U.S. intelligence community examining video analytics

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a division of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (DIVA) program on July 12, 2016, in anticipation of the release of a new broad agency announcement (BAA) solicitation. The purpose of the conference, which will be held in Washington, DC, will be to provide information on DIVA and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions

Australian university looking to add facial recognition platform to CCTV system

Australia’s Swinburne University is looking to add heat maps and a facial recognition platform to its system of 900-plus IP-based CCTV security cameras. According to a report in ITNews, Swinburne IT security specialist Chris Goetze said that collecting analytics has become possible after the university upgraded from analogue to digital surveillance cameras several years ago. Goetze says that the move had been inspired by a 2007 storm in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs that caused a lot of property damage to the

Vision-Box to demo biometric passenger processing system at Passenger Terminal Expo

Vision-Box announced that it will be demonstrating its biometrics passenger processing system at Passenger Terminal Expo in Cologne, Germany from March 15 -17. In their presentation, “The happy flow revolution: passengers using the airport by themselves,” Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann and Aruba Airport Authority CEO James Fazio will exhibit the Orchestra passenger flow platform, along with the AppyFlow app. The move follows Aruba Airport Authority’s (AAA) expansion of the Vision-Box developed biometrics passenger processing system at both the arrivals and

Balabit’s behavior analytics solution now features biometrics analysis

Balabit released version 2016.03 of Blindspotter at the RSA conference in San Francisco this past week. Blindspotter 2016.03 user behavior analytics solution features several new and unique machine learning algorithms to help security teams quickly identify hijacked accounts or unauthorized account sharing and to prevent large-scale data breaches or compliance problems. “Besides the existing set of several sophisticated machine learning algorithms, the new release of Blindspotter further improves behavior analysis by adding the capability of detecting scripted activity on accounts

NEC to demonstrate biometrics solutions for retail at NRF16

NEC Corporation of America announced that it will demonstrate a number of new retail solutions that integrate a wide range of NEC technology, including biometrics, digital signage and analytics, during the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. The conference and exhibition will be held January 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. At the conference, NEC will showcase integrated retail offerings which couple its retail software and hardware with its biometrics and display capabilities. The combined

Overcoming false positives with behavioral biometrics

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, vice president of customer success at NuData Security. I believe that 2016 will be the year that passive behavioral biometrics really takes off. There are two reasons why I believe this. First, the market is demonstrating a continued weak spot in terms of PII-based risk prevention techniques – stolen personal data has never been more plentiful on the dark Web. Second, more and more people are adopting a mobile-first lifestyle. This has

World’s largest biometrics database leverages Big Data architecture

A recent news report in Forbes has revealed that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) uses MapR products to build, manage and maintain India’s Aadhaar citizen registry. MapR-DB is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database in Hadoop that allows enterprises to run operational and analytical workloads together in a single cluster. Hadoop is an open-source software framework written in Java for distributed storage and distributed processing of very large data sets on computer clusters built from commodity hardware. All the modules

Panasonic providing facial recognition solution to New Jersey Institute of Technology

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has deployed Panasonic’s FacePro, facial recognition technology with analytic capabilities, at the school’s libraries to reduce theft issues, according to a report by NJBIZ. The facial recognition analytics platform for video surveillance systems is able to perform various capabilities including face matching, face searching, people counting, and age and gender statistics. “Simply by putting cameras up in the library, [NJIT is] reporting to us that the theft has gone down to about zero over

Fighting organized online fraud

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, director of customer success at NuData Security The Office of Personnel Management and IRS data breaches this year have become all-too-common headlines. However, when it comes to government breaches, the effects can be particularly devastating due to the quantity and type of data involved as well as the sheer number of people affected. In the case of the IRS, over 220,000 taxpayers had their accounts accessed and fraudulent returns filed while hackers

MorphoTrak to offer vendor-independent training in face comparison

MorphoTrak will begin offering vendor-independent training in face comparison, in which it will instruct individuals about computer-aided face recognition and facial identification. Dr. Nicole Spaun, principal facial biometric expert at MorphoTrak, will lead the training in visual face comparison. He previously served as a forensic examiner with the FBI’s Digital Evidence Lab and biometrics program manager for the U.S. Army in Europe, According to Dr. Spaun, training for human reviewers has not kept up with the scope of facial images