New Entrants Join the Biometrics Market as Established Players Diversify

New biometric projects and innovations like Akiyama Group’s Natosafe baby biometrics system, Tata’s Indian passports and access control newcomer Fuse Identities have been making headlines this week on Biometric update. Totm has a new strategic deal to expand its market reach, which could lead to a new joint venture, Socure’s Matt Thompson discusses pursuing the US government market.

Top biometric news of the week

One of the most impressive innovations for shared digital identity at ID4Africa 2022 was Natosafe by Akiyama Group. Partner Integrated Biometrics is linking mother fingerprints with infant fingerprint biometrics to improve the quality of birth registration in Brazil, and could help address one of the key remaining challenges in providing a birth card. identity for all.

This same challenge of increasing birth registration rates also includes motivating parents to engage in the process wherever they live, and the suggestion of requiring birth certificates for school registration. was among the notable suggestions heard during a live presentation of highlights from the ID4Africa 2022 dialogue. Workshops on digital public infrastructure and border control were also discussed in depth during the second online part of ID4Africa’s Annual General Meeting.

A UN report on how social protection programs may not be reaching their recipients blames the digital identity requirement in part for systems that are not universally accessible. Uganda is presented as an example of a system that is both compulsory and very exclusive.

Senegal’s national digital ID project has begun, with the intention of having it in place for universal access to government and private sector services by 2024. Finland is preparing legislation to form the basis of its own digital identity system. The Cayman Islands, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the Philippines are also updating their identity systems, or trying to do so.

The new Indian biometric passports provided by Tata could still be issued before the end of the year, according to the latest reports. They were originally supposed to be ready in 2021, but the process of updating all 93 seva kendras across the country is still ongoing.

Several companies have come together to form a joint venture specializing in biometric access control technologies, called Fuse Identities. The founders include people involved in the creation of Zwipe cards and fingerprints, and Fuse is already supplying biometric access control cards to a European government institution.

The head of US communications regulator the FCC has called on Apple and Google to remove social media platform TikTok from their app stores. Commissioner Brendan Carr said the company had recovered a wide range of user data, including keyboard scans and biometric IDs, and referenced reports that said this data had been accessed by the Chinese government.

Socure SVP of Public Sector Products Matt Thompson says Biometric update in an interview, that risk-based predictive analytics can be used instead of facial recognition to effectively protect government programs against widespread fraud. The company is currently focused on state government contracts, Thompson says, to deliver a vision of ID as critical infrastructure.

Socure Founder and CEO, Johnny Ayers, meanwhile, was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year 2022” winner in recognition of the company’s successes in identity verification and fraud reduction. , the company announced.

Totm Technologies has entered into a strategic agreement with artificial intelligence provider Presight to bring KYC, liveness detection and age classification technologies, as well as contactless biometrics, to customers in the Middle East regions, from North Africa and Southeast Asia. CEO Pierre Prunier says Biometric update that although Presight is a young company, it is “unprecedented” in cloud and big data analytics in the region.

The palm biometric algorithms used for cashierless shopping with Amazon One were trained with huge volumes of synthetic data. The company’s retail biometric systems and choice of biometric modality were explained in detail by Vice President Dilip Kumar at the company’s recent re:MARS 2022 event.

Meanwhile, at Identiverse 2022, two major tech companies looking for new paths in the digital identity space, Microsoft and Avast, were among attendees focusing on verifiable credentials and self-identity. -sovereign.

Please let us know of any interviews, podcasts or other content we should share with the biometrics folks and broader digital ID community in the comments below or through social media, and we wish you a good long weekend to our readers in Canada and the United States.

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