CDC project will see biometric registration for HIV patients in Uganda

In an effort to improve healthcare access and data collection, HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda will now be identified using fingerprints during a five-year Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded project. According to a report by The Monitor, the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) project will help identify how many people in the country are living with HIV/AIDS and how many people are taking antiretroviral drugs in hopes of generating accurate and nationally accessible information on the healthcare crisis. CDC

Ideal Innovations introduces mobile face matching solution

The biometrics products solution division of Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) has released FABIS-Mobile, enabling on-device face matching against millions of records on mobile phones and tablets. The company says its next-generation mobile face matching can search 1-5 million records on a mobile device, more than a hundred million records on a single laptop, and 500 million to more than a billion images on a single server with matching speeds in excess of 25 million comparisons per CPU core, per second.

Fingerprint and passport data leaked in Philippines voter database breach

According to a report by Trend Micro, a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. “With 55 million registered voters in the Philippines, this leak may turn out as the biggest government related data breach in history, surpassing the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack last 2015 that leaked PII, including fingerprints and social security numbers (SSN) of 20

Extension approved for Israel’s biometric database pilot

A request by Israel’s Interior Minister for a nine-month extension on the country’s biometric database pilot was approved on Tuesday. Earlier this week, the Minister had requested an extension of the pilot until December 31, 2016 to better learn the issues since he is relatively new in the job. According to a report in The Jerusalem Post, the initiative is seeing reduced support since a legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledging that the potential for database

Terror attacks create interest and concern about facial recognition tech

According to industry experts, terrorist attacks in Brussels will impact the development and deployment of facial recognition technology. Three coordinated bombings occurred last week in the Belgian capital: two at Brussels Airport and one at Maalbeek metro station in Brussels. In these attacks, at least 31 victims and three suicide bombers were killed, and over 300 people were injured. Another bomb was found during a search of the airport. The use of terror tactics in open spaces is projected to

Another extension requested for Israel’s biometric database pilot

This past weekend, Israel’s Interior Minister Arye Dery requested another nine-month extension on the country’s biometric database pilot. The pilot was due to wrap up at the end of this month, after already being extended for nine months last June. Just last week, a legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledged that the potential for database breaches of the country’s experimental biometric identity database couldn’t be ruled out, but that it was not a pressing concern. Naama

Police car equipped with facial recognition system can pick suspects out of a crowd

Researchers at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China’s Police Equipment Joint Research Lab have developed a police vehicle equipped with a facial recognition system that can pick criminal suspects out of a crowd, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. State media reports that the SUV has a 360-degree rooftop camera array that automatically scans faces within a 60-meter radius. The system determines the gender, age and race of each face, compares it against faces

Biometrics in financial services, facial recognition, border security and fingerprints trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Financial services BMO Financial Group and MasterCard began a phased roll-out this week of a biometric corporate credit card program in Canada and the U.S. that will let cardholders verify online transactions using facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics. The first phase will test the potential of delivering cardholders greater security and convenience, including establishing and improving best practices in corporate environments, developing

Israeli biometric database authority acknowledges potential security flaws

A legal adviser to the Israeli Biometric Database Management Authority acknowledged this week that the potential for database breaches of the country’s experimental biometric identity database couldn’t be ruled out, but that it was not a pressing concern. According to a report in Haaretz, Naama Ben-Zvi, the attorney in charge of biometric applications for the Prime Minister’s Office, told the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice committee, which is responsible for oversight of the database: “It’s a question of a risk

DERMALOG supplies fingerprint scanners for refugee registration in Germany

DERMALOG announced that it is providing its new LF10 fingerprint scanners for refugee registration in Germany, and will be demonstrating the scanners at CeBIT in Hanover from March 16 – 20. The company will be unveiling several biometric products including the new fingerprint scanners, which will be used to produce the new refugee identity cards. Since January 28, 2016, refugees being registered in Germany have been issued with a special refugee identity card or “proof of arrival”. The registration process