Royal Oman Police say biometric passports will replace old documents this year

The Royal Oman Police have confirmed that by the end of the year, machine-readable passports in the country will be replaced by ePassports containing biometric information. According to a report in the Times of Oman, the new ePassport system will also be accompanied by the full implementation of an eVisa facility for expatriates. Also according to the Times of Oman report, the ROP signed a contract with a German consulting firm for the ePassport project and in the beginning of

Viscount Systems gets new federal government contracts for biometric access control technology

Viscount Systems has announced that it has been awarded contracts to deploy its biometrics-friendly Freedom access control technology, and VeriCert certification software at U.S. Federal Government agency facilities in Louisiana and California. According to the company, this new business represents more than $50,000 in contract value. “We are pleased to continue our rollout of Viscount’s Freedom Access Control within the U.S. Government, adding another government agency to the Freedom family,” Dennis Raefield, President and CEO of Viscount said. “The security and

Fingerprinting to be Mandatory for Expat Women in Saudi Arabia

The General Directorate of Passports has introduced a new rule that makes fingerprinting a mandatory practice for the issuance of new residence permit and final exit for all expatriate women, according to a report by the Saudi Gazette. Before the new system, providing biometric data was only mandatory for expatriate women seeking to obtain a work permit, and simply an option for all other women (as of March 31, 2012). Saudi Arabian director general of passports Major General Suleiman Al-Yahya

Biometrics 2014: The Future of Identity Starts Here!

Biometrics 2014: The Future of Identity Starts Here! October 21-23 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center, London, UK Biometrics 2014 provides great practical advice, tips and solutions for all those using or considering using biometrics technology for managing identity and increasing efficiency within government and commercial applications. A comprehensive three-day programme, compiled by the Biometrics Institute, brings together around 50 international speakers to share insight, expert opinion and hands-on case study experience on the latest technological developments and new trials

New Zealand IRD Voice ID service, based on ArmorVox technology, surpasses 1M customers

According to reports out of New Zealand, the country’s Inland Revenue Department’s Voice ID service has just surpassed 1 million customers. This system is based on ArmorVox voice biometrics technology. “This is a significant achievement. At 1 million enrolments we have the highest level of voice biometric enrolments per capita in the world,” New Zealand Revenue Minister Todd McClay said in a report in “Leading the way in voice biometrics highlights the Government’s commitment to reducing red tape and

Visiontek integrates DigitalPersona sensor into handheld biometric readers

DigitalPersona has just announced that Visiontek has integrated the company’s TCS1 Steelcoat sensor into handeld biometric readers. “Achieving the equally important goals of citizen convenience, fraud prevention and low program costs requires exceptional technology,” Ramesh Chunduru, director of sales and marketing for Visiontek said. “We chose the TCS1 Steelcoat sensor because it consistently captures quality fingerprints in a variety of demanding environmental conditions. It also offers the msot economical solution in terms of lifetime cost of ownership.” Visiontek is a

Daon to deploy multimodal biometric system to protect ‘one of the world’s largest economies’

Daon has announced that it’s just been awarded a contract to provide a multi-modal biometric identity system for “one of the world’s largest global economies.” According to the company, the solution will allow users to mix and match authentication factors, which could include two separate biometric modalities. It will be used primarily to prevent terrorism, illegal immigration and other crimes at border-crossing of the unnamed country. “All over the world, companies are scrambling to build better biometrics.  However, no single authentication

Sri Lankan government launches AFIS

The Sri Lankan government has just launched its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which is intended to aid law enforcement agencies in the country. Reported at, the AFIS has been developed solely by the Sri Lankan Information Technology engineers. “[The] main objective of inventing such a programme is to form good governance and a peaceful living environment in the country,” Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Gatabaya Rajapaksa said. “International communities must look into such social

Spending on forensic, missing persons DNA biometrics database programs to grow

The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that law enforcement spending on forensic DNA databases throughout North America will total approximately $750 million in 2015. We project that increasing spending in the DNA biometrics modality will occur due to increased interest surrounding the resolution of missing persons cases. On any given day, there are over 100,000 active missing persons cases in the U.S. and there are approximately 40,000 human remains in medical examiner offices across the country. The Bureau of Justice

Florida Senate Bill 188 passes first committee with unanimous support, looks to ban biometrics in schools

Florida Senate Bill 188, which bans the collection of students’ biometric information, has passed its first committee today with unanimous support. The bill bans the collection of biometric information of students and parents as well as providing for annual notification of their rights with respect to their education records. It will prevent the disclosure of any student or parent information to anyone except when required by law.  The bill additionally establishes a process to assign a Florida student identification number to