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Monday, March 21, 2016

Global Biometric Point-of-Sales Terminals Market to Grow at a CAGR of 26.94% During the Period 2016 - 2020

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Report forecast the global biometric POS terminals market to grow at a CAGR of 26.94% during the period 2016-2020.
Biometrics refers to the identification and authentication of an individual based on their biological and behavioral characteristics. Biometrics include the authentication of an individual by evaluating one or more unique biological traits like fingerprint identification, palm-vein identification, facial recognition, iris recognition, retina identification, and voice recognition.

Biometric technology is widely preferred among enterprises and educational institutions for payment at POS terminals over traditional authentication methods involving passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs). This is because biometrics is difficult to replicate unlike passwords and PINs, which can be easily hacked. Biometric POS terminals, integrated with biometrics technology, are primarily used as a payment solution.

However, biometric POS terminals are used to track employee time and attendance as well. With technological advances in hardware and sensors, a number of biometric technologies, such as keystroke and electroencephalogram (EEG), have been developed for the identification of individuals. These biometrics are mainly used by government authorities for identity verification.

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global biometrics POS terminals market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sale of biometric POS terminals, which include both fixed POS and portable POS.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
- Americas

According to the report, one of the major drives in the market is rise in fraud at merchant POS terminals. Hackers are increasingly targeting vulnerable POS terminals to steal payment card data via several methods. Take, for instance, the installation of skimmers at POS terminals. The skimmer reads and transmits data from swiped cards on POS terminals. Another technique used by hackers is POS RAM scrapers. A POS RAM scraper accesses the POS database and encrypts and stores payment card data and can be remotely accessed by the hacker.

Further, the report states that without standardization, companies cannot produce standard biometric POS devices. The lack of standardization is a barrier to interoperability. Therefore, the absence of unanimous standards in the global biometric POS terminals market is hindering market growth.

Global Biometrics POS Terminals Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

key players in the Global Biometrics POS Terminals Market: Bitel, Biyo, Crossmatch, Danal, DERMALOG Identification Systems, EKEMP, Fujitsu, Ingenico, M2SYS, PayTango, Safran Morpho, Sthaler, SmartMetric, Verifone, Zwipe, and Zvetco.

Market driver
- Rise in fraud at merchant POS terminals
- For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market challenge
- Lack of standardization
- For a full, detailed list, view our report

Market trend
- Adoption of biometric POS terminals in restaurants
- For a full, detailed list, view our report

Key questions answered in this report
- What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
- What are the key market trends?
- What is driving this market?
- What are the challenges to market growth?
- Who are the key vendors in this market space?
- What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

Spanning over 45 pages and 10 Exhibit "Global Biometric Point-Of-Sales Terminals Market 2016 - 2020" report covers Executive summary, Scope of the report, Market research methodology, Introduction, Market Overview, Market Landscape, Market segmentation by technology, Geographical segmentation, Market drivers, Impact of drivers, Market challenges, Impact of drivers and challenges, Market trends, Vendor landscape, Appendix.

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North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea

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North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea's military said, amid heightened tension over the isolated country's nuclear and rocket programs.

The unidentified projectiles were launched from south of the city of Hamhung and flew about 200 km (120 miles), landing in waters east of North Korea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

On Friday, North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea in defiance of tough new U.N. and U.S. sanctions slapped on the country following nuclear and rocket tests earlier this year.

"North Korea should refrain from all provocative actions, including missile launches, which are in clear violation of U.N. resolutions," Sung Kim, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, told reporters in Seoul when asked about Monday's firing.

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The Truth about Putin’s Withdrawal from Syria

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by John Galt

THERE is this myth, propagated by the Western media that when Russia engages in an activity which seems counter to prior statements or actions that it is a sign of weakness or incoherent strategic goals.

Sadly for the West and the new generation of so-called “Russian” experts, this is the farthest thing from the truth.

At the liberal website Slate, the ‘expert’ speculated that it was due to Assad’s intransigence and the financial cost of the operations in Syria. That of course is almost complete nonsense except that rumors were that Russia was pushing Assad to accept a Federalized state solution for the Kurds in exchange for their loyalty to the Assad regime. The cost of the operation was less than $1 billion dollars and despite the Turkish shooting down of a Russin Su-24, the economic costs have hit Turkey and Saudi/GCC allied terrorist forces far harder than the just over $600 million the Russians spent.

Meanwhile at the American version of Pravda, USA Today, the experts in their article speculated that the withdrawal was to force President Assad into a political solution; again, a wet dream wish to salvage Obama’s reputation in the region as there is no impetus for such an agreement to be reached. The ceasefire currently agreed to is already in tatters as ISIS and pro-Saudi terrorist groups have shattered that peace with offensives and car bomb attacks throughout the countryside. At the same time, Turkish forces continue to attack across the border at Kurdish positions with impunity, thus guaranteeing a larger conflict along the Turkish border is about to develop.

