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

Home Office to fund UK police’s joint forensics and biometrics program

The UK’s Home Office announced it will provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and biometrics program, as well as a national data analytics focus, according to a report by Government Computing. The funding, which was allotted in the 2015 Spending Review to help boost law enforcement technology use, will help the projects gain stronger traction for a more collaborative

PAE awarded $66M forensics and biometrics contract from U.S. Navy

PAE has been awarded the Naval Expeditionary Forensics and Biometrics (NEFB) task order by the U.S. Navy under its SeaPort-e IDIQ. The task order is for a four-year duration and has a total value of about $66 million if all options are exercised. Under the contract, PAE will provide the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division with CONUS, OCONUS and shipboard services to support the Weapons Control and Integration Department’s forensics and biometrics requirements. The company will provide a wide

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research develops contactless fingerprinting device

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a new contactless fingerprinting sensing device that uses high-speed and large-volume optical coherence tomography (OCT), according to a report by IT Web. OCT is a medical imaging technique that leverages light to capture micrometer-resolution, three-dimensional images from within optical scattering media. The device, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, can be used in the field of law enforcement and forensics. “It is important to note that

Vision-Box biometric solution used to identify criminals in Brazil

Vision-Box announced that Mato Grosso State in Brazil recently selected the company to design and provide an integrated biographic and biometric enrollment solution to speed up the identification process for criminal suspects. Vision-Box’s vb e-pass portable captures biographic and biometric data in real-time, allowing the Forensic Office of Technical Identification (POLITEC) technicians to capture instant face and profile photos, fingerprints, and digital signature from the prisoners, along with all biographic data registered on their ID cards. In addition, the solution

DHS/ICE unveils renovated forensic laboratory

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale today unveiled a major renovation of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Forensic Laboratory in Tysons Corner, Virginia and lead a tour of the facility. Today’s public unveiling showcased the improvements made over the course of a four-year, multi-phase renovation project that increased the laboratory’s operating space by nearly 10,000 square feet to a total of nearly 40,000 square feet. Begun in 2012, the recently

Medical examiners deploy WoVo mobile fingerprint ID solution

WoVo Identity Solutions recently introduced its FingerSCAN DecedentID solution which provides coroners and medical examiners with a cleaner and faster way to identify unknown decedents at the scene. Using the Integrated Biometrics Watson Mini fingerprint scanner, FingerSCAN DecedentID simplifies and expedites the identification process of recently deceased individuals within hours of the death rather than days, enabling them to alert family members faster. “I knew Coroners and Medical Examiners needed a low cost, mobile solution like this and thought it

Keynote speaker announced for 2016 MorphoTrak Users Conference

Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will be a keynote speaker at next month’s MorphoTrak Users Conference. The annual conference is a standard in the biometrics community, and for federal, state, and local law enforcement. The three-day event runs May 24 to 26 in Costa Mesa, California and provides attendees with opportunities to interact and exchange best practices knowledge with fellow users, and join industry thought leaders in presentations, panel discussions, case studies, and hands-on workshops.

NetBio’s DNAscan earns NDIS approval from the FBI

NetBio announced today that its DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System has received National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The approval allows accredited NDIS laboratories to upload DNA samples processed by DNAscan and match them against DNA profiles associated with the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program, without manual interpretation or technical review. The FBI’s CODIS software is used to support criminal justice DNA databases and to operate NDIS. According to the company,

UK planning new forensic and biometrics service

The Home Office is planning a new forensic and biometrics service where, according to government officials, there will be a “national approach” to forensic science in criminal cases in England and Wales. Its predecessor, the government-owned Forensic Science Service was shut down in 2012 after the government said it lost £2m each month, reports the BBC. Work was then transferred to in-house police labs and private firms despite warnings from politicians, scientists and lawyers that closing the forensic science archive