San Francisco airport installs Innovative Travel Solutions’ APC kiosks in customs area

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has installed 40 new automated passport control kiosks, developed by Innovative Travel Solutions, to expedite the customs entry process for international arriving passengers. In a $2.45 million, three-year contract, Innovative Travel Solutions, a business unit within the Vancouver Airport Authority, won the bid to install and maintain the 40 BorderXpress kiosks. The kiosks allow eligible international travelers to submit their customs declaration form and biographic information electronically, which significantly reduces the time they spend

Inaugural INTERPOL World 2015 met with success

The inaugural INTERPOL World 2015, held April 14 to 16, was hugely successful, drawing 7,807 government leaders as well as representatives of international organisations and researchers. The conference and exhibition provided a global platform to develop security solutions for the world at large, resulting in numerous potential and new partnerships and a stronger collective resolve to develop a more secure, resilient and safer cities. The INTERPOL World Expo, along with the INTERPOL World Theatre and demo area, had showcased recent

FBI made forensic errors in hair analysis for decades

According to a recent article published in the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have acknowledged that, for over two decades before the year 2000, nearly every examiner in the microscopic hair comparison unit of the FBI had given flawed testimony in nearly all trials, where they gave evidence against criminal defendants. An on-going review has found that FBI testimony on microscopic hair analysis contained errors in at least 90 percent of

BORDERPOL to hold International Security Meeting in September

BORDERPOL announced it will hold its BORDERPOL International Security Meeting – Curtailing Terrorist Travel on September 9-11 at Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington D.C. The meeting will present new and ever-evolving tactics that border agencies and the supporting technology sector around the world need to implement in order to significantly curb terrorist travel. The current speaker lineup includes Alan Bersin, INTERPOL VP for the Americas and assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security; William Hochul, attorney and

Securus Technologies signs stock purchase deal to acquire JPay

Securus Technologies, a provider of biometric analysis, investigative and monitoring tools for corrections and law enforcement announced it has signed a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire JPay Inc., a leading provider of inmate payments, email, and tablet products. The announcement comes almost a year after Securus Technologies announced it would acquire voice biometrics company JLG Technologies. Currently operating in more than 33 state prison systems, JPay introduced electronic payments, email, and several other entertainment and educational related apps to

Japanese organization considers shared biometric database to combat shoplifting

The National Shoplifting Prevention Organization (NSPO), a nonprofit organization of major Japanese retail businesses, is considering developing a biometric database to share facial recognition data in order to combat shoplifting across Japan, according to a report by The Japan News. The NSPO said it would consider allowing retail stores to share the facial data with other stores in the same industry or other establishments in the region. The organization proposes to set up a shared biometric database, and store managers

Interpol World 2015 addresses terrorism and trans-border crime concerns

The opening keynote at the inaugural Interpol World 2015 addressed the rising threat of terrorism and trans-border crime, according to a report by The Star Online. Interpol World 2015, held April 14 to 16 in Singapore, is an exhibition and conference show where public and private sector representatives come together to identify, develop and drive security initiatives for real world security situations across the areas of cybersecurity, safe cities, border management and supply chain security. In his opening address, Interpol’s

Pakistan police to digitalize criminal records for centralized biometric database

Pakistan’s Inspector General of Police (ICP) ordered the completion of the digitalization of criminal records at all police stations to ensure the launch of its centralized biometric database by May 10, 2015, according to a report by Pakistan Today. The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) also confirmed that he had established a connection with the National Database and Registration Authority. The NADRA link will make it possible to view the details of all arrested suspects,

Biometric technologies impacting covert travel for special intelligence agents

Though biometric technologies and methods have helped to successfully identify global terrorists and immigration fraudsters who would otherwise be unknown, it has also simultaneously made it more difficult for undercover agents to keep their anonymity, according to a report by Foreign Policy. Undercover US special intelligence agents can no longer enter another country using a fake passport and donning a disguise to mask their real identity, as once their iris scan has been enrolled, it becomes extremely difficult for them

GTL adds voice biometrics to inmate telephone platforms

Global Tel*Link announced it has released Voice IQ, a new feature available for its inmate telephone platforms that uses voice biometrics to track and verify the identity of inmates and prevents fraud. Patented by GTL as a “Telecommunication call management and monitoring system with voiceprint verification,” Voice IQ uses natural language speaker verification tools to develop a voiceprint profile for each inmate and enrolls that print in a database to cross-match against it in future calls. Voice IQ differs from