NEC acquires UK police software provider Northgate Public Service

Software provider Northgate Public Service (NPS) has been acquired by NEC for £475 million (roughly $655 million), giving NPS access to NEC’s biometric scanning and facial recognition technology, and allowing NEC to pursue significant growth opportunities in the UK and Australia. NPS provides software to UK police forces and other public services, including the National Health Service (NHS). NEC Japan acquired the company from private equity firm Cinven after failing to reach an agreement on a similar asset, Finance.co.uk reports.

Intersec 2018 to feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries

Intersec will open for the 20th time in Dubai next week and will feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries. The three-day event will span 60,000sqm of exhibition space across 13 halls, and features 19 of the world’s top 20 commercial security solutions providers. More than 32,000 attendees are expected from 129 countries. The show is divided into seven sections including Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information & Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building

FDLE certifies Fulcrum Biometrics FbF LiveScan software

Fulcrum Biometrics‘ FbF LiveScan software has been certified as an approved product by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), offering an economical alternative to Florida-based organizations that do background checks. According to Ken Nosker, president of Fulcrum Biometrics, the certification demonstrates “our commitment to providing state-of-the-art live scan solutions for criminal booking and applicant background checking across the United States and beyond.” FbF LiveScan is a live scan software application that is integrated with the Green Bit Dactyscan84c. The

UK government delays publication of biometrics strategy

UK government ministers have once again delayed the publication of a strategy for police use of facial recognition technology which means, according to a Sky News report, police will continue to use the technology without any legal guidance. The chair of the science and technology committee, Norman Lamb MP, said that the now five-year delay was “intolerable” as watchdogs warn that the practice could potentially be illegal. Earlier this year, a Home Office review found that police agencies used more

Cognitec adds video investigation tools to FaceVACS-DBScan product

The latest release of Cognitec’s FaceVACS-DBScan product combines the company’s image database search technology with video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases. According to a statement from the German face recognition company, FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of extracted facial images allowing police to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the

Experts from 58 countries attend INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL’s Fingerprints unit held the 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium earlier this month, bringing together 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries. Stressing the growing recognition of biometrics as a critical tool against transnational crime, speakers at the symposium included the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Biometrics Institute. Member countries discussed the need to improve the quality of biometric data shared for more accurate identifications that can

ICE sued for info about use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids

A non-profit group of lawyers is suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in federal court for failing to release records of its use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids and joint operations with local law enforcement, Law360 reports. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild represent immigrants involved in deportation proceedings, and has asked the court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to disclose information about handheld devices, which can reportedly identify

Smartphone facial recognition touted for offender monitoring program

In light of project delays and changing technology, the UK should abandon ankle-tagging as a method of monitoring dangerous and repeat criminal offenders in favour of check-ins with smartphone facial recognition, according to Digital Barriers chief executive officer Zak Doffman. UK Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton told MPs that a plan to create an offender monitoring program using GPS-enabled ankle tags will be not be introduced until 2019 or later, Police Professional reports. The project budget has already ballooned from £130

UK CCTV watchdog issues warning to police chiefs over facial recognition tech

A CCTV watchdog has written to police chiefs to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. The UK Government’s independent Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has written to the National Police Chiefs Council to warn that the increased use of facial recognition technology risks infringing people’s privacy. According to a report by the EveningStandard, Porter added that “if not responsibly considered and regulated it could undermine public confidence”. The Commissioner also called for more

Detroit police adding facial recognition to video crime monitoring program

Detroit police are adding facial recognition software into the department’s Project Green Light video crime monitoring program. Project Green Light launched last year in neighborhood gas stations to help deter and solve crimes. Participating businesses invest to equip their stations with high-definition interior and exterior video cameras, enhanced lighting systems, a highly visible green light and signs. The partnership links the live video feed from each of the stores to the Detroit Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center. According to