Former PM Ehud Barak Joins Board of Biometric Start-up Firm

FST says it uses a combination of facial recognition and behavioral analytics in its products, and that its clients include governments and corporations.

Dudu Bachar

Former Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak has joined the board of a local startup that specializes in biometric identification technology.

FST Biometrics announced Monday that it had received a $15 million investment from GMF Capital, a firm led by Swiss investor Gary Fegel, and that Barak would serve as GMF's representative on the company board.

FST says it uses a combination of facial recognition and behavioral analytics in its products, and that its clients include governments and corporations. Its founder and chief executive is Aharon Zeevi Farkash, a former head of Israeli military intelligence.

Barak, a former Israeli military chief, served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001. More recently, he served as defense minister before retiring from politics in 2013.