Terrorism and fraud risks will drive demand for automatic identification systems: Technavio

Technavio analysts forecast positive growth for many segments of the global automatic identification system market over the next four years due to increased revenues in several markets, including access control solutions, contactless smart cards and palm vein biometrics. The high convenience of contactless smart cards and its extensive adoption by governments to meet their escalating security needs is helping to drive the growth of the global contactless smart cards market, resulting in a CAGR of close to 33% during the

ID at the Borders & the Movement of People Seminar (Europe)

ID at the Borders & the Movement of People Seminar (Europe) 19 – 20 April 2016 Mercure Schiphol Airport Hotel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands This is the 4th seminar in our proactive discussion around identities at the borders. 2015 has posed some critical challenges at the borders with a need for improved migration management. While the previous three seminars focused on connecting the border agencies, aviation and travel industries, this event will also include the international organisations. What border strategies are

Aadhaar privacy bill passed in Indian lower house

Last week, the Indian parliament passed legislation that adds a privacy protection framework to Aadhaar. The bill, which as approved by the lower house on Friday, demands that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that administers Aadhaar, take steps to ensure confidentiality of identity data. This includes storing all Aadhaar data in a centralized database known as the “Central Identities Data Repository”. UIDAI will not only be mandated to take all appropriate technical measures to secure the

Microsoft’s Project Oxford unveils API for speaker recognition

Microsoft recently added voice biometrics to its online suite of software development tools. The software giant has released an API that allows programmers to leverage speaker recognition algorithms that recognize a human’s voice in audio streams. In effect, the tool allow developers of mobile and PC apps to enable voice recognition capabilities for both speaker verification and speaker identification. The speaker verification component of the tool can automatically verify and authenticate users from their voice or speech. It is tightly

Ideal Innovations conducts facial identification training course in support of the Romanian Government

Biometrics and forensics solutions provider Ideal Innovations, Inc (I3) recently completed a 10-day facial identification training course in support of the Romanian Government. The topics covered included a backgrounder on the study of facial comparisons, skeletal and muscular structures of the head and face, the role of dermatology and hair growth in facial comparisons, age progression, and comparison methodologies and techniques. The training allowed the students, who are highly capable in digital forensics, to increase their competency in comparing facial

Neurotechnology releases new SDK version for surveillance systems based on biometric identification and object tracking

Neurotechnology announced it has released SentiVeillance 4.0 software development kit (SDK) which provides biometric face identification and object tracking for video surveillance systems. The new version has a new name and provides several improvements over the previous version, VeriLook Surveillance 3.1, enabling it to support a wider range of surveillance, security and public safety applications. SentiVeillance works with live video streams from single or multiple high-resolution digital surveillance cameras to provide real-time object detection and classification. As a result, the

Mobey Forum publishes biometrics in payments paper

Mobey Forum has published a new whitepaper entitled “Biometrics in Payments: Touching Convenience”, which focuses on the applicability of biometrics as a method of identification, authentication and authorization for services in mobile banking and payments services. The study is based on a survey Mobey Forum conducted earlier this year that questioned 235 respondents from Europe, North America and the Middle East — 59% of which were from banks and other financial institutions and 32% were from solution providers. In the

MIT-developed software analyzes Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has developed software that analyzes the variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls, according to a report by Gizmodo. In a study published by MIT, the researchers discuss the RF-Capture device, which transmits wireless signals and then analyzes the reflections of those signals to construct a human form. The technology serves as an extension of another solution the researchers have been developing for a few years. The team previously used

Anoka County sheriff using BI2 Technologies iris recognition to ID inmates

The Anoka County jail has been using BI2 Technologies’ Inmate Identification and Recognition System (IRIS) since August, making it the first in Minnesota to implement iris recognition identification technology for inmates, according to a report by the Star Tribune. Using IRIS, jail personnel are able to capture high-resolution iris images of the 11,000 inmates booked into the facility each year, and store the images for future use. Inmates’ irises are also captured to verify their identities when moved to and

Ghana leading West African States’ implementation of biometric ID cards

Ghana is leading the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) initiative to provide biometric identification cards to all citizens next year, according to a report by Citi FM Online. The move comes almost a year after ECOWAS announced it would launch the biometric identity card program in 2016 as a way to ensure the unrestricted movement of community citizens, goods and services in line with the reformed ECOWAS treaty. The biometric identification card will replace the travel certificate that