Stockton, California police testing mobile biometric identification system

For the past four years, the Stockton Police Department in California has been undergoing a trial program involving a new handheld device that scans fingerprints, irises and other biometric data, according to a report by Emergency Management. The Mobile Biometric Device reads various biometric data in the field and transmits the information to remote databases to help investigators rapidly identify suspects and other subjects. The technology could potentially change the way U.S. law enforcement agencies, military and Homeland Security operations

Police take biometrics processing drunk drivers

Central District Police in Wellington, New Zealand recently began collecting the biometric data of individuals caught driving under the influence, according to a report by Wellington Scoop. The new system enables police officers to confirm the identities of alleged offenders by digitally capturing the fingerprints and photographs of individuals they intend to charge with an offence. The technology compares the biometric data against a database of existing police records then stores the new information for future reference. Central District Police

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

Privacy rights group opposing FBI’s biometric database wins court ruling

A privacy rights group concerned about the implications of the FBI’s nationwide biometric database has won a lawsuit against the FBI for the legal costs that led to the disclosure of hundreds of pages detailing the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, which includes biometrics such as iris scans, palm prints, and facial recognition. According to a NJ Daily report, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan released an opinion this week in favor of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

India to use Aadhaar to provide universal healthcare

The Indian government plans to use its national Aadhaar biometric database to deploy its newly proposed universal healthcare program. As part of the new national government’s manifesto, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised radical reforms in healthcare with the introduction of the “National Health Assurance Mission” (NHAM) scheme. The new program’s goal is to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to every Indian citizen. In order to achieve this goal, the Indian government intends to use Aadhaar as means of identification

South Africa implements NEC biometric ID solution: NEC video case study

NEC recently posted a case study video that details how the South African government implemented the company’s automated fingerprint identification system to replace its previous paper system. South Africa’s Home Affairs Office requires all citizens 16 and older to provide their fingerprints for a nation-issued identification booklet. The ID not only serves as an identification document for the country’s more than 48 million citizens, but is also used to give them access to public services. In the past, the agency

FBI seeks to add Rapid DNA to biometric database

This week, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced a plan to accelerate the collection of DNA profiles for the government’s massive new biometric identification database. The FBI Laboratory, along with the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, have said that they are actively collaborating to develop a streamlined approach towards automating DNA collection processes from qualifying “arrestees” and offenders that are in custody during arrest, booking or conviction. The goal of the FBI plan is to integrate “Rapid DNA”

LA County Sheriff’s Department to launch biometric ID system with little discussion

According to a NBC television report produced in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is quietly rolling out a high-tech biometric identification system. The new system that the department will ultimately roll out will be the largest law enforcement repository outside of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and will augment the FBI’s Next Generation Biometric Identification Program. The FBI program adds new biometric modalities, which include voice, iris and facial recognition, to

FBI’s new NGI system leads to faster and more accurate responses

The FBI said that its new biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, has resulted in faster and more accurate matches in the criminal history record database. Reported earlier this month, the FBI’s biometric identification system, Next Generation Identification, is now in full operational capability phase and replaced the previous repository for fingerprints entitled Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. The new biometric identification system has already seen considerable improvements in accuracy rates on queries, which can be attributed to the new

Israel sees drop in registration for biometric ID cards and passports

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics has released new data that shows a significant decline in the number of Israelis who have chosen to be issued biometric ID cards, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Calcalist. In the first six months of 2014 only a third of the ID cards and passports issued by the Ministry of Interior included biometric data. This is a significantly lower rate of adoption than the first six months of 2013, when nearly half