Topics for May’s #biometricchat on Biometric Technology with Maxine Most (@cmaxmost)

May's biometric tweet chat will discuss the biometrics industry with Maxine Most.

May #biometricchat tweet chat features Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence.

When: May 23, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on biometrics industry 

Topics: Public education on biometric technology, vendor mistakes when bringing products to market, recent Merger & Acquisition activity, additional markets for biometrics, private vs. public sector revenue growth,  global hot spots for continued biometrics industry growth

Here are the list of questions that we will cover during our tweet chat on biometric technology May 23rd at 11 a.m. EDT (read this post on May’s #biometricchat for more details) with Maxine Most (@cmaxmost):

1. How can biometric vendors take a more active role in educating the public on misunderstandings about the technology to promote wider acceptance?

2. What are some of the mistakes you have observed from biometric vendors taking products to market that could have been avoided or may have adversely affected the success of their solutions? What advice can you offer vendors who are researching and developing new products and solutions that can help them to be successful?

3. What is your interpretation of recent biometric M&A activity and what types of trends can we expect to see in the near future?

4. Will the increased demand for biometric technology help to open the door for its use in additional verticals? If so, what markets do you feel can benefit the most from the technology?

5. I remember some time ago you were predicting that the private sector and public sector would generate about the same amount of revenue by 2014.  Is that prediction still on target and what private sector markets to you see getting the most traction?

6. What area of the world do you feel holds the most potential for continued growth of biometric deployments and why?

The biometric technology chat will take place on May the 23rd at 11 am EDT, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST). Please join us and follow the discussion using tweetchat.com. This site will automatically fill in the chat hashtag at the end of all your tweets, no need to type #biometricchat for each tweet you send.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the chat on May the 23rd. We will be archiving the discussion and posting it here shortly afterwards. If you have any additional questions you would like to ask Maxine, please send an email to: marketing @m2sys.com

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on May’s #biometricchat!

May #biometricchat Welcomes Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence to Discuss Biometrics Industry

May's biometric tweet chat will discuss the biometrics industry with Maxine Most.

May #biometricchat tweet chat features Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence.

When: May 23, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on biometrics industry 

Topics: Public education on biometric technology, vendor mistakes when bringing products to market, recent Merger & Acquisition activity, additional markets for biometrics, private vs. public sector revenue growth,  global hot spots for continued biometrics industry growth

We are pleased to announce that Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence will be our guest for May’s tweet chat on biometric technology. Maxine is an internationally recognized biometrics industry consultant and Acuity Market Intelligence has built a stellar reputation in the Biometrics marketplace for quality, integrity, and innovative thought-leadership. For more than 10 years, Acuity has demonstrated an unrivaled ability to consistently provide accurate and reliable biometrics market intelligence.

Acuity continues to bring this unique perspective to the Biometrics industry through strategic consulting engagements, off-the-shelf and custom market research, conference presentations, industry publications, the eUpdate Newsletter, and Acuity’s most recent vehicles – Twitter and the eUpdate Blog.

Although we will be posting a list of questions and topics for the discussion next week here on the blog, we can provide a little foreshadowing of the chat by telling you that the focus of the conversation will be on:

  • Biometrics strategic market development
  • Maxine’s interpretation of industry mergers & acquisitions
  • What other markets could benefit from biometric technology
  • Private and public sector growth discrepancies
  • What areas of the world will continue to see strong growth for biometric deployments in the future

We will post a full list of the topics and questions here on this blog early next week. Have a question that you would like to ask Maxine? Drop us an email at marketing@m2sys.com and we will try and include that in the discussion. Please help us to spread the word about May’s #biometricchat tweet chat and please mark your calendar to save the date!

April #biometricchat Welcomes Zack Martin from Avisian Publications to Discuss Growth of Global Biometrics Industry

April's biometric tweet chat will discuss the global growth of biometrics.

April #biometricchat tweet chat features Zack martin from Avisian publications.

When: April 25, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on growth of global biometrics industry

Topics: Global growth of biometrics, obstacles to continued growth, industry consolidation, mobile, biometrics in retail, new biometric modalities

Happy to announce today that April’s tweet chat on biometric technology is scheduled for 04/25 as we welcome Zack Martin, Editor at Avisian, a group of identity technology experts working alongside seasoned journalists, web and graphics professionals, and event coordinators creating a unique combination — coupling the technology insight of a leading consultancy with the communication capabilities of a high-end publishing and events firm.

We will be discussing several topics with Zack, most notably the prospects for growth in the global biometrics industry, what may be some obstacles to continued growth, industry consolidation, mobile biometrics for authentication and identification, biometrics for retail payments, and new biometric modalities and how soon we may see them in mainstream use.

