UK Commons committee prepares for inquiry into Home Office’ biometrics guidance

A UK House of Commons committee is preparing to launch an inquiry into the storage of 20 million mugshots by police after running out of patience with the Government, which was told the practice was unlawful without legal and regulatory backing six years ago by the High Court, the Independent reports. The database containing facial images of roughly one-third of all people in the UK, including many without criminal records, was defended by the Home Office, which directed police to

Melco Resorts Japan introduces biometrics-based casino security solution

Melco Resorts Japan introduced its biometrics-based casino security system last week. Named MelGuard, the technology uses biometric indicators to track casino visitors while removing human error from current exclusion systems. According to, this is part of Melco’s push to earn a Japanese gaming license when the market opens to integrated casino resorts. Melco Japan President Ako Shiraogawa said she hopes the demonstration will prove that Melco is taking their bid for a Japanese license as seriously as possible. With

Princeton Identity opens Dubai office, provides biometric security solution for DXB

Princeton Identity’s Access500e identity management kiosk module has been deployed within the Dubai International Airport (DXB). According to the company announcement, the solution identifies travelers within one to two seconds. One hundred Access500e products are currently in operation across the airport’s Emirates Airlines terminals, with plans to deploy about 40 more in the near future to support the influx of new international tourists. Dubai is expected to surpass 20 million visitors by 2020. The Access500e features a face and iris

D-ID raises $4M to bring its facial recognition-blocking technology to market

Tel Aviv-based startup D-ID has raised $4 million in seed financing to continue developing its AI technology for blocking facial recognition algorithms and help it bring its services to market, TechCrunch reports. The funding round was led by Pitango Venture Capital, and participants include Foundation Capital, Fenox Venture Capital, Maverick Ventures, a pair of angel investors, and Y Combinator. D-ID also participated in a Y Combinator accelerator program last year. Technology providing “de-identification” like D-ID’s is a new trend in

Aadhaar should be linked to voting ID, commissioner says as Supreme Court hears constitutional challenge

Aadhaar numbers should be linked to Indian voter’s identity cards in order to verify individuals’ identity prior to voting, India’s new chief election commissioner told the Economic Times. “Biometrics should establish the identity before a voter enters a polling booth and gets access to an EVM (electronic voting machine),” commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said. “The identification will then be foolproof. I, however, don’t want any change in EVMs to integrate this feature. The EVM must remain a standalone machine with

Suprema showcasing biometrics-based access control solutions at Intersec

Suprema is showcasing its range of biometrics-based centralized access control solutions including CoreStation, fingerprint readers, RFID/keypad readers, and its updated access management software BioStar 2 this week at Intersec 2018. Designed for mid- to enterprise-level access control systems, CoreStation can manage 500,000 users with fingerprint matching speed of up to 400,000 matches per second. CoreStation also offers comprehensive access control functionalities for up to 132 access points along with the company’s BioStar 2 security platform. The device also provides centralized

Ecuador tackles crime with Chinese facial recognition technology

Ecuador has decreased its crime rate by 24 percent by using facial recognition and other monitoring technology from China, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency, via the South China Morning Post. The nation of 16.4 million people installed the ECU911 Integrated Security Service across its 24 provinces for use by the police, armed forces, and fire brigade in November 2016. The Xinhua report notes that Ecuador was ranked 11th safest among South American countries in 2010, and 4th safest

South Korean airports to adopt biometrics authentication system for domestic flights

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said today that Gimpo International Airport and Jeju International Airport will adopt biometrics authentication systems next week, allowing local passengers to travel without identification cards. South Korean passengers will be able to take domestic flights after going through a biometrics identity confirmation process, which includes palm vein scanning and fingerprinting. South Koreans aged 14 or older can use the service after prior registration with their identification cards at the airports, the ministry

ID4Africa appoints Ambassadors from 29 countries for 2018

ID4Africa has announced the appointment of Ambassadors from 29 countries for 2018. The 2018 Ambassadors represent an increase of seven over 2017, and their countries make up more than 75 percent of sub-Saharan Africa by population, according to the announcement. The Ambassadors are senior-level government officials with well-defined missions to promote and manage legal identity in their countries. ID4Africa is billed as a grass-roots, multi-stakeholder movement in support of the effective and responsible adoption of digital identity systems throughout Africa

Saudi university to open biometrics research laboratory

King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will establish a biometrics research laboratory with funds granted by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Arab News reports. The grant was approved for a “Hand-based Biometrics Fusion and Bio-Cryptosystem Computation” project led by Prof. Mohammed Khurram Khan of KSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), under the country’s National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 initiatives, according to Arab News. “Through the funding of this project, we will be