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”

Identify Security Software demonstrates biometric authentication platform

Identify Security Software announced it has released a new security authentication platform iDentifyME, which perpetually observes, records and updates the person’s appearance and unique biometric characteristics to verify his or her identity. Identify Security Software said that the iDentifyME platform provides a more accurate and secure identity authentication process than the current biometric practices of comparing photos of a person’s face, iris pattern or fingerprint. “In order to remove the burden of self identification from the client, the authentication process

Identity management distributor IDtech360 launches operations

IDtech360 announced that it has formerly launched its biometric-based access and identity management operations. Offering the latest fingerprint, palm vein, facial, and iris technologies, IDtech360 will provide hardware and software components and solutions to end user organizations, systems integrators, and security solution providers. Initially, the Homewood, Alabama-based company will focus specifically on the higher education marketplace. IDtech360 founder and CEO Seth Miller has significant expertise in the global biometrics market, having previously served as director of international business development for

Turkish bank partners with Monitise to offer TouchID fingerprint log-in for mobile banking

Turkish bank Işbank has partnered with mobile payments firm Monitise, integrating Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint authentication into its mobile banking application, İşCep. The new functionality, which marks the first time Touch ID has been used in Turkish mobile banking, provides an alternative authentication process to the PIN system. As a result, Isbank customers are able to easily and rapidly log in to their account without compromising security. “We’re very proud to be the first bank in Turkey to introduce this

What is Biometric Data Sharing? An Introduction & Overview

This is a guest post by Paul Coombes, Head of Commercial (EMEA) for Argus Global The Five Country Conference (FCC) High Value Data Sharing (HVDS) Protocol initiative was signed in 2009 to enable the exchange of biometric data between member countries – the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2011 the UK and Ireland agreed to share biometric data from visa applications to fight illegal immigration. The goal of these programs is to exchange data

Biometrics Uncensored: a seminar for students and educators

The Biometrics Institute in partnership with Elsevier, have put together a one hour seminar for students and educators which will explore the way biometrics are used in everyday society. This seminar, designed for students aged 12-15, is part of the Biometrics 2014 exhibition and conference. The Biometrics Uncensored seminar will challenge children to think about the role biometrics has now and in the future, addressing many questions and topics, including what is biometrics, who knows what, and what does that

3M to supply electronic monitoring services for New Zealand’s Department of Corrections

3M announced it has won a contract to provide electronic monitoring services for the Department of Corrections in New Zealand. 3M’s GPS technology will be used to electronically monitor more than 3,500 offenders across a range of programs, including home detention, electronic bail, community detention and GPS monitoring. “This is a significant contract, lasting until the end of the decade,” said Jeremy Lightfoot, national commissioner corrections services. “The new 3M system will provide safety for the community by improving the

Singapore considering iris scanning systems at borders

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs is currently looking to implement iris scanning systems at its borders, having issued a request for information last week asking all interested vendors to submit proposals by October 10, according to a report by The Straits Times. Once the Ministry of Home Affairs successfully finds a vendor, it could eventually lead to a small-scale trial of implementing iris scanning technology at the country’s airports. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority has selected contactless iris capturing and

Iris ID offers access control for SMB with iCAM Entry, reduces price of IrisAccess

Iris ID announced it has introduced the iCAM Entry Application as part of its iCAM7 series devices, enabled with iCAM Entry solution, for small and medium sized businesses. With iCAM Entry, users do not need a server or additional databases. The device includes installer and end-user wizards, device discovery, tool tips and help functions. With future releases, Iris ID customers will be able to use their iCAM Entry application and upgrade to Iris ID’s flagship enterprise access control IrisAccess EAC

New application for iOS devices uses biometrics for document security

A Lamar University student and a former Lamar graduate will soon launch Lockbox, a new document and file storage application for iOS devices that uses biometric data to provide a greater level of security, according to a report by The Orange Leader. Senior business marketing major Latt Bukovicky and MBA graduate Charles Teel worked with Lamar’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship in developing Lockbox and its business plan. Available in Apple’s app store later this week, Lockbox is designed