Speed up implementation of biometrics technology to secure borders: WTTC

According to Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the implementation of biometrics technology to facilitate secure borders is the single biggest opportunity for the travel and tourism sector in 2018. “Biometric technology has been evolving over many years and we have seen gradual implementation across the sector for some time,” explained Guevara. “However, in order for the step change which needs to happen to improve security and create jobs through increased tourism

UK wants access to biometrics data stored in EU security databases post-Brexit

A senior counter-terrorism officer said that Britain’s access to data in Europe-wide security databases, following the Brexit vote, is “mission critical” in regards to protecting the public, according to a report by Belfast Telegraph. Helen Ball, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, brought up the issue of returning Islamic State fighters in her discussion about law enforcement arrangements with the EU post-Brexit. The future of several tools and arrangements is in jeopardy following the Brexit referendum vote, including the

Japan helps Pakistan improve airport security screening with biometrics

Earlier this week, the government of Japan agreed to extend a grant worth almost $2 million USD to Pakistan to provide an advanced facial recognition system to the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to improve security screening at airports. According to a report in Business Recorder, the grant program is designed to support the promotion of economic and social development of developing countries in the field of security improvement and counterterrorism by providing equipment in which Japanese advanced technologies are

MorphoTrust UES and ABIS platforms get SAFETY Act certification

Identity services and solutions provider MorphoTrust USA (Safran), has achieved SAFETY Act certification on its Universal Enrollment Services (UES) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) platforms. According to the DHS website, the SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. According to a statement by

Security & Counter Terror Expo

Security & Counter Terror Expo 19 – 20 April 2016 Olympia, London, UK Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016: An international platform for global security Returning to Olympia, London from 19 – 20 April 2016, Security & Counter Terror Expo, will help nations improve border control, critical national infrastructure protection, cyber security, major events, offender management, policing and counter terrorism, and the emergency services. It will showcase the latest cutting-edge technology and provide those tasked with protecting nations and assets

Biometrics in healthcare, banking and counter-terrorism trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Healthcare Intent Solutions has introduced new medical device technology called TAD, “Take As Directed”. TAD is built around a portable dispenser containing a disposable vial filled with medication attached to a reusable electronic device. The device is designed to be pre-programmed with the prescribed regimen and patient biometrics. The device notifies the patient that it’s time to take the pill, scans their

Biometric border control technology being considered for Trinidad and Tobago

In an effort to prevent international terrorism suspects from entering or leaving Trinidad and Tobago, the country’s Minister of National Security acknowledged that the government is considering introducting facial recognition and fingerprinting at the country’s two international airports, according to a report by Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. The Minister, Major General Edmund Dillon, said, “We are presently evaluating effective border control technology such as biometric facial recognition and automated fingerprint recognition for installation at the two international airports.” Dillon also

Northrop Grumman to demo its biometric ecosystem at WEST 2016

Global security company Northrop Grumman is showcasing its key maritime defense capabilities during WEST 2016, a naval conference and exposition taking place this week in San Diego. One such solution the company is showcasing at its booth this year is its Biometric Ecosystem, a comprehensive range of biometric intelligence solutions for military, law enforcement, counterterrorism and border control. The Biometric Ecosystem includes multi-modal capture, storage, matching, performance monitoring, modeling, simulation and biometric-enabled intelligence functions. The company is also featuring Fire

Security & Counter Terror Expo coming to London in April

Security professionals from across the globe will travel to London in April to attend the annual Security & Counter Terror Expo (formerly Counter Terror Expo). The two-day conference will bring together security professionals, government officials and representatives from emergency services in dozens of countries to discuss today’s threats and shape the world’s counter terror strategy. The World Counter Terror Congress will take place within the Security & Counter Terror Expo. Supported by the UK`s Home Office, the event showcases the

Brussels and Paris to use biometric data to prevent forged documents

National intelligence authorities will share important counter-terrorist information and deepen cooperation, according to a joint statement by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Belgian Premier Charles Michel as reported in New Europe. The two officials met earlier this week in Brussels and agreed that there is a need to share information and use more biometric data to prevent forged documents. “The main message is that we stand side by side and are determined to work to increase the level of