Toronto police considering facial recognition software to identify suspects

The Toronto Police Service is considering facial recognition software as a tool that could significantly reduce the time it takes to identify suspects, according to a report by the CBC. Already adopted by Calgary police and various law enforcement agencies in the United States, facial recognition software enables police officers to match crime scene images against a database containing thousands of mug shots. But despite the popularity of the software in other regions, privacy advocates have criticized the technology for

BORDERPOL names new director of Americas program

BORDERPOL announced that it has named Janice Kephart the director of the Americas program. Kephart is a border and ID security expert with significant experience in border security systems, having previously served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission, authoring the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, and contributing to the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report. “I could not be more excited and honored to be asked to take the helm of the Americas Program for BORDERPOL,”

Research and Markets publishes 2014-2022 border control and biometrics market report

Research and Markets announced it has published its “2014 Border Control & Biometrics Market Assessment” report, which explores the border control and biometrics market, as well as a forecast for 2014-2022. The report illustrates how the increase in international border controls has resulted in the authentication process becoming more convenient for the customer, all without compromising the security level. In addition, the report states that the border control and biometrics market covers border control, eGovernment and law enforcement, and is

Hotels near Delhi airport ordered by police to install facial recognition software

Hotels located near India’s Delhi airport have been instructed by local police to install facial recognition software as part of its initiative to increase security measures, according to a report by The Economic Times. The facial recognition technology has already led to significant delays and expensive costs for hoteliers at Aerocity. Lemon Tree Hotels, a mid-market hotel operator, has already installed NEC’s facial recognition software in its Aerocity property. “We have put in place NEC Face Recognition Solution,” said Rahul

SIBA teams with SIA to encourage airport biometric entry-exit system

The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a key biometrics industry non-profit trade association, announced that it has teamed up with the Security Industry Association (SIA), an industry advocacy group, to establish an “Airport Entry and Exit Working Group“. The working group was formed to represent the identity, document authentication and biometric industry to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, in an effort to support the development of a fully-functional airport border

Home Office revises FABrIC tender

The Home Office announced earlier this week that its pre-tender notice for continuity of biometric service to support IDENT1 did not mention the Police ICT Company that was launched to lead technology procurement for UK forces, according to a report by Government Computing. At a market briefing event intended for all vendors seeking to temporarily oversee a forensic and biometric interim capability service (FABrIC), the Home Office listed the requirements for a supplier to operate and maintain FABrIC until a

NEC’s Integra-ID5 multimodal biometric identification system accepted by WIN

NEC Corporation of America announced that its Integra-ID5 multimodal biometric identification system solution was accepted by the Western Identification Network, an organization of western U.S. state and local law enforcement agencies. Awarded to NEC in October 2011, the contract follows multiple phases of testing including factory acceptance test, system acceptance test at each of the eight WIN member states, and a user acceptance test. The WIN network is comprised of a shared MBIS processing service bureau that enables users to

INTERPOL World set to debut in April 2015

INTERPOL World 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. According to INTERPOL’s recent announcement, INTERPOL World, which takes place from April 14 to 16, 2015, in Singapore, includes the INTERPOL World Expo trade show and seminars, as well as more focused discussions at the INTERPOL WorldCongress, and the INTERPOL WorldDialogue. More than

Biometric verification system for SIM card issuance hurting sales for Pakistani telecoms

Since Pakistan’s government forced SIM card activations to be biometrically verified through the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) database, telecom companies have been reporting slower sales. According to a report from Pakistan’s Daily Times citing industry sources, sales of new SIM cards and customer churn rate have rapidly declined because of the biometric verification and SIM card activation procedures which became mandatory August 1, 2014. Understanding around biometric verification for SIM activation in Pakistan remains low, and many sales

Entrust Datacard, INTERPOL sign 5-year strategic partner agreement

Identity-based security and secure payment technology provider Entrust Datacard has signed a new five-year strategic partner agreement with international policing organization Interpol. The Entrust Datacard brand debuted last week as a result of Datacard Group’s acquisition of Entrust less than a year ago. In its pursuit of malicious actors and international criminal organizations, Interpol is prioritizing the development of new and efficient international police cooperation tools such as the Interpol Travel Document, which has helped worldwide police agencies securely communicate,