Biometrics in border security, fingerprint technology and mobile authentication top this week’s news

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics and border security United States and United Kingdom officials have been assuring their respective countries that refugees scheduled to arrive from Syria will have undergone a comprehensive background screening process, including biometric registration. Individuals will be double checked using fingerprints, face photos and other biometric identifiers, first by the UNHCR then by the country they are applying to enter. The U.S.

EU nations push for stronger border controls could impact Schengen zone

Several EU countries that are a part of the Schengen area are seeking to strengthen their border controls for all asylum seekers, including implementing biometric registration and identification, following last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Formed in March 1995, the Schengen area is comprised of 26 European countries and allows for the free movement of people without being subjected to passport checks. However, many EU countries in the area are calling for passport controls, which could ultimately impact the future

United States and Malaysia to share biometric database of crime and terrorism suspects

The Malaysian and American governments have signed an agreement to share a database containing the biometric records of about 1.2 million people suspected of terrorism and other serious crimes, according to a report by Channel News Asia. The agreement, signed between US Ambassador Joseph Yun and Secretary-General of Malaysia’s Home Ministry Alwi Ibrahim, are a part of an overall effort to prevent terrorist acts following last week’s attacks in Paris. The list of suspects will be used by security officials

IDGA discusses biometrics with Lee Bowes of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Acting Deputy Chief Mr. Lee Bowes currently is assisting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in developing strategies that focus on more person-centric aspects of identity management and data usage. Below he gives his perspective on the biometrics division, which over just this year collected biometrics on 3.8 million individuals across 138 domestic sites and many international locations. On January 25 to 27, 2016, in Washington D.C, Mr. Bowes will be speaking at the Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement

Biometrics in the data center, fingerprints, authentication and privacy concerns top this week’s news

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week Authentication A recent White House report has found that Federal agencies have been slow to adopt two factor authentication despite an order more than a decade ago that Federal agencies secure their information systems with strong authentication technologies. Biometrics in mobile devices will generate US$9 billion by 2018 for the biometrics industry through multi-factor authentication services and the approval of instant electronic

Concerns about foreign biometrics records requests if UK joins EU crime database: report

The Home Office has released a report that warns UK police run the risk of being inundated with a “high volume” of DNA and fingerprint requests from European Union countries if Britain joins a new EU crime database later this year, according to a report by The Telegraph. The report finds that in addition to the UK police, prosecutors and the National Crime Agency (NCA) being hit with DNA and biometric requests, there could also be a greater risk of

FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program wins Excellence.Gov award

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program has been awarded for Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration by the The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) at the 15th Annual Excellence.Gov Awards. The event honors the best of government information technology (IT) programs demonstrating proven strategies and solutions. A total of 30 finalists from 21 federal, state and local government agencies were featured this week at a reception in Washington, D.C.. The FBI rolled out the Next Generation Identification (NGI) program

Maryland detention center seeking inmate telephone system with voice biometrics security

The government of St. Mary’s County in Maryland has posted a bid in which it seeks a vendor to provide a comprehensive inmate telephone system for inmates at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center. In its bid posting for a comprehensive “Inmate Telephone, Voice Biometrics Security, Investigative and Video Visitation Technology Services”, St. Mary’s County government states that the services should be compatible with the detention center’s jail management system and inmate banking system. The bid specifies a total of

DOJ grant helps Pennsylvania state police purchase new fingerprint solution, improve criminal records system

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) will purchase multiple Live Scan Plus fingerprint capture devices to improve the criminal records system used in state police stations, according to a report by WESA. The technology will be purchased using a portion of the funds from a $814,000 grant the PCCD received from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve the criminal record-taking technology. More than 1,500 felons in the state failed to have their criminal history entered into a state

Biometrics for government & law enforcement: Q&A with Andrew T. Hildebrand and James Loudermilk

Technological advances in mobile and multimodal analysis — including complex areas like video analytics, facial imagery, Rapid DNA and balistocardiographic identity — are advancing and refining biometrics to more effectively meet the needs of law enforcement and national security agencies. Government and industry experts will attend the 10th annual Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement, held January 25-27, 2016, to discuss these issues and the development of the next generation of analytics-based biometrics. This year’s conference will feature a Technical