Aharon Zeevi Farkash
Articles by Aharon Zeevi Farkash
Multi-modal biometrics refers to a technology that combines a number of biometrics working together as a multifactor solution Global terrorism is on the rise. For many years, the West felt immune to these incidents, often asserting that these were problems felt only in countries with heated conflicts, such as Syria, Iraq, Israel and Nigeria. However, recent terror attacks have taken place in both Europe and the United States: Belgium, France (Paris and Nice), Orlando, various cities in Germany, Turkey, and the list goes on.The intelligence community is constantly looking for a single-point “source” to help prevent the next terror attack. However, in my experience serving as Head of Military Intelligence of the Israel Defence Forces, and through my work with the international intelligence community, I have learned that such a single source does not exist. There is no simple solution to terror prevention.Proactive and combined approachBut taking a proactive approach can help the fight against terror. To be proactive, the intelligence community must create an ecosystem of information—a network of interconnected sensors that combine to provide a clearer picture of the situations that security agencies must assess to prevent attacks from happening. The intelligence community must create an ecosystem of information—a network of interconnected sensors that combine to provide a clearer picture When it comes to preventing terror, this network might include an array of sensors: signal intelligence, cyber intelligence, visual intelligence—not only from satellites—surveillance balloons, drones, special forces, human intelligence, interrogations and others. Any of these sources alone would not get the job done; combined, however, they provided a clear picture of the security landscape. Intelligence agencies collect all these single points of information and fuse them together. Almost in real-time, this fusion creates actionable intelligence for end-users (special forces, air force, any actor who can utilise the intelligence). This combining of sources we employed in my career led me to understand the power of fusion.The power of fusion is the key to effective preventative security.Global megatrends and demand for convenient securityThere are two relevant megatrends in the world right now: Urbanisation and the rise of the megacity, which inevitably leads to rising crime rates The need to prevent terrorism With these two relevant trends, increased security has become a necessity. However, there is a misconception that increased security means increased inconvenience for people. As such, there is a need to create systems that provide the high level of security necessary in today’s world, given the aforementioned megatrends, while still maintaining the convenience and pace in our everyday lives. Biometric technology provides an answer to this. If we can quickly and securely identify individuals before they enter a building—or prevent them from doing so—many security crises can be prevented before they take place. Power of fusion and multi-modal biometricsThis is where the power of fusion comes into play. Any biometric sensor on its own – facial recognition, fingerprints, iris recognition, voice recognition—cannot provide the accuracy, speed, or ease of use needed for strong security that is also convenient for the public.Developing an effective biometric technology for secure access requires us to build a new intelligence ecosystem—a fusion of technologies that provide speed and accuracy, and are simple for the end-user. The most secure and convenient biometric technologies for identity verification must use the power of fusion. We find these types of solutions in multi-modal biometric technologies. Multi-modal biometrics allow people to move freely, yet securely, through their daily lives Multi-modal biometrics refers to a technology that combines a number of biometrics working together as a multifactor solution. This can include software that uses a fusion of biometric technologies, smartphones that require access via a fingerprint and PIN code, or access through voice and facial recognition, to name just a few. The primary advantages of such systems are the heightened levels of accuracy and security, as well as greater levels of accessibility and flexibility for users.The industry is trending towards adoption of multi-modal biometrics. This is because stand-alone biometric technologies, such as iris scanning, face recognition, fingerprinting or otherwise, are exposed to a) questions of accuracy and b) the ability for fraud to attempt to trick the system. But, by fusing a number of technologies such as face, body and voice, we can create a system that is highly accurate. In cases in which in-motion identification is part of the technology, a user may not even be required to stop for identification. This fusion of sensors allows us to identify a person in real-time, with high accuracy and speed. By employing the power of fusion, neither security nor convenience need be compromised. Adoption and real world use of multi-modal biometrics The use of multi-modal biometrics is expanding, and is being sought after by some of the largest companies in the world to secure facilities. Market research firm Technavio predicts that the global advanced authentication market (multi-factor and biometrics solutions) will experience a CAGR of 17 percent between 2016 and 2020. Lead analyst Amrita Choudhury commented that threats in the realm of digital