Top biometrics news stories, week of July 27

Biometrics Week in Review: FBI opens biometrics center, State Department request for information, Capital Hill concerns about fingerprint recognition, emerging trends in the UK, BioCatch, Aadhaar, BIO-key Experian partnership, Hoyos Labs, Stanley wins government contracts and a Q&A with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia – The center will house the

Gemalto discusses biometric technology to help DHS track children illegally crossing the border

Digital security firm Gemalto believes biometric ID cards can help the Department of Homeland Security track the thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border, according to a report by Watchdog.org. The Department of Homeland Security has long been using its centralized system, the Automated Biometric Identification System, to store collected biometric data for immigration, national security and law enforcement purposes. However, the system is unable to account for thousands of undocumented children illegally crossing the border. Neville Pattinson, senior

U.S. Department of State looking to adopt system that captures and processes biometric identifiers

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is seeking to adopt a new system which would allow it to electronically capture and process biometric identifiers to determine threats to the country, according to a report by Washington Technology. The department wants to use biometric enrollment data file plans to compare the data against other U.S. terrorist, intelligence and criminal databases to pinpoint potential criminals. The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is also looking to use the system for its own criminal investigations and

Russia MP proposes to enforce universal fingerprinting for all international visitors

A Russian MP is preparing a new bill that will recommend new security measures to make it mandatory for all international visitors to be fingerprinted on arrival in Russia and have the information stored in a single database, according to a report by RT.com. In his drafted bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus suggests that all international visitors of the country should

GSN Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program recognizes achievements in biometrics

Government Security News recently announced the winners and finalists in its 2014 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which included achievements by some of the top players in the biometrics field. Iris technology firm IRIS ID took the award for winner of Best Biometric Identification/Authentication Facility in the category for access control and identification. Also under the Access Control/Identification category, identity management security firm Entrust was named winner of the “Best ePassport Solution”. In the category for detection solutions, Global

FBI, Department of Defense to open new biometrics center in West Virginia

The FBI announced it is working with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. Set to open in 2015, the new 360,000-square foot center is directly adjacent to the current building, which has been in operation for about 20 years. Connect Clarksburg reports that the center will house both the FBI’s Biometric Services Section and the Department of Defense’s Forensics and Biometrics Agency and will

Department of Public Safety collecting fingerprints of Texans

The Department of Public Safety in Texas has been secretly gathering full sets of fingerprints from anyone applying for a new drivers’ license or a renewal, weeks in advance of when the new regulation was intended to go into effect, according to a report by Watchdog.org. Last month, the DPS adopted a regulation for a new policy that would allow it to take fingerprints of all Texas residents applying for a new driver license or renewal — a practice it

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 20

Biometrics Week in Review: VISA Europe, NEC technology, Samsung rumors, NIST testing, Imagus, CrimTrac, US intelligence budget, facial recognition research, IDEX and Card Tech and ievo`s “do it yourself” biometric access control system Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Visa Europe considers biometric authentication for payment – Visa Europe director of new payment propositions Jonathan Vaux attributes the increase in the popularity of card-on-file payment to the growing

Homeland Security Week 2014 announces presentation topics and speakers

Homeland Security Week 2014 announced the details of its upcoming conference and trade show, which is expected to feature over 40 high level presentations on Homeland Security, more than 60 exhibitors, and over 700 attendees. The fourth annual Homeland Security Week conference and trade show will take place October 6 through 9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. According to the Homeland Security Week 2014 website, the event will attract representatives from DHS, CBP, TSA, ICE,

UK police test out NEC’s facial recognition solution

A police force in an English midlands county have been testing out NEC Corporation of America’s facial recognition technology, which recently identified a suspect captured on camera within seconds, according to a report by BBC News. The Leicestershire Police have been using NEC’s NeoFace system, which compares facial measurements taken from an image against a database which holds 92,000 images of people who have either been arrested or have volunteered to have their images stored, such as identity parade volunteers.