We will post a full list of the topics and questions here on this blog early next week. Have a question that you would like to ask Zack? Drop us an email at marketing@m2sys.com and we will try and include that in the discussion. Please help us to spread the word about April’s #biometricchat tweet chat and please mark your calendar to save the date!

March #biometricchat Recap: A Conversation on Biometrics with Cyrille Bataller from Accenture

March's biometric tweet chat will discuss biometrics deployments in large scale capacities.

March #biometricchat tweet chat recap.

We had the pleasure of inviting Cyrille Bataller from Accenture as our guest for March’s #biometricchat tweet chat yesterday. There was a lot of material to cover in the short time we had scheduled for the chat (which started a few minutes late because of some technical difficulties) but we were able to learn a lot about the characteristics of large biometric deployments and how multi-modal biometrics helps to increase project accuracy plus updates on the European Visa Information System deployment,  the importance of fusing biographic attributes and fuzzy matching into the fusion equation, the importance of interoperability in deployments, and how civil liberties affect biometric deployments and why they may prohibit biometrics from wider adoption in commonwealth countries.

Some of the more important pieces of knowledge that Cyrille shared with us in the chat included:

On the use of multi-modal biometrics:

Multi-modal biometrics allow accuracy at scale. they also ensure resistance to fraud (hard to spoof multi-biometrics)”
“Multi-modal biometrics allow accuracy at scale. they also ensure resistance to fraud (hard to spoof multi-biometrics)”

On the topic of fuzzy matching into the fusion equation:

“Using the same solution to match across multimodal biometrics, on a record per record basis, is more powerful.”
“It is called score-level fusion – aggregating and comparing the match scores across all data elements – for each record.”

On the European Visa Information System:

“All 27 Schengen countries are introducing biometrics visas, capturing applicants’ fingerprints and face in consular posts.”
“By October 2014, all 27 Schengen countries will have switched to 100% biometric visas in consulates and at the border.”

On the importance of interoperability in biometric system deployments:

“There are two ways to look at interoperability: to ensure open loop operations, and to future-proof solutions.”
“Open loop operations clearly require interoperability, so each country can read passports from other countries etc.”
“But even for closed-loop solutions such as voting or bank customer ID, interoperability plays a role to prevent vendor lockin”

On the issue of civili liberties and privacy inhibiting biometric deployments in commonwealth countries:

Public acceptance of biometric solutions is directly linked to the benefits that people get from these solutions.”
“Essential to think about data privacy from the get go, to dispel myths and to educate about benefits. And to offer opt-in.”
“But indeed opt-in is key, as individuals’ sensitivity to privacy varies widely. There are additional measures such as privacy-by-design, invented by Anne Cavoukian, and privacy impact assessments, such as published by US-VISIT.”
“Biometrics, employed wisely, can enhance privacy, and help protect individuals’ identities.”
“The key is to help individuals conveniently assert their identity, while preserving their privacy and right to anonymity.”

A complete copy of the transcript can be found on our Storify account here: http://bit.ly/107l46Y

Special thanks to Cyrille for lending us his time for the chat and sharing information and knowledge about the topics. We will have information posted here soon on our next #biometricchat tweet chat, tentatively scheduled for mid-April.

If you have any idea for a chat topic, please drop an email to marketing@m2sys.com

 

January #biometricchat Summary – Privacy and Biometrics with Special Guest Shaun Dakin

January's biometric tweet chat will discuss privacy and biometrics.

January #biometricchat discussed privacy and biometrics.

On Thursday January the 10th we hosted the first #biometricchat tweet chat of 2013. The topic was biometrics and privacy and our guest was Shaun Dakin, a privacy expert and the man responsible for establishing the National Political Do Not Call Registry as well as writing several op-ed pieces including this one for the Washngton Post calling for a Privacy Bill of Rights for voters. Shaun was gracious enough to lend his time for our chat to discuss his thoughts on the current issues that privacy advocates are concerned about and his opinions on biometric technology’s affect on privacy.

For a copy of the Storify chat transcript please click here.

Here is a list of the questions that we asked Shaun during the chat:

