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

Australian science agency develops new fingerprint ID technique

Australia’s national science agency Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new method of identifying invisible fingerprints — a technique which could be used by law enforcement agencies, according to a report by Computerworld. The method, which was developed by CSIRO materials scientist Dr. Kang Liang, involves adding a drop of liquid containing crystals to the area under inspection. The procedure enables forensic investigators to view the ‘glow’ of invisible fingerprints using a UV light. The luminescent

Biometrics market reports released by ABI Research and WinterGreen Research

ABI Research has released new research from its Biometric Technologies and Applications Research Service which forecasts that fingerprint sensors for smartphones are expected to reach 1 billion shipments by 2020, marking a 17% CAGR increase. This surge is driven by the increasing number of Chinese smartphone vendors investing in equipping their devices with fingerprint sensors. Meanwhile, the report finds that biometric modalities such as face, voice and eye-based recognition are emerging from its early development phase and are slowly being

Biometrics reports from Persistence Market Research and Technavio

Persistence Market Research has published a new report entitled “Face and Voice Biometrics Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast 2015 – 2021”. The report finds the major drivers for the face and voice biometrics market include growth in e-passport program, government support, biometrics in smartphones, use of biometric technology in banking and healthcare, extensive use in criminal identification, use of biometric technologies in election administration and growing need for large scale supervision at public meetings. As for the key challenges

Morpho wins NZ Customs eGates contract, forms biometrics research partnership

Morpho (Safran) announced that it signed a new 5-year agreement with New Zealand Customs Services (NZCS) through to 2020. The announcement comes a couple of months after it was revealed that the New Zealand government is investing asset sales to fund an additional 29 next-generation SmartGates at its airports. As a result, NZCS will rollout an initial nine new generation Morpho e-Gates this year at Auckland international airport, with the option to purchase new and replacement gates over the next

Enterprise biometrics and vein recognition research from Tractica and Technavio

Research analyst firms Tractica and Technavio have each published individual reports on biometrics for enterprise applications, and vein recognition biometrics, respectively. Tractica’s “Biometrics for Enterprise Applications” report examines the market for enterprise applications for biometrics horizontally across all industries, including 10-year forecasts for the period from 2015 through 2024. One of the report’s top findings it that enterprise biometrics devices and software licenses will reach 142 million annually by 2024. According to the report, enterprises around the world are growing

Researchers find that DNA could be used for effective archival purposes

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) have discovered that DNA could be used to store digital data and preserve essential knowledge for thousands of years, according to a report by The Telegraph. ETH scientists exploring the archival capabilities of DNA performed a test in which it downloaded error-free data after the equivalent of 2,000 years. The researchers are now tasked with developing a method of searching for information encoded in strands of DNA contained in a drop

FBI opens Biometrics Technology Center in West Virginia

The FBI will open a new four-story, 360,000-square-foot biometrics facility on August 11 at the agency’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia, according to a report by The Exponent Telegram. The opening comes more than a year after the FBI announced it was partnering with the Department of Defense to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. “The Biometrics Technology Center will be the center for

New research proves that fingerprint accuracy remains unchanged over time

A Michigan State University professor and his former Ph.D. student have published a new paper that proves that fingerprint recognition accuracy between two comparable fingerprints remains the same over time. “We wanted to answer the question that has plagued law enforcement and forensic science for decades: Is fingerprint pattern persistent over time?” said Anil Jain, professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University. “We have now determined, with multilevel statistical modeling, that fingerprint recognition accuracy remains stable over