QiSQi develops mobile automated biometric ID system for law enforcement

QiSQi Identification Technologies developed the MABIS (mobile automated biometric identification system) platform and app that can register and identify fingerprints, faces, and iris within less than a second. The app operates on a standard Android mobile phone, enabling users to seamlessly and quickly deploy its capabilities without investing in any additional hardware. Equipped with mobile and touchless biometrics software from Diamond Fortress, the app obtains high-quality fingerprints via the mobile camera. The face recognition has 2D/3D enhancement features, which enables

Committee reviews U.S. law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation held a bipartisan hearing Wednesday morning to review the use of facial recognition technology (FRT) by law enforcement agencies, particularly the policies of the FBI. The committee reviewed the current state of FRT, its many uses, benefits and challenges, and ultimately assessed whether any legislation is required. Last May, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report stating that the FBI should better ensure privacy and accuracy in its use of FRT,

UK biometrics commissioner criticizes plans for custody images database

The UK’s Biometrics Commissioner has condemned the government’s response to a High Court ruling from 2012, stating that the mass retention of custody images is unlawful. Last month the government proposed only that police forces delete on request millions of images of people who have not been convicted of any offence, illegally stored on a national police database Professor Paul Wiles told the Home Office that the public is entitled to more “independent oversight, transparency and assurance”, while urging ministers

Dutch police use Safran facial recognition technology to help identify suspects

Safran Identity and Security has provided a facial recognition solution to the Netherlands police, building on the biometric identification services the company has previously delivered. The original system provides search, analysis and matching services for fingerprints and palm prints. The new, nationwide facial recognition system, which consists of workstations for facial search, comparison and analysis, was recently launched at the National Forensic Service Centre. Dutch police officers can now submit a facial image for search against their databases, saving both

MorphoTrak cloud service gains traction with field experience

MorphoTrak‘s cloud solution for government and law enforcement agencies, MorphoCloud, was launched in October 2015, and the service is now evolving based on experience gained in the field. While the cloud inherently enables many potential benefits including high availability, performance, and security, the company has gained valuable experience with utilization in the field, which is increasing as agencies adopt MorphoCloud. Offering solutions delivered by the cloud is often referred to as using the “as-a-Service” label, which identifies it as free

DSI releases Identity Management Symposium full agenda

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has released the full agenda for its fourth Identity Management Symposium to be held this April in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s educational symposium will provide senior leaders within OBIM, DHS, DFBA, and the Intelligence Community two days of off-the-record briefings and informal, collaborative discussions focusing on the theme of “Advancing Biometric and Identity Activity Solutions”. Confirmed speakers include: Grant Schneider, Deputy Federal CISO, Office of Management and Budget; Michael Sorrento, Director, Defense Manpower Data Center; COL

Federal court denies search warrant request to unlock iPhones with fingerprints

A federal court in Illinois denied the government’s search warrant request to enter a building and unlock all phones with fingerprint recognition functionality, as part of a child pornography investigation, according to a report by Forbes. In his decision, Judge M. David Weisman said that the government needed to be more specific about the exact devices and data they wanted to obtain. Although it found that there was “no protectable Fourth Amendment interest in the print itself,” the court said

UK police told to remove images of innocent people from police database on request

The UK home secretary has ordered UK police agencies to delete on request millions of images of innocent people illegally stored on a national police database, according to a report by The Guardian. According to a Home Office review, police agencies used more than 19 million images and videos, otherwise known as custody images, of individuals they have arrested or questioned on the police national database. Despite a high court ruling in 2012 that made it unlawful for agencies to

INTERPOL World 2017 garners strong support from public and private sectors

The organizers of this summer’s INTERPOL World 2017 are already reporting strong support from public and private sectors. INTERPOL World provides a platform for collaborations, information sharing, innovations and solutions in response to security threats. The event takes a multi-stakeholder approach by engaging the government, private and public sectors to address future security menaces. At least 300 international manufacturers and solution providers will showcase their technologies to 10,000 security professionals and buyers from both public and private sectors. Market leaders

Canadian tax agency is now fingerprinting tax evasion suspects

The Canada Revenue Agency is now recording the fingerprints of every citizen charged with tax evasion and storing the information in a database, which could drastically limit foreign travel for all those suspected of criminal tax offence, according to a report by the CBC. “Introducing a mandatory fingerprinting policy would serve as a powerful deterrent to those considering committing a serious tax offence or those who may contemplate reoffending,” said an internal memorandum explaining the new measure. “The mobility restriction