Duke University instructor recommends DNA database to track unaccompanied alien children

Duke University instructor and genetics policy researcher Sara Katsanis is recommending a DNA database to keep track of unaccompanied alien children (UAC), according to a report by Forensic Magazine. The database would be used to document and catalogue immigrants to match UAC with potential family members, or in worst-case scenarios, identify their bodies and alert family members in their native country. In a recently published opinion-editorial piece, “Humanitarian Crisis at the Border Calls for an Unusual Tool: DNA Testing,” Katsanis

Indian government conducts ongoing analysis of biometric identity database

India’s Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh provided Rajya Sabha (Council of States) with new data regarding India’s unique biometric identity number system (AADHAAR) for residents, according to a report by Business Standard. The information included usage of basic demographic and biometric data (ten fingerprints, two iris images) with a photograph to identify a resident after a process of biometric de-duplication, which helps to ensure an accuracy rate of more than 99%. The data collected during enrolment process

Bogotá mass transit system to test biometric security solution

Bogotá, Columbia will begin trialing an integrated video surveillance system, featuring biometrics and facial recognition cameras, in the city’s TransMilenio (Sivit) transit system, according to a report by El Tiempo. The system, which will initially be piloted at the Jiménez and portal Americas bus stations, is expected to decrease the crime rate and the perception of insecurity in Bogotá’s’ largest mass transit system, said Fund Surveillance and Security District. The facial recognition solution will be able to identify faces in

Google claims its facial recognition system can achieve near 100 percent accuracy

Google published a paper detailing its new artificial intelligence system, FaceNet, which Google researchers call the most-accurate technology available for recognizing human faces, according to a report by Fortune. In the paper, titled “FaceNet: A Unified Embedding for Face Recognition and Clustering”, Google claims the system achieved nearly 100-percent accuracy rate on the facial recognition dataset Labeled Faces in the Wild. The dataset uses more than 13,000 face images from the Internet to measure how accurate the algorithms are at

Aware launches cluster computing platform for biometrics and identity analytics

Aware, Inc. announced it launched its cluster computing platform Astra, which is optimized for performing large-scale identity-related security tasks, such as biometric search and deduplication, biometric authentication, and identity analytics. Aware’s Astra is designed to distribute comparison operations and data across many computing nodes, which enables it to quickly search large biometric databases and perform high volumes of biometric authentications. The platform is also able to perform advanced text-based search and analytics on large stores of identity data. Astra uses

DHS audit finds several flaws in Coast Guard’s biometric system

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General recently audited the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) biometric system, in which it encountered several issues that may be affecting the timely and accurate identification of suspected terrorists, felons and other individuals of interest, according to a report by HS Today. Federal law requires the USCG — which is tasked with protecting the country’s maritime borders – to implement a program that identifies any unknown individuals in the maritime environment. To fulfill

Defence Department continues improving ABIS biometric database

The Defense Department continues to improve the Automated Biometric Identification System as part of its global intelligence-gathering efforts, according to a report by FCW. Headed by the Army’s Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems, the ABIS serves as a central repository for biometrics data from a range of combatant commands and military services. ABIS is able to handle as many as 30,000 submissions a day and can store up to 18 million records, according to PEO EIS. Soldiers in

MorphoTrak provides mobile biometric identification solution to Florida sheriff’s office

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has deployed a MorphoTrak mobile biometric identification solution, allowing police officers to capture and search fingerprints against state and national FBI databases. The solution is comprised of a Morpho Maestro gateway for system communications and 65 MorphoIDent mobile devices – no larger than a smartphone – that capture fingerprints in the field. “Maestro is a powerful tool that enhances the benefit of the mobile devices,” said Bill Schade, fingerprint records manager for Pinellas

St. Louis-based high school installs facial recognition system

St. Louis-based St. Mary’s High School recently became one of the first schools in the nation to install a new biometric lock system that features facial recognition cameras, according to a report by the Stltoday.com. Currently in its second week of use, Blue Line Security Solutions Inc’s system includes cameras mounted between the double doors at the school’s two entrances. Students, faculty, staff, volunteers and other regular visitors have been able to gain entry into the building as they are

Canada years behind U.S. in missing persons DNA testing

According to a recent report in the Globe & Mail, Canada falls short in missing person DNA testing and in the creation of a ‘gold standard’ data bank. The newspaper also found that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will not directly pay for DNA testing in cases of missing persons and unidentified remains. As well, it will be up to police and other investigators to decide which types of DNA to profile, while in the U.S. a centralized lab always