Security & Counter Terror Expo coming to London in April

Security professionals from across the globe will travel to London in April to attend the annual Security & Counter Terror Expo (formerly Counter Terror Expo). The two-day conference will bring together security professionals, government officials and representatives from emergency services in dozens of countries to discuss today’s threats and shape the world’s counter terror strategy. The World Counter Terror Congress will take place within the Security & Counter Terror Expo. Supported by the UK`s Home Office, the event showcases the

SIA recommends biometrics adoption and federated model for U.S. airport security credentials

Kathleen Carroll, chair of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Government Relations Committee made recommendations to Congress last week regarding strengthening security credentials at U.S. airports. Carroll, who is also Vice President of Government Affairs at HID Global Corp. gave testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, discussing several ways to improve security credentials endorsed by the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, a body of private sector representatives providing counsel to the U.S. Transportation

Brussels and Paris to use biometric data to prevent forged documents

National intelligence authorities will share important counter-terrorist information and deepen cooperation, according to a joint statement by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Belgian Premier Charles Michel as reported in New Europe. The two officials met earlier this week in Brussels and agreed that there is a need to share information and use more biometric data to prevent forged documents. “The main message is that we stand side by side and are determined to work to increase the level of

Ride-share programs oppose fingerprint background checks in Austin

Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are fighting it out with Austin city council over fingerprint background checks. Last week, the city of Austin approved the creation of a “public-private partnership” called Thumbs up!, an opt-in program for ride-share drivers who want to pass a fingerprint background check to verify to potential clients that they have a clean history, according to a report by Re/code. With the new program, drivers and riders can have a fingerprint background check to verify

Biometrics and healthcare, cybersecurity, voter registration and law enforcement trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Healthcare The National Patient ID Challenge encourages innovators to participate in the creation and adoption of a private, secure and safe solution to ensure 100% accuracy in identifying patients in the U.S. In the first round entrants design a concept to solve the patient ID challenge and the final round will entail building prototypes to demonstrate the functionality and performance of the

Sweden drafts law to share biometrics data with U.S. for crime prevention

Last Thursday, Sweden announced in a statement that it has moved closer to a deal with the United States that would see the two countries swap fingerprint data to tackle crime. The law drafted by the Swedish government would let authorities in both countries run fingerprint searches in each other’s databases but would require a formal request for access to a person’s name and other personal data. Interior Minister Anders Ygeman commented, “We are exchanging fingerprints with the United States

New forensics research center to develop tools to improve law enforcement’s investigation capabilities

A new joint U.S.-Chinese forensic technology research center aims to develop new tools and applications for rapid DNA tests, as well as improved facial recognition and fingernail biometrics, according to a report by New Haven Register. The new research center is a collaboration between the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science and Beijing’s China University of Political Science and Law. Under a five-year agreement, students and faculty from the two universities will also develop tools

Bio-Metrica CEO discusses multi-factor biometric identification systems

Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Bio-Metrica is a first-tier manufacturer, software developer and system integrator of turnkey and custom biometric identification solutions to government, law enforcement, and enterprises worldwide. The company provides advanced biometric solutions to customers in a range of industry sectors, including government, law enforcement, healthcare, finance, education, retail, and manufacturing. Additionally, Bio-Metrica helps customers during the installation and configuration, maintenance and upgrade of the biometric system, customizing the solution based on their specific project requirements. Last month, Bio-Metrica released

Biometrics Technology Center speeding up local, state and federal criminal investigations

The FBI Biometrics Technology Center in North Central West Virginia opened for use last month with its first employees settled in just before Christmas. Supported by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the four story, 360,000 square foot, state-of-the art facility took about ten years in planning and construction due to the exacting standards needed for a highly secure compound. The FBI shares the facility with the Department of Defense. Employees at the facility work on cutting edge

Biometrics and law enforcement, facial recognition and national ID trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Facial recognition The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have started