Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

Pakistan’s Punjab Forensic Science Agency to develop fingerprint database

Pakistan’s home department is investing Rs495 million (US$7.7 million) in developing an Automated Fingerprints Information System (AFIS) for the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) by June 2018, according to a report by Tribune. Initially, 40 AFIS scanners will be deployed at selected prisons of Punjab to build a database of prison inmates and at PFSA satellite stations established at divisional headquarters. The system is upgradeable as needed. A comparable database was previously implemented for the crime registration offices of the

Dermalog seeking more biometric ID and security deals in the Philippines

Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH is seeking more opportunities in the Philippines’ identification and security sectors after providing biometric-enabled drivers’ license cards for the country, according to a report by Business Mirror. “We have helped to shape the world of security through our innovations, and we see many areas where the Philippines can benefit from our technology,” Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull said. “From border control systems to e-passports and ID cards, we are ready to support the government.” The company currently

Report forecasts biometrics market to surpass $50b by 2024

Global Market Insights has published a new research report which forecasts the global biometrics market will surpass $50 billion by 2024. The company’s analysts attribute the growth to the high acceptance among various verticals including mobile banking and financial services owing to increasing security concerns. The report lists government initiatives for biometrics implementation combined with high deployment for criminal identification are also key factors driving industry demand. Analysts state that industry players will focus on technological advancements and new product launches

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

Warwick Warp announces new deployment of its fingerprint matching technology

Forensic Comparison Software Company has successfully deployed the Warwick Warp AFIS Core Matching Engine. Warwick Warp fingerprint matching technology is available as an SDK and enables integrators and developers to incorporate highly accurate fingerprint matching into their solutions. “By partnering with Warwick Warp we have been able to deliver innovative solutions to our clients,” explained Founding Director of Forensic Comparison Software Company, John Moloney. “Powered by Warwick Warp’s innovative Core Matching Engine, we have recently implemented the first National AFIS

Innovatrics launches solution to increase probability of fingerprint matches

Innovatrics has launched the new version of Latent Editor, which simplifies the editing and enhancement of latent fingerprint images to increase the probability of a match in an AFIS (Automatic Fingerprint Identification System). The intuitive and easy-to-use Latent Editor was developed based on feedback from Innovatrics’ AFIS customers, and enables users to edit and improve latent fingerprint records in a secure, independent and interoperable environment. The smart separation tool enables users to easily separate overlapping fingerprints by tagging the relevant

Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

SecuGen demonstrating new two-finger reader at CES 2017

SecuGen will be demonstrating the Hamster Pro 45™, a new FAP 45 fingerprint reader that supports both flat, two-finger and rolled finger captures, at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas in January. The Hamster Pro 45 fingerprint reader is designed to meet the FBI’s Appendix F standard and is suitable for AFIS and other law enforcement applications. The new device is slated for release in the first half of 2017. SecuGen will also release at that time the OEM

DERMALOG showcasing ‘world’s fastest’ AFIS at TRUSTECH

German biometrics provider Dermalog has released the next generation of its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) this week at TRUSTECH and, according to a company statement, test body SGS-TÜV Saar has confirmed that the software reliably allows the processing of almost one billion matches per second. The world record for fingerprint matching is now 914,959,533 in one second per standard blade server. DERMALOG founder and managing director Günther Mull: “As the speed of fingerprint matching increases, maintaining accuracy is a