UN Security Council Resolution calls for biometrics collection to stop terrorist travel

The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution requiring countries to collect biometric data from suspected terrorists as part of an effort to prevent terrorists from travelling. The biometric data will be compiled along with Passanger Name Record (PNR) data and Advanced Passenger Information (API) to develop watchlists of known and suspected terrorists. UN Security Council Resolution 2396 (PDF) on Foreign Terrorist Fighters addresses the risk of former ISIS members committing terrorist attacks around the world following the collapse of

Smartphone facial recognition touted for offender monitoring program

In light of project delays and changing technology, the UK should abandon ankle-tagging as a method of monitoring dangerous and repeat criminal offenders in favour of check-ins with smartphone facial recognition, according to Digital Barriers chief executive officer Zak Doffman. UK Permanent Secretary Richard Heaton told MPs that a plan to create an offender monitoring program using GPS-enabled ankle tags will be not be introduced until 2019 or later, Police Professional reports. The project budget has already ballooned from £130

Researchers developing AI-powered facial recognition to identify concealed persons

Researchers are developing an AI-powered facial recognition system designed to help identify criminals, political dissidents, protesters, and other individuals who attempt to disguise their identity by hiding their face with masks, hats, sunglasses, or other accessories, according to a report by International Business Times. Disguised Face Identification (DFI) leverages a deep-learning neural network trained on a dataset of images of people using different accessories to conceal their faces with various backgrounds. The technology maps a total of 14 facial points

10th Cyber Defence Summit

10th Cyber Defence Summit September 20th, 2017 Dubai, UAE Critical sectors in the UAE – including but not limited to finance and energy – have increased their dependency on technology and state-of-the-art ICT solutions to deliver high-quality, efficient, and effective services. In 2016, the financial cost of cybercrime totalled $1.4 billion, an increase of 4.9%. Naseba’s 10th Cyber Defence Summit will address the importance of protecting critical infrastructure and sensitive information, help companies procure cybersecurity solutions and services, and create

NY DMV use of facial recognition resulted in more than 4,000 arrests since 2010

The Cuomo administration revealed that the facial recognition technology used by New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has resulted in the arrests of more than 4,000 individuals involved in identity theft or fraud since 2010, according to a report by New York Daily News. Since its launch in 2010, the Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition Technology Program has successfully identified more than 21,000 possible cases including more than 7,000 cases over the last 18 months alone. There have been

Report forecasts biometrics market to surpass $50b by 2024

Global Market Insights has published a new research report which forecasts the global biometrics market will surpass $50 billion by 2024. The company’s analysts attribute the growth to the high acceptance among various verticals including mobile banking and financial services owing to increasing security concerns. The report lists government initiatives for biometrics implementation combined with high deployment for criminal identification are also key factors driving industry demand. Analysts state that industry players will focus on technological advancements and new product launches

Special Report: Biometrics in Law Enforcement

This white paper by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the law enforcement biometrics market (PDF). click to download the report (PDF) Law enforcement biometrics refers to applications of biometric systems which aids policing. Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the global law enforcement biometrics market will grow to US$18 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$7.5 billion. The law enforcement market includes the use of biometrics to identify or verify the identity of individuals who

Washington County Sheriff’s Office using Amazon facial recognition to ID suspects

In an Amazon guest blog post, Chris Adzima, a senior Information systems analyst for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, discussed how his team uses AWS for facial recognition as well as Amazon Rekognition as a crime-solving tool to identify persons of interest. In its initial testing of AWS and Amazon Rekognition, Washington County Sheriff’s Office uploaded 300,000 mugshots from as far back as 2001, which were stored on its jail management system (JMS), into Amazon S3. Following this upload, the

New Facewatch CEO to lead retail roll-out of facial recognition-based crime prevention tool

Following the closing of a £1.41 million investment round, Nick Fisher, the newly appointed CEO of Facewatch, is set to lead the company’s roll-out of its facial recognition system in retail and other business locations in the UK. The company has raised £7 million to date. Fisher, who was working as a business consultant to Facewatch prior to taking up the CEO role, is a former senior executive at Phones 4U and Dixons Retail. Facewatch is a secure, cloud-based platform

Turks and Caicos working to introduce biometric surveillance legislation

Earlier this month Turks and Caicos Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson revealed that the government is working to introduce biometric surveillance legislation that will aid the police in solving crimes committed on the islands. According to a report by Turks and Caicos Weekly News, the entire populace will be entered in the biometric database. “We will have legislation in place for that, it would be absolutely nonsensical to just do part of the population, we must fingerprint everyone,” explained Robinson. “The