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

Pakistan considers biometric-based e-voting, installs biometric system at airports

Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) director Burhan Rasool recently said that biometrics-based electronic voting is definitely possible in Pakistan as the National Database and Registration Authority has the means to provide the necessary technology to the election commission, according to a report by The Daily Times. Rasool said that an electronic voting system based on data taken from citizen’s biometric identification can be accomplished if the government is able to rally the political will and consensus of all political parties

Spain’s Ministry of Security to implement biometric border control management system

Spain’s Ministry of Security has posted a public tender contract for the supply and installation of a new biometric border control management system to facilitate all vehicles and pedestrians crossing between Cadiz province and the British colony of Gibraltar, according to a report by El Confidential Autonomy. The border control management system will help accelerate the long queues of cars and pedestrians that occur when entering and leaving Gibraltar to Spain, as well as maintain controls to prevent smuggling. Tendered

Neurotechnology releases new biometric video surveillance SDK

Neurotechnology announced it has released VeriLook Surveillance 3.0 software development kit, which provides real-time biometric face identification using live video streams from single or multiple high-resolution digital surveillance cameras. The new version is highly intuitive, enabling users to not only identify faces in a crowd but also detect and distinguish people from objects while they are moving through the video frame. Additionally, the software can detect if a person or object is entering or leaving a specific boundary area, which

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 19

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: biometrics the future of traveller screening, White House talks biometrics over passwords, Icahn optimistic on Apple Pay, biometric tech usage protocals, Bionym shipping Nymi band, financial institutions embracing biometrics, fingerprint authenticated payment card, Bill Gates talks biometric ID and banking, privacy advocates concerned about voiceprints and a special report on Port security. Biometrics could be the future of