Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry funding new biometrics R&D

Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry and the National Cyber Bureau’s biometric identification and applications unit have put out a call for proposals for biometric and identification research and development, according to a report by The Jerusalem Post. The Israeli government will reward each project with NIS 450,000 (US$125,559) for a period of up to three years. The project is designed to advance existing knowledge in the biometrics and identification field, develop applications, and increase the number of researchers and

Biometrics changing the way governments address data security, privacy

Accenture has published a new research report that finds that biometrics and advanced analytics are helping to revolutionize the way governments and public service agencies are addressing data security and privacy concerns. Titled ‘Emerging Technologies in Public Service’, the report explores the adoption of emerging technologies across government agencies including health and social services, policing/justice, revenue, border services, administration and pensions / social security. The report is based on Accenture’s survey of nearly 800 public service technology professionals across nine

Home Office issues $118m biometrics, digitization tender for UK Visas and Immigration

The Home Office has issued a tender for “front end services” including biometrics and the digitization of supporting evidence valued at £91 million (US$118.3 million) on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), according to a report by Kable Government Computing. The length of the the contract is three years, with a built-in option for the Home Office, acting through UKVI to extend the agreement for two additional years. The contracted services include an identity check, the capture of biometrics,

Australian government agency to use BIO-key biometrics technology

An unnamed Australian government agency has selected BIO-key International’s ID Director for Windows software and SideSwipe fingerprint readers to enable fingerprint authentication for agency employees across the country. The agreement marks BIO-key’s first notable contract in Australia, supporting further business development opportunities within government, healthcare, financial, retail, and enterprise markets throughout the nation. The contract was facilitated by BIO-key’s new distribution partner Aquion Pty Ltd, which will establish a local channel to market biometric software and hardware solutions to enterprise

Acquisition to boost HID Global’s secure government ID offerings

HID Global has acquired government ID solutions firm Arjo Systems SAS for an undisclosed amount, expanding HID Global’s capabilities to deploy electronic identification (eID) and ePassport solutions for government programs. “Our acquisition of Arjo Systems significantly advances our Government-to-Citizen ID business, broadening our geographical reach and giving us critical mass,” explained Stefan Widing, president and CEO of HID Global. “Arjo Systems is a strong fit for HID Global, complementing our existing government ID offerings with an expanded range of capabilities

TMR report forecasts growth in facial recognition market to meet security needs

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Facial Recognition Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017–2025,” which details the growing number of applications of facial recognition technology in visual surveillance systems and to corroborate other biometric systems in meeting a range of security needs. The report states how the rapidly emerging real-life applications of facial recognition technology in various areas related to public security is constantly driving growth of the facial recognition

Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian

Future of identity and access discussed at Securing Federal Identity 2017

Several federal government representatives discussed the future of secure identity and access at the Secure Technology Alliance’s Securing Federal Identity 2017 conference in Washington, D.C. last week. “It is clear from all of the great sessions and discussions last week – including advancements for derived credentials, innovative uses of technologies like near field communications and alternative authentication technologies, and a call-to-action to accelerate the adoption of interoperable identity and access solutions – that there is a real sense of urgency

Gemalto to provide secure driver’s license cards for Atlantic provinces of Canada

Gemalto has won four contracts to provide new, highly-secure polycarbonate driver’s licenses to residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and help transition the provinces from an over-the-counter issuance process to a secure central issuance. According to a CBC report, the contract is worth $11.5 million. Gemalto will also implement an enrollment solution that includes photo capture, digital signature pad, and a facial biometrics recognition system compliant with ICAO standards, providing a foundation for

Thales, SITA to enhance security at Bahrain airport

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has selected Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system — which will include biometrics and other technologies — for Bahrain International Airport. The ministry launched the Airport Modernization Program in 2015 with an end goal to significantly improve Bahrain International Airport’s infrastructure and services. This ongoing program includes the development of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and renovation of the existing terminal. With 14 million passengers a year