Experts from 58 countries attend INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL’s Fingerprints unit held the 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium earlier this month, bringing together 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries. Stressing the growing recognition of biometrics as a critical tool against transnational crime, speakers at the symposium included the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Biometrics Institute. Member countries discussed the need to improve the quality of biometric data shared for more accurate identifications that can

Malaysia to implement facial recognition systems at airports, ports

The Malaysian government is installing 300 facial recognition devices to scan travelers entering and exiting the country at key entry points by the end of 2017, according to a report by Malay Mail Online. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that 99 biometric devices were previously installed at KL International Airport (KLIA) and klia2. Hamidi, who is also the home minister, said the new security system would soon be rolled out at other airports and ports.

Interpol urges countries to collect biometric data from extremist fighters

Interpol is urging countries throughout the world to collect biometric data from Islamic State fighters and other extremist groups to help law enforcement locate them, particularly when these individuals return home, according to a report by the Associated Press. Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said that Interpol only has biometric data for approximately 10 percent of the 9,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” in its database. He also said the international police organization is working with other countries to develop biometric technology

Interpol says lack of biometric data on terrorists a security vulnerability

The Interpol General Assembly has emphasized the need to address the lack of biometric data being shared on terrorists, internationally, which it said is creating a dangerous security vulnerability that could be exploited by the some 15,000 returning foreign terrorist fighters. Interpol has cited the proliferation of aliases, the complexity of fraudulent travel documents, the act of falsely declaring people have died in the conflict zones, and even basic issues linked to transliteration as among the increasing challenges to law

Philippines immigration to deploy facial recognition system at airports

Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) will deploy a facial recognition system that connects to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) as part of its ongoing initiative to strengthen border security and to prevent undesirable foreign nationals from entering the country, according to a report by The Daily Tribune. According to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the project will photograph all arriving and departing passengers when being processed at the immigration counters of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The images will

Biometrics 2015, upgrading identification technology and fingerprint authentication this week’s most popular news

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Upgrading biometric technologies The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, which continue to incorporate biometrics into their respective operations, recently revealed that they are considering upgrading biometric technologies to enable military officials to better identify individuals both up close and far away. Nymi names CEO Nymi Inc. announced it named John Haggard the new chief executive officer in advance of next year’s launch for

INTERPOL holds its first facial recognition symposium

INTERPOL recently held a symposium from October 6-7 at the General Secretariat headquarters where it focused on developing best practices in facial recognition technology. The symposium — which attracted 90 experts from 40 countries — addressed a range of issues including recent developments in forensic face comparison and automated recognition systems, along with the use of facial recognition to identify child sexual abuse victims from images found online. INTERPOL also updated attendees on facial recognition initiatives as part of its

Biometrics for banking, law enforcement, intelligence community most popular this week

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Fingerprints This week saw a significant number of stories relating to fingerprint biometrics, starting with Next Biometrics Group ASA announcement that it has received an order for 160,000 fingerprint sensors to a customer that asked to remain confidential. In other news regarding fingerprint applications in smartphones was Fingerprints Cards (FPC) announcement about Oppo recently integrating its touch fingerprint sensor FPC1025 into its new

Interpol calls on APAC authorities to make greater use of biometrics to identify terrorists

Interpol has called on Asia Pacific authorities to more effