maybe IWS should partner with these guys lol
Health startup Pillo Health has developed a personal robot that uses face and voice recognition tied with artificial intelligence to manage a medication schedule. Called Pillo, the robot is being showcased in a fundraising campaign on IndieGogo, aiming to raise $75,000 (£57,374). The robot can store up to 250 pills, which the company says is around four weeks of medication, at one time, in a tamper-proof case. - hese are only distributed if the user passes voice and face recognition. 'Our goal was never to build a smart device. From the very beginning we set out to create "'someone" a true healthcare companion for the home,' CEO and cofounder Emanuele Musini said to the Daily Mail. A spokesman from Pillo Health told the newspaper he robot will be shipping worldwide, starting from next July. - See more at:
French aerospace, defence and identity giant Safran has shortlisted five potential buyers for its biometrics and identity division, according to French media.
As expected, the five include Franco-Dutch SIM card maker Gemalto and the French security firm Oberthur, which is backed by private equity firm Advent. The French daily said three other funds had been selected by Safran's board on Thursday: KKR, Bain Capital and CVC Capital Partners. All five offers were worth approximately 2 billion euros ($2.2 bln), La Tribune said, adding that each bidder would be asked to follow up with a binding offer in September. Safran declined comment to Reuters. The head of Safran, which is focusing on its aerospace business and offloading others, said last week it planned to eliminate some of the 12 initial contenders for Morpho before carrying out a second round of bidding in the autumn. The French government owns 15.4 percent of the Paris-based company - See more
This patent is a "strategy" so not a direct threat to IWS but seems close to what IWS does in a broad sense.
"The main objective of the patent, according to Cyrille Bataller, a Managing Director in the Emerging Technology group at Accenture, is to be able to compare different biometric modalities in real time. “We have developed an new approach that provides maximum flexibility,” said Bataller in an exclusive interview with BiometricUpdate.com. “We designed a system that can switch from one biometric to another and that acknowledges that quality among biometric samples will vary.”"
June 1, 2016 -
Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, recently recognized its own technological prowess by bestowing one of its own biometric patents with an award.
The prize acknowledged Accenture’s “biometric matching engine” patent as the most outstanding intellectual property produced by the firm in the last fiscal year, which is quite a feat, noting the company has over 150 patents granted or pending. The firm developed the engine to employ a “dynamic matching strategy”. The strategy, which is patented, identifies and contrasts individual records within databases comprising of at least two set of biometric modalities.
The strategy, according to the patent, comprises: “receiving, by a processing device, a first input biometric sample and a second input biometric sample; determining, by the processing device, a first characteristic associated with the first input biometric sample and a second characteristic associated with the second input biometric sample; grouping, by the processing device and after receiving the first input biometric sample and the second input biometric sample, a plurality of records to form a first set of records and a second set of records, the grouping being based on the first characteristic and the second characteristic; performing, by the processing device and on the first set of records, a first matching process based on a first threshold; performing, by the processing device and on the second set of records, a second matching process based on a second threshold; and identifying, by the processing device, a record, of the plurality of records, based on a result of the first matching process and a result of the second matching process.”
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This senator is ill informed, he should talk to the FBI on the limitations of fingerprints. I have Nexus (equiv to global entry) and it uses fingerprint and /or iris.
A US Senator has said that fingerprint is the only biometric that is needed to track visitors entering and exiting the country, suggesting there is no need to build an entire new system for the process. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest of the Senate Judiciary Committee was speaking at a Senate panel, reports FCW. "Iris, face scans, we don't need that," said Sessions. "We should use fingerprints" as biometric identifiers, he said. "That's what's in law enforcement databases. Why create a new system?" He said delays in implementing a biometric exit system were partly the fault of the airline industry, saying airlines and airports have pushed back against exit systems because of potential delays and other problems. "Airlines don't determine policy," he said. However, later in the same debate other participants noted the progress made by other modalities. "Facial recognition has come a long way in accuracy," said Erik Bowman, Northrop Grumman's chief engineer for the U.S. Army's Automated Biometric Identification System. Bowman said that the accuracy of facial scans had climbed from 70 percent to 90 percent in recent years. In some cases, he said, existing camera systems in buildings and other locations could be harnessed for the capability. Earlier this week, the CBP launched a new face recognition pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as part of nationwide biometric border plans. - See more at:
So you're saying it hasn't made it past demo but what about the pilots and companies like Lockheed that have integrated the IWS products? That is what I don't understand towards your point, wouldn't these companies not partner as they would have to test the IWS product and try to spoof it?
Technically Miller / IWS wouldn't have to issue a PR for German pilot (stated it should be starting) and FEMSA was suppose to start in May. Also Extenua is a partner (small) so some revenue from them and any sales they made / if they implemented a contract.
