Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition

Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition April 9 – 11, 2018 Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre Emirates International Forensic Conference & Exhibition is the region’s largest event on Forensic Science and Forensic Medicine. Emirates Forensic will be held from 9th to 11th April 2018 under the theme of “Science Serving Justice” in Sheikh Rashid Hall of the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Organized by INDEX Conferences & Exhibitions Org. Est along with its

BCC Research projects forensics market to reach $19.2B by 2022

BCC Research has published a new report entitled “Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets“, in which it forecasts the total U.S. market for forensic technologies to reach $19.2 billion by 2022 from $12.7 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 7.7 percent. The report states that computer forensics and forensics accounting will remain the largest sectors of this market, followed by DNA testing and fingerprinting/biometrics. In contrast, BCC predicts that analytical instruments and supplies to have the lowest growth rate.

UK gov’t authority to advise on biometrics ethics issues

The Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG) has replaced the UK’s National DNA Database Ethics Group (NDNAD EG) and will examine and advise on ethical issues around all forensic identification techniques including the use biometrics such as facial recognition and fingerprinting. The NDNAD EG was established in 2008, and provided advice to the Home Office on issues including the retention of DNA and DNA profiles, the establishment of a Central Elimination Database, the international exchange of DNA and rapid DNA

GAO urges DoD to address discrepancies in biometric, forensic systems regulation efforts

The Government Accountability Office (GOA) has called on the Department of Defense (DoD) to address discrepancies in their efforts to regulate its biometric and forensic systems, according to a report by Executive Gov. In a report released earlier this week, GAO stated that while DoD has implemented certain measures to meet long-term requirements for deployable biometric and forensic platforms, it continues to be plagued with strategic planning and acquisition management issues. GAO auditors discovered in its investigation that while the

STC Group contributes to university biometric and forensic laboratory

STC Group, in collaboration with the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) and SITE Technology have opened a biometric and forensic laboratory for 40 workplaces in Lebanon. The grand opening of the STC laboratory and introduction of the education program for students with a degree in forensics took place on June 2. Representatives from the University and Site Technology, counselors of the Russian Embassy and experts from STC came together for a roundtable discussion concerning current market conditions, the

Crossmatch palm scanner selected for UK Home Office’s FABrIC program

Northrop Grumman, a security firm and a technology integrator for the UK Home Office, will upgrade the current criminal booking solution for the department’s Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability program (FABrIC) with the Crossmatch L Scan 1000 palm scanner. By December, more than 375 enrollment and capture stations across the UK will be upgraded incorporating Crossmatch Livescan devices, which allow for high-quality capture of fingerprint and palm print images. In 2000, Northrop Grumman replaced the ink-and-paper method of capturing fingerprints

Australian police to receive funding for hiring biometrics experts

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will receive a AU$321.4 million (US$237.4 million) funding increase over four years under the Federal Budget 2017-18, which will partly be used to hire biometrics experts and secret online investigators, according to a report by ZDNet. In addition, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and the Australian Secret Intelligence Service will receive approximately AU$75 million (US$55.4 million) each for similar purposes. According to Justice Minister Michael Keenan, the funding will provide the AFP with the

Scotland police considering handheld fingerprint scanners for forensic work

Police in Scotland are considering implementing new technology that could compare fingerprints left at murder scenes against a national biometrics database using a mobile phone, according to a report by The Scotsman. The police force is looking into the use of the handheld fingerprint scanners in their forensic work as part of its 10-year strategy. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) said the technology could significantly improve murder investigations where the initial “golden hour” plays a key role in the collection

Florida fingerprint expert under investigation

A veteran Florida fingerprint analyst with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the subject of an internal investigation and no longer allowed to analyze prints, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel. In its letter to more than 2,600 defense attorneys informing that their clients may have been impacted by a fingerprint expert who made mistakes, the State Attorney’s Office described the issues as “clerical errors, failure to identify prints of value and the mislabelling of print cards”. The

Biometrics and Privacy online training program launching in Europe

Swiss Distance Learning University in association with the Swiss Centre for Biometric Research and Testing from the IDIAP Institute, is launching a new online training program focused on biometrics and privacy this April. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Biometrics and Privacy is the only online educational program of its kind available for company, government service and organization executives in all sectors. The program will comprise of six courses spanning the topics of biometric technologies, data protection and standards, privacy