Monday, 20 June 2011

Zoosh Rivals NFC Payments

Naratte a Silicon Valley based development company, has developed Zoosh a method of using sound at ultrasonic level to complete payment transactions.

Using algorithms to convert sound into digital transaction IDs, which pass securely between devices, Zoosh can make any device with MP3 playback, microphone and speaker capable of making and receiving payments.

Incorporating discounts via loyalty card and digital coupons, Zoosh has the potential to make a real challenge to the mobile NFC programme.

"We are simply the lowest cost and easiest way of enabling device to device communication on a massive scale today, or as we say instant NFC without the chip, interoperability issues or cost," said Brett Paulson, CEO of Naratte.

Cognitec Launched an Extended Version of FaceVACS-DBScan

Cognitec Systems has released an extended version of its facial database search product - FaceVACS-DBScan. The new version has many new features for the Examiner tool. Cognitec Systems is a developer of FaceVACS face recognition technology for global customers.

FaceVACS-DBScan is a complete software package that helps customers find images in large photo databases by comprehensive facial image analysis. Previous versions of Cognitec facial database search products are used by Government and Law Enforcement customers of various countries to prevent ID fraud during ID document issuance or to identify suspects during a law enforcement investigation.

The Examiner tool of FaceVACS-DBScan allows zooming in and sharpening of low-quality images, which are typically provided as crime scene photos or videos.

The extended version of FaceVACS-DBScan has a new 'Pose Correction' tool that helps users automatically generate frontal views of a face from images that show lateral views, thereby further increasing matching rates. The tool uses a 3-dimensional transformation of the face on the photo.

Identive Group Set to Join Russell Global Index

Identive Group, Inc., a provider of security, identification and RFID products, has announced its qualification for and selection to join the Russell Global Index at the time when Russell Investments reconstitutes its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June 24, 2011.

Every year, Russell Investments U.S. indexes captures and ranks the 4,000 largest U.S. publicly traded stocks as of the end of May by total market capitalisation. 1 year membership in the Russell Global Index means automatic inclusion in the appropriate large-cap, small-cap, all-cap indexes and applicable style, sector and country indexes. Russell determines membership for its equity indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalisation rankings and style attributes.

Ayman S. Ashour, Chairman and CEO of Identive Group, said, "There is no index family in the world that rivals the size, credibility and buying power of the Russell group. Inclusion in its indices will not only likely broaden our shareholder base and market exposure, but we believe it will drive demand for our stock, as index buyers rebalance their portfolios in the weeks ahead. We are pleased to be included in this year's Russell Global".

Sony Ericsson selects NXP's NFC Solution for its Android-based Smartphones

NXP Semiconductors announce that its world leading NFC technology has been selected by Sony Ericsson for inclusion in its Android-based smartphones. Sony Ericsson will use NFC to further enhance its consumers' mobile experiences, creating a portfolio of smartphones that enable mobile transactions. Using simple touch gestures, consumers will be able to make purchases or connect to a point of sale (POS) terminal, ticketing terminal or location-based promotional tag simply and securely with their NFC-enabled smartphones.

NXP provides complete embedded, secure NFC solutions and recently announced that its NFC software is open source on the Android platform and enables the Google Wallet application. Sony Ericsson intends to use the NXP PN65 NFC solution in their Android-based smartphones, which includes the NFC radio controller, the embedded secure element and NFC software. The embedded secure element enables NFC to be used for mobile transactions. Building on NXP's extensive background in secure identification, the PN65 uses advanced cryptography to offer the highest level of security for transactions, with the technology already being extensively used in contactless banking cards, e-passports, e-ID cards and secure access systems.

"This latest move from Sony Ericsson is another proof point of the strong momentum and potential of NFC," said Rick Clemmer, president and CEO, NXP Semiconductors.

NFC is a market proven technology co-invented by NXP in 2002. In 2004 NXP co-founded the NFC Forum to lead the collaboration with all industry stakeholders and help standardize the technology. NFC technology evolved from a combination of contactless identification (RFID) and interconnection technologies.

Datastrip's DSV3 Mobile Biometric Readers gain FIPS 201 Approval

Datastrip is pleased to announce that their DSV3 range of handheld biometric verification & e-passport readers have been approved for purchase by federal agencies under the General Services Administration's FIPS 201 evaluation program. The approvals enable the Datastrip devices to be used for identity verification under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12).

The DSV3 product family consists of EasyRead and the EasyVerify. The EasyRead reads and inspects first- and second-generation e-passports and other documents in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's 9303 standard and extended access control specifications. The device also reads border-crossing credentials and government-issued documents supporting US-VISIT and NEXUS Border Crossing programs.

The EasyVerify handheld multi-modal biometric reader is a feature rich mobile terminal that can acquire multiple biometrics (iris, finger, face), that can read and process a wide range of optical and smart card based credentials, ID Cards, and travel documents. The unit's capabilities also can be expanded to include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular network connectivity to remote databases.

"The DSV3 range represents the state of the art in performance, flexibility, and durability, and takes on the spot verification to a new level" said Stuart Tucker, Datastrip's Director, Technical Sales Support.

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