Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

Florida fingerprint expert under investigation

A veteran Florida fingerprint analyst with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the subject of an internal investigation and no longer allowed to analyze prints, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel. In its letter to more than 2,600 defense attorneys informing that their clients may have been impacted by a fingerprint expert who made mistakes, the State Attorney’s Office described the issues as “clerical errors, failure to identify prints of value and the mislabelling of print cards”. The

Reform releases study urging UK government to adopt AI, facial recognition

Think tank organization Reform has released a new study urging the adoption of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and facial recognition to automate all areas of the UK government, according to a report by Silicon. Titled “Work in progress. Towards a leaner, smarter public-sector workforce”, the study says the approach would help to significantly reduce government costs by eliminating “at least” 248,860 administrative roles by 2030. The study is released in advance of Reform’s annual conference on Thursday, at

Maharashtra to deploy multi-biometric criminal ID solution, Aadhaar POS machines

The Maharashtra, India government is expected to choose a technology vendor this month to equip fingerprint, iris and face scanners to police stations throughout the state to record biometric data of criminals, according to a report by The Indian Express. The state government posted a tender in December asking vendors to bid on the development and deployment of the Union Home Ministry’s Automatic Multimodal Biometric Identification System (AMBIS). The project is headed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) at

California bill calls for police surveillance technology to be approved before use

California may soon pass a third and more comprehensive measure that would provide greater public transparency for law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology, according to a report by State Scoop. Sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D), California Senate Bill 21 would require all state law enforcement agencies to present for approval their planned use of any surveillance technologies at a government-led public hearing, such as city council. Unlike SB 34 which relates to license plate readers, and SB 741 which

NYC to deploy facial recognition technology, license plate readers

New York City will soon deploy facial recognition software and equipment to track all drivers and passengers entering and leaving the city, as well as where cabs and ride-hailing services pick up and drop off customers, according to a report by CNBC. “At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment,” reads the New York State’s website. “These

Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software

The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video. The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface. “Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

Mumbai Police fingerprint database to be operational this month

The Mumbai Police announced that its fingerprint database, which is used by several law enforcement agencies in multiple countries, will be operational in late January, according to a report by The Hindu. The move follows the Mumbai Police’s implementation of several high-tech security measures, which included configuring a central server for all inter-departmental communication and citywide CCTV camera coverage. This latest initiative is designed to accelerate the identity authorization process of arrested individuals and suspects, where they will be entered

Dutch police using facial recognition to identify suspects

Earlier this month, Dutch police began using facial recognition technology to track suspects, comparing surveillance camera footage with a massive database containing images of people with criminal records according to a report by NL Times. The database currently has more than 800,000 faces of convicted felons, as well as suspects who have not yet been convicted. Individuals will be entered into the database if they are arrested for a crime that has a prison sentence of at least one year,