NEC to implement facial recognition and fingerprint identification system for Bexar County in Texas

NEC Corporation of America will provide Bexar County in Texas with an automated fingerprint identification and facial recognition system to help investigators track down criminals, according to a report by KENS 5. Bexar County commissioners discussed and voted to sign an agreement with NEC Corporation of America for the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification and facial recognition system for no more than $3.4 million, as requested by the Bexar County Sheriffs Office. The AFIS identification system has been used

NYPD to equip police officers and vehicles with biometric smartphones and tablets

Starting next year, the New York City Police Department will provide new biometric technology for its 35,000 police officers and 6,000 vehicles, according to a report by Government Technology. The new biometric devices are part of the department’s $160 million program, funded entirely by criminal forfeiture money, designed to lower the number of arrests while boosting the number of summonses. NYPD officers will be given biometric smartphones that allow them to browse databases, view wanted posters and scan suspects’ fingerprints.

Booz Allen introduces mobile forensic device for law enforcement and military

Booz Allen has introduced a biometric device that will help law enforcement and the military conduct immediate fingerprint analysis at an incident scene, cutting down on time during the initial stages of an investigation. The handheld VAMPIRE device conducts real-time forensic analysis in the field, performing fast, accurate, on-site latent and live fingerprint identification and matching analysis. Booz Allen’s new device, which is just slightly larger than the average smartphone, integrates custom fingerprint analysis into a commercial mobile device. As

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 26

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: Interpol facial recognition standards, Android trusted face, biometric border control in Spain, biometrics2104 coverage, software for battlefield intelligence, google chrome and FIDO, Encap Security, biometrics in banking, Australia’s biometric collection plan and a special report on Port security. Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines – Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the

UK Biometrics Commissioner issues consultation responses

A recent UK Home Office consultation sought views on new guidance for police chief constables considering applications from the public to have their DNA and fingerprints deleted before the legal retention period expires. UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor responded to the consultation by stating that early deletion of biometric data should take place if no crime was committed, and also if a malicious or false allegation was made. The Commissioner also recommended that early deletion should take place if

Former Italian Foreign Minister says EU in need of biometrics to monitor migration

EU member states must begin implementing stronger policies to ensure that “foreign fighters” and refugees are carefully monitored to ensure the safety of all residents, former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview with RT. In the interview, Frattini said that there was a significant issue regarding the “porosity of European external borders.” Frattinin said that when he was Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs he proposed to have a European common register that would use biometrics and

Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines

Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the Interpol Facial Expert Working Group to begin development on international facial recognition standards, according to a report by Eurasia Review. Held October 14-15, the meeting saw the participation of 24 technical and biometrics experts along with examiners from 16 nations, including identity and biometrics pioneer Dr Joseph Atick. Over the course of the two days, these experts successfully created a ‘best practice guide’ for the quality, format and distribution of

secunet wins PKI tender from the Norwegian Police

Secunet has been awarded with a contract in which the Norwegian Police will use secunet’s public key infrastructure as the basis to check electronic travel documents, as well as issue electronic passports and electronic residence permits in the near future. The German IT security solutions provider successfully beat out several other multi-nationals for international tendering procedure, which will see secunet deliver its eID PKI Suite and hardware security modules, configure and install the complete system and service, and maintain it

HP implementing surveillance technology for Auckland

New Zealand’s Auckland Transport announced it has commissioned Hewlett-Packard Development Company to implement and install a multi-million dollar surveillance system for the region, according to a report by Stuff.co.nz. The surveillance system will also have the ability to scan social media and news websites. Labelled a “visionary Big Data” project, Auckland Transport selected HP “to drive groundbreaking future cities initiative”. HP will collect data – including text, images, audio and real-time video — in Auckland using surveillance cameras and process

AGNITio executive to present at Biometrics 2014 conference

AGNITiO announced its executive vice president of sales and marketing, Philippe Vinci, will participate on a panel discussion titled What’s Coming Next for Voice iD at the Biometrics 2014 conference in Westminster, London on October 22 at 5:10 pm. The panel discussion will give a glimpse into the future of biometrics and banking, the use of multimodal biometrics with behavioral and physical characteristics, and issues related to privacy. Vinci will discuss how biometric technologies can help in identifying criminals who