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Do you specialise in Biometric Security? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in August we’ll be focussing on Biometric Security.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Biometric Security solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Charlotte Doniger on

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

August – Biometrics
September – IP/IT Security
October – CCTV
November – Loss Prevention Solutions
December – Drones 

For more information on any of the above, contact contact Charlotte Doniger on

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Fujitsu expands PalmSecure biometric security offering

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Fujitsu has revealed a new, extended range of PalmSecure-based biometric security solutions that it claims ‘consigns passwords to history’.

Available immediately to customers in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, the expanded Fujitsu PalmSecure offering comprises four main elements: Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure ID Engine; ID GateKeeper; ID LifePass; and ID Login V2 for access to client computing, physical access to buildings or data centres and to all kinds of applications via an Application Programming Interface (API). 

Fujitsu says the new offering enables customers to benefit from a broad range of password-free biometric authentication applications.

PalmSecure enables organisations to ‘step up to the highest level of biometric security’, while increasing convenience for users and avoiding costly service desk interactions to reset forgotten passwords. Integration capabilities allow customers to build ultra-secure biometric control into solutions for physical access to buildings and devices, as well as logical access to specific applications and services.

Based on a new central matching server, it enhances security by eliminating the need for multiple user enrolment across different locations, devices, applications or services. Integration with various kinds of applications and equipment is facilitated using an Application Programming Interface (API), extending biometric ID to use cases from data centre entry to user credentials for industrial machinery, to single sign-on (SSO).

The contactless PalmSecure authentication system uses biometric technology developed based on Fujitsu’s more than two decades of image recognition experience and incorporates technology from BioSec Group to authenticate users based on the unique pattern of their palm veins. Vein patterns are unique to individuals and contain detailed characteristics, allowing a template to be formed for each user.

Oliver Reyers, Head of Biometrics at Fujitsu in EMEIA, said: “Biometric ID and palm vein technology in particular are lifting IT security to a higher level. There’s no need to remember – or regularly change – complex passwords, and this makes it so much more convenient for users to access secure assets and applications. Fujitsu has applied the principle of simplicity to solution development and deployment. This has resulted in an expanded portfolio of biometric security solutions, which make it easier for organisations to implement biometric identification. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric recognition algorithm delivers ultra-low false acceptance rates, while central enrolment processes ensure that users can’t bypass security simply by creating multiple IDs.”

Péter Györgydeák, CEO at Biosec, added: “Until now, biometric technologies have been the unsung hero for enterprises, despite their high levels of user acceptance, and the fact that it’s almost impossible to ‘lose’ your biometric ID – which means a dramatic reduction in helpdesk calls for password resets. By teaming up with Fujitsu, we have a joint opportunity to help biometrics reach their full potential in the workplace. The new expanded PalmSecure portfolio puts biometric ID within reach of just about any use case, and makes great financial sense for any organisation that’s serious about security.”

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Consumers wary of biometric security systems

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Over half of consumers (56 per cent) are worried that the shift to biometrics to authenticate online payments will dramatically increase the amount of identity fraud.

The research from Paysafe also revealed that 81 percent of consumers still favour passwords for making payments online due to concerns about the security of new biometric options.

The data also found that 66 percent of consumers worry about being able to pay for goods or services without being asked for a password, and only 37 percent believe that biometrics are more secure than other authentication methods.

Those consumers who didn’t feel comfortable using biometrics identified a lack of trust as their primary reason for avoiding them. The research also revealed further fears around the use of biometrics with 45 percent stating they did not want companies to have access to their personal biometric details, 35 percent din’t know enough about Biometrics to trust it, 31 percent were concerned that their fingerprints could be cloned and 28 percent said that they didn’t feel biometrics were safe.

Daniel Kornitzer, Chief Business Development Officer at Paysafe Group, said: “Biometrics are a huge opportunity for the payments industry to combat the increasing risk of card not present fraud. However, it’s not surprising that there is reluctance among consumers to use biometrics as a form of payment authentication when passwords and PINs have been the central pillar of financial data security for at least 20 years. 

“News headlines are also dominated with fraud and hacking scandals so the public are aware of the risks involved when it comes to adopting new services. To overcome this, consumer education is imperative and with SCA coming in September, consumers will need to be aware of the benefits to ensure acceptance and adoption. We’ve lived in a password-driven world for many years now and consumers aren’t fully prepared to let go of what they know.”

Despite the worries over biometric transactions, adoption continues to grow with more than half (54 percent) of British consumers having used biometrics to make a payment. Nearly two thirds (61 percent) of consumers also agree that using biometrics is a much quicker and efficient way of paying for goods and services.

When asked what biometrics they had used, fingerprint technology was most commonly used biometric (38 percent) and 17 percent having used facial recognition, along with 11 percent voice-activated technologies.

Kornitzer added: “Consumer acceptance of biometrics is being driven largely by smartphone usage and adoption, and this will only increase. However, payment providers will need to do their bit to get consumers on board. Ultimately, SCA should lead to smoother and more secure payments – a win for businesses and consumers alike.”

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Hertz using biometrics for car rental pickups

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Car rental giant Hertz has launched Fast Lane powered by Clear – a new service that uses biometrics that it claims can get customers through the exit gate and on the road in 30 seconds or less, representing a time saving of at least 75 percent.

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty members in the US who sign up for CLEAR and link their accounts will be able to verify their identity and rental reservation with a look or tap of their finger.

Fast Lane marks the first use of biometrics by a major rental car company, and the first time Clear’s identity platform is enabling members to verify their identity using their face instead of showing a physical ID.

Fast Lane is now available at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and will be rolled out to more than 40 additional Hertz locations in 2019, including airports such as Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

“We’re excited to introduce Hertz Fast Lane Powered by Clear to get Hertz customers through the exit gate without the wait and on the road faster,” said Hertz CEO Kathryn V. Marinello. “By teaming with CLEAR, Hertz gets a partner with an expanding footprint and proven track record to help us innovate the car rental process, improve the customer experience and bring meaningful benefits to busy travelers.

“This new innovation demonstrates our focus on enhancing the entire customer experience. In the last two years, we’ve upgraded our fleet with the cars people want to drive, launched our Ultimate Choice model in the U.S. enabling customers to choose their preferred vehicle with no wait, and improved site operations to deliver great service consistently.”