iBeta Completes Spoofing and Liveness Testing Project

iBeta Completes Spoofing and Liveness Testing Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3/28/2017 Media Contact: Jonathan Cornwell iBeta Quality Assurance 303-627-1110 jcornwell@ibeta.com Evaluation of Multiple Biometric Subsystem Vendor’s Products for SFAR Denver, CO – iBeta Quality Assurance, a leading full-service biometrics, software quality, security, and performance testing lab, recently completed a successful project for a mid-sized bank to evaluate the False Accept Rate (FAR), False Reject Rate (FRR), and Spoof False Accept Rate (SFAR) of several biometric subsystem vendor’s products across multiple modalities. “Spoofing and liveness testing is an increasingly important part of any thorough evaluation of biometric technology as black hats look for new ways around improved biometrics-based security. The latest draft of NIST SP 800-63-3, Digital Identity Guidelines mentions that presentation attack detection is being considered as a mandatory requirement,” said Dr. Kevin Wilson, Director of Biometrics at iBeta. SFAR testing was informed by ISO/IEC 30107-1 standards in biometric presentation attack detection and are consistent with other applicable standards and practices from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Contact Curt Dusing, Biometrics Account Manager, (cdusing@ibeta.com, 303-627-1110 x222) for more information about this project and iBeta’s leading biometric testing and certification services. Learn more about iBeta’s Biometrics Services. About iBeta Founded in 1999 and located in metro Denver, Colorado, iBeta Quality Assurance specializes in “QA on Demand” for software: manual and automated functionality, compatibility, accessibility, security, and load/performance testing as well as code review, test plan engineering, biometrics certifications, biometric system testing, and more, for websites, mobile apps, desktop/server applications, set-top boxes, and other platforms, with no subscriptions, retainers, or other long-term contracts. All work is “made in America” and conducted in our own secure...
iBeta to Attend NABShow 2017

iBeta to Attend NABShow 2017

What: National Association of Broadcasters NABShow When: April 22-27, 2017 Where: Las Vegas Convention Center iBeta will be attending the National Association of Broadcasters’ NABShow because every market in which iBeta current does its best work is represented at this tremendous trade show event. The entire digital ecosystem attends the Show, including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Mobile, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and so many more. http://www.nabshow.com/about-nab-show/the-met-effect About NAB Show NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. About NAB  The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at...
Coffee Thoughts: Voice Assistants are Corporate Personalities

Coffee Thoughts: Voice Assistants are Corporate Personalities

Inspired by Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8. Last week, Samsung announced their intent to launch their own intelligent voice assistant called Bixby with the upcoming line of Galaxy S8 phones. Unlike other voice assistants, Bixby will be activated with special physical button on the phone. Perhaps a bit more interesting is that the Galaxy S8 phones will be launched with a set of preinstalled apps that are “Bixby enabled.” Samsung also plans to release an SDK for 3rd party developers to give Bixby access to their apps. The limitations of voice assistant accessing mobile and desktop applications is something we discussed last week in another blog (Apple Fills a Hole with Workflow Automation). One future frontier of User Experience may be UX designed for voice assistants and more advanced AI, in addition to us human beings. Apple and Samsung, in their recent announcements, are treating the problem as more of an API issue. But it may be that a generalized intelligent interaction approach may be warranted for voice assistants so that they can do things that are not explicitly programmed in their code or 3rd party developer code. That’s our sci-fi speculation for the day. Funny enough, the Galaxy S8 with Bixby and the technical limitation of voice assistants is NOT the point of this Coffee Thoughts post. The “Corporate Personality” as an Actual (AI) Personality. No, what is actually on our mind this morning is that as the list of voice assistant names lengthen, a trend is emerging about what it means to be a corporation in the present and future. We now have Siri,...
Apple Fills a Hole with Workflow Automation

