Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here.
This week, we reveal that the US military is investing in behavioural-based biometrics to design a new type of ‘password’ system. An office block in Sweden is trialling security chips under the skin. And we couldn’t publish without a mention of Apple’s record-breaking financial results which are the envy of the business world.
US military invests in ‘invisible’ 'password' research
A research team at the home of the US army’s military academy, West Point, 80km (50 miles) north of New York City is developing an invisible biometric ‘password’. Many next-generation biometric-based identity and password procedures have been discussed on technology news websites over the years, but this idea seems to be different. To avoid the weaknesses of using fingerprint and iris identification, the US military is betting on behavioural-based biometrics. This means that the security system detects how each person interacts with technology – and this pattern is, apparently, unique to each individual.
Weekly Techno Briefs will keep an eye on this story and report back as it develops.
Source: Tech Week Europe
Chip under the skin
In Sweden, security is getting under people’s skin – literally! A hi-tech office block in the capital, Stockholm, is trialling a system where people can have a chip inserted beneath the skin in their hand. Only about the size of a grain of rice, the chip works using Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology. With it, people can simply wave themselves into the building rather than use a key or swipe card. One tenant who’s company rents space in the office block also uses his chip to use the photocopier. Not everyone in the building wants to have the chip, but those that do might be able to access more services with it in the near future.
Source: BBC News: chip
Apple breaks record profits
You’ve probably already heard the news that Apple has set a new record for the biggest ever quarterly profit by a public company. But have you read the staggering figures from the technology world’s giant of giants? Here are the numbers Apple reported for October to December 2014:
• Profit: US$18 billion (£11.8 billion)
• Number of iPhones sold: 74.5 million
• Profit per product: 39.9%
• Fall in sales of iPads: 22%
Not long ago, some commentators thought that perhaps Apple’s best days had gone but these numbers blow that theory apart. Okay, investors might be slightly concerned about the decline in iPad sales and it’s well known that Korean rival Samsung actually sells more phones. However, demand for Apple’s products in China grew so fast in 2014 that it was close to matching that seen in Europe. And millions of the firm’s fans are already excited about the Apple Watch, which is due to go on sale in April. So Apple’s fortunes look likely to continue their meteoric rise.
The company now has a stash of cash amounting to a whopping US$142 billion (£93.5 billion). As you would expect, there’s no shortage of industry observers wondering what it will do with all this money.
Source: BBC News: Apple
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.