security in retail, healthcare and the banking and financial services industry are driving companies toward multi-modal biometrics. According to Choudhury, multi-modal biometrics will likely gain widespread acceptance over the next four years. The use of multi-modal biometrics is expanding, and is being sought after by some of the largest companies in the world to secure facilities While we often see multi-modal biometrics in homeland security, military and law enforcement applications, more often, these technologies are being deployed for consumers. For example, certain smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy 5S, utilise face and voice biometrics for greater authentication accuracy. We can also see these technologies in banking apps and cloud platforms focused on the enterprise security market.However, multi-modal biometrics are certainly not limited to the digital/cyber realm. In fact, physical locations – buildings, healthcare facilities, corporations, schools and universities, stadiums and airports could all benefit from more secure and more convenient access made possible by multi-modal biometrics.We live in a world in which we contend with new threats created by rising crime and terror. By applying the power of fusion to physical secure access technologies, we can increase the level of security that is necessary without feeling that we live in a police state. Multi-modal biometrics allow people to move freely, yet securely, through their daily lives, providing access to those we recognise, and allowing the power of fusion to prevent access to those who are unfamiliar. In this way, we can practice proactive preventative security without encroaching on the pace of life.
Gary Drutin replaces Major General Aharon Zeevi Farkash as CEO FST Biometrics, a leading biometric identification solutions provider, announced that Gary Drutin has been nominated as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Major General Aharon Zeevi Farkash, who will shift his focus to the areas of innovation and strategy development. “We are very excited that Gary is joining our team, given his outstanding sales and marketing experience and the huge market opportunity FST has in front of it,” said Farkash. “Gary’s international track record speaks volumes about his passion for building companies, and I am looking forward to working closely with him to grow our business aggressively." Major growth phase Drutin joins FST from Allot Communications, where he served as chief customer officer, overseeing all sales and marketing for the company. Prior to Allot, Drutin held executive positions at Provigent (Broadcom), AudioCodes, Cisco and Digital Equipment Corporation. The addition of Drutin comes on the heels of Avi Naor’s appointment as FST board Chairman, as the company readies itself for its major growth phase. Building secure environments "Farkash and his team havebuilt a game-changingsolution for the human identification market" “Farkash and his team have built a game-changing solution for the human identification market,” said Drutin. “As the global population continues to increase – particularly in large cities – now is the perfect time for me to work closely with him, and with Avi Naor, to build FST as the global standard for ensuring safe, secure and convenient environments and facilities around the world.” “I’m pleased to have put together such a strong management team to lead FST in the coming months and years,” said lead investor Gary Fegel of GMF Capital. “I have full confidence that this team will guide the company to become the global standard for identification.” IMID Access In-Motion Identification system FST Biometrics’ award-winning, biometrics-based IMID Access In-Motion Identification system provides convenient and frictionless secure access for a variety of venues including leading enterprises, large residential complexes, office buildings, educational institutions, in addition to health and recreation centres. Save Save
More than 1.5 million successful identifications are taking place each month with FST's IMID access system FST Biometrics,a provider of biometric identification solutions, has announced that more than 1.5 million successful identifications are taking place each month around the world with its IMID access system. In addition, the company announced that it has increased its customer base by 30% in the past 12 months from the financial, corporate, health and real estate markets. Customer feedback “The feedback we have received from customers and customer prospects is astounding,” said Maj. General (Res.) Aharon Zeevi Farkash, FST’s founder and CEO. “Our technology now has market-proven scalability, with more than 1.5 Million monthly identifications taking place. We are ready for the coming period of aggressive growth.” New product features The last 12 months have also been a time of significant feature additions for IMID Access, FST’s core product. These new features have readied the product for the enterprise markets, and these large customers are already moving forward with implementations. “The past 12 months have demonstrated that the demand for FST’s IMID system is robust around the world,” said Gary Fegel, founder of GMF Capital and FST's largest shareholder. “With FST’s outstanding management team, led by Aharon Zeevi Farkash, and the company’s strong board of directors, including former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the incoming chairman Avi Naor, FST is poised to continue to grow significantly in the coming months.”
