New York State police departments receive $710K in grants for fingerprinting equipment

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted $710,000 in state grants to 51 police departments and sheriffs’ offices in 27 counties across the state for the purchase of electronic fingerprinting equipment. The new electronic fingerprinting equipment will replace existing devices, which are either broken and obsolete. “Fingerprinting is a proven and highly effective crime-fighting method – which drives us to help law enforcement agencies record and share fingerprints as efficiently as possible,” said Governor Cuomo. “These grants will help

UK government grants one-year extension for biometric data retention law review

In a legislation document issued on Tuesday, the UK government announced it has extended the timeframe for a review into which biometric data can be kept on file by law enforcement agencies. The move comes a week after the UK’s Home Office is considering increasing the regulations for retention of face recognition records, following criticisms from privacy advocates that claim police are illegally uploading photographs on a national database. The government said the one-year extension of the Protection Of Freedoms

Virginia DOC to deploy Track Group voice biometrics solution

Tracking solutions firm Track Group, Inc. announced it has signed a US $11.3 million contract with the Virginia Department of Corrections to provide electronic monitoring services across the full range of sentences under the department’s guidance. Under the terms of the contract, Track Group will provide GPS and biometric voice verification solutions designed to monitor over 16,000 offenders and defendants. Track Group’s end-to-end location monitoring and predictive behavioral solutions are designed for use by security, law enforcement, corrections, and rehabilitation

Facial recognition, video forensics bolster human expertise

This is a guest post by Robert Sprecher, Program Director for Face Recognition and Video Analytics for MorphoTrak. Thanks to rapid advances in facial recognition and video forensics, criminals and terrorists are finding that technology is increasing the likelihood of their rapid apprehension. Video forensics, which is the review of video evidence, and especially the emerging science of facial recognition are undergoing accelerated development in application and effectiveness. Although both technologies have been available in some form for decades, their

Biometrics on the move, facial recognition, biometric payment options, fraud prevention & more top news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Universal ID management report Accenture and the World Bank released a report to help developing nations create universal ID management system, which notes that over 1.8 billion adults in developing countries currently lack an official ID and therefore have no access to essential services. Voice authentication for retailers In a special guest post, Enacomm founder and CEO Michael Boukadakis emphasized the importance of

Key Forensic Services purchases rapid DNA system from IntegenX

Key Forensics Services Ltd, the exclusive provider of the RapidHIT DNA system to police and other law enforcement agencies in the UK, announced it is to be the first organization in the world to purchase the new RapidHIT ID from IntegenX. Based on the multi-unit purchase, KFS will be able to offer the second-generation rapid DNA tool and disposable cartridge system to all its customers. KFS will validate and accredit the RapidHIT ID System, enabling the company to offer another

Denver and Nebraska police using Morpho fingerprint identification devices

The Denver police department will be equipped with Morpho’s MorphoIDent handheld fingerprint devices to help officers identify suspects who lie about their identity, according to a report by CBS Denver. The City of Denver announced the $260,000 purchase of the fingerprint identification technology as part of its 2016 budget. The MorphoIDent device works as an extension of traditional biometric access control systems, enabling real-time identification based on Morpho’s biometric technology. The optical scanner is fully FBI PIV-IQS certified and offers

UK Home Office considers increasing regulations for facial recognition use

The UK’s Home Office is considering increasing the regulations for retention of face recognition records, following criticisms from privacy adovacates that claim police are illegally uploading photographs on a national database, according to a report by In March, the UK’s Science and Technology Committee released a report in which MPs condemned the practice — particularly the act of retaining photos of people who were never charged — which a high court judgement ruled was unlawful. The Committee found that

Net-X Solutions fingerprint compression software for Android receives FBI certification

Net-X Solutions announced that its WSQ fingerprint compression software for Android has received FBI certification. The Wavelet Scalar Quantization (WSQ) Gray-scale Fingerprint Image Compression Specification Version 3.1 is one of the leading solutions for the exchange of 8-bit, 500ppi fingerprint images within the criminal justice community. The FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) collects, encodes, stores, and retrieves digitized fingerprint images. Any fingerprints submitted to the FBI must adhere to the agency’s strict standards. The successful completion of the

Hungarian government proposes storing biometric data of citizens

Hungary’s Interior Ministry proposed a new bill last week that creates an authority to oversee the storing of facial data of citizens based on photos from their identification documents, according to a report by Budapest Business Journal. The proposal for the bill states that the Hungarian government would be able to provide this biometric information to Hungarian law enforcement authorities, such as police and intelligence services, on a request basis. Additionally, the authority would store encoded profiles that include the