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  • Editing Team 21:45 on October 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Biometrics Can Ensure Security of NFC Payment 

    biometrics-NFC-payment-security-rfid-blogBiometrics in banking is expected to take off in the next few years, said Dr Ted Dunstone, Biometrics Institute’s technical committee chairman. Its use in banking will become mainstream in the near future, and may even be used in conjunction with other technologies such as NFC.

    ANZ Bank was exploring ways to introduce biometrics as a replacement for traditional payment identification methods, like PIN codes at ATMs.

    A survey conducted by the bank showed, 79% of Australians said that they were comfortable with fingerprint technology replacing baking PINs. A simple reason is that PIN codes and signatures are easy to replicate, while biometrics provides a more secure verification method for banking.

    Fingerprinting or palm scanning would probably be the favored choice for banks, Dunstone said, and new technology has made this method more accurate than before. Earlier this year, Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank in Japan introduced palm vein scanners to several of its ATMs.

    Deploying biometrics technology is not a cheap endeavor, but it will not be “prohibitively” expensive, Dunstone added.

    “When you are rolling out something to a large clientele in an existing network, the integration components are not going to be cheap, but the component technology itself has fallen significantly in price, while the quality has vastly improved.”

    While ANZ’s CEO saw a future where fingerprints could replace PIN codes, the reality is that traditional identification methods still need to work in conjunction with biometrics to ensure security, Dunstone said.

    “Basically, I would not recommend single factor biometric authentication — so, just a fingerprint or iris scan,” he said. “That means, we would need to introduce either biometrics and a card, or biometrics and a PIN.”

    Even the palm readers used by Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank require users to input a PIN. But NFC-enabled smartphones can be used as an alternative to PINs and cards for this purpose.

    “You can use the mobile to validate who you are at an ATM, with fingerprinting to verify that you are the correct holder of the phone,” Dunstone said.

    Dunstone also pointed out that fingerprinting technology has come a long way since it was first introduced. Anti-spoofing capabilities have drastically improved, and even if thieves do obtain a person’s fingerprint details, it would be very hard for them to make artificial fingerprints to mimic real fingers, he said.

     
  • Editing Team 18:15 on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New RFID Handheld Used in Waste Recycling Management 

    Nephsystem-Technologies-N260-handheld-waste-recycling-management-rfid-blogNephsystem Technologies is offering its bundle of RFID system technology designed for use in rugged environments, such as waste management applications.

    The RFID bundle consists of a rugged handheld PDA accompanied by a low frequency RFID transponder mounted to recycle bins. Bins are scanned and weighed right at the curb, and the system tallies credits for households that are above average for recycling.

    The N260 series handheld RFID based system combines with other wireless, locating systems including GPS and Barcode scanner, plus its optional GPRS transmitter, to accurately identify a recycling bin by its household.

    The same PDA can also be used in parallel as a board computer and supports the truck driver with the GPS function and built-in car navigation option.

     
  • Editing Team 15:20 on September 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Smart Socks” Embedded with RFID Chips 

    BlackSocks-smart-socks-RFID-blogCould you imagine RFID chips in your socks? Well, BlackSocks.com has made it a reality, together with a scanner and an iPhone app, so that you can know everything about… your socks.

    With these RFID chips in the socks, now you can know the whole life story of your socks: how often they’ve been washed, what the “sock ID” is, which sock it should be partnered with, whether it is a left sock or a right sock, whether it is paired or single, when it was made, and when you ordered it.

    If one of a pair of socks is worn-out, you can even use the pairing functionality to mate a new partner for it.

    A 10-pack and the scanner for these socks are priced at $189, which can be ordered online. The app, used to determine the blackness of your black socks, can be downloaded free from Apple’s app store. Yet there is no Android version at the moment.

    Many might doubt the practical applicability of these “smart socks”. Here’s what BlackSocks says: because it would be a disaster if one of your socks paired up with the wrong partner.

     
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