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

Study finds India leading world in biometric technology adoption

HSBC published a new research report entitled ‘Trust in Technology’, which found that people in Asia and the Middle East are ahead of Western countries when it comes to the adoption of biometric technologies due to greater understanding and optimism instilling more trust, according to a report by Tech Observer. Based on a survey of more than 12,000 people in 11 countries, the report found that trust and adoption of new technology varies greatly around the world with the Eastern

Crossmatch palm scanner selected for UK Home Office’s FABrIC program

Northrop Grumman, a security firm and a technology integrator for the UK Home Office, will upgrade the current criminal booking solution for the department’s Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability program (FABrIC) with the Crossmatch L Scan 1000 palm scanner. By December, more than 375 enrollment and capture stations across the UK will be upgraded incorporating Crossmatch Livescan devices, which allow for high-quality capture of fingerprint and palm print images. In 2000, Northrop Grumman replaced the ink-and-paper method of capturing fingerprints

Improving African biometrics market boosts Nigerian identity plan

Nigeria’s relationship with biometrics and other vendors working on its National Identity Number (NIN) program has significantly improved, along with the results according to National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Director General and CEO Aliyu Aziz. In an exclusive interview with Biometric Update last month at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia, Aziz said the mix of companies supporting the program has changed since the NIMC began building its national database in 2010. Nigeria is the seventh most populous country in the

DHS investing in biometrics data storage to enhance customs enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying biometrics data storage and surveillance to improve customs enforcement and make it easier for international travelers, according to a report by GCN. International air travel processing increased by 35.9 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2016, according to the DHS. The DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition software to keep pace with this rising demand for services. “We are working on facial recognition in

Australian police to receive funding for hiring biometrics experts

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will receive a AU$321.4 million (US$237.4 million) funding increase over four years under the Federal Budget 2017-18, which will partly be used to hire biometrics experts and secret online investigators, according to a report by ZDNet. In addition, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service will receive approximately AU$75 million (US$55.4 million) each for similar purposes. According to Justice Minister Michael Keenan, the funding will provide the AFP with the