Experts from 58 countries attend INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL’s Fingerprints unit held the 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium earlier this month, bringing together 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries. Stressing the growing recognition of biometrics as a critical tool against transnational crime, speakers at the symposium included the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Biometrics Institute. Member countries discussed the need to improve the quality of biometric data shared for more accurate identifications that can

Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean complete biometric verification trial with CPB

IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho, and Royal Caribbean Cruises have completed a public-private partnership trial with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to verify passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to secure and expedite passenger processing at U.S. sea-ports of entry. The “Sea Re-entry” trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of

EFF says TSA facial recognition proposal part of dangerous overreach

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued a “call to action” over a proposal by the U.S. Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) to collect facial images and iris scans under the PreCheck application program, which the EFF says paves the way for “a massive violation of privacy” by the Department of Homeland Security. As previously reported, the TSA ran a pilot project over the summer to evaluate the use of fingerprints by travellers as a boarding pass and identity document at

Singapore government researching facial recognition applications

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Singapore recently revealed a new security screening solution developed by a team comprised of employees from the Republic of Singapore Navy and DSTA Defence Science and Technology Agency, according to a report by OpenGov Asia. Announced on the ministry’s Facebook page, the “Smart Base Access” solution uses a smartphone app and facial recognition technology to expedite the security screening process for visitors when they enter Singapore Armed Forces bases. The system can cut down on

Transport Security & Safety Expo

Transport Security & Safety Expo June 11-12, 2018 Washington D.C. Transport Security and Safety Expo (TSSX) in June 2018, the only event of its kind to provide a platform for transport operators across all verticals, government officials and suppliers to address current concerns, share best practice and build long-lasting business connections. – large-scale exhibition area for transport security professionals to meet, check out the latest solutions and learn in the on-floor seminars – strategic congresses covering the most pressing challenges

Non-profit aims to strengthen border management internationally

Tony Smith, the former head of UK Border Force, has formed a new non-profit organization called International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) that aims to strengthen border management internationally. Officially launched last week at the Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur, IBMATA intends to encourage best practice in border management principles and the intelligent use of new and emerging technology. Smith, who chairs IBMATA and also led the UK government’s border security program for London

Trade association says airlines should not have to pay for biometric exit program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that airlines should not be responsible for paying for the new biometric exit program. Under the federal government’s new proposal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would record the facial biometrics of passengers when they leave the United States by air. IATA and Airlines for America recently met with CBP to discuss the proposed measures. Member airlines who participated in a pilot of the program reported that the technology will not significantly disrupt

Australian airports may trial iPhones to verify identity of overseas travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recommended outfitting Border Force officers at the country’s eight international airports with iPhones and attachable biometric devices to verify the identity of overseas travellers of interest in near real-time, according to a report by IT News. The department has tested the portable biometric scanners at Brisbane international airport with the intention of replacing the bulky scanners which officers have complained are inconvenient to carry. The Enhanced Biometrics at the Border (EBatB) technology

Privacy group EFF pens letter opposing border surveillance bill

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) penned a letter to the federal government in opposition of a new federal bill that would significantly expand biometrics collection and other surveillance of both American citizens and immigrants at and near the U.S. border, following Sen. Cornyn’s (R-TX) introduction of S. 1757 (Building America’s Trust Act) in August. The group’s letter objects to several provisions of the bill, starting with a provision that would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect biometric