Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
5G + Biometric Facial / Hand Scanning + Digital / Cashless Transactions + Mark of Approval / Authorization = Tomorrow’s Economy (2020)
Biometric scanning used for migrant/border control, secure identity verification and approval, government benefits, domestic and international travel security, economic inclusion of everyone, buying/selling transactions and fund transfers, instantaneous speed of transaction and convenience, VAT/taxation collection, mobility, social credit score and ranking, population movement and tracking, monitoring political and religious ‘extremism’ (terrorists). ‘Mark, number or name’ for verification and approval.
World Events Happening During Feast of Trumpets. ‘The Coming Mark, Number or Name,’ in order to buy and sell and travel and re-enter the workforce. Touchless biometric identification and authentication for resumption of work, shopping and travel
Sep 19, 2020 | Chris Burt Biometric Update
From retail biometric systems to health certification based on facial recognition for touchless traveler processing in airports, the contactless systems for economic reopening are the through-line for many of the top stories in the digital identity ecosystem this week. New workforce management products from Iris ID and Nymi, a biometric payment card partnership formed by Zwipe and a Mastercard executives’ take on the progress towards a cashless society show the speed of the shift towards remote identification and authentication.
Members of U.S. Congress from both parties have come together to advance a new bill to start working on interoperable digital ID that people can use for interactions with the government. A task force, standards creation by NIST, and grants through DHS would help improve digital identity in the country.
Retailers are deploying biometrics to help safely resume business and compete with ecommerce vendors. New solutions developed by QNAP and Kabn, each stemming from partnerships, provide facial recognition for retail signage and digital ID check-ins, respectively, while emotion analysis provider Entropik Tech has raised $8 million in funding and NEC has launched a proof of concept of a retail analytics system in Indonesia.
The latest in a series of patent filings from Fingerprint Cards published in the U.S. shows the company has been working on a way to improve the biometric performance of fingerprint systems in consumer electronics. The image-enhancement technique involves multiple images and low-pass filters.
Biometric devices storing all user data locally will make up locks and other parts of the smart homes, providing some assurance of data privacy to the many consumers for whom concerns on the topic are a barrier to adoption, Fingerprint Cards argues in an article on its website.
A partnership with Nvidia and Convergint Technologies have led Chooch AI to a breakthrough in edge AI response speed, and Co-founder and CEO Emrah Gultelkin says in an interview with Biometric Update that a lot of early developer interest in edge inferencing is related to facial recognition and biometric liveness.
Vision-Box biometrics will be used to screen passengers arriving at the Winnipeg airport through the NEXUS program, and airports in Malaysia and India have announced plans to deploy similar technology to cut down on physically close interactions between travellers and staff. Facial recognition is also part of a newly-accredited health safety program at Hong Kong airport, and residents of all 50 states can now get REAL ID-compliant drivers’ licenses, meaning they can use them for domestic commercial air travel.
Lawsuits over the use of images in a training dataset to reduce demographic disparity in facial recognition accuracy against Amazon and Microsoft should be thrown out, the companies argue, as they neither collected the biometric data from state residents, nor used it in-state. Related cases have been brought against IBM and Google.
Data privacy law expert David Oberly of Blank Rome LLP explains in a Biometric Update guest post how companies can avoid being targeted by biometric privacy lawsuits. Oberly breaks down the legal landscape and provides a list of compliance tips for BU readers.
Brandeis University’s student newspaper is calling for post-secondary institutions to condemn the use of remote proctoring services, many of which use biometrics, arguing that they “violate student privacy and exacerbate existing systems of oppression.” Part of the reasoning is “the especially problematic role of facial recognition,” with reference to a quote adding transphobia to allegations of the algorithms’ racism and sexism. Brandeis is not using remote proctoring, due to a review finding privacy concerns.
Facial biometrics are increasing in popularity as part of access control and other systems for residential buildings and communities, and as companies like Amazon enter the market, StoneLock GM Yanik Brunet tells Biometric Update the effectiveness of his company’s ‘faceless’ biometrics regardless of user attributes, along with its privacy protections, make StoneLock the leading choice for touchless authentication.
The promise of quantum computing also contains major potential risk for encrypted sensitive data stored in centralized databases to be cracked, Valid Director of Identity Programs Kevin Freiburger writes in another guest post. To maintain data and account security, businesses will need to become a little more sophisticated in their data storage practices, and implement biometrics.
Ecuador is rolling out its new biometric passports in line with ICAO requirements, which enable Ecuadorians free access to the EU Schengen area. Half a world away, Belgium is also launching physical ID documents with biometrics, as its new national ID cards will include color photos and fingerprint data to meet regional standards for the credentials.
MIT Technology Review’s Deep Tech podcast examines what it sees as the backsliding of Brazil from an emerging leader online rights and data governance into techno-authoritarianism. Government databases have been consolidated to centralize vast troves of citizen data, including face and voice biometrics, journalist Richard Kemeny says, and facial recognition systems brought in during the World Cup and Olympics have become part of the normal police apparatus, but a new data law is on track to take affect this year.
Zwipe is continuing to partner up with players in different elements of payment card manufacturing and production, new leadership appointments at Idemia NSS, Alcatraz, Signicat and Behavox, and a Mastercard executive’s take on the momentum towards cashless societies were also among the most widely read stories in the industry this week.
Nymi has added worker tracking capabilities to its enterprise wearable to help companies in a wide range of industries operate contact tracing and social distancing enforcement programs. CEO Chris Sullivan told Biometric Update in an email interview that the company is looking to expand its market to help businesses outside its core customer bases in pharmaceuticals, medical device manufacturing and financial services.
Iris ID explains its new approach to biometric workforce management with the launch of the IrisTime platform and a new device for multi-biometric fusion in a brand focus article. The flexible and open platform makes it easy to integrate for ISVs and enterprises, the company says.
Algorithmic policing, what it means and whether it works has been investigated by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, and Cynthia Khoo, co-author of its report “To Surveil and Protect: A Human Rights Analysis of Algorithmic Policing in Canada” joins Toronto Star podcast This Matters. The report finds that predictive algorithms are used less in Canada than the U.S., and that transparency around both predictive and surveillance technologies is lacking.
A blog post from Thales delves into identity and its importance, tracing the modern concept back to a conceptual borrowing from mathematics by French mathematician and philosopher Nicolas de Condorcet. The need for inclusive identity systems has been magnified with more interactions occurring remotely and more people than ever relying on government assistance, the post argues.
AI ethics groups considering bias against traditionally underrepresented groups, fairness and other challenges for the field tend to look the same as each other, and as many of the world’s more powerful boards and committees, MIT Technology Review writes. This raises the likelihood that the visions they put forward will be less global than North America and Northwestern Europe-centric, a possibility the Montreal AI Ethics Institute is working to avoid.
Orange Business Services VP for Middle East and Africa Sahem Azzam writes about the importance of digital identity to smart cities for ITP.net. Smart cities of the future could be home to 70 percent of the world’s people by 2050, and multichannel communication with citizens based on digital ID will be necessary, according to Azzam.
Entrust Datacard is now just Entrust, after rebranding to reflect the continued emphasis on trust in its business, even as cards are in many cases replaced by digital interactions. CEO Todd Wilkinson says in the company’s rebrand overview that Entrust will also have a new mindset to go with its shorter name.
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.