  1. Can you bring us up to speed on what privacy advocates currently feel is the most pressing privacy issue of our time? What technology has the most disastrous impact on privacy?
  2. Is privacy primarily a cultural, contractual, or technological issue?
  3. What is the more appropriate, effective, and desirable approach – educating the public on privacy or lobbying the government to pass laws protecting it?
  4. Ireland recommends using a “Privacy by Design” (http://www.arthurcox.com/whats-new/publications/preserving-privacy-in-the-age-of-biometrics-nov2012.html) system which encourages proactively embedding privacy design into biometric technology. Should this type of approach be used in the U.S.?
  5. Does a “Privacy Impact Assessment” (see http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/1412/) carry any weight with advocates as a necessary tool in constructing a privacy friendly biometrics identification solution?
  6. On the scale of existing threats to privacy, where does biometrics fit in and what steps can the biometrics industry take to promote and encourage privacy friendly solutions?
  7. Biometrics is often viewed as a “privacy protector” in that it can prevent identity fraud, which is becoming an epidemic of global proportions. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Shaun felt that the biggest privacy story of 2012 was the increasing power of the government to search electronic communications directly stemming from the David Petraeus CIA scandal case. He went on to say that privacy seems to be a generational phenomenon, and younger generations very willing to give up their privacy in exchange for something else. he expected to see privacy norms stretched way beyond where we are and government surveillance slowly is becoming the privacy hot topic of our times.

Shaun went on to say that he believes there should be some sort of baseline privacy legislation in the U.S. “with teeth.” He also reminded us that in the last session of Congress there were over 21 pieces of privacy legislation introduced but none of them passed. Shaun agreed that the “Privacy by Design” concept which proactively encourages embedding privacy designs into biometric systems is a good idea on paper, but tough to implement in reality. He pointed out that most developers don’t think about privacy as a necessary step for design, instead they justifiably place their focus on revenue and number of users.

We rounded out the chat discussion by getting Shaun’s thoughts on where biometrics stood on the scale of existing threats to privacy and he said that currently biometrics is still not top of mind with the public but with the recent announcement by Disney that they would be using RFID bracelets stored with personal information in their parks, perhaps public conscience may change plus this may be an opportune time for Disney as a major brand to affect some change in the industry.

Please join us in thanking Shaun for his time on the chat  on privacy and biometrics and for everyone who participated! Look for the announcement of February’s #biometricchat topic sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Please drop us a note at marketing@m2sys.com if you have an idea for a topic. Thank you!

 

#biometricchat on Topics in Biometric Technology Returns in January 2013

M2SYS Technology hosts a once per month tweet chat on biometric technology

#biometricchat Tweet Chats Will Return in 2013

Since December is a time for most to work a little harder so they can finish off the year on a high note, our monthly #biometricchat tweet chat will be postponed for December and resume in January 2013 with a brand new guest and topic.

Biometric technology is taking the world by storm, helping governments and businesses to establish secure and efficient identification tools characterized by their utility and innovation. From Ukraine and Trinidad’s recent decision to move to biometric e-passports to the rise of voice biometrics for mobile phones to Ghana’s biometric voter registration project, biometric identification technology is gaining steam and poised for significant growth in the years to come.

Biometric identification technology however, is not absent of limitations and challenges. While it is important to understand the full scope of the technology before investing, it is also important to actively research the pros and cons of the technology from reliable, trusted resources and continue an open dialogue about the issues and properly vet information channels. At M2SYS, we work to help provide information on biometric technology through resources like the monthly #biometricchat tweet chat which offers individuals the opportunity to join in on discussions about various topics in the industry — biometrics in retail and workforce management, voice biometrics, biometric authentication for mobile devices, automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS) biometrics, biometrics for patient identification in healthcare, and more.

We encourage you to join us on the journey to understand more about biometric technology by participating in a #biometricchat tweet chat in 2013 where we will welcome guests from all around the world to discuss and debate topics and issues pertinent to the industry. Our first chat for 2013 will be announced here on this blog, please stay tuned for more details later this month!

If you have an idea for a topic you would like to see on our monthly #biometricchat tweet chat or if you would like to be one of our guests, please drop us a note at marketing @m2sys.com and we will be back in touch with you!

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you participating in a #biometricchat tweet chat during 2013!

June #biometricchat Topic is Voice #Biometrics (06/14 at 11 a.m. EST)

M2SYS will be hosting the June 2012 #biometricchat where they will welcome VoiceVault.

June’s topic will be voice biometrics

When: June 14, 2012

11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on voice biometrics 

Topics: The science behind voice biometric technology,  technical challenges, non-telephone-based voice applications,  market applications, and customer impact

We are happy to announce that June’s #biometricchat will focus on voice biometrics. Our guest will be Nik Stanbridge  from Voice Vault, a voice biometric solutions company delivering solutions to the Financial Services and Healthcare industries. With the rise of multi-factor authentication for security, convenience, and compliance more businesses are evaluating voice biometrics solutions prompting us to contact the experts at Voice Vault so they can share they knowledge about the history of the technology, how its currently being used and what we might expect to see in the future. Voice biometrics have distinct advantages over other biometric modalities which make them a consumer friendly authentication solution without the stigma of being invasive.

Just in case you are interested in participating but are new to Tweet chats, please read this post which outlines the instructions and procedures. We hope that you will join us for the discussion, and please spread the word among your colleagues and friends.

