Why airports move to the cloud and the Internet-of-ABC eGates


Internet of ABC eGates and Kiosks, BioUptime
Airports’ new cloud’s-eye view on infrastructure management is beginning of Internet-of-ABC eGates and Kiosks.

This wasn’t a mature option a few years ago; it’s now happening. Driven by metrics, early-mover CIOs like Michael Ibbitson at London Gatwick airport are moving their IT-processes to the cloud. The cover story, ‘Head in the cloud’, of a recent (June 2014) issue of Passenger Terminal World throws light on cloud technology’s impact on airport management.

‘82% of airports are either evaluating cloud services or have major cloud programs underway’, the story reports citing SITA’s 2013 Airport IT Trends Survey.

Why airports move to the cloud?

The metrics and targets are clear. Some of the reports’ findings speak for themselves:

  • IT hardware costs reduction by up to a third
  • Energy saving of 80% vs. running on-site data centers
  • Expanding flight capacity (flights per hour)
  • Raising aircraft arrival and departure on-time accuracy
  • Improving…

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An EAB event: Benefits of Biometrics in Banking – Reality Check 2014

EAB-Logo_rgbEuropean Association for Biometrics (EAB) is organizing for the financial sector on 21 May 2014 in Berlin, Germany:
Benefits of Biometrics in Banking – Reality Check 2014

This event will familiarize you with biometric applications helping you to optimize the following key aspects of banking process:
– Customer Interaction
– Operational Efficiency
– Fraud Prevention

We will reflect the many new opportunities arising from the gradual shift away from desktop/notebook computing on smartphones and tablets and share best practice of apps and web-based applications.
– Hear about Biometrics solutions for in-branch and mobile usage for internal and customer-facing usage
– Learn how Biometrics support mega trends such as personalization, …
– Identify how you can embed Biometrics into your processes
– Discuss the impact of Biometrics for the mobile payment world.

The one day workshop will reflect the opportunities of biometrics in the financial market. We will discuss, how processes can be designed both biometrically protected and privacy compliant. The speakers are members of the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and intend to provide you with their experience how to take best benefit of biometric techniques.

Please find the detailled agenda of the event on:

Attendees are requested to register their participation by using this form:

In 2014 ‘Internet of Things’ advances in merging with biometric devices and services



For years, the ‘Internet of Things’ has evolved as a game-changer movement. The Swedish Telecom giant Ericsson envisions 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Many sources, including a few I gathered below, predict it as a main trend for 2014: The Rise of ‘Internet of Things’, IoT.

‘Internet of Things’ impact biometric-based applications? It already has: just look at the growing market for networked biometric capture devices for e.g. Physical Access Control applications; and PAC is the beginning.

International standards:
For core biometric Web services, OASIS and its members have been leading the way with published standards and reference implementations. For a general IoT introduction, see TED/OASIS videos.

Next development:
More than a decade ago we laid the foundation for our company, Optimum Biometric Labs, with our Web services-based operational monitoring and reporting tool, BioUptime. Today, we are moving forward our pioneering function by partnering with biometric vendors…

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On trends and recent Swedish biometrics successes: Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics

Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics

I have followed the Biometrics news on daily basis and this is my summary for you: It’s, almost, all about mobile…and I think, in a not distant future, add to that the upcoming wearables too.

You can sense it in the air: the growing interest for utilizing biometrics in mobile devices and diverse mobile applications (for my company, its positive side-effect has been an increasing interest and special requests for remote biometric-device management).

I have, in particular, followed recent successes from two Swedish companies: Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics.

When I read the news about Fingerprint Cards licensing Precise Biometrics algorithms I found Johan Carlström’s, CEO of Fingerprint Cards, message to be a realistic and clear-cut summary:

“Driven by the largest mobile manufacturers in the world, several hundred million users are, in the next two years, expected to purchase smartphones and tablets with built-in fingerprint sensors. It is of paramount importance to ensure these users a smooth, convenient, and secure user experience, thus the selection of Precise Biometrics as partner in algorithms.”

This strategic partnership feels very natural and makes a dream-team. It also makes me glad, as the Chairman, that these two Swedish pioneers finally find a solid common ground (a multi-billion dollar market) for teaming-up.

Where are these two companies go from here, one could ask?

I think they will create even more success stories now together (and later maybe M&A with large IT players, I speculate, in order to expand the reach towards delivering in more massive scales).

I am certain of one thing: they both produce high-end biometric products with full potential to make a sizable impact in the mass adoption and popularization of biometric technologies and services. If this ever happen, then you know they created a major milestone; a paradigm shift of increased acceptance towards using biometric technologies. And, I think that’s the first signature that indicates ‘The Golden Years of Biometrics’.

Babak Goudarzipour
Swedish National Biometric Association (SNBA)

Fingerprint Cards
Precise Biometrics

How will human-identification look like year 2025 and 2050? (all degrees of freedom allowed, see guidelines)

How will human-identification look like year 2025 and 2050? (all degrees of freedom allowed, see guidelines)

If you like, please comment on/include any/all aspects of identification: technology/infrastructure/issuance/registration/counterforces/etc.

If you like, please comment/include with regard to any application type you like: from border control to adjusting driver-seat profile

Please don’t just write which biometric type will dominate/win. Comment on/include methods of identification, i.e. all competitive/complimentary technologies like RFID, etc.

Very exciting product, I am curious if its founders have thought about adding any biometric modality (as an additional factor)?


Scout is a wireless security system that starts at $120 and is completely removable. The handsomely-designed units can protect windows and doors in your home and you can program reactions to various events including and up to calling the police.

I’ve seen a number of home alarm systems come and go over the years and this one, at least, has that Nest quality that we all know and love. The units come in three different finishes – white, black, and the afore-mentioned wood trim – and each installation is customizable online.

Service over Wi-Fi is free and the system will send alerts and even dial the police for you on your connected phone. However, the units also contain a 3G radio that can be activated for $10 a month and which will connect to a monitoring service that, in turn, will call the police, you, or a loved one.



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I think this multi-factor authentication method can successfully combine security (in different degrees) with user-friendliness thanks to the flexibility and adjustability of the method: identifying objects/persons in one or more images (read: security, multi-factor authentication) with the choice of one (of several) user-input methods (read: user-friendliness) where one of these input methods (e.g. voice recognition) even can increase both convenience and security (addition of 1 more authentication factor). A pretty useful combination of: something you know, something you have, something you are.


Apple had a new patent application published by the USPTO today, describing an unlocking method for digital devices that uses image identification to properly recognize an authorized user. The system would present a user with photographs from their iPhoto or iCloud collections, and then ask them to identify who or what the subject is in order to unlock the device. The item in question could also be an object or series of images.

The authentication process would work by displaying at least one image to be identified from the user’s library, though it could also display a number in succession if users are looking for more security. It’s highly likely that someone close to you will recognize another individual depicted in photos on your phone, for instance, but if you’re worried about granting access even to that inner circle of acquaintances, it becomes increasingly unlikely they’ll be able to…

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