Apple Fills a Hole with Workflow Automation

Today, Techcrunch published Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone, inspiring these thoughts about the state of voice controlled automation assistants. Anyone whose spent time with Siri, Alexa, Ok Google, and Cortana knows the tech is long on promise and short on actual “holy [expletive deleted] how did I ever do without this”. One problem is that the voice command processing AI is, well, still evolving (and the object of fun games). The other is more mundane: an inability to dig into apps and the OS, and reach useful functions that a user would string together into complex actions. Apple is working on a Siri API to help developers address this problem. Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and everyone else building an assistant (I’m looking at you Samsung with your Bixby tech) are also working in this space. But there’s also a need for end users to extend and customize what their voice assistants can do with some simple-yet-powerful automation building tools. And that, my friends, is what Apple appears to have done with the acquisition of Workflow automation technology. As Techcrunch noted, the Workflow team built a tool with accessibility in mind: not just a tool for non-devs, but also for folks with disabilities, too. That’s a nice leg up for the Siri tech. Right now, the entire mobile industry – scratch that, the entire tech industry – is hot on the trail of the big what’s next with all the new-and-fresh glow off of mobile phones and tablets now. Look at the pattern of Apple news lately and you see a lot of talk about voice...
The Mobile OS Tablet Has Reached Its Zenith

The Mobile OS Tablet Has Reached Its Zenith

Today, CNET wrote an analysis piece called Apple’s quiet iPad launch proves no one cares about tablets which inspired the following thoughts about the mobile device ecosystem: Some say that a compromise is when no one is happy with the outcome. Such seems to be the case these days with tablets, especially in the face of excellent, lightweight 2-in-1 touchscreen notebooks.Tablets are a compromise that fewer and fewer are willing to make. Too Little and Too Much Tablets are essentially phones on growth hormones: an Android or iOS operating system with a big screen, a camera, and sometimes mobile phone and data connectivity. But a tablet makes a terrible phone (and goodness knows we’ve all seen people with huge tablets up to the sides of their heads making a call), and a very awkward camera (e.g. tourists holding full-sized iPads over the edge of the Grand Canyon taking pictures. Selfies? Fuhgeddabouditand!) Plus, try getting a tablet into your back pocket. (Heck, trying getting some newer phones into your back pocket!) The bottom line is that tablets are not portable the way we think about portability in mobile devices these days. On the other hand, 2-in-1 touchscreen notebooks deliver much of the battery life, and all of the OS and full-strength apps that matter on a full-capability device in a comparable form factor. A 2-in-1 is no LESS portable than a tablet but brings along much more utility that makes lugging it around worthwhile for when you need something better than a big ol’ phablet. More Convergence Coming With Apple performing a soft launch on the latest iPad – and all the numbers...
iBeta the Only NIST NVLAP Accredited Biometrics Test Lab for $10 Billion Mobile Biometrics Industry

iBeta the Only NIST NVLAP Accredited Biometrics Test Lab for $10 Billion Mobile Biometrics Industry

While the mobile biometrics industry will grow to $10 billion in 2018 according to a report released March 7, 2017 by the Biometrics Research Group, Inc. (BRG), iBeta Quality Assurance remains the only National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NVLAP accredited biometrics laboratory. Biometrics has become one of the keystone technologies enabling the enormous growth in mobile commerce. The BRG release states: “Mobile biometric applications operate on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, with “apps” utilizing embedded software and sensors to make secure use of those devices and apps more convenient. They do so by enabling the owner of a device to use their biometrics to authenticate their identity as an enhancement or alternative to passwords. The report defines the mobile biometrics market and the forces contributing to its exponential, global growth. … [BRG] projects that revenue associated with mobile biometrics will total US$10 billion based on 3.2 billion users. This projection has increased from our last research report on mobile biometrics released in 2016, in which we projected that biometrics in mobile devices will generate approximately US$9 billion worth of revenue by 2018 for the biometrics industry.” Biometrics Research Group projects $10 billion in mobile biometrics revenue in 2018 As the leading biometrics testing and certification laboratory in the United States, iBeta provides a full range of biometrics services including CBEFF, BioAPI, data interchange, interoperability, performance and acceptance, scenario testing, EPCS, and Spoofing and Liveness Testing. But iBeta is also one of the top full-service software testing and quality assurance laboratories. This means that iBeta is not only able to test biometrics technology in isolation but also the fullness of...
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