FBI updates legislators on new biometric technologies developing in Clarksburg

FBI officials briefed Virginia state legislators with the Joint Committee on Technology this week at the FBI Center in Harrison County, West Virginia as part of a three-day interim session, according to a report by West Virginia Metro News. In a presentation, Stephen Morris, assistant director of the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, discussed the division’s work with the Next Generation Identification program. The program integrates research into biometric identification in an effort to curb terrorist and criminal activities by

Morpho releases multi-finger touchless fingerprint scanner

Morpho (Safran) announced it has officially launched Finger On the Fly, which it calls the world’s fastest contactless four finger scanner. Using advanced imaging technology, the scanner is able to simultaneously capture four fingerprints from a single wave of the hand. Finger on the Fly offers high security through multi finger matching, rapid touchless convenience, and high-resolution fingerprint capture in less than one second. Morpho’s Finger On the Fly is designed to be used for scenarios where high speed enrollment,

FBI digitizes millions of records to prepare for Next Generation Identification system

The FBI announced it has digitally converted millions of files stored at its Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division’s warehouse in Fairmont, West Virginia, as the Bureau prepares to transition to its new biometric system, according to the FBI website. Over the last two decades, the agency has digitally converted more than 30 million records including criminal history folders and civil identity, and as many as 83 million fingerprint cards. This resulted in the dismantling of thousands of filing cabinets

Top biometrics news stories, week of August 24

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news and reports that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: mobile biometric authentication report, SimPrints, Gates Foundation, NEC, Chams Plc, Anil Jain, EyeVerify, Trustonic, Fingerprint Cards, law enforcement biometrics market report and fingerprint access control for dispensaries in Illinois. Special Report: Mobile Biometric Authentication – This report examines how the total market for mobile biometrics will increase due to smartphone growth and the drive for password supplantation and

Venezuela government looking to biometrics to prevent food smuggling

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced that the government will soon introduce fingerprint scanners at supermarkets in an effort to ration individuals’ food purchases and prevent food smuggling, according to a report by The Guardian. The move is part of the country-wide initiative to combat chronic food shortages, which the government blames on smugglers who purchase cheap goods and resell them for up to four times their original price to countries across the border, specifically in Colombia. This is already the

Steria provides biometric solutions to the Norwegian Police

Steria announced it has signed a six-year contract with the Norwegian Police to deploy its biometrics solution, which will be fully and seamlessly integrated into the police force’s IT systems. Steria will provide the Norwegian Police with a whole new structure securing identity management, which will provide a more organized and effective way of handling identities. Developed in co-operation with European police forces, Steria’s flagship biometric solution SteriaAFIS meets the ever-changing requirements to support criminal police operations for identity management

AxxonSoft facial recognition solution protects jewelry at Singapore exhibition

AxxonSoft announced that its facial recognition solution was used to protect USD $200 million worth of jewelry at the Singapore International Jewelry Exhibition last month, following a theft incident at last year’s event. Face Intellect is a software solution designed for public gathering places, important infrastructure sites, and access. The technology recognizes faces captured on video, which can then be checked against previously recorded footage. Event security installed high-resolution cameras at the entrance to the exhibition hall to perform automatic

Photo-ID security measures not sufficient: study

New research suggests that passport issuing officers are no less successful at identifying a fake passport photo than the average individual. In its study of Australian passport office staff, a team of psychologists from Aberdeen, York, and Sydney found a 15 percent error rate in matching the individual to the passport photo they were displaying. The study shows that a single passport photo does not provide enough verification for a security checkpoint to truly be accurate, suggesting that perhaps passports

Fingerprint recognition to protect medical marijuana dispensaries in Illinois

Medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries in Illinois will be safeguarded by advanced security measures, including vaults monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint recognition access control systems, according to a report by The Denver Post. With so many business owners vying for marijuana cultivation and dispensary permits under Illinois’ new law, many entrepreneurs are also submitting a comprehensive security plan with their application to give them a competitive edge in scoring. The security plan makes up for about

Homeland Security selects Stevens Institute of Technology to study port security issues

The US Department of Homeland Security has chosen Stevens Institute of Technology as one of 11 partnering universities that will be undergoing multidisciplinary research to develop innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions, according to NJ Biz. In this new partnership, Stevens will oversee one of five new Centers for Excellence as well as be given a $10 million federal grant over a five-year period. Stevens will collaborate with the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in leading the Center