Working towards a ‘mark, number or name’ for confirmation or verification of buying and selling and ‘social inclusivity;’ Scope of biometrics uses on the market keeps growing.
Aug 23, 2020 | Chris Burt. Biometric Update
The top stories in biometrics, AI and the digital identity landscape this week were united in their different sectors and use cases. From controlling access to restricted and dangerous substances, to understanding what soldiers are saying, from payments to national ID, and from safe reopening of schools and workplaces to touchless airport processes, the market is abuzz.
Pilots of opioid dispensation machines with Fujitsu’s palm vein biometric technology are rolling out across Canada to support harm reduction strategies, in one of the most-read articles of the week on Biometric Update. The company providing the machines, Dispension Industries, is receiving financial support from the Canadian government.
The U.S. Army is working on adapting speech recognition for real world environments, complete with reverberations, background noise and colloquialisms, or colorful language. The Joint Understanding and Dialogue Interface (JUDI) capability will allow soldiers to have more conversational interactions with autonomous systems like mobile robots, and ultimately carry out missions more effectively and safely.
Google is working on expanding biometric payments to desktop Chrome users through WebAuthn, which it thinks can get around the high user friction that has previously prevented upfront authentication. As an alternative to 3DS authentication, the method could improve user privacy.
Low-power biometric systems that extend the optimization work done for smartphone integration are also expected to play a key role in payment cards, as a Fingerprint Cards blog post explains.
Nigeria is continuing to step up its national identification systems, and a government committee recommends the country’s biometric records be solely managed by its National Identity Management Commission, in part to minimize the number of sensitive records held by other agencies. After some confusion, it turns out physical ID cards are remaining part of NIMC’s NIN system. Elsewhere in Africa, border controls and of course Ghana’s electoral register made headlines. Biometric identity cards are also being launched in Cyprus and Morocco, while India is planning for a digital health card.
The extent to which digital ID has enabled financial inclusion in Argentina is contextualized and examined in a guest post by Yoti Digital Identity Fellow Paz Bernaldo. The importance of the details, in implementation and communication, is clear.
Digital ID can help get financial and other forms of support to vulnerable people effectively, but it is no silver bullet, World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships Mari Elka Pangestu writes in a blog post. Digital ID needs to be implemented in conjunction with access to digital infrastructure, digital payments, and data governance. Pangestu argues that as countries think about “build back better,” they can transform many lives by building digital ID systems that maximize privacy, inclusion, and trust.
Combinations of biometrics and body temperature scanning continue to reach the market, with CyberLink, Princeton Identity, and OneScreen launching solutions. Schools are starting to implement them too, with Remark Holdings devices going into operation at a Las Vegas school. DHS S&T, meanwhile, is looking into temperature screening technologies for first responders.
BIO-key continues to rapidly sign up colleges for its PortalGuard IAM, meanwhile. The deployments do not seem to involve BIO-key’s traditional core fingerprint technologies, but Centrify sees biometric authentication for remote work increasing, and remote learning and educational resources access seems a short step removed.
The aviation technology market seems to be increasing activity, with NEC announcing it is using Red Hat’s Kubernetes-based container platform as the infrastructure for its One ID implementation at Narita Airport, Travizory raising money, and SITA’s Smart Path going online in Beijing. An Idemia executive shares examples of airports showing vision in touchless end-to-end experiences, and Clear kiosks have been deployed at Nashville International, and the race to make processes touchless is on.
Venuetize, which recently raised over $2 million to bring contactless biometrics to sports and live events, is six.
The SenseTime IPO is on again, at least for now, according to reports, and could be worth $8.5 billion. The latest rumor is a dual listing in Hong Kong and China’s mainland, which would test the extent of the firm’s inclusion on the U.S.’ Entity List if it comes off.
The Security Industry Association’s new principles have already been violated by some of the organization’s member companies, OneZero accuses. The article cites NEC’s work on live facial recognition with UK police, and the involvement of Dahua and Hikvision in repression of China’s Uighur minority, as well as alleged villainy by Clearview AI and law enforcement customers of the technology in the U.S. The article brings to mind the question former member of European Parliament and Stanford University Cyber Policy Center International Policy Director Marietje Schaake is reported by The New Yorker to have asked at a conference last October: How do we make sure ethical commitments are meaningful and enforceable, rather than window dressing?
Dahua and Hikvision’s cameras are no longer allowed on U.S. universities, since they count as federal contractors, with NDAA sanctions coming into effect this week. Between allowances based on risk, and self-certification for compliance, there may be little change, despite the company’s holding a market share of nearly 40 percent. On the other hand, Clearview picked up a contract with ICE earlier this month.
The limited understanding of operators, media, and lawmakers is hindering the best practices, policies and oversight needed to strike the right balance on facial recognition, Mitre says in a report which it draws from its practical experience with the technology.
The third entry in an interesting four-part series from One World Identity examines the regional approach to digital identity being taken by the European Union with the revocation of the Privacy Shield agreement with the U.S. That move was part of a longer-term split with the U.S. on regulation of the tech industry.
The $650 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit alleging privacy violations with face biometrics by Facebook has been approved. Biometric data privacy attorney David Oberly of Blank Rome explains the significance in a guest post.
CyberLink CEO Dr. Hau Juang recently joined Yahoo Finance to talk about the role technologies like contactless biometrics, mask detection and temperature scanning can play in safe work and public environments, especially with the right regulations in place.
Endeavor Jordan interviews IrisGuard Founder Imad Malhas about the impact of COVID-19 on the company and the world, and his advice for entrepreneurs. Malhas says sweat and sleepless nights are part of being an entrepreneur at all times, not just amidst a global crisis, which he predicts will be largely forgotten in three years.
In His Service,
Night Watchman Ministries
Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.