Zicom, Biometronic to provide IriTech iris recognition products in India

Zicom Electronic Security Systems Limited has signed an agreement with Biometronic Technology Pvt. Ltd in which Zicom will distribute Biometronic’s IriShield family of iris recognition products for an initial period of two years. According to the terms of the agreement, Biometronic will manufacture the products in India under a license from IriTech, Inc. (USA). The increasing need for authentication, access control and security by government and commercial enterprises has helped drive growth of the iris biometrics market in India. Zicom

Interpol calls on APAC authorities to make greater use of biometrics to identify terrorists

Interpol has called on Asia Pacific authorities to more effectively use biometrics in an effort to identify members of dangerous terrorist organizations such as ISIS, according to a report by Computerworld. In a presentation delivered at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific conference in Sydney, Interpol operational police support directorate director Michael O’Connell said Interpol has seen an “increase in the number of Asian foreign fighters” from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore “joining the conflict in Syria and

Scottish Police admit to using facial recognition software, maintaining image database

Police Scotland has admitted to using face recognition technology to identify individuals captured on CCTV cameras and from other sources, as well as retaining these images in a database, according to a report by Computing. In a statement in response to a freedom of information (FoI) request, Police Scotland said it has used the technology 440 times, in addition to maintaining a database of 334,000 photographs of individuals taken into custody. The police force has defended its use of facial

Maharashtra fair-price shops to introduce biometric identification checks to curb bootlegging

The state government of Maharashtra, India is set to implement the Aadhaar ID card biometric identification system at fair-price shops in an effort to prevent the bootlegging of goods, according to a report by The Asian Age. The biometric identification plan will be rolled out across the state over the next six months, which is estimated to cost about Rs 200 crore (USD $31M) said Girish Bapat, minister for civil supplies, food and consumer affairs. “We are strictly against black

Australian law enforcement agencies want shared facial recognition database

Australian law enforcement agencies have come together to support a new plan to build a national facial recognition database that will compares faces against images on passports, visas and driver’s licences as an anti-organized crime tool, according to a report by IT News. Attorneys-General and police ministers from the Commonwealth, states and territories agreed Friday to a plan on a plan to fight cross-border criminal networks. The 2015-18 strategic plan will prioritize data sharing capabilities and the war against cybercrime,

Privacy and civil rights groups outline regulations for police body cameras

A coalition of over 30 privacy and civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, have released a list of recommended regulations for the use of police body cameras in the U.S., according to a report by the International Business Times. The new guidelines follow several incidents throughout the U.S. in which police body cameras failed to show what occurred during a shooting involving a police officer. The coalition offered five primary guidelines that encourage law

TeraDact to protect data collected by PlateSmart’s LPR solution

License plate recognition (LPR) analytic solutions firm PlateSmart announced that they will integrate TeraDact’s patented Information Identification and Presentation (IIaP) capabilities, including the TeraDactor redaction engine, in to its “software only” license plate recognition (LPR) solutions for mobile and fixed security applications. Through the integration and a number of innovations to its software-only technology, PlateSmart is building the industry’s first completely auditable database search engine for Federal and state security agencies’ use. PlateSmart’s LPR solutions feature facial recognition, third-party database

UK government seeks stronger legislation on use of foreign criminals’ biometric data

The UK government is aiming to expand the types of cases in which law enforcement can request access to biometric and DNA data of suspected criminals from other countries. Previously reported, UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor publicly released his first annual report in mid December in which he warned of the thousands of foreign criminals convicted of offences outside England and Wales have had their DNA profiles and fingerprint details deleted from British police databases. In a response to

Australian government to invest more in biometric border controls and national biometric database

The Australian government has allocated a total of AU$450 million to increase national security to provide different agencies with more funding, including AU$296 million toward boosting the technological capabilities of the nation’s intelligence-gathering agencies. The government will also provide AU$50 million to the new border protection service, the Australian Border Force, which will officially commence operation on July 1. Additionally, a further AU$164.8 million (USD $133.7 million) will go toward the nation’s immigration department over the next four years for

Northrop Grumman wins £28.8M contract to provide forensic and biometric capability in the UK

Global security firm Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a £28.8 million (USD $45.3 million) contract by the United Kingdom Home Office to provide service and systems operations and maintenance to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC). Under the two-year FABrIC contract, Northrop Grumman will maintain and improve the IDENT1 central national biometric database software. The identity management and crime scene forensic systems use fingerprints to forensically verify or resolve identities in the UK for law enforcement, which has