Biometrics research center CITeR names WVU site director

The Center for Identification Technology Research announced it has named Matthew Valenti its West Virginia University site director. CITeR is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused in the areas of biometric systems, security and credibility assessment. West Virginia University is CITeR’s founding site focusing on biometrics, identification technology and systems. The University of Arizona is the Center’s second site focusing on credibility assessment systems. Clarkson University, focuses on biometric vulnerabilities and intelligence. University at Buffalo is focused

Canadian researchers developing new fingerprint scanning process

A research team at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada is currently developing a new technology it says could potentially enhance the process of fingerprint scanning for police, military and border services, according to a report by CBC.ca. The researchers have developed a new biometric system at the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research in Windsor that can scan a finger into a 3-D image 2 mm from the skin’s surface. “What we do here is unlike current, existing fingerprint

iBeta awarded fingerprint evaluation study from Sandia National Laboratories

iBeta Quality Assurance, an on-demand software testing laboratory under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, was awarded a fingerprint evaluation study contract from Sandia National Laboratories under sponsorship by the Department of Homeland Security: Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Resilient Systems Division. The fingerprint evaluation study, which marks iBeta’s second project with Sandia National Laboratories, is being conducted with biometric devices provided by 3M, Integrated Biometrics, Lumidigm, and Precise Biometrics. The study’s success depends on the ongoing cooperation with

WVU biometric researchers introduce audio and video data collection at Twins Days Festival

Last month a team of biometric researchers at the West Virginia University traveled to Twinsburg, Ohio’s Twins Days Festival, the world’s largest annual gathering of twins and multiples. At the event, the WVU researchers introduced audio and video data collection to their process. “Automated voice recognition is emerging as a biometric method,” said Jeremy Dawson, research assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. “There has been little-to-no research performed on how similar twins’ voices are”.

Chinese institute developing facial recognition system for online purchases

Researchers at the Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology in China are currently developing a facial recognition payment system that enables users to authorize their online transactions by showing a photo of themselves, according to a report by IB Times. According to researchers at Chongqing Institute, the system enables users to interlink their bank accounts or credit cards with facial data and make purchases without the use of any passwords or PINs. A special camera captures a photo of

Law enforcement biometrics market in North America expected to grow at 18.2% CAGR: report

TechNavio has published its latest research report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in North America 2014-2018” and expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 18.2 percent during the forecast period. This latest report also highlights the integration of biometrics in smart cards as one of the top emerging market trends, such as those relating to the upgrading of driver’s licenses and passports. According to the report, the main end-users of biometrics in North America are governments and private organizations.

NIST conducting program to assess facial recognition accuracy

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a new program called the Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE), which is designed to assess the capability of face recognition algorithms to accurately identify or ignore people captured on video. The tests will assess both comparative and absolute accuracy measures, working toward the end goals of figuring out which algorithms are most effective. Additionally, the tests will assess whether any of these algorithms can be applied to the primary operational use-cases

Latin American biometrics market to grow almost 25% through 2018

Technology research and advisory company TechNavio has published a new report “Biometrics Market in Latin America 2014-2018″, which projects that the biometrics market in Latin America will grow at a CAGR of 23.7% between 2013-2018. In its analysis of Latin America, the report focuses specifically on the biometrics markets of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina – all of which have seen strong growth in recent years. The report covers a range of topics, including market landscape, market segmentation by technology, market

European Association for Biometrics to host biometrics and identity management conference

The European Association for Biometrics announced it will host the EAB-Research Project Conference 2014, a conference that focuses on European Commission-funded research on biometrics and identity management. Held on September 8 and 9 at Fraunhofer IGD in Darmstadt, Germany, the EAB-Research Project Conference 2014 will share the facilities with the IEEE BIOSIG conference, which will take place later that week. The EAB and the EU FP7 projects FIDELITY, FastPass, BEAT, FutureID and INGRESS, are collaborating to host the conference, which

Researchers using facial recognition technology to predict human lifespan

A professor at the University of Illinois is currently developing a new method of facial recognition technology to help predict a person’s lifespan, according to a report by The Washington Post. Jay Olshansky, PhD, first came up with the idea for the research project while talking to an insurance company employee who complained that he only had a short period of time to assess people’s survival prospects. Olshansky told the Post that “some people tend to senesce, or grow older,