The reality? The situation closer to home is going to require the full attention of the Russian leadership and military and the best pilots will be needed for a possible upcoming conflict if the European Union and NATO allies fail to reign in the militarists running the Ukrainian government.

Vladimir Putin was not ignoring the actions of the European Union’s foreign ministers meeting in Brussels early last week where cracks began to appear in the united front of keeping the sanctions against Russia. Italy, Greece, and Hungary all wanted a change in the policy and direct engagement but Italy has since recanted and agreed to keep the sanctions on Russia should certain yet unspecified conditions fail to be met. The Kiev government is keenly aware of this fact and will wish to manufacture a reason for the sanctions to remain firmly in place while at the same time, doing the same thing the rebels in Syria were attempting: to lure NATO into a conflict with Russia.

Meanwhile, the violence in the Donbas region against the Donetsk and Lugansk regions has increased dramatically in the past three weeks. In some areas around Donetsk and Gorlovka, the number of attacks has double in the past week as this map below shows (data from Russian news sites and Donbas bloggers):

In addition, over the past week a column of 15 Ukrainian Army tanks and APCs were spotted 15 km from the city of Gorlovka in an area where they can attack directly towards Donetsk or move east from their staging point to move against Gorlovka. The following video from NewsFront highlights the location and threat they possess:

This along with reported increased Ukrainian troop activity near Mariupol, Lugansk, and along the Moldovan/Transnestria borders to the west have alarmed Moscow while the OSCE and EU sit silent on the matter. Since the Minsk accords were signed, on a nightly basis the suburbs of Donetsk and Lugansk have endured attacks using small arms fire but in recent weeks, heavier artillery is being used by the Ukrainians in direct violation of the Minsk agreement.

Vladimir Putin, unlike President Obama, can multi-task and understands the complexity of the situation he faces. If the Ukrainians begin a spring offensive in the next few weeks, it will provide him with the justification to launch full fledged military operations in the Donbas region and to the west in Transnestria to protect Russian interests. The benefits for Moscow of such a provocation by the Kiev government are five fold:

1. Russia can destroy large portions of the Ukrainian military, further destabilizing the Kiev government.
2. Justification for such actions will be obvious to the global community and not provoked by Russia, thus providing another black eye for the Obama/EU cabal.
3. Russian citizens desiring to unite with the Donbas region might be provided a Federalized Russian protection scheme which will include Odessa, Transnestria, and all regions east to Mariupol, leaving the nation of Ukraine with no port facilities or ocean access.
4. NATO’s influence in the region will be further diminished and the reputation as a paper tiger cemented in the minds of Eastern European countries.
5. This also opens up the possibility of reversing the pro-EU/NATO desires of Serbia, possibly moving them back into the Russian sphere.

Putin understands the risks and how this might play out over the coming months and understood that he needed his best Spetsnaz and Air Force personnel back in Russia to get rest and ready for possible combat. With Syria still in the forefront of US and EU propaganda and provocation while US troops now directly engage ISIS forces near Mosul, it is obvious to the Russian military and Putin that there is no stomach to defend the corrupt Kiev regime and if they fail to get in line and observe the Minks agreements, it will be viewed as a lost cause by the West and Russia will end up gaining the upper hand.

Once again, old Vlad is five moves ahead playing chess, while Obama continues to insist on marking “X” or “O” in the chessboard squares.

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Astronomers Discovered Unexpected Activity On Ceres That Could Point To Huge Underground Ocean

Nestled 250 million miles from Earth, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, is the largest object in the asteroid belt: Ceres. It’s home to some of the most puzzling features ever observed in our solar system, including a giant pyramid that dwarfs many mountains on Earth and several dazzling bright spots inside a 50-mile-wide crater.

Now, recent research, led by astronomers at the INAF-Trieste Astronomical Observatory in Italy, has discovered that these unique bright spots are doing something unexpected: They’re changing. And it could point to some of the most compelling evidence yet for a huge underground ocean sloshing beneath Ceres’ rocky shell.

A misty glow

We first got a good look at Ceres and its perplexing landscape last year, when the Dawn spacecraft fell into orbit around it. But Dawn isn’t the only instrument scientists are using to study Ceres.

Using the European Southern Observatory’s 3.6-meter telescope, the team noticed that Ceres’ spots appear to vary in brightness over time — growing brighter before dimming back down, like a lightning bug on a summer night.

Interestingly, the spots are brightest when they’re on the day side of Ceres, facing the sun. This has led the team to suspect that these surprising changes are the result of sublimation, when a solid becomes a gas.

Heat from the sun’s light sublimates certain materials, which then forms a visible misty haze above the spots, the team reported in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

When additional sunlight then strikes the mist, it scatters the light, giving off a brilliant glow that makes the spots appear brighter.

The mist, however, is only temporary. It seems to evaporate within a few hours after forming. Without any mist hanging over them, the spots then appear to dim, which explains the variable changes the team observed.


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