IARPA, NIST hosting face recognition challenge to improve accuracy

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), has launched the Face Recognition Prize Challenge (FRPC) with a total of $50,000 in cash prizes. The challenge, which is organized in partnership with National Institute of Standards and Technology, is designed to improve core face recognition accuracy and expand the breadth of capture conditions and environments suitable for successful face recognition. The Challenge if comprised of two components. The face identification component

Kwick partners with Silkbank to provide biometric verification for clients

Pakistan IT services firm Kwick High Tech & Solutions announced it has partnered with Silkbank to initiate the biometric verification of client banking accounts. The company has provided Silkbank with its portable biometric devices; the KWICK S4Q Handheld Model, which is specifically designed for field staff. As a popular product for the telecommunication sector; the network and connectivity enabled device can be used for POS as a payment system. The portable device includes Kwick’s own encryption algorithm for security purposes.

Rapid DNA data from IntegenX system used in court to secure conviction in murder trial

IntegenX announced that results from its RapidHIT system were used in a U.S. court to secure a conviction in an attempted murder case in Richland County, South Carolina. IntegenX said that is the first time in the U.S. that results from its RapidHIT® System were used in court to obtain a conviction. The RapidHIT System is a fully automated sample-to-answer system for STR-based human identification. The self-contained human identification system generates standardized DNA profiles from buccal swabs and other human

“Human Factors” and Biometrics at DHS

This is a guest post by Chuck Brooks, Vice President/Client Executive for DHS at Xerox. Inside the Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S & T) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a little known group called The Human Factors and Behavioral Sciences Division (HFD). Their purpose is to applied social and behavioral sciences “to improve detection, analysis and understanding of homeland security threats.” Biometrics plays a significant role in HDF’s research. Key areas of their research activities include,

Nadra and telecoms struggle to find middle ground on SIM card biometric verification mandate

As the Pakistan government has indicated, those selling SIM cards must now use biometric verification systems to identify their customers, but at present, telecoms and the government are having a hard time finding middle ground on this issue, The International News reports. The biometric verification directive came from the Ministry of the Interior, which ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to stop all cellular mobile operators from selling new SIMS and withhold the stock of SIMS from all sales channels. Verification

Explainer: What is Biometric Identification?

Biometric technologies use physical characteristics, such as voice tone or hand shape, to identify people automatically. Behaviors, such as handwriting style, can also be used by computers in this way. The term “identify” is used here quite loosely. There is actually nothing in your voice, hand shape or any biometric measure to tell the computer your name, age or citizenship. External documents (passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers) or your good word establishing these facts must be supplied at the time

Biometric Research Note: Indonesia most advanced adopter of eID credentials

Implementing a biometrically-enabled identification card in Indonesia, the country with the fourth largest population, has been a vital step in creating a nationwide identification infrastructure which embraces and enhances a number of applications, including e-government, financial projects and social services. As BiometricUpdate.com has previously mentioned, Indonesia committed US$600 million to provide a national identity card to all of its 172 million residents. The Asian nation has introduced a new eID credential to replace all existing identity cards. The cards, entitled

CIC closes funding round

Communication Intelligence Corporation (CIC), a leading supplier of electronic signature solutions and biometric signature verification products, announced a new round of funding on Friday. Following CIC’s 2012 annual meeting held earlier this week, CIC closed an additional $1.1M in cash and converted approximately $3.3M in unsecured promissory notes into shares of preferred stock. As we’ve previously reported, CIC entered into an agreement with an un-named major U.S. financial services leader to integrate the electronic signature capabilities of CIC’s iSign Cloud