eSSL Biometric Secuwatch

March 2, 2011

eSSL Receives the Frost & Sullivan Market Share Leadership Award in the Indian Biometric Market

Filed under: Access Control, Biometrics, fingerprint india, world — secuwatch @ 10:31 am

Mumbai, India, March 2, 2010 – eSSL was recently conferred the Frost & Sullivan Market Share Leadership Award in the Indian Biometric Market, at the 1st Annual Electronics Industry Excellence Awards Banquet held at Taj Ambassador, New Delhi. The increasing importance of the Electronics sector in the overall GDP and the potential it holds for an emerging economy like India is well known. The growing emphasis on technology, features, innovation, productivity and sustainability have encouraged organizations to continuously improve their offerings. The Indian Electronics Industry was estimated to be worth $47 billion in 2010 growing consistently and is expected to reach $350 billion by 2020

On receiving the award, Mr. Anand Jain, Partner, enterprise Software Solutions lab (eSSL) said, “It’s a wonderful moment for all of us at eSSL. We are delighted to receive the Frost & Sullivan Market Leadership Award in the Indian Biometric Market for the second time in a row*. We take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their continued support and for entrusting eSSL with opportunities to provide them with the worlds best Biometric and RFID-based solutions, which cater to HR attendance and access control needs. eSSL is committed to increasing customers’ performance by enhancing our portfolio to provide integrated and robust solutions.  We also thank Frost & Sullivan for felicitating us with this award, which is an inspiration to companies to perfom better.

The performance of different market participants in the Biometrics market were evaluated through primary research. The key officials within each company were interviewed to assess their relative position within the given market. The data thus obtained was subjected to intense analysis to narrow down on the award recipient.

Niju V, Deputy Director, Automation & Electronics Practice, Frost & Sullivan, South Asia and Middle East, said, “The biometrics market is dominated by large players and despite this concentration, eSSL has been able to carve out a niche for itself. The company has captured a significant share of the market by offering customized solutions. eSSL’s offering of value based pricing has been well appreciated by the customers and has become the cornerstone of its success in the biometrics market. The exciting part of eSSL’s focus on this market is its continuing investment in R&D activities, ensuring that this leadership position is sustainable in over the long-term”.

Frost & Sullivan is in the forefront of conducting research in the electronics markets to track the developments and competitive positioning of different organizations in an emerging and ever-evolving market.This assessment of organizations researched the best practices adopted by them and how they differentiate themselves within the ever-growing community of vendors, vying for user attention. Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards for the Indian Market are based on extensive research, analysis of the market and assessment of participants competing / operating in this market. The Award for Market Share Leadership is presented to a company that has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest market share within its industry in a specific year

* Market Strategy Leadership award for Electronic Access Control Systems (India) in 2007

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About eSSL

enterprise Software Solutions Lab (essl – is headquartered in India’s leading software center, Bangalore – the location chosen by several leading multinational firms. Today, eSSL is a well-reputed software development company with excellent track record and several years of industry experience.We are recognized IT experts in the selected application domains and make every effort to advance our skills. As an industrial software laboratory, our key focus is to work closely with every business from large to small corporations and govt. based cooperatives worldwide in our efforts to bring responsibly produced products and services to a global marketplace.


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February 15, 2011

Facebook uses biometrics on photo images

Filed under: Access Control, Bangalore Biometrics, Biometrics, world — secuwatch @ 5:10 am

Social networking giant Facebook is taking the plunge into using facial recognition-based biometrics in a bid to make it easier for users of the site to tag their photos.

In a blog by one of the company’s engineers, Justin Mitchell, it was revealed that every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook. They do this because it’s an easy way to share photos and memories.

Mitchell says in his blog that while tags are an essential tool for sharing important moments, many people find tagging photos a chore.

Mitchell said that since October, the company has been working to make this process easier. First Facebook added group tagging, so users can type one name and apply it to multiple photos of the same person. Now Facebook is announcing tag suggestions, which will make tagging multiple photos even more convenient.

The new systems will use face recognition software – similar to that found in many photo editing tools – to match new photos to other photos a person is tagged in. Facebook then groups similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggests the name of the friend in the photos.

Users can disable suggested tags in their Privacy Settings, if so desired.

The feature will be debuting tag suggestions to users in the United States over the next few weeks.


August 14, 2008

Cyber cafes to be monitored in India

Indian police places biometric systems and CCTV in more than 150 cyber cafes in order to catch cyber criminals in the act

The growing threat from criminals and fraudsters who use cyber cafes has been getting out of control in many parts of the world, but authorities in India have come up with a unique system which they are looking to trial very soon. The system uses a mixture of biometrics to take thumb prints as users log on, live photographs, and the users name and address records to keep track of who is using workstations, and more importantly, when. The Indian Police recently organized a demonstration of the system to more than 150 cyber cafe owners and while it went down fairly well, there are some concerns about privacy. Many cyber cafe owners are aware that some users will log onto view sites of an adult nature, but it is more the criminals and the fraudsters who are the target of the authorities. A number of cafe owners, however, are concerned about the creeping “big brother is watching” scenario, something which some say has long gone beyond the Indian stage in the United Kingdom.

Cyber crime is a growing business around the world but catching the criminals in the act is proving more and more difficult. While this latest move in India has prompted some concerns it seems likely that some kind of compromise will be reached in the end. 


October 8, 2007

Fingerprint Authentication – The Time Has Finally Arrived

There are several techniques that can be applied for verifying and confirming a user’s identity. They can be broadly classified as something the user knows, such as a password or PIN; something the user has, such as a smart card or ATM card; and something that’s part of the user, such as a fingerprint or iris. The strongest authentication involves a combination of all three. The technology used for identification of a user based on a physical characteristic, such as a fingerprint, iris, face, voice or handwriting is called Biometrics.

It has been more than 15 years since the introduction of commercial fingerprint authentication systems. Yet they are just now gaining broad acceptance. We should not be surprised. Many technologies required several years before the right combination of factors allowed them to become ubiquitous. If one looks back to laptop computers, cell phones, fax machines, pagers, laser printers and countless other everyday devices, one will realize most had long gestation periods. Biometrics is now at the acceptance crossroads. What will propel them into common usage?

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