Biometric Scanning

The ‘New Normal,’ Paying with your Face or Hand or Number; Biometrics innovation and investment on the rise, government digital ID drive continues

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.

The ‘New Normal,’ Paying with your Face or Hand or Number; Biometrics innovation and investment on the rise, government digital ID drive continues

Oct 4, 2020 | Chris Burt Biometrics Update

Innovations in biometric technology and government digital ID are the twin themes of the week’s top biometrics news. A new contactless biometric device from a tech giant with a ready base of deployment opportunities, research into finger vein biometrics, and a prototype of a combined face and voice recognition payment system for automobiles made headlines, while a major contract win by Smartmatic and investments in facial recognition and liveness for online services by Australia’s government show continued digital identity momentum in different contexts.

Government programs involving biometrics and national digital ID in Australia, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Pakistan, Kurdistan, and Kyrgyzstan have all moved forward, with millions of IDs issued and hundreds of millions in investment. The news is hopeful for financial inclusion, birth registration and fair elections.

Amazon has developed a palmprint biometric device for contactless payments at retailers and physical access control. The Amazon One will be deployed to a couple of Amazon Go stores to start with, and the company says it is in talks with potential customers.

Finger vein biometrics are already in use, but a new method for capturing them with photo-acoustic tomography is detailed in a research paper published by Applied Optics. The method was promisingly accurate in early testing, and in theory could eventually make its way to consumer devices like smartphones.

BioCatch has raised $20 million from big banks to grow its behavioral biometrics business, bringing it to $168 million in total funding, and launched an Innovation Board.

A software prototype has been unveiled that could significantly expand the possibilities of automotive biometric payments. DashCam Pay could allow a carful of occupants to separately order and pay for meals through voice and face biometrics, running on a smartphone connected to a standard dashcam.

A major voter biometrics contract with Uganda’s government worth more than $22 million has been won by Smartmatic, while Liberia’s identification agency is requesting more funding. Elsewhere in Africa, Kenya is hoping to save some money by reusing previously purchased biometric equipment, while South Africa’s government is under pressure to put biometric controls in place to stop welfare fraud.

An in-depth exploration of efforts by Nigerian government agencies to improve the country’s digital identity ecosystem shows that government agencies have many of the resources they need to provide digital ID to everyone in the country, but are still in the process of upgrading them, and further coordination and legislation will be necessary.

South Africa’s slow movement on digital identity is hindering its efforts to modernize the country’s economy, Yoti Digital Identity Fellow Tshepo Magoma tells ITWeb. The precedent that seems to be set by the lack of mobile broadband implementation does not bode well for the fast establishment and wide adoption of effective digital ID in South Africa.

Government online service authentication capabilities are expanding in Macau, with a plan to introduce facial authentication, and in Australia, with a tender to add liveness detection to myGovID. A public beta of the myGovID app’s facial recognition feature is now expected to launch in about a year.

The European Commission, meanwhile, has outlined its vision for digital identity on the continent at a European Digital Identity Roundtable meeting. The vision involves new guidelines which would promote increased access to digital public services, and possibly the further development of eIDAS regulations.

A Privacy International representative tells Thomson Reuters Foundation that “(t)he imbalance of power between governments and citizens, lack of flexibility and involuntariness” renders invalid any consent for the use of facial verification, supplied by iProov, in Singapore’s SingPass national digital ID program. A government agency representative defends the program’s privacy protections, though the legitimacy of consent is not further discussed.

Evernym’s Alex Preukschat and Drummond Reed discuss the principles of self-sovereign identity and their new book of the same name in a TechTarget interview. They talk about path through federated identity to decentralized identity, beyond the systems that claim to provide SSI, and their hopes that the book can help bring the concept to the mainstream.

The responsible use of biometrics and privacy and security in digital identity are discussed by Omidyar Network Beneficial Technology Principal Govind Shivkumar and host Cameron D’Ambrosi of One World Identity’s State of Identity podcast. Shivkumar says that in a world suddenly “awash with data,” it is imperative for essentially all actors, not just governments, to take privacy and security seriously. He also identifies “responsible biometrics” as one of the few areas of potentially major opportunity for new entrants in the digital identity ecosystem.

Edge AI chips from Qualcomm that can power facial biometrics on cameras, as well as 5G integrations, have reached the market, along with an Edge Development Kit. The chips are capable of processing up to 24 video streams at 1080p simultaneously, and process up to 400 trillion operations per second (TOPS) in top-line configuration.

Accuracy gains have been announced for one of the leading face recognition algorithms in NIST testing with a new version release from Paravision. The company’s CPO Joey Pritikin tells Biometric Update that Paravision’s face recognition toolkit has been optimized for a range of operating environments, including the network edge, through collaboration with leading semiconductor makers.

The acquisition of Beam Solutions by Jumio builds out the anti money-laundering capabilities of the biometric authentication company’s new KYX Platform. Jumio VP of Marketing Dean Nicolls explains to Biometric Update in an email how Beam’s technology fits into the platform.

Incognia CEO and Founder André Ferraz argues that fraudsters can easily target fingerprint and facial biometrics, relative to behavioral biometric data, in a guest post this week, and Bethwel Njore of Swiftlane reviews the use of biometrics for access control by modality and use case in another.

Onfido CEO and Co-founder Husayn Kassai has been named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ for London and the East of England during the virtual ceremony for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020, in recognition of business success beyond the expectations associated with his age. In a company blog post, Great British Entrepreneur Awards Founder Francesca James is quoted as lauding his “wonderful entrepreneurial story.”

In a week that has been relatively quiet on the BIPA front, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul discusses the recent changes to the state’s data breach law with The Privacy Advisor. The amendment makes it mandatory to report all breaches of 500 (5) or more people’s data, and gives new powers to the Attorney General’s office. Raoul calls biometrics “the ultimate forms of sensitive information” and warns of systems using biometrics to track people’s whereabouts inside establishments, which could raise privacy and constitutional concerns.

Night Watchman Note; We are to ‘be watchful’ in helping to understand today’s events as related to biblical prophecy. That is what ‘watchmen or women’ do. Jesus made clear that when He actually does come for His disciples, His wise and faithful servants would be aware of the time because they would be watching. They would not know the ‘day or the hour’ of His return, but would know the ‘season of the times.’ They would know the season of the times by WATCHING those things ‘coming to pass or occurring’ as Jesus said they would. The ‘BENCHMARK SIGN(s)’ always point towards Israel / Jacob. God’s prophetic timepiece. The FALSE PEACE COVENANT confirmed by the Prince/Beast among MENA (the many) is the ‘key sign’ of the times or the season of the times. Yes, we are in that period. The Prince/Beast will likely confirm and enhance the current ‘normalization’ agreement with Jacob to be a ‘peace’ agreement, to be extended to 7 years from the current 5 years, to include some agreement permitting the rebuilding of the third temple in exchange for ‘some portion of Jerusalem.’ The current ‘investment’ period for the Palestinians stands at five (5) years. This will likely occur AFTER the Bride, Disciples or True Church is removed from the earth via the Rapture / Harpazo / Redemption / ‘Twinkling’.

Seven (7) References to ‘BE WATCHING or WATCHFUL.’

Matthew 24:42; Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Matthew 25:13; Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35; Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning.

Luke 21:36; Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man

Luke 12:37-39; Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. (Be Watching).

John 13:19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

John 14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

Luke 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

‘Increasing Like Labor Pains.’ ‘Fearful Sights.’ ‘Perilous Times.’ ‘Men’s hearts failing with fear.’ Great Convergence of Signs.’ REDEMPTION IMMINENT.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

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 12:19Dearly 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.

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