Indian police force deploys NEC facial recognition solutions

NEC India has partnered with Innovative Telecom & Softwares Pvt. Ltd. to provide the Surat City Police in Gujarat, India with NEC’s face recognition solution, according to a report by TelecomTiger. Surat City Police will deploy NEC’s NeoFace Watch for live CCTV surveillance and NeoFace Reveal for forensic criminal investigation as part of the region’s safe city initiative. “We have found NEC’s face recognition solution to be the most appropriate solution with respect to face detection and investigation, and it

Pakistan government verifies 53 million SIMs via biometric system

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman Syed Ismail Shah recently confirmed that more than 53 million mobile phone SIMs have been verified through the biometric verification system over the last 38 days, according to a report by Pakistan Today. Meanwhile, the remaining 49 million SIMs will be verified within the next 91 days, said Shah. Reported last month, the Pakistan Ministry of Interior formed a joint group to investigate over 100 million subscriber identification modules that were not verified through the biometric

Surrey Police Force to combat criminal behavior with biometrics

The Surrey Police Force in the UK announced it has deployed fingerprint scanners to help protect the Epsom and Ewell Neighbourhood Team from criminal behavior. The new initiative is a part of the Pubs and Clubs against Drugs campaign, which is being jointly run with Epsom and Ewell Community Safety Partnership and Pubwatch. The fingerprint scanners will help landlords and the authorities tackle drug taking and anti-social behaviour offences. The two scanners will be rotated around pubs to scan the

ATF upgrades employee mobile devices to iPhone 6 for biometric sign-on

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently upgraded all of its mobile devices from iPhone 4S to iPhone 6, in which the Touch ID-based fingerprint scanner is embedded in the home button of the device, according to a report by Fierce Mobile Government. “The main motivation there was refreshing several-years-old technology, but also embracing Touch ID as a way of enhancing the convenience of use of the devices,” said Rick Holgate, ATF’s assistant director of science and

NEC to provide Las Vegas police with multimodal biometric identification solution

NEC Corporation of America announced it has secured a multi-year service contract with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in which it will provide the department with its new Integra-ID 5 multimodal biometric identification system. Under the agreement terms, NEC will host and manages the multimodal biometric identification solution at its data center. Integra-ID 5 provides a number of new services and upgrades including a fully-scalable, advanced latent fingerprint processing, which offers multi-algorithm encoding and fusion matching on NEC’s service

INTERPOL World Congress 2015 to address border management issues

The inaugural INTERPOL World Congress 2015 will address border management concerns along with the solutions that combat these issues. First reported in November, INTERPOL World Congress 2015 is a new industry event aimed at bringing together security key solution providers and security professionals to identify important security challenges and co-create solutions to combat them and ultimately make the world a safer place INTERPOL World Congress will coincide with the INTERPOL World Exhibition and will be held April 14 -16 at

Obama’s new national security strategy makes a push for biometrics data sharing

President Barack Obama recently unveiled the new National Security Strategy, in which he emphasized that consolidation of information across intelligence agencies is crucial in protecting the country against terrorist threats and cyber attacks, according to a report by Defense One. Under the new strategy, the Obama administration aims to “better integrate” the intelligence community across agencies and foreign intelligence services to ultimately improve national security as well as reduce costs. The sharing of information has recently led to several breakthroughs

Irish police force pilot facial recognition system to identify suspects

For the past three weeks, Irish police force, the Gardai, has been testing facial recognition software that enables victims of crime or witnesses to more easily identify suspects, according to the Irish Times. The police force has already seen some success with the EVO-Fit software, achieving up to a 74% success rate in correctly identifying suspects that are wanted by law enforcement agencies. Developed by Dr Charlie Frowd of the University of Winchester, the mobile system taps into the more

DEA using license plate readers to photograph drivers

Following last week’s unveiling that Drug Enforcement Agency has been using license plate readers to collect data for a large database of drivers’ movements, new documents have now surfaced that prove that the DEA is also photographing millions of people inside of their cars, according to a report by Sputnik News. Under the Freedom of Information Act, the American Civil Liberties Union has obtained new documents that show that the DEA has been photographing vehicle occupants and storing these images

UK police using biometric database without proper regulations in place

UK police forces are crosschecking suspects against a massive database that stores up to 18 million mugshots, all without having proper regulations in place, according to a report by Mail Online. Without notifying the Home Office or watchdogs, police forces across England and Wales have set up an enormous database of images – many of which were taken of individuals when they were arrested but not formally charged with a crime. Biometrics commissioner Alastair MacGregor is worried about the implications