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Let’s get real about National ID

Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author:

The cover article of this week’s Time Magazine carries the title ‘Your Data For Sale’. It’s an interesting article, but before clicking on the link, be aware that by doing so a) a pop-up ad appears offering you various subscription options, and b) your reading and possible buying behavior may be tracked by a number of tracking and data-mining companies who sell what they have learned about you to companies selling products and services they think might benefit you (or that you would want to pay for nevertheless). The latter is obviously the topic of this article, and the author – Joel Stein – lays bare how reliable – or rather: unreliable – these data-mining companies are, how data are being used, and what the risks or benefits are. His conclusion is summed up in the tag line: Everything about you is being tracked – get over it”.

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Visit the New Acuity Website:

Posted: March 18th, 2011 | Author:

Just finishing up the final touches on the new Acuity website. Stop by and have a look around.  Should be a lot easier on the eyes… and much easier to find what you are looking for.

We are in the process of updating our market analysis library where you will find tons of forecasts, analysis, articles, and market briefs that Acuity has published over the past few years. Some of the material is dated, but it is always  interesting to look back and see how well Acuity’s crystal ball has been functioning!

We will be pulling more out of the archives soon, as well as adding new material on a regular basis. S0, check back frequently, or if you want more immediate gratification, subscribe to our blog or twitter account.

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The WWW of NID

Posted: March 7th, 2011 | Author:

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been digging into the National ID market in preparation of our upcoming report “The Global National ID Industry Report”. I cannot help but conclude that it is a Wild Wild West out there.

A quick look:

  • There are nations without a Population Register at all, and ones with a population register of questionable reliability; Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s coming AND going?

Posted: March 6th, 2011 | Author:

Flight of Brockton suspect documents US security gap – The Boston Globe.

According to this report in the Boston Globe, a 40 year old foreign national from Ecuador used the passport of a 26 year old from the same country to board a plane in Boston shortly after murdering a woman and her child.

The US is so obsessed with security that we have introduced full body scans and yet somehow our security is not sophisticated enough to notice someone traveling on a passport when they don’t even really resemble person to whom the passport was issued.

Now, I would wager – and I am definitely am not a gambler – that any of the top 10 commercial facial recognition engines would have easily determined that the person in the photo was not the person going through the security line. And for a fraction of the billions invested post 9/11 in airport security.


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Data Driven Analysis is one of my personal obsessions …

Posted: March 5th, 2011 | Author:

I have been working on the new Acuity website so I have been immersed in the process of distilling clear, concise messaging and communications about our business and editing and reediting web pages to get them just right. I become near obsessive when I do this. I actually started out my career as a SW engineer but quickly gave that up because it made me kind of crazy. Whenever I become engaged in anything remotely technical I remember why.  The obsessions grabs me and I find myself up until 3 am in this case painstakingly modifying web pages over and over again until I feel like I am closer to some bizarre and fantasized sense of perfection. Which of course fades quickly the next day when I look at the site again and find scores of typos, bad links, and pages that seemed to have magically disappeared.

What does this have to do with data driven market analysis? Everything; at least for me. I just wrote the following for the “Why Us?” page of the site:

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