric passport contract won by HID Global, initiatives from FacePhi, SITA and a Vision-Box partner, and a guest article by a Thales expert on what passengers can expect give a perspective on the market current. Elsewhere, Idemia provides projects for Australia and Mississippi, Yoti’s new series on humanitarian projects and business changes at SenseTime (to publicly traded stocks) and Fingerprint Cards (with two new subsidiaries) round out a week loaded.
Top biometric news of the week
Yoti kicked off a six-part series on humanitarian digital identity projects with an article by Social Purpose chief Ken Banks on a food and cash ration management system in Mozambique. The large number of people in the IDP camps poses a challenge, and Yoti offers a solution involving an offline fingerprint database.
Idemia won a contract to supply biometric fingerprint software for the Australian High Commission in Paris to support law enforcement checks, while Idemia I&S NA was found to be a technology provider for the Mississippi Mobile Driver’s License, which is now available as an optional digital ID.
HID Global is providing the technology for the new biometric passport application process in Ireland under a $ 16.5 million contract through its local affiliate. The company provides the administrative processing system and the system of registration of passport applications and registration of foreign births.
Biometric solutions and applications for air transport continue to advance, with FacePhi selected to supply a Spanish airport operator and a trial involving the launch of SITA technology in Taiwan. The facial recognition capability of AirAsia’s Super App, developed with Vision-Box, is being rolled out to new airports and, in a Brazilian trial, has been extended to a new group of users, and apparently more providers of technology.
Thales digital ID expert Neville Pattinson returns with an article about the changes travelers are starting to see at airports in the United States and around the world. These changes include contactless processes through a biometric token and a mobile app that allows the traveler to control it.
Frontex carried out a pair of pilot projects for the EU entry / exit system. The agency has tested self-service kiosks, seamless travel lanes and mobile devices as methods of capturing biometric data at the Bulgarian border with Turkey and the Spanish border with Gibraltar.
SenseTime has taken one of the final steps ahead of a potentially $ 2 billion IPO, with regulatory approval for a Hong Kong listing. Having already overcome a series of delays, the company appears to be in a race against the effective date of mandatory national security reviews for Hong Kong listings by companies based in mainland China.
Fingerprint Cards divides its activities between two new entities and brings them closer to their respective target markets. Fingerprint Technology Company (FPC) will manage the part of the company that manufactures sensors for mobile phones and PCs and will be based in Shanghai, while Fingerprint Cards Switzerland will manage biometric payment cards.
An EAB workshop on facial image quality, organized with the help of international standards, American and European groups, was held earlier this month. The three-day event featured presentations and panel discussions by some of the leading facial recognition experts from the public and private sectors, ranging from the algorithms to be used to how international standards should be developed.
Effective authentication of digital identities requires assuming a certain degree of complexity, due to the various procedures, infrastructures, data sources and risk profiles encountered, writes Trulioo’s COO Zac Cohen in a report. Biometric update Guest post. A single digital identity network, perhaps using a self-sovereign model, could streamline the process, suggests Cohen.
ID4Africa, the first in a series of three, took a close look at failures in the digital ID system and cases of exclusion. Research ICT Africa, the Center for Internet and Society, the Maryland Test Facility, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Unwanted Witness were among the groups that contributed to the reflection.
ID4Africa is also looking for speakers to contribute to its upcoming live broadcast on mobile technologies supporting inclusive digital identity for development. The February 16, 2022 event will explore how basic or multifunction phones can be used to advance digital ID in developing countries, and qualified experts, thought leaders and practitioners from relevant sectors are invited to apply to participate by January 10.
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