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Physical Access Biometrics Month: 5 Places Protected By Contactless Biometrics

When it comes to physical access biometrics, few things are more important than maintaining a balance between security and convenience. As biometrics become more pervasive as a physical security mechanism, contactless biometrics have gained a great deal of traction, offering the highest levels of user convenience without compromising the considerably strong security brought to the table with biometrics.

Today, as part of Physical Access Biometrics Month, we are going to look at five different physical access biometrics deployments that help illustrate just how pervasive these contactless next generation security systems are becoming.

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Nest Unveils New Camera that Detects Family Members, Intruders

Nest said Wednesday its newest security camera will take facial recognition to another level, with better sensors and software smart enough to detect the difference between family members, pets and potential intruders in the home

The company spent two years on the $299 Nest Cam IQ, collaborating with Google on algorithms that recognize familiar faces. (Both Nest and Google are divisions of Alphabet Inc.) The camera has an 8-megapixel image sensor and 12x digital zoom. That allows users, with a companion app, to zoom in on faces. With a $10-a-month Nest Aware subscription, they can enter their names, and the next time a person appears on camera, a smartphone alert will identify them.

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COMPUTEX 2017’s InnoVEX Global Innovation and Tech Startup Ecosystem Ends on High Note

Dutch security-as-a-service start-up, Amaryllo, receives InnoVEX pitch contest US$30K grand prize

COMPUTEX 2017’s InnoVEX exhibit attracted 272 startups from 23 countries/territories, showcasing innovations from around the world in IoT, AI, health management, VR/AR, cloud computing, wearables, and mobility. InnoVEX featured startups, VCs, and accelerators collaborating to build a new ecosystem for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.

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Israeli Technology – Portable X-Ray Security Detection System

Airports, central railway stations, and other large perimeters are well equipped with X-Ray screening systems for the detection of explosives or suspicious objects. But what about screening missions in outdoor environments such as battlefields, border posts, energy installations, etc.?

A series of portable flat-panel digital x-ray inspection systems offers an effective detection solution for sectors such as security, nondestructive testing, science, and more.

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New Technologies for Border Perimeter Security

The 3,323-km stretch that India shares with Pakistan is one of the most sensitive sections of its land borders. Fencing the entire stretch has been a challenge due to the difficult terrain and weather conditions. A Delhi-based startup is developing a perimeter security system for protecting India’s borders.

Kavach, developed by Cron Systems, is a laser and infrared-based fencing system that is weatherproof and can be implemented in all kinds of terrain. The company is currently piloting the system.

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Cisco Jumps On IoT Security Train with IoT Threat Defense

Cisco’s new Internet of Things (IoT) security technology isn’t exactly new. Rather, it’s a bunch of existing security services and software bundled together to target IoT security and that’s exactly what makes Cisco IoT Threat Defense reliable and effective, said Cisco’s Marc Blackmer, product marketing manager for the company’s industrial solutions and security business group.

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ATF Launches IoT Security Device for Construction Industry

Site safety company ATF Services has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) wireless monitoring device aimed at addressing the issue of theft on construction sites and remote locations.

According to ATF, 39 percent of residential builders in Australia have been affected by theft or vandalism at their building sites, and 61 perfect of those affected, experienced the theft of raw materials, while 46 percent experienced the theft of small hand-held tools.

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Dual Biometrics May Just Be the Authentication Answer We Need

It solves a big problem with biometric authentication and opens up some intriguing possibilities

A major problem with biometric authentication is that, when it doesn’t work, there are few good options to proceed with the authentication. When the system says that’s not your eyeball, there’s no fallback akin to “Forgot your password?” You have to revert to some less discerning authentication method, such as a PIN.

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Helsinki Airport Has Successfully Trialled Using Face-Recognition Technology Instead of Travel Documents

Finavia, Helsinki-Vantaa airport’s operating body, has just concluded its most advanced test of facial recognition technology to date. Run in cooperation with Finnair and digital solutions company Futurice, the test-run was conducted over a period of three weeks in May, to follow-up on a preliminary trial last year.

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Cisco and IBM Team Up On Security

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so the saying goes.

As the WannaCry ransomware attacks lit up the globe earlier this month, the security research teams at Cisco and IBM set up an open line of communication with one another as they scrambled, along with the rest of the world, to ascertain the digital worm's damage and to prevent others from falling victim. Now the pair of companies is consummating the partnership.