The Newest Tool in the Biometric Toolbox: A Closer Look at Eye Tracking

Fingerprints have been used as a means of biometric identification for decades. Speech recognition and analysis of speech patterns has been happening since the 1970s. Slowly, new methods such as facial recognition, iris recognition, and DNA-based testing have entered into popular use.

And yet, it’s amazing to think that even though efforts to standardize and operationalize biometric monitoring are less than twenty years old, biometric technology has become so ubiquitous that many of us use fingerprint recognition dozens of times every day to unlock our cell phones.

In this rapidly changing world of biometric monitoring, a new player has emerged: eye tracking.

Though eye tracking has been widely used in scientific research, applications for business are just beginning to thrive.

This is largely due to the vast technological improvements that have occurred over the last few years, changing eye tracking from an expensive, cumbersome laboratory experiment into a sleek and natural data collection experience.

Top modern eye trackers such as iMotions are non-intrusive, about as big as a smartphone, and allow for real-time biometric monitoring with excellent reliability and near-complete availability.

For more information on eye tracking, check out the following infographic. Below you will find:

  1. Information on the fascinating complexity of the human eye
  2. An overview of how eye-tracking works and the type of hardware required
  3. Standards for pricing and capability of eye-tracking technologies
  4. Tips and tricks for performing eye-tracking based research


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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OBL to lead new international OASIS standard for Web Services-based operational monitoring of biometric devices and services


OASIS Open, Web Services-based Operational Monitoring and Reporting

Today, OASIS Open assigned Optimum Biometric Labs to lead a new international standard for Web Services-based operational monitoring and reporting of biometric devices and services. This couldn’t be more timely. For 2014, we envisioned a yet closer merger of biometric technologies and ‘Internet of Things’. The background: beside observing the trends for more than a decade, we assumed our pioneering and contributing role for this to happen had a good chance to becoming accepted and formal. We sensed the time was finally ripe to raise the awareness and equip the biometric customers with the framework and tools with which they could use a common language to set minimum quality requirements and to deploy associated monitoring and management.

We think this is truly essential news not only for the end-user community but also a significant milestone and a step forward for the industry to progress, expand, and offer new business models to monetize service agreements to complement their…

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MetricsHub, a service for cloud health and performance monitoring with alerts and notifications just acquired by Microsoft. One of the commentators writes: “The MetricsHub team created an incredible product, and I’m not surprised by this outcome. For anyone using Azure, I highly recommend giving MetricHub a shot. It’s very quick to setup.”


Microsoft just announced that it has acquired MetricsHub, a service that automates cloud performance management and helps its customers manage their cloud services more efficiently. MetricsHub participated in the Microsoft Azure Accelerator, a competitive three-month accelerator program the company hosts in collaboration with TechStars.

The program provides these companies with $20,000 from TechStars, $60,000 worth of cloud computing services on Azure, office space in Seattle and, it seems, a chance to be acquired by Microsoft.

Windows Azure users, Microsoft also today announced, can now use a “pre-release, no charge, version of MetricsHub’s Active Cloud Monitoring,” which is available through the Windows Azure store. All of its paying customers, MetricsHub noted today, will be converted to the free plan.

metricshubThe financial details of the transaction remain under wraps, but the service currently only has 374 users, so chances are the price wasn’t all that high.

MetricsHub provides users…

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An interesting debate (beside this launch announcement): are proprietary IT-monitoring software/service “bloated with features and expensive” and Open Source “have great need for fine-tuning and customizing”? Can new tools and services solve the challenge that comes with both options “costly to businesses either in terms of money or staff time”?


Anturis is an IT-monitoring service for the small business market (SMB) that launched this week at the Parallels Summit with the intent of providing a service that fits between enterprise software and open source offerings. It looks like a decent service, but its critiques of open source offerings are disingenuous.

The Anturis SaaS enables customers to download and add a simple script that monitors data across multiple parameters. A customer can keep tabs on different data centers, platforms and branch offices around the world. In addition, it analyzes the data to alert customers of any potential issues from the different layers of the infrastructure and provides reports about specific problems, as well as historical analysis.

Anturis executives say that enterprise-level IT monitoring software is bloated. I can accept that. But they also make the claim that open-source software requires fine tuning. Sergey Nevstruev, Anturis CEO, said this in a…

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Big Data companies: Infochimps Launches Enterprise Cloud For Big Data Analytics

I have previously published a post, ‘There’s A Metric for That’: How Big Data Impacts Biometrics Market and Industry, on the advantages and potentials of utilizing Big Data methods and tools in biometrics applications from a system and control center point of view. Starting from now I will try to post and re-post about Big Data companies and tools that I come across. This time TechCrunch reports on a company called Infochimps who offers a big data enterprise cloud. TechCrunch writes:

Infochimps is one of a growing ecosystem of companies that are programming the knowledge of data scientists, statisticians and programmers into applications that businesspeople can use.

Source: TechCrunch


Clouds, clouds, everywhere there are clouds. Here’s one more to file in your cloud list from Infochimps that’s all about big data.

Infochimps Enterprise Cloud is the kind of service you won’t see any time soon from an enterprise behemoth like Oracle or most of the enterprise big boys. Why? Because it’s self service. You don’t need three weeks of training and a background in programming, analytics, and computer science to use the service.

Infochimps data scientists and engineers developed the platform so they could collect lots of data and perform complex analytics along the way. A customer can pull in data from CRM systems and any of the other app silos where data pools then combine it with the data from Facebook, Twitter, and other services. The data flows into Infochimps’ data-delivery service and is cleaned up along the way. Data gets enriched, as needed, with other pieces of…

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The Biometrics Performance Simulator, available at Julian Ashbourn’s Biometrics Research website

Here is an announcement from Mr. Julian Ashbourn regarding launch of a free to use tool Biometrics Performance Simulator:

A new utility – The Biometrics Performance Simulator – has been posted on the Biometrics Research website at which you might find very interesting. It demonstrates the issue of equivalence of performance across nodes and has various selectable parameters which will enable you to emulate and visualise a wide variety of situations. It also has an integral graphing engine, enabling you to easily produce visualisations for reports etc. You may download and use this software freely and without restriction. It is supplied as is with no warranty, implied or otherwise. When you become familiar with its use, you may like to join the Biometrics Research forum in order to discuss the implications that it unveils. Similarly, if you have any thoughts on how it may be enhanced in the future, do let me know via the website.
Kind regards to all,

Afterwards Julian has updated the site with two additional tools:

I have posted a third utility on the Biometrics Research website [ ] which illustrates the importance of template quality and variability, especially with respect to blanket threshold levels. It also makes a useful distinction between arbitrary threshold levels and matching criteria based upon individual templates.

The three utilities, together, form a useful little suite with which to discuss and understand the use of a biometric in real world scenarios. They will be especially useful for training purposes or to formulate the right questions for system designers. If you have any questions or observations in this context, please let me know.

Regards to all,



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