Blog: 2014

Recent Border Control Enforcement Policies Revisit Biometrics as Key Implementation Tool

Recent Immigration Action and Border Control Enforcement Policies Revisit Biometrics as Key Implementation Tool

In early November, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an open call for private sector parties to help them understand how to upgrade their biometrics systems.  The call for information was issued by the DHS’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), which “is proactively addressing its next-generation architecture and capabilities for replacing the current biometric system to accommodate the expected growth of populations and the new applications of multimodal biometric identity screening.” 

It is likely no coincidence that this call for information immediately preceded President Obama’s...

Posted by Emilio Martinez, CEO, AGNITIO

FIDO 1.0 final specifications are here!

Today is a special day -- for the FIDO Alliance, AGNITIO, and the world. Today, a vision is becoming a reality. The FIDO Alliance has published the final FIDO 1.0 specifications – a major step forward in eliminating passwords and simplifying and strengthening authentication for consumers, online service providers, and enterprises alike.

It all started with a vision of six market leading companies (AGNITIO was one of the six) in February 2013. Their goal was to allow people to access online services without having to remember and type in passwords, and without fearing that their personal information could be stolen online.

AGNITIO has enabled FIDO authentication in the world’s leading voice biometrics solution. It is now possible to simply speak to unlock your smartphone and securely access your online accounts. FIDO 1.0 specs establish the infrastructure...

Posted by Mike Goldgof, VP Marketing, AGNITIO

Wearable gadgets du jour – how do we secure them?

When Nike launched its Nike+ FuelBand in 2012 there were few, if any, other wearable fitness wristbands available, and at the time appeared to be just another nifty tool to track the progress of our exercise regimens. Not so anymore with mobile device giant Apple jumping into the wearable technology arena this week with its Watch. Apple joins a rapidly growing market that includes Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit Wearables and even Ralph Lauren who just debuted its new Polo Tech shirt on opening day of the US Open that merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel. Many of these start-ups are beginning to receive some serious funding from the VC community. According to Cromwell Schubarth, Senior Technology Reporter at Silicon Valley Business Journal, in his September 9th article, Wearables are hot: Here's who invested and who got the most VC funding, “database research firm CB Insights issued a report that said $1.4 billion in ventu...

Posted by Mike Goldgof, VP Marketing, AGNITIO

Voice ID Proven Effective in Proof of Life Deployment

Quickly and accurately confirming the identity of millions of residents is critical to managing costs, preventing fraud and streamlining operations for government agencies.

In the latest AGNITIO Case Study, we take a close look at the successful deployment of a secure biometrics-based Proof of Life authentication system by AGNITIO partner Net1 to South African citizens receiving social security benefits and services. 

“South African citizens now have access their grants quicker, easier and more securely by simply making a phone call,” said Philippe Vinci, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for AGNITIO.

The integrated Net1 UEPS system with AGNITIO Voice ID has been rolled out to 10 million people, one of the world’s largest voice biometrics deployments; and is saving SASSA millions of dollars per year, one of the most successful Proof of Life implementations ever. 

Vinci added, “By comb...

Posted by Mike Goldgof, VP Marketing, AGNITIO

“Searching for Sugar Man”

If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. Sugar Man was a completely unknown American singer (Sixto Rodriguez) that became unbelievably popular in South Africa. He remained fairly unknown in his own country until the Academy Award-winning documentary was released a few years ago.

The “Sugar Man” equivalent in the Voice Biometrics world is the South African Social Security Administration (SASSA) project deployed by Net1 and AGNITIO. More than 7 million citizens have already been enrolled and almost 400K verifications are done per month. But very little is known about it outside of South Africa.

In February 2014 SASSA announced the launch of a Proof of Life biometric certification for all pensioners. A clever combination of fingerprints and voiceprin...

Posted by Emilio Martinez, CEO, AGNITIO


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