The FBI says its biometric identification database is now fully operational

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division announced its biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification (NGI), is now in full operational capability phase. The agency announced last month that it had digitally converted 30 million records and 83 million fingerprint cards stored at the CJIS division warehouse in Fairmont, West Virginia in preparation for the transition to the new biometric system. The NGI is estimated to process 55,000 photos a day and is currently on track to digitize 52

Vision-Box deploys eGates at Hamad airport

Vision-Box announced that the Hamad International Airport in Qatar now has one of the most automated border control eGates at any airport in the world. The NDIA Steering Committee contracted Vision-Box to supply ABC eGates, which were specifically designed to meet the HIA performance and strict design requirements. The 62 vb i-match eGates are already being used at HIA, operated by Vision-Box’s front-end border control application, the vb inspector. The eGates are integrated with the advanced identity management infrastructure of

Top biometrics news stories, week ending September 14

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: Fingerprint Cards CEO suspended, 30,000 Australians register voiceprints, Paypal and Samsung, Barclays biometric reader, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Aware SDK INQUIRE, Aadhaar, Intel facial recognition, NameTag on Google Glass. Fingerprint Cards CEO suspected of insider trading – Fingerprint Cards AB announced last Thursday that its CEO Johan Carlström and a company shareholder were under investigation for insider trading.

U.S. teen wins $50,000 grant for fingerprint-access handgun sensor

A young inventor in Boulder, Colorado will receive a $50,000 grant from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation to continue working on a biometric sensor that prevents unauthorized individuals from firing a weapon. Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, Colorado, is the first benefactor of the $1 million Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge, which will award grants to a total of 15 innovators “who are working to improve firearm safety by developing personalization features in firearms, locking devices, and

Aware discusses new software development kit INQUIRE

In an exclusive interview with, David Benini, Vice President of Marketing at Aware, Inc., provided some insight about INQUIRE, its new software development kit, which it will be debuting at the Global Identity Summit in Tampa. Aware provides biometrics software for law enforcement, border management, and defense. Products include SDKs, applications, mobile, and a middleware platform. They perform biometric autocapture, hardware abstraction, data formatting, workflow, and matching, for fingerprint, face, and iris. What is INQUIRE? INformation QUality and Identity

New legislation needed for airport eGate face scanners: Australian Customs

Australia’s federal government is seeking to collect and share biometric data to support new anti-terrorist security measures at airports, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service said that new legislation must first be put into place for its eGate facial recognition system, which is designed to prevent suspected terrorists from coming into or fleeing the nation, to be successfully implemented. Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott, said the government

Homeland Security could get more than $25M for IDENT biometric system improvements

The Department of Homeland Security could get more than $25 million for improvements to its Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) if a funding bill for fiscal 2015 goes into effect, according to a report by Federal Times. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on DHS first passed Bill S.2534 back in June, but other than that no additional measures have been taken. The bill allocates $249 million for DHS’s Office of Biometric Identity Management, which is part of a greater $47.2 billion

DNA evidence identifies Jack the Ripper

According to news reports published in UK newspapers including the Daily Mirror and The Independent over the weekend, DNA evidence has unmasked the identity of “Jack the Ripper”, the infamous rapist and murderer who terrorized London’s East End. DNA found on a shawl belonging to one of the serial killer’s victims was definitively matched to Polish suspect Aaron Kosminski. Kosminski was an insane man who had a great hatred for women, specifically prostitutes. He had been identified as the prime

Secrecy surrounds government surveillance programs

Lack of accountability is usually a common theme when it comes to camera surveillance, so San Diego’s public disclosure of its city surveillance program is atypical. In 2011, the city launched a program entitled “Operation Secure San Diego” that sought the participation of private retail merchants in a police CCTV scheme. The city’s police department believes that the use of private store camera systems could help support public safety efforts. Under the initiative, the San Diego Police Department obtained access

Nigeria to issue national Mastercard-branded biometric ID cards

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) announced it has launched the eID pilot program, issuing MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million civilians. The program marks the largest rollout of a biometric verification card with an electronic payment solution in Nigeria, as well as the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. The eID card is a key part of the NIMC’s mandate to develop, maintain and run Nigeria’s first central national identity database and provide proof of identity