The Biometric Citizen

Biometrics is becoming more familiar in the commercial marketplace, but it has a relatively long history of use by governments worldwide — not only to lower security risks and mitigate fraud, but also to improve delivery of goods and services to citizens. The focus on strong personal identification is the best means of achieving these objectives. Whether the application is border control or benefit disbursement, knowing the identity of whomever is gaining access to a country, service or privilege is

Biometrica appoints new CEO and President

The Board of Biometrica Systems recently announced that board member Wyly Wade will lead the company’s multi-sector domestic and international expansion as its new chief executive officer & president. “This is an exciting time for Biometrica,” said Kawaljit “Tony” Singh, the chairman of the Biometrica board. “We already protect roughly 45% of U.S. casino revenue through our range of products. During this time, as we go from being only casino-focused to moving into the hospitality and retail sectors, and look

MorphoTrust USA wins award for security excellence

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has been honored with the James S. Cogswell Award for security excellence. Established in 1966 by the Defense Security Service (DSS), the Cogswell Awards acknowledges and honors those who work to establish a true partnership between industry and government to ensure the protection of classified information, materials and programs. Less than one percent of over 13,000 cleared contractors receive the award annually. “We are honored to be recognized by DSS as a progressive company using world-class security

Carnegie Mellon wins Navy contract to develop improved biometric surveillance

Carnegie Mellon University has won an $8.9M Navy contract to research and develop new algorithms for the U.S. Navy’s aerial and biometric surveillance efforts. The one-year contract focuses on “basic and applied research of unconstrained resolution, occlusion, pose, and aging-tracking, surveillance and identification (UROPA-TSI) in support of the Special Surveillance Program,” according to the Department of Defense contract announcement. The research will provide next-generation algorithms and cutting edge fundamental research to solve difficult scientific problems, such as low-resolution, occlusion, pose,

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