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask Nik? Please send them to: jtrader@m2sys.com or come prepared with your questions, comments and feedback on Thursday, June the 14th at 11am EST. We hope to see you there!

February #biometricchat announced — #Biometrics in Workforce Management – Join us on 02/09 at 11am EST

The February edition of #biometricchat will discuss using biometrics for employee identification in workforce managament

February biometric chat

When: February 9, 2012

11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on biometrics for employee identification in workforce management

Topics: Advantages of using biometrics, ROI metrics, common misunderstandings of biometrics, future trends

We took a temporary hiatus in January, but we are back in February with a fresh new subject to discuss on the monthly #biometricchat – biometrics in workforce management. Happy to announce that this month’s guest for the chat will be Scott Barker, a product marketing manager with Kronos, Inc. (@Kronosinc on Twitter) who will be answering questions about the applications of biometric employee identification in workforce management, specifically:

1. Metrics that businesses can use to measure their ROI after investing in biometric employee identification
2. Common misunderstandings about biometric technology
3. Future trends for biometrics  in workforce management
4. Advantages of using biometrics

Just in case you are interested in participating but are new to Tweet chats, please read this post which outlines the instructions and procedures. We hope that you will join us for the discussion, and please spread the word among your colleagues and friends.

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask Scott? Please send them to: john@m2sys.com or come prepared with your questions, comments and feedback on Thursday, February the ninth at 11am EST.

Summary of December’s Tweet Chat on Retail Technology and Biometrics (#biometricchat)

Dan Jablons from Retail Smart Guys was the Deccember guest for the M2SYS monthly tweet chat on biometric technology

Dan Jablons from Retail Smart Guys

On Thursday we hosted December’s tweet chat on biometric technology where we welcomed Dan Jablons (@danjab) from Retail Smart Guys to talk about technology in retail. We touched on several topics including:

1. The importance of leveraging POS systems to maximize profits

2. Securing a POS system for PCI compliance

3. Mobile strategies to take advantage of this growing market for goods and services

4. Using technology to better manage inventory

5. The validity of using biometrics for employee ID to lower shrink and raise accountability

Dan shared a lot of good insight on these topics and also provided some helpful links to articles and resources that retailers can reference to understand more about each topic and optimize their environment for maximum profits. On biometrics, Dan is a staunch supporter of using biometric employee identification at point of sale saying that it “removes all confusion and secures sales” adding that “…it stops managers from wasting time finding out who did what.” He even went as far as to say that “…biometrics stops fraud.” He’s right – there really is no other identification technology that allows retailers to tell without a shadow of a doubt which employee is behind a transaction.

For a copy of yesterday’s transcript, please click here.

January’s biometric tweet chat will center on public safety where we will invite a security expert in as our guest and discuss how the use of biometric technology has grown in this sector, its value & performance and what we can expect to see in the future. Save the date — the next chat is scheduled for January the 5th, 2012 from 11 a.m. EST – 12 p.m. If you have any suggestions for tweet chat topic ideas please email me at: jtrader@m2sys.com

We welcome everyone to the chat and look forward to seeing you next month!

Retail Technology for Inventory Management, Customer Data Protection, Mobile Market & Lowering Shrink – #biometricchat – December 1, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Using biometrics for employee identification at point of sale to help retailers reduce shrink

Tweet chat on retail technology

When: December 1, 2011

11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on retail technology

Topics: Using retail technology for inventory management, protecting customer data, capitalizing on mobile markets, reducing shrink

We are happy to welcome Dan Jablons (@danjab) from Retail Smart Guys as our guest for December’s #biometricchat on using technology in retail to:

— help better manage inventory

protect customer data

— capitalize on the mobile market for the holidays and beyond

lower shrink

On Ohio State grad, Dan has worked with retailers such as Walmart, Target, JC Penney, American Apparel, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Jimmy Choo, Charles David, Diesel, Oakley, Tumi, Hollywood Bowl, and many others.  He has worked for a clothing manufacturer where he piloted vendor-managed inventory programs, a leading point-of-sale provider (where he installed systems and provided merchandising help to retailers large and small) and internet marketing (where he helped retailers establish a presence on the web.)

Dan will be discussing what technology retailers should be considering when developing strategies for: inventory management, mobile markets, protecting customer data from fraud and theft, and reducing shrink. We will ask Dan his thoughts on using biometric technology for employee identification at point of sale as a strategy to lower shrink and what other retail applications he sees biometrics working with in the future.

Just in case you are interested in participating but are new to Tweet chats, please read this post which outlines the instructions and procedures. We hope that you will join us for the discussion, and please spread the word among your colleagues and friends.

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask Dan? Please send them to: john@m2sys.com or come prepared with your questions, comments and feedback on Thursday, December the 1st!