B/c either is his lying, overly optimistic / fool, or a small chance it could happen (% decreasing by the day)
nada on Fujitsu too... Leidos expect delays as new crew (regardless of how many came over) there is always a transition period and new power scrambling
The Homeland Security Committee approved a new bill Wednesday by a voice vote to form a new agency within DHS that addresses cybersecurity protection responsibilities, according to a report by Nextgov.
The bill calls to transform an existing DHS bureaucracy, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), into an “operational” agency called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency.
The new agency is expected to take effect under the next White House administration in 2017.
A 2015 bill appointed the DHS with new private sector cyber duties, “and we want to ensure that we elevate the cybersecurity mission so it can effectively carry out those authorities,” a House committee aide told Nextgov.
The new measure “realigns and streamlines the department’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection missions to more effectively protect the American public against cyberattacks that could cripple the nation,” committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.
The House has different plans for biometric identification operation than that of the White House’s agenda.
Currently, an autonomous division within NPPD, named the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), operates a database with the fingerprints, faces and even irises of foreign nationals.
The current administration wants the division to fall under Customs and Border Protection because of its use of biometrics in screening visitors at the border.
The new legislation has different plans for OBIM as it seeks to position the office inside the DHS Management Directorate, a component that serves all agencies–not just CBP.
“Our view is that CBP is not the only user,” the House committee staffer said. “We want to make sure all components have access to the OBIM capabilities.”
LT - funny how we are all so jaded... to me this stock is like the movie ground hog day, but I like watching Bill Murray more than Miller..
More than 18 months after Apple Pay took the United States by storm, the smartphone giant has made only a small dent in the global payments market, snagged by technical challenges, low consumer take-up and resistance from banks.
The service is available in six countries and among a limited range of banks, though in recent weeks Apple has added four banks to its sole Singapore partner American Express; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in Australia; and Canada's five big banks.
Apple Pay usage totaled $10.9 billion last year, the vast majority of that in the United States. That is less than the annual volume of transactions in Kenya, a mobile payments pioneer, according to research firm Timetric.
And its global turnover is a drop in the bucket in China, where Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent dominate the world's biggest mobile payments market - with an estimated $1 trillion worth of mobile transactions last year, according to iResearch data.
Anecdotal evidence from Britain, China and Australia suggests Apple Pay is popular with core Apple followers, but the quality of service, and interest in it, varies significantly.
To use Apple Pay, consumers tap their iPhone over payment terminals to buy coffee, train tickets and other services. It can be also used at vending machines that accept contactless payments.
Apple Pay transactions were a fraction of the $84.5 billion in iPhone sales for the six months to March, which accounted for two-thirds of Apple's total revenue.
FBI Wants Biometrics Database Exempt From Federal Privacy Law
Jun. 1, 2016 8:37pm Jon Street
Story by the Associated Press; curated by Jon Street.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are criticizing an FBI proposal that they say would make it harder for people to know if personal information about them such as fingerprints and iris scans is on file.
The FBI is proposing to exempt a large identification database from certain provisions of the federal Privacy Act, a law that, among other things, lets individuals sue to see what information the government keeps on them.
That database, known as the Next Generation Identification system, contains a wealth of biometric data such as fingerprints, palm prints, photographs and iris scans. It holds photographs submitted by law enforcement agencies but also millions of fingerprints of Americans who have undergone background checks.
The proposed Privacy Act exemption is needed “to prevent interference with the FBI’s mission to detect, deter and prosecute crimes and to protect the national security,” according to a Justice Department notice that appeared recently in the Federal Register. FBI and Justice Department officials noted this week that law enforcement agencies may claim exemptions for records “compiled for the purpose of identifying criminals and for conducting criminal investigations.”
They also said in a statement: “The Department of Justice and the FBI take very seriously their strict compliance with the Constitution, all federal laws including the Privacy Act, and their own policies regarding the free exercise of constitutional rights.”
The public has an opportunity to object to the proposed rule change.
Among the groups challenging the proposal is the American Civil Liberties Union, which says the change would make it harder for people to know whether the government maintains information on them and whether that information contains errors.
Wish I could be that positive, add in Healthcare pilot 8 figure sum Miller mentioned we'd here and see two plus qtrs ago, of course the Agility JV tech transfer fee, revenue from Extenua that they mentioned would hit the books last qtr, and oh yeah first customer with TransUnion to mention for a few QTRs, and all the others (Fujitsu - not one customer to date and three plus years, online Ebay like service, etc) .
I'll believe it when I see it, but love the optimism. After five years holding I want to see it in the financials...Hopefully the insiders are Miller these rumors are coming from ...