Monthly Archives: October 2011


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Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond Carl Gohringer December 03, 2003 Bond movies will always be associated with state-of-the-art technology, but few of the products he uses or encounters ever make it into the real world. A car that turns into a submarine might be nice to have or an umbrella that transforms into a rope ladder useful on the odd occasion, but their uses in everyday life are limited. There is one exception to the James Bond rule – biometrics – the technology that uses unique, physical geometry to identify and authenticate individuals. According to market research […]

Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond


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The Business Environment It is becoming increasingly important for airlines and airport operators to monitor queue lengths and passenger flows within the airport. Airport operators have invested significant time and money on investigating technologies that can provide useful metrics. Understanding your peak and quiet times is essential to enable sufficient and efficient staffing and resourcing. Raising of alerts when unforeseen queues arise is critical for ensuring passenger satisfaction, as well as for ensuring that all SLAs with other stakeholders, such as airlines or government agencies, are adhered to. Thus far, a common solution has enabled the tracking of bluetooth enabled […]

Using Face Recognition to Monitor Queues and Passenger Flows in ...


Iris Biometrics Major improvements have been realised in the capture capability, enabling Iris capture on the move or from a distance. While this is not an improvement in the SDK matching per say, it has a significant influence on the matching and usability of the system. Face Biometrics There have been significant and drastic improvements in the quality and accuracy of matching performance in a very short period of time in the last few years. This has been demonstrated by recent NIST tests, as well as other independent testing. It is not anticipated this rate of improvement will level out […]

Biometric Trends Improving Performance



While I understand the premise of the “Occupy” demonstrations, I can’t help but feel that they would be more effective if they were also able to propose a solution instead of simply voicing discontent with capitalism.

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I’m looking forward to the Biometrics2011 conference in London next week. One of the more interesting presentations is the Biometrics and Identity Matching as a Software Service panel discussion at the end of the last day. In my view, this is a topic that is ripe for discussion, given the current levels of indebtedness of our governments. With the current wave of austerity sweeping the world’s nations at the moment, most programmes entailing large capital expenditure are out, unless they demonstrate significant return on investment in the same fiscal year; large government IT projects take years to re-coup investment. Suppliers […]

Biometrics 2011: Panel Biometric Matching as a Software Service (SaaS)


Allevate Presenting at Biometrics 2011 Synopsis Recent advances in the accuracy of face recognition are resulting in an explosion of its use, coupled with increasingly vociferous cries from privacy advocates. The benefits from the uses of this technology are clear. But does it enable even further and easier harvesting of private information about us as individuals, without our knowledge or consent? This presentation does not attempt to analyse the adherence of face recognition to the nuances of privacy legislation. Rather, it explores the emerging trends in the application of face recognition, from law enforcement and security / surveillance, through to […]

In the wake of the London riots, is the privacy ...