Edinburgh plans to upgrade CCTV system with facial recognition capabilities

Edinburgh Council has announced a £1 million (US$1.4 million) initiative to upgrade the city’s CCTV surveillance network to include HD digital cameras with facial recognition capabilities, according to a report by Ars Technica. The facial recognition software will scan faces in real time and matche them against a database of suspects, as well as capture vehicle registration numbers. The new system, which aims to work as an integrated, centralized hub for Edinburgh’s CCTV cameras, will be designed to combat various

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

UNHCR, IrisGuard launch EyeCloud to assist refugees with biometric banking

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Cairo Amman Bank (CAB) and IrisGuard have announced EyeCloud, a new project in Jordan that delivers financial assistance to refugees through banking and biometric technology based exclusively on UNHCR biometric registration data. The system is designed to facilitate cash-supported interventions that help deliver financial assistance to refugees with speed and dignity, while lowering overhead costs and boosting accountability. The EyeCloud technology, which uses IrisGuard portable iris-scanners, is, according to the company, deemed

MorphoTrak recognized for fingerprint innovation, partner Spectrum wins $15M DOJ contract

MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary company of Morpho (Safran), has been awarded the 2015 North American Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. “The success of MorphoTrak’s latest contactless fingerprint scanning technology, MorphoWave, has consolidated the company’s position as a top-rung player in the fingerprint biometrics market,” said Frost & Sullivan in a statement. MorphoWave Tower captures and matches four fingerprints simultaneously, as the user simply waves a hand over its sensor to be identified. Its touchless acquisition capability meets

Former Aadhaar Chairman says India will experience banking transformation

Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the government agency in charge of Aadhaar, recently gave an interview where he claimed that India is now on the cusp of transformation in banking and payments due to the expansion of the biometric database. Aadhaar, recognized as the world’s largest universal Civil ID program and biometric database, is used by the Indian government to provide social services. To date, Aadhaar has issued over 900 million Aadhaar numbers,

FBI praises proposed law that allows use of Rapid DNA

FBI Director James Comey met with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last week to discuss the FBI’s programs and priorities for the upcoming year. During the hearing, Comey congratulated Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), for introducing a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain results from Rapid DNA during criminal investigations. Hatch’s bill, the Rapid DNA Act of 2015, updates current law to allow DNA samples to be processed using Rapid DNA systems located in police booking

Australian govt says national facial biometric system will maintain privacy safeguards

A preliminary privacy impact assessment of the federal government’s plan to establish a National Facial Biometric Matching Capability (NFBMC) signals that the system will maintain strong privacy safeguards when it comes into operation in mid-2016, according to a report by ZDNet. All 16 recommendations made by Information Integrity Solutions were accepted in part or full. Some of the recommendations included improving security measures by developing templates for interagency data sharing agreements, complying with Australian Privacy Principles, and limiting the amount

Biometric civil ID program being considered in Lagos

The Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) is looking to partner with the Nigerian Immigration Service and other national organizations using biometric identification as part of its efforts to encourage residents to register for the State Residency Programme, reports Nigerian media. LASSRA general manager, Mr. Olumide Lawal, explained that the agency has a mandate to create a reliable database of all residents in the state in order to aid the government in planning and equitable allocation of resources and according

EU finds some countries not fingerprinting migrants and refugees, starts legal procedures

The EU executive has started legal procedures against Croatia, Greece, and Italy for not registering migrants and refugees in the EU-wide fingerprint database, Eurodac, when they first arrive on the continent. According to reports in the EU Observer, between July 20 and the end of November, Frontex, the EU’s border agency, found that 65,000 migrants arrived by sea in Italy, but only 29,000 were fingerprinted and entered into the database. In Greece, 492,000 arrivals were registered and only 121,000 fingerprinted.

US army to discuss details of DoD ABIS contract at industry day

The US Army Contracting Command – New Jersey (ACC-NJ) will host an industry day event on December 18 to provide and discuss information regarding the upcoming procurement of Department of Defense automated biometric identification system (DoD ABIS) sustainment services and service life extension. Held on behalf of project manager (PM) of Department of Defense (DoD) Biometrics/Product Manager Biometrics Enabling Capability (PM BEC), the event will run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST at the Timmerman Center; Building 5441 in