Australia to launch national facial recognition matching system in 2016

The Australian government is expected to roll out a new biometric system next year that will allow law enforcement agencies to share facial images amongst themselves, according to a report by ZDNet. The facial recognition system will deploy a one-to-one matching functionality to confirm identities of known individuals before gradually introducing additional functionality to match unknown individuals, said the Attorney-General’s department. “The technical architecture of the capability will adopt a hub-and-spoke model to facilitate ‘query and response’ matching requests between

X Infotech, Atea provide mobile biometric enrollment solution to Lithuanian Police

Systems integrator and software developer X Infotech announced it recently teamed up with local partner Atea to provide a biometric solution for the mobile enrollment program for the Lithuanian Police. X Infotech and Atea recently won the public procurement organized by the Lithuanian Police, continuing their proven track record in identity management. The companies worked together to deliver the solution that accurately captures and stores biometric data for issuance of various identity documents, such as passports, identity cards and residence

Aussie government failed to conduct privacy impact assessments on security measures

An independent report has found that Australia’s federal government has failed to perform adequate privacy impact assessments on nearly 90 percent of the national security measures it has passed over the past 14 years, according to independent research, according to a report by Australian television program Lateline. Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are supposed to be conducted with public consultation and community debate whenever new intrusive laws or practices are proposed, to ensure the government does not collect more data than

Drug abuse detection tool uses biometrics to verify identity

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio is investing in eye scanner that detects drug abuse, which should help save the department $70,000 a year, according to a report by Corrections One. Quest Guard’s PassPoint System lowers the use for urine tests, reduces staff time and could potentially eliminate the need to hire an additional correctional officer. The machine uses biometrics – a fingerprint – to confirm identity before the test is conducted. The system scans both the individual’s eyes in

Biometrics in healthcare, mobile authentication, Aadhaar, Biometrics2015 and more top stories

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics 2015: Isabelle Moeller Q&A One of the week’s most popular stories came in the form of a Q&A interview with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller, who discussed preparations and details about the upcoming Biometrics 2015: Secure Identity Solutions Now! conference, held October 13 – 15 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London. India bars national biometric identity usage In a surprising

Australian police looking to collect biometrics in the field with mobile fingerprint solution

Australia’s NSW Police Force is looking to provide officers with portable fingerprint scanners to be used with a fleet of Samsung smartphones and body-worn video cameras which are being slowly rolled out across the force, according to a report by IT News. The police force has approached various technology vendors for portable fingerprint scanner solution. The new technology is part of the NSW’s ongoing initiative to digitize the daily duties of officers in the field to eliminate the need for

NEC biometric software first to provide FBI Rap Back service functionality

NEC Corporation of America announced that its Integra ID 5 biometric software solution has successfully interfaced with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Next Generation Identification (NGI) platform’s Rap Back service. The Rap Back service sends authorized entities ongoing status alerts of any criminal history reported on individuals in positions of trust, such as school teachers or aviation workers. In addition to the background check process, regulatory agencies are now able to flag records so that Rap Back notifications are

Rapid DNA results uploaded for the first time to UK’s DNA database

Rapid human DNA identification technology firm IntegenX announced that The National DNA Database (NDNAD) had forensic DNA profiles uploaded from the RapidHIT System, making it the second major national database to complete such a task. Established in the United Kingdom in 1995, the NDNAD database currently contains more than five million forensic DNA profiles. The samples that were uploaded using the RapidHIT System were taken from individuals suspected of a crime or in custody. Key Forensic Services processed the samples

FBI clarifies facial recognition technology use in New York Times letter

The New York Times published an editorial-opinion letter written by Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI’s science and technology division, which clarified several points regarding the FBI’s Next Generation Identification technology’s use of facial recognition analysis. The letter was in response to a Times article entitled “Police Depts. Using ID Tool Honed in War” that appeared on the publication’s front page on August 13. The Times piece focused mainly on the San Diego Police Department’s alleged misuse of

Nigerian government recommends unified biometric data collection and usage

Upon reading a briefing on the activities of the National Population Commission (NPC), Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recommended that government agencies share the biometric data of citizens through a unified collection and usage procedure, according to a report by All Africa. “It will be more cost effective if you work together,” said President Muhammadu Buhari. “It helps even the credibility of the election process, as Nigerians of voting age can be identified easily.” President Buhari questioned the government agencies for