DHS, TSA testing touch-free fingerprint scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can speed up the processing time for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began performing a series of proof-of-concept tests for new fingerprint technology with the help of S&T’s Biometrics Technology Engine and Apex Screening at Speed program. The touch-free scanners, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., allows travelers to use their

12th Homeland Security Week

12th Homeland Security Week October 23-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. This 12th Annual Homeland Security Week will bring together top homeland security leaders from government, industry and academia to dive into current challenges and future requirements necessary for numerous government agencies directly or indirectly responsible for U.S. homeland security. Through interactive keynote presentations, large scale panel discussions, project updates, case studies, and intimate roundtables, we’ll facilitate a complex, joint, multilayered plan to combat the evolving challenges our country faces. Event Agenda

Biometrics Institute names Stephanie Schuckers head of Academic Research and Innovation Group

The Biometrics Institute has introduced Stephanie Schuckers as the new Head of the Institute’s Academic Research and Innovation Group, a committee within the Biometrics Institute set up to further strengthen its outreach into the research community. Schuckers is a Clarkson University professor and Director of the Center of Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. She has testified for Congress, and has over 40 journal publications as well as over 60 other academic publications. The

Home Office plans to invest $6.4m to provide police with facial recognition technology

The Home Office is planning to invest £5 million (US$6.4 million) on facial-recognition software to be initially used by law enforcement and eventually other public sector organizations, according to a report by Public Technology. The department has posted a contract notice looking for interested technology suppliers for a five-year term to provide biometric matcher engine software (MES) that can identify people via facial imagery. In addition to the technology itself, the supplier or suppliers will need to provide a range

Biometric Signature ID adds to executive team

Citing historic company changes, growth and opportunity, Biometric Signature ID (BSI) has added six new team members bringing with them years of experience from a variety of backgrounds. Dr. Mark Sarver joins BSI as the Chief Behaviorist. Prior to joining BSI, he was the CEO of EDUKAN, BSI’s first client. David Chatham, who previously managed the learning management systems for the Colorado Community College System, comes on as Director of Managed Services. Tyler Weiland is the company’s new marketing specialist

Precise Biometrics sees increased sales in Q2 2017 totaling $2.5M

Precise Biometrics has issued its financial results for Q2 2017 in which the company’s net sales for the remaining operation totaled SEK 20.2 million (US$2.5 million) compared to SEK 18.9 (US$2.3 million) a year ago. The company’s operating profit for the remaining operation totaled SEK 0.5 (US$60,000) compared to SEK 5.3 million (US$0.7 million). Meanwhile, the company’s net sales for the remaining operation during the interim period totaled SEK 36.8 (US$4.5 million) compared to SEK 39.6 million (US$4.9 million). The operating profit/loss

Qualcomm, Xiaomi developing 3D facial recognition for new smartphones

Following Apple’s lead, Qualcomm and Xiaomi are also developing their own facial recognition technology for their upcoming flagship smartphones, according to a report by Gizmochina. Xiaomi’s facial technology technology is expected to be introduced in the fourth quarter, just in time for it to be integrated into its expected flagship Mi Mix 2. Apple’s recently published patents revealed that the company’s facial recognition technology will support 3D sensors and can achieve facial recognition in just milliseconds. The recent trend of

ImageWare Systems reports Q2 2017 revenues of $1.1M

ImageWare Systems, Inc. has issued financial results for Q2 2017, as well as a corporate update to highlight the company’s progress since its last quarterly update on May 10, 2017. The company’s total revenues in Q2 2017 were up 6 percent to $1.1 million compared to $1.0 million in Q2 2016. Meanwhile, gross margin in Q2 2017 increased 400 basis points to 76.4 percent from 72.4 percent in the year-ago quarter, which was primarily due to higher software licensing revenues.

NEC sees increasing demand for its face recognition technology

NEC Corp. is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events, according to a report by The Ahsai Shimbun. “Our system allows individuals on a watch list to be identified on the spot in images of a camera that is monitoring a crowd,” an NEC official said at Interpol World 2017 in Singapore in early July. The official

Fingerprint Cards announces two new smartphone deployments

Fingerprint Cards announced two new smartphone deployments of its fingerprint sensors this week. The Bkav BPhone 2017 features the FPC1155 fingerprint sensor and the Sharp AQUOS S2 features the FPC1145 sensor. Each sensor supports FPC 360Touch, FPC OneTouch, FPC TouchNroll, FPC EvoTouch and FPC MoveTouch. Earlier this month, Microsoft released its Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID, equipped with Fingerprints Cards’ FPC1025 touch fingerprint sensor.