NIST opens registration for symposium on developing large research datasets in biometric technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that registration is now open to attend a NIST symposium on the development of large research datasets in forensic science and biometric technology. In order to effectively develop and evaluate forensic and biometric technologies, researchers require large research databases that store biometric and forensic data. Using this data, system developers are able to test the performance of emerging technologies and to successfully quantify the uncertainty associate with matching algorithms. The symposium will

Special Report: Biometrics and Banking

Biometric Update Special Reports provides analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions. This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. notes that revenue streams for biometrics utilized in the global banking sector will rise from US$900 million in 2012 to US$1.8 billion by the end of 2015. Revenue will primarily be driven by adoption in

University of Adelaide researcher developing new method of biometric identification

A University of Adelaide PhD student has discovered a new process known as “body recognition” which could potentially become a new method of biometric identification in the future, according to a report by The Lead. Teghan Lucas has been using a 1988 database of 4,000 US defence force personnel as the basis for the process, testing her body measurements against more traditional biometric forms such as facial recognition. Lucas said that using a combination of eight or more body measurements

SpeechPro donates software and support to West Virginia University’s biometrics program

Voice biometrics company SpeechPro is providing West Virginia University’s biometrics program with more than $25,000 in software and training services. According to the company, WVU students will have access to SpeechPro software, which is known as one of the premiere professional voice recognition packages in the industry, and which is used in many real-world forensic and commercial applications. For instance, it is used by the Nepalese police department for forensic and voice identification, and its VoiceKey OnePass solution is used

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.