Government of Georgia, FBI to share biometrics in effort to combat crime and terrorism

Georgian and American law enforcement agencies are expanding on their partnership to ensure that both parties can share information and investigate criminal cases more effectively, according to a report by Agenda.GE. Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have signed a new agreement to cooperate in the investigation of criminal cases. Signed by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Archil Talakvadze and FBI legal attaché Kathleen Canning, the document ensures that the countries

Platesmart LPR: Q&A with CEO John Chigos

In the past, the majority of American law enforcement agencies were unable to afford hardware-dependent License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems, which could cost as much as $20,000 to $30,000 per unit, along with additional costs to install and maintain. Additionally, the systems repeatedly failed to perform up to manufacturers’ claims. As a direct response to this need, PlateSmart Technologies developed a software-only high-definition LPR and video analytic solution that works with both state-of-the-art and legacy cameras to provide HD mobile

Enacomm CMO compares biometric authentication methods, financial institutions exploring biometrics & more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Comparing biometric authentication methods One of the more intriguing stories this week was penned by Enacomm CMO David Anderson, in which he provides a detailed analysis of the various biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint scanning, facial recognition and voice biometrics. Banking Credit card companies such as Mastercard, along with Canadian banks, are developing biometric authentication technologies to enable customers to validate transactions both

Biometrics industry to reach $26.8B revenues in 2020: ABI Research

ABI Research has published new insights as part of its “Biometric Technologies and Applications Market Research”, in which it forecasts the global biometrics industry will reach US$26.8 billion in revenues by 2020. This forecast proves that biometric security and surveillance has grown to surpass the “trend” threshold and is slowly moving into multiple verticals, one segment at a time. In its research, ABI Research details how biometric technologies are being constantly developed, which continually strengthens their position in existing markets

Philippine National Police deploy NEC fingerprint identification system

NEC Corporation announced that NEC Philippines has deployed a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Manila in an effort to maintain a database of fingerprint records used for criminal identification purposes. The new AFIS will enable law enforcement to compare sets of fingerprints recovered from crime scenes and match them against a database of known and unknown fingerprints. The system provides three times faster search capabilities to identify crime suspects when compared to

MacAulay-Brown to showcase biometrics capture platform at NATIA conference

National security firm MacAulay-Brown announced that Commonwealth Technology will demonstrate surveillance, biometrics capture and tracking technologies at the 2015 National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA) Training Conference and Technology Exhibition. The event, which will take place July 21-23 in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers NATIA members over 40 hours of specialized training in technical electronic surveillance techniques, procedures, equipment and issues and advanced training workshops. Commonwealth Technology will demonstrate a range of MacB solutions at the conference, including its integrated facial and

Colorado police cautious about facial recognition technology

The Colorado Information Sharing Consortium executive director David Shipley recently told Colorado Public Radio that the organization tested facial recognition technology two years ago, only to discover that it couldn’t be effectively used to help local police. The organization manages COPLINK, a database used by Colorado law enforcement agencies to share crucial information regarding criminal activity with each other. Shipley said that police investigators would be more than happy to use facial recognition technology if it proved to be effective

Biometrics to monitor tuberculosis cases, FBI criminal history monitoring pilot & more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate this past week. Airport facial authentication One of the week’s biggest stories comes from the TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis Program Management division, which recently selected Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to participate in a “proof of concept” pilot of the FBI RapBack service. Biometrics-enabled humanitarian efforts On the other side of the globe, Operation ASHA, a non-profit organization that aims to provide tuberculosis (TB) treatment

CrimTrac seeking supplier to build more versatile national biometric identification database

Australian crime data authority CrimTrac is seeking more flexibility in accessing other databases, such as national location data, as it slowly shifts to becoming a fully functional national biometric identification system, according to a report by Australian Financial Review. The organization is looking for a specialist IT supplier to provide a more versatile operating installation which is able to integrate a wide range of new technologies as they emerged, as well as handle the expanding list of mobile devices being

LA county sheriff’s department invests in new facial recognition technology

A new procurement document reveals that the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department will outfit deputy officers with mobile facial recognition technology to identify people in the field, according to a report by Reveal News. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $3.5 million contract with DataWorks Plus LLC, which provides a seven-year extension to the sheriff’s current lease for Cognitec Systems’ facial recognition equipment. The software and hardware, which includes servers and hundreds of smartphones and tablets,