UK police test out NEC’s facial recognition solution

A police force in an English midlands county have been testing out NEC Corporation of America’s facial recognition technology, which recently identified a suspect captured on camera within seconds, according to a report by BBC News. The Leicestershire Police have been using NEC’s NeoFace system, which compares facial measurements taken from an image against a database which holds 92,000 images of people who have either been arrested or have volunteered to have their images stored, such as identity parade volunteers.

Apple denied trademark for Touch ID authentication system due to confusion with biometric timekeeping firm Kronos

Apple has been denied a trademark application for its Touch ID fingerprint identity authentication system, which the company introduced with the iPhone 5s, according to a report by AppleInsider. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled in May that Apple’s intended trademark could be confused with an earlier Touch ID trademark it assigned to biometric timekeeping firm Kronos, which was first released in 2005. Apple’s Touch ID is an identification authentication system feature on the iPhone 5s that allows users

New doorbell uses facial recognition technology

Two former graduate students from Southern Methodist University in Dallas are set to launch a new doorbell that uses facial recognition and motion detection technologies to offer a keyless alternative to entering your home or office, according to a report by CBS Dallas/Fort Worth. Dubbed Chui, the doorbell uses facial recognition and motion detection technologies to capture an image of the person at the door and immediately sends a message to the smartphone or computer of the home owner, who

Panama City Police to purchase Cross Match fingerprint biometric device

The Panama City Police Department is set to purchase fingerprint biometrics technology from Cross Match Technologies. According to a report in WJHG, the police department will use more than $10,000 of federal forfeiture funds to purchase the machine. This particular device sends data to the state. Currently, the Panama City Police Department record and analyze fingerprints using ink. Law enforcement communities have historically been some of the earliest adopters of biometric identification technologies. Its use in law enforcement has a

CardLogix launches encoding engine for ID cards and badges

CardLogix has announced its new Card Encoding Engine, for the creation of secure ID cards and badges. According to the company, CEE is a comprehensive card personalization software for designing, encoding and printing credential data, as well as badge issuance. CEE’s main features include support the a wide variety of ID credential types and card technologies, including ISO 7816 encoding for smart cards, biometrics, magnetic stripe, barces, QR and ICAO-compliant MRZs. It also includes built-in support for pre-designed CardLogix cards

FST21 rebrands to FST Biometrics

FST21 has announced that it has just rebranded to FST Biometrics. As a part of this initiative, the company says it will further concentrate its efforts on its In Motion Identification technology. FST Biometrics’ products, including IMID Access, IMID Digital Doorman and IMID Solo, will offer enterprises, campuses, venues and facilities secure access, at the speed of life. “As our team continues to establish our global presence, I believe this rebrand highlights our commitment to exceptional security and seamlessly convenient access

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 beehive.govt.nz. “Leading the way in voice biometrics highlights the Government’s commitment to reducing red tape and

Connect:ID closes, brings biometrics and identification to the forefront

After three solid days of networking, presentations and deal-making for the biometrics and identification community, the inaugural Connect:ID conference and exhibition has come to a close. In case you missed it, the conference took place in Washington, DC earlier this week and was one of the first conferences to amalgamate pure-play biometrics and authentication providers. This means mobile, military, government, consumer and authentication players were all under the same roof. These groups have remained fairly independent until this event and the overall consensus

Zetes wins Ugandan contract for biometric voter registration kits

Zetes has just announced that it has won a contract to supple Uganda with 4,250 biometric kits for citizen identification. According to the company, the project is being delivered in conjunction with MFI, Zetes’ main local contractor and partner. The biometrics kits will be used for voter registration in the run up to the presidential elections, which are set to take place in 2016. This project will make use of Zetes’ new generation of biometric kits, which includes options for

SpeechPro details upcoming launch of updated VoiceKey.OnePass verification platform

SpeechPro has announced the upcoming release of its newly-updated multi-biometric verification platform, VoiceKey.OnePass. According to the company, the new version of OnePass includes the ability for touchless identification, as well as static-prompted voice passphrase. This means, that when a user starts the verification process, the smartphone’s camera searches for a human face in the video stream and automatically launches the voice recording as soon as a face is detected. In addition, says the company, its new static-prompted voice passphrase feature will