Unisys study finds law enforcement will lead incorporation of biometrics into wearables

Unisys Corporation has published new research that reveals that law enforcement is expected to lead the incorporation of biometrics into wearable technology. However, as the adoption of biometrics becomes a mainstream practice, privacy concerns regarding the security of biometric data stored in the cloud must be addressed, according to the study. Unisys conducted the survey of 54 biometrics professionals at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference in Sydney from May 24 to 26. The study finds that 63 percent of

LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC now FBI-certified

The LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC has been FBI-certified for capturing rolled fingerprints. “Our LIVETOUCH quattro not only has an intelligent, error minimizing algorithm” says Roberto Wolfer, one of the founders and managing directors of JENETRIC. “The integrated user guidance, already simplifying the capture of plain fingerprints, now also supports officers during the roll capture process.” According to a company statement, officers don’t need to divide their attention between the rolled finger and an external screen to control the capture process.

Vision-Box biometric solution used to identify criminals in Brazil

Vision-Box announced that Mato Grosso State in Brazil recently selected the company to design and provide an integrated biographic and biometric enrollment solution to speed up the identification process for criminal suspects. Vision-Box’s vb e-pass portable captures biographic and biometric data in real-time, allowing the Forensic Office of Technical Identification (POLITEC) technicians to capture instant face and profile photos, fingerprints, and digital signature from the prisoners, along with all biographic data registered on their ID cards. In addition, the solution

Bangladesh mobile users only allowed to register 5 SIMs against each NID

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has decreased the maximum number of SIMs that prepaid mobile phone customers can register against their national identity number from 20 SIMs down to just five, according to a report by The Daily Star. Meanwhile, the telecom regulator has not yet placed a limit on post-paid or corporate users, according to an email sent to telecom operators. The Commission previously sent out a notice in June stating that prepaid mobile phone customers could register a

RCMP actively seeking facial and tattoo recognition system without approval

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been actively seeking to obtain a new nationwide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) that could analyze and capture faces, fingerprints, palm prints, tattoos, scars, and irises—all without being approved by the country’s federal privacy watchdog, or a plan in place to implement it, according to a report by Motherboard. Unlike the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s AFIS, the RCMP’ current national fingerprint database does not allow officers to scan and search people’s faces

NEC releases multi-modal capture livescan solution

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) has launched SmartScan, an advanced multi-modal capture solution. According to a statement from the company, NEC’s SmartScan offers a modern user interface and intuitive screens utilizing Microsoft Windows 10 with touch, pinch-and-zoom and swipe features. It is housed in a height adjustable, ergonomically designed kiosk with larger foot pedals for improved fingerprint and palmprint capture. Comprehensive managed services gives customers centralized and remote managed service options and enhanced security measures protect SmartScan from intrusion and

NIST drafts mobile security standards for first responder technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has collaborated with the first responder community to draft a proposed reference design for both multifactor authentication and mobile single sign-on to help overcome security concerns regarding public safety data in the field, according to a report by GCN. Developed by NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), the draft is aimed directly at the public safety/first responder community and details all the standards-based technical options that public safety organizations will need

NEC to deliver facial recognition system for South Australia Police

NEC Australia together with NEC Corporation has been selected to deliver a facial recognition system to South Australia Police (SAPOL). According to a statement by the company, the facial recognition technology will help SAPOL solve crimes faster, apprehend criminals earlier, and assist with criminal investigations, including searching for missing persons more efficiently. SAPOL expects the system to contribute to a safer community. The turnkey system is based on NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition software and enables police to monitor, scan, detect

Federal judge orders man to unlock iPhone via fingerprint recognition

A federal judge has secretly ordered a Dallas, Texas man who allegedly prostituted underage girls to unlock his iPhone using his fingerprint, according to now unsealed federal court documents cited in a report by Ars Technica. The case marks one of the first instances where an individual’s phone has been ordered to be unlocked via fingerprint recognition, but these kinds of government demands are expected to occur more frequently with the increasing public adoption of fingerprint technology. Legal experts have

Police body cams to add facial recognition capabilities in the future

Axon, a business unit of Taser International, said it expects to roll out body cam models with facial recognition capabilities in the future, according to a report by Popular Science. The disturbing frequency of police killing — such as the July 6 death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota — has led police forces across the country to outfit officers with body cameras as a preventative measure aimed at curbing abuse of power and legal action. Taser said it