Travel-related biometric applications, for passport issuance and airports in particular, have resurfaced, with Zwipe’s partnership for airport security in Germany, and the launch of self-service kiosks in South Africa among examples of Biometric updateis the most read this week. Pangea won a biometric voter registry contract, and Yoti’s age estimation technology for retail self-checkout is getting a facelift. CEO interviews with Clearview and Incognia also made headlines.
Top biometric news of the week
According to the site owner, PimEyes is only meant to be used by people to search themselves, or others with their consent, on the web using facial recognition, and an image removal feature is available. However, the potential for abuse of the site and the difficulty of removing images is recounted by one user. Token CEO John Gunn said the situation “begs government intervention”.
Self-service kiosks for issuing passports and other identity documents, including capturing ICAO-compliant photos for biometric matching, are being launched in South Africa to improve their availability. The kiosks, which appear to be made by partners including NEC XON, can perform biometric authentication and issue birth, marriage and death certificates, and are slated for deployment in malls across the country.
Biometric passports and driving licenses are made locally in Turkey as the government works on chip shortage issues, while G+D says Danish passports from Veridos will be delivered on time. Suriname has passed legislation to join the ranks of countries with biometric passports, BLS International has won a visa issuance contract for German visas issued in the United States and Mexico, and Israel is canceling the fingerprint requirement for passports.
Details of the “[email protected]” project have been revealed, with Zwipe providing fingerprint access card technology for airport staff. Meanwhile in the US, Simplified Arrival has been rolled out to all international airports to screen all foreigners entering the country with biometrics, and Idemia is bringing TSA PreCheck to Nashville. Canada’s busiest airport, meanwhile, needs more biometrics to cope with the surge in passengers.
The UK continues to innovate in age verification, with Yoti’s technology being rolled out for cinemas and its use continuing until June in supermarket self-checkouts. The Proof of Age Standards Program wants to add smartphone-based age verification methods and will be ready as soon as the industry figures out how to ensure universal acceptance of digital credentials.
Market analysis indicates that the issuance of digital ID cards rebounded last year, following a pandemic-induced slowdown, and will increase modestly this year. The United Arab Emirates is expanding the use of its ID cards, while Guatemala plans to issue nearly 400,000 cards this year and Jamaica has introduced its new card design.
Pangea has been selected to provide the biometric technology behind Jamaica’s incoming voter register, under a five-year contract for an unspecified dollar amount. The company will supply, install and configure an integrated centralized system, commission a multimodal ABIS and integrate new technologies with existing systems.
The recent tsunami of biometric data privacy lawsuits in Illinois over employee time and attendance systems has given way to a wider variety of defendants, with a trio of consumer apps as the latest example. Kodak kiosks for passport photos meeting ICAO biometric standards for passports at CVS pharmacies sparked a complaint, as did Estée Lauder’s virtual fitting services and L’Oréal’s Photos app and Microsoft.
Report compares China’s swift action on AI regulation and the slower, more methodical approach the European Union is taking, just as a first assessment is published by the AI Research Task Force of the US government. The NAIRR assessment finds that AI development resources need to be more widely accessible outside of a few companies and universities.
Payments authenticated with mobile biometrics will reach $1.2 trillion over the next five years, according to Juniper Research. A market report predicts that EU PSD2 regulations and digital payment solutions from phone makers like Apple Pay will drive the market.
Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That discusses the genesis of the company, the pivot to commercial biometric services, and the new focus on developers like Stripe and Twilio in an interview with Biometric update. The company considered physical access control and other applications before realizing that the database it used to train its algorithm could be packaged for law enforcement.
Incognia CEO Andre Ferraz explains his company’s new focus on mobile location authentication as it plans how to allocate the $15.5 million it raised in a funding round of A-series. Along with behavioral and on-device biometrics and device fingerprinting, the technology is part of an ideal authentication stack, according to Ferraz.
IDPro is sending two people to the upcoming Identiverse 2022 in Denver, Colorado later this month to expand the audience. Candidates for the “Diversity and Inclusion Packages” must answer a series of questions before June 7.
Honorlock is the latest remote monitoring company to come under fire for using biometrics in a way that proves to be unreliable but too heavily relied upon, writes The New York Times. A Times test of Amazon Rekognition, used by Honorlock, inspires no confidence, and ProctorU has already abandoned its AI-only product as faith in the premise of automated detection of academic dishonesty loses its luster .
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