Defense Department taps Aware for biometric collection, screening
Aware announced that its WebEnroll, BioComponents and BioSP products are part of a new system to be used by the United States Department of Defense to screen applicants for employment. The solution enables fingerprints to be collected using a biometric enrollment application that runs in a browser, making it easier to distribute, maintain, and secure across the DOD’s various departments and numerous facilities and bases.
The new system called “SWFT Plus Enrollment” (SWFT+) and administrated by the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) brings enhancements to the existing Secure Web Fingerprint Transmission (SWFT) system. It standardizes the capture, storage, and forwarding of electronic fingerprints across the agency in a way that enables use of existing fingerprint capture workstations. SWFT+ was successfully piloted and rolled out for the Army, and then mandated for department-wide deployment by senior DoD officials. Going forward, it will be used by the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps to screen applicants for military and civilian positions. The DoD employs about three million people around the world.
WebEnroll utilizes Aware’s BioComponents, which run within a browser to collect, analyze, and submit biographic data, live scan and card-based fingerprints, facial images, and iris images. BioComponents also serve to enable the use of different models of biometric capture peripherals in the same system. BioSP runs on a server, and fulfills several key functions, including management of the configuration and distribution of the WebEnroll application, standards-based validation, formatting, and routing of enrollment submissions, and processing of search results.
HID unveils NFC charity drive
HID Global announced a new campaign that combines charitable giving with NFC technology – HID Trusted Tag Services – to create a trusted interactive experience for travelers who want to prove that they reached their destination and did well by doing good.
Seeing an opportunity to inspire people to travel to the most interesting places with a purpose, a Harvard-educated software engineer-turned-adventurer named Nuseir Yassin accepted the challenge to set up an HID Trusted Tag in one of the most remote parts of the world and in one of the most famous and crowded parts of the world. This goal fueled his passion for new experiences and using trusted technology to connect people, cultures, places and things.
Thanks to Yassin’s actions an HID Trusted tag is established on Easter Island off the coast of Chile and on Park Avenue in the heart of New York City. To prove that one has been there, anyone can go tap his or her phone to the tag. For each tap, HID Global will donate $1 to a local charity in each location.
ImageWare, Aurionpro partner for biometric banking kiosks
ImageWare Systems and Aurionpro have entered into a three-year agreement to integrate ImageWare’s GoVerifyID with Aurionpro’s Digital Branch DX — multi-service kiosk.
Aurionpro’s Digital Branch DX — Self-Service Kiosk is designed to automate the traditional banking branch experience. GoVerifyID is ImageWare’s enterprise solution that covers a range of biometric authentication, including: identity proofing, cloud provisioning, on-device enrollment, real-time authentication, seamless integration into existing security workflows, and a turnkey self-service portal.
This mobile/cloud SaaS offering enables a multi-modal biometric user authentication solution that allows customers to modify their passwords or two-factor authentication using biometrics. Rather than typing a password, end-users can speak passphrases, swipe their fingerprints or even take “selfies” to gain access.
Aurionpro will market and resell the combined solution to their existing and prospective customers, and ImageWare will host the GoVerifyID SaaS on Amazon Web Services. The parties anticipate going to market starting the fourth quarter of 2016.
Thursby releases new iPhone case
Thursby Software released the new PKard Reader case for iPhone 6/6s. This case is similar in form to the iPad case readers the company have been selling for several years. It provides a shell around the phone with a slot on the back where you can fully insert your Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) card. A Micro-USB port on the bottom of the reader allows you to charge your phone using the included Micro-USB cable.
All of Thursby Software’s Apple readers, including the new iPhone 6/6s case, come bundled with the Sub Rosa license. Sub Rosa enables users to securely browse to two-factor websites such as DTS, NROWS, and AKO. It also includes the ability to sign, encrypt, and decrypt email (S/MIME) using their Enhanced OWA Viewer. Recently added in Sub Rosa is the much-requested capability to view subfolders. Enhancements were also made features including saving email drafts and looking up addresses in the GAL.