Naor will work with FST Biometrics' leadership team, headed by founder and CEO, Aharon Zeevi Farkash FST Biometrics, a biometric identification solutions provider, has announced that Avi Naor, a member of FST's board of directors, has made an investment in FST Biometrics and has been appointed as chairman of the board. Naor's appointment will take effect immediately. “As a member of FST Biometrics’ board of directors, I have seen the significant interest that tier-one customer prospects have shown in the company’s game-changing technology and offerings,” said Naor. “I look forward to working with the outstanding leadership team – headed by FST's founder and CEO, Aharon Zeevi Farkash – to take the Company to the next level." Extensive business experience Naor, one of Israel’s first hi-tech entrepreneurs served as CEO and president of software giant Amdocs, which he co-founded, from 1995 until 2002. Naor led the company’s IPO in 1998, as well as several subsequent offerings, and is credited with building the company into the multi-billion-dollar powerhouse it has become. As part of the Alpha Group investment organisation, Naor bought equity in Retalix, Ltd., and served as board chairman from 2011 until 2012, when Retalix was sold to NCR. “From his outstanding leadership at Amdocs to maximising the value of Retalix, and, of course, his impactful work with Or Yarok, Avi Naor has demonstrated the winning combination of vision and passion that virtually ensures significant growth and achievement for any organisation he touches,” said Major General (Res.) Farkash. “We look forward to Avi playing a major role in our future success and expansion.” Social achievements Eti and Avi Naor are social entrepreneurs and Israeli philanthropists. Their Naor Foundation focuses on three main areas: Road safety, children and youth at-risk, and supporting the periphery through investing in developing communities. Naor is a 2014 Israel Prize laureate, and the recipient of Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction.
IMID access system enables over 10,000 members and staff to freely enter and exit access-restricted areas of the facility The Granite Club, Canada’s premier family, social, recreation and athletic club, recently announced it has implemented a state-of-the-art access and security system designed to allow freedom of movement for members and staff, while restricting access to authorised users only. “Following a comprehensive process, we selected FST’s IMID Access system because it has the perfect combination of sophistication and convenience for our members and staff, in addition to unparalleled security,” said James DiRenzo, Chief Operating Officer of The Granite Club. “We wanted a solution that provided secure access and comprehensive usage data, without creating any obstacles for our busy club members, whose time is truly a precious commodity.” FST IMID access & security system The IMID Access system, provided by award-winning secure access technology provider FST Biometrics, utilises a fusion of biometrics information. This enables the more than 10,000 members and staff to freely enter and exit access-restricted areas of the facility, which includes a world-class athletic center, 5-star dining and meeting facilities and a children’s centre. The Granite Club cited the “frictionless” (touch-free) nature of IMID Access as a key reason for selecting the solution. IMID Access does not require the user to touch anything, swipe a card, carry a fob or punch in a code on a keypad. This aspect of the system, while certainly convenient, is particularly useful in a high-use active community, where health and hygienic best practices are very important to club operations. Highest level of protection and security In addition to the core goal of protecting access to specific areas within the Club, the IMID Access system has been deployed in the children’s centre in order to provide the highest level of protection and security for members’ children. “IMID Access is perfectly suited for a first-class facility such as The Granite Club, which requires the ultimate in secure access while ensuring freedom of movement for its members and staff,” said Aharon Zeevi Farkash, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FST Biometrics. “We are pleased that our solution answers The Granite Club’s key needs.” The Granite Club is one of North America’s oldest and most prestigious private member clubs. Founded in 1875, the Club prides itself on a healthy balance between social, recreation and athletic pursuits in a family-friendly environment.