New forensics research center to develop tools to improve law enforcement’s investigation capabilities

A new joint U.S.-Chinese forensic technology research center aims to develop new tools and applications for rapid DNA tests, as well as improved facial recognition and fingernail biometrics, according to a report by New Haven Register. The new research center is a collaboration between the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science and Beijing’s China University of Political Science and Law. Under a five-year agreement, students and faculty from the two universities will also develop tools

Biometrics expert named UB vice president of research and economic development

The University at Buffalo has named Venu Govindaraju its vice president of research and economic development. He has been in the position since September 2014 on an interim basis. Govindaraju is a globally recognized expert in machine learning and pattern recognition and a SUNY distinguished professor of computer science and engineering. Through his research, Govindaraju has developed new techniques to address problems in the recognition of fingerprints, faces, facial expressions and multi-biometrics fusion. He is the founding director of UB’s

Special Report: Law enforcement and biometrics

This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides a brief, updated overview of the market size and biometric technologies available for the law enforcement market in the United States. In this report, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. discusses how the market size for biometric applications in the U.S. law enforcement segment continues to grow at an exponential rate. In terms of biometric technologies, automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) and fingerprint biometric technologies account for the greatest share of the biometrics spending

Forensic anthropologist discovers racial differences in fingerprint analysis

Graduate students at a North Carolina State University lab have found that differences in the minute details of fingerprints could indicate the racial profile of someone who left a latent print, according to a report by WRAL. Forensic anthropologist Ann Ross, who leads the NCSU lab said “what we ended up finding, which was surprising, is there were differences between African-Americans and European-Americans.” Ross says that the research is just getting started, but because her sample size was small, further

Technavio Research projects growth in retail and behavioral biometrics

Technavio Research has released a new market research which expects the global biometrics market for the retail sector to reach over US$2 billion by 2020. According to the report, this will represent a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent between the beginning of 2016 and the end of 2020. Technavio analysts estimate that fingerprint ID technology for the retail sector will be the largest market segment during this forecast period. This segment currently dominates the global market for

Biometrics expert Venu Govindaraju named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Venu Govindaraju, a globally recognized expert in machine learning and pattern recognition, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The peer-nominated honor is given to academic researchers who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. Govindaraju is University of Buffalo’s (UB) interim vice president for research and economic development, and a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

New forensics technique can reveal fingerprints of ivory poachers

According to a story that appeared in Scientific American, two new compounds can reveal criminals’ fingerprints on animal tusks and teeth up to 28 days after handling. Leon Barron, a senior lecturer in forensic science at Kings College London, found that two powders, which have been commercially available for several years but previously untested on ivory, can reveal prints left on elephant tusks for up to four weeks, according to findings published in Science & Justice. The fingerprint techniques have

Biometrics research, authentication, border security and fintech trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Research vendors One of the most popular articles this week concerned two new biometrics market reports by leading research vendors Goode Intelligence and Technavio. Goode Intelligence published a new report that predicts that by 2020 over 16 billion mobile biometric payment transactions will be made. Technavio also released a new report on biometrics in workforce management which discusses the key drivers and

Purdue students researching biometrics technology in border control

Student researchers at Purdue University have created a replica U.S.-Visit Federal Inspection Station (FIS) to conduct research into improving the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s use of biometrics technology in border control, according to a report by Purdue Polytechnic. Despite the increasing use of biometric devices at U.S. border checkpoints, the technology continues to be challenged by the broad demographic profiles of passengers. Since passengers vary in height, weight and overall size, it can be difficult for the biometric technologies

Goode Intelligence launches subscription-based biometrics insight service

Goode Intelligence launched its new subscription-based Biometrics Insight Service which provides organizations with access to a large bank of biometric market research and intelligence. The Biometric Insight service enables organizations to access current and scheduled biometrics market analyst and market intelligence reports, as well as priority access to Goode Intelligence analysts in an advisory capacity. The service covers the most crucial areas of biometrics, providing insight into some of the fastest growing applications for biometric technology both on a sector