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

Key Forensic Services purchases rapid DNA system from IntegenX

Key Forensics Services Ltd, the exclusive provider of the RapidHIT DNA system to police and other law enforcement agencies in the UK, announced it is to be the first organization in the world to purchase the new RapidHIT ID from IntegenX. Based on the multi-unit purchase, KFS will be able to offer the second-generation rapid DNA tool and disposable cartridge system to all its customers. KFS will validate and accredit the RapidHIT ID System, enabling the company to offer another

BioBe research finds that individuals can be identified based on their microbiomes

The Biology and the Built Environment Center (BioBE) at the University of Oregon has published a new report in the journal PeerJ which finds that each microbiome emited by people contains a unique signature that can be used to identify the person it stemmed from, according to a report by Healthline. The researchers created an experimental chamber at BioBE which featured advanced controls that allowed them to configure the room’s airflow, temperature, and humidity levels. Lined with anti-static plastic sheeting,

MorphoTrak opens technology facility in West Virginia

MorphoTrak announced it has opened its first West Virginia facility in Morgantown. The company plans to establish a Program Management and Engineering office at the new facility, for which it will recruit a team of local, experienced and well-qualified professionals to manage and support high-technology engineering projects. “We see many benefits from establishing our first Morpho facility in Morgantown,” said Steve Vinsik, vice president of MorphoTrak’s criminal justice and public security business unit. “This strategic location reflects our commitment to