What was your company’s biggest accomplishment in 2019?
Aratek’s intensified focus on product development has yielded a number of breakthroughs in 2019, chief of which is the TruFace facial matching series. The market has responded very favorably towards the TruFace line, which is positioned to fill the growing demand for facial recognition terminals that are reliable and cost-effective. Our R&D listened closely to what the customers really need, allowing us to come up with a winning feature set for TruFace: (1) Built-in HDR dual-camera system that detects ambient lighting levels and then controls the near-infrared LED accordingly. It allows high quality captures in all lighting conditions, whether in a dark room or even in the bright outdoors, (2) Algorithm-based Live Face Detection, a feature made possible by Aratek’s patented TrustFace algorithm. Since it’s not dependent on hardware, TruFace is an inexpensive and reliable solution for many identification and authentication applications. Another banner accomplishment in 2019 is the STQC certifications notched by the A400 and A600 fingerprint scanners, just a year after they captured FBI certification. These new certifications squarely put Aratek in a position to help the Indian government enroll about 600 million citizens in the Aadhaar, and have opened up exciting opportunities where Aratek’s biometric technology may be applied to directly help the Indian people. Ahead of the STCQ certification, the A400 and the A600 scanners have both also secured the FBI PIV / Mobile ID FAP 10 and FAP 20 certifications respectively, which guarantee superior image quality, usability of output, and inter-operability.
What is the greatest opportunity facing the biometrics industry?
As the world grows more complex, the biometrics industry will be front and center of bringing order to chaos. Facial matching, for instance, is jumping out of smartphones into wider usage everywhere. Already, the UIDAI of India is planning a full implementation of facial recognition for the country’s Aadhaar National ID cards. Moreover, governments around the globe are spending heavily on face-enforced surveillance and secure identification and authentication, driving the explosive growth of this market which is expected to reach a value of USD 9.06 billion by 2024. Multimodal biometrics, or the combination of two biometric modalities in an identification and authentication system, is also predicted to gain significant ground as enterprise continues to seek better ways to secure systems. For example, fingerprint and facial matching are robust modalities in themselves. When combined, however, they bring a whole new level accuracy and reliability. Multimodal biometrics will experience rapid growth because they provide the supplemental, and often the crucial data from among different modalities to mitigate any possible shortcomings of a single biometric modality. Aside from physical biometrics (face recognition, iris recognition, and fingerprint recognition), behavior-based biometrics (signature, gait, voice and recognition) are also seen to gain wider and wider usage. Aratek’s TruFace line includes the BA8200 and BD8500 multimodal biometric terminals which are both equipped with facial recognition and fingerprint matching capabilities, working in tandem to achieve peerless security and reliability in all identification and authentication applications. The headlines aren’t lying. The never-ending war between security experts and cyber-criminals is real and will only escalate in the years to come with the emergence of more and more sophisticated methods of attack. We predict, therefore, a wider adoption of multi-factor authentication with biometrics, where two or more independent credentials are combined with biometrics. Thus, what the user knows (traditional password), what the user has (security token such as OTP), and what the user is (biometric verification) can all be used in combination to create a more impregnable wall to keep attackers at bay. This works because even if one factor is breached, the criminal would have to contend with two or more others before actually compromising the system. With border security a hot issue these days, authorities are fast relying on the multifactor authentication offered by Aratek’s Marshall-M to keep their countries safe. The Marshall-M combines MRZ functionalities with a whole panoply of other factors such as fingerprint and NFC applications to give the utmost in security. Similarly, the Aratek BM5520 is helping prevent unauthorized entry with a combination of fingerprint scanning and matching, contact and contactless smart card reader, and 2D barcode scanner.
What does your company have in store for 2020?
Product development will continue to drive Aratek in 2020, where we expect to develop a full range of modules and scanners of all sizes and specifications. The aim is to smoothly integrate our superior biometric technology into the ever growing range of identity-based services and applications. Aratek plans to keep partnering with governments and enterprise in the efforts for greater financial inclusion because we believe the unbanked deserve to be welcomed into the financial system and enjoy many benefits. We are hatching a lot of exciting things in our labs at any given time, and we will soon see the deployment of facial recognition technology in our mobile terminals. This next-generation facial matching technology is envisioned to help authorities boost their counter-terrorism efforts and improve service delivery to their citizens. We are also working on a cloud identity management rental service, aimed squarely at organizations which need identity management but do not have the capability to run it themselves. We realized that Aratek’s vast experience is a key factor that we can leverage into providing managed services that can provide real solutions to real needs.
Aratek is a global leader in the biometrics and securities industry. It empowers governments, law enforcement agencies, banks, retailers and other enterprises to solve their identity management challenges through biometrics. Aratek provides software and hardware products for biometric fingerprint and face recognition. Aratek’s products are used for both civil and forensic applications, including border crossings, criminal investigations, national ID programs, voter registration, verification and duplication checking, passport issuance and other national-scale projects.