D.C. taps Datacard for driver licenses, Samsung adding iris?
24 October, 2013
category: Biometrics, Digital ID, Government
D.C. driver’s licences, ID cards to be personalized by Datacard Group
Datacard Group announced that the District of Columbia has moved to a centralized issuance model, and will use Datacard’s MX series card issuance and delivery systems for personalizing, printing and issuing driver’s licenses and identification (ID) cards.
D.C. is making the transition from over-the-counter to a central issuance model, with the new driver’s license and ID program to be maintained through Marquis ID Systems, a company that provides fully integrated solutions for the production of driver licenses and ID cards. Nearly 180,000 D.C. driver’s licenses and ID cards will be issued per year using Datacard Group’s central issuance system.
Datacard’s MX platform is an automated inline high-volume personalization system that boasts a flexible, modular design. D.C. driver’s licenses and ID cards will be personalized using advanced laser engraving technologies applied to a secure and durable card.
Oberthur Technologies joins FIDO Alliance
Smart card security and identification specialist, Oberthur Technologies has joined the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance and has been appointed to the Alliance’s Board of Directors.
FIDO Alliance members share technology and collaborate in an effort to deliver open specifications for universal strong authentication. The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to develop FIDO authentication methods that are interoperable, more secure, private and easier to use.
Samsung working with iris scan technology, Galaxy S5 implementation expected
Early reports from Korean sources suggest that the newest edition of Samsung’s incredibly popular Galaxy series of smart phones, the S5, may support iris scan biometrics.
It is rumored that the inclusion of iris scans will allow Galaxy S5 users to protect their device at an unprecedented level. As the story is still in its infancy, exact details and parameters of the iris biometrics software and hardware remain to be seen, but the technology could certainly be used to conduct a number of functions ranging from unlocking the device to making mobile payments.
The public is expected to get its first glance at the new Galaxy S5 at the 2014 Mobile World Conference (MWC) held in Barcelona February 24-27, at which point more news about Samsung’s use of biometrics could be divulged.
Aware Software chosen for biometric visa applicant screening system
Biometric software and service provider, Aware Software, has been chosen by a number of Canadian federal departments and agencies to assist with a new biometrics-enabled visa applicant screening tool.
The tool leverages biometrics to assist in the screening of applicants from other countries applying for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. The solution cross-references the applicant’s identity against existing criminal and immigration records.
The solution uses Aware’s Biometric Services Platform, as well as Universal Registration Client and related commercial-off-the-shelf APIs. BioSP is a modular, centralized, service-oriented application that is used to implement workflows and manage data exchange between the various government departments. The Universal Registration Client is the biometric enrollment application that collects biometric data from potential visitors at hundreds of workstations, border checkpoints, consulates and visa service centers worldwide.
M2SYS device simultaneously captures fingerprint, finger vein biometrics
Biometric identification specialist M2SYS Technologies has released details on its latest solution, a hybrid, combined biometric scanner that recognizes fingerprint and finger vein data with a single touch of a finger.
The finger vein component of the new solution is provided by Hitachi Europe Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi. M2SYS’ new M2-FuseID device could be used in a wide variety of biometric data capture settings, including identification and verification of civil ID, patient identification, banking, visitor management and projects requiring dual-factor authentication.
A compact and versatile unit designed and manufactured in the U.S., the M2-FuseID combines two separate sensors into a single device, and is currently the only fused device that can perform both one-to-many (1:N) and one-to-one (1:1) matching for both fingerprint and finger vein templates at the same time.
Daon expands its background screening system in Florida
Daon Trusted Identity Services (DTIS), operator of a civilian clearinghouse for fingerprint, biometric and biographic processing, now offers 80 locations across the state of Florida, each with the company’s LiveScan equipment for digital fingerprinting and photograph services.
Joining the this expansive network is a commitment to providing customer service to Florida citizens. The need for vetting employees and service providers is grows more by the day, and the healthcare, education and child/elderly care industries are turning to Daon to help meet their Level II Background Screening Requirements.
Daon’s expansion to its pre-existing fingerprinting and photograph services will help to deliver services to those who need it, making Daon the top fingerprint and photograph vendor in the state of Florida. Daon’s digital fingerprinting and photograph services are available at participating UPS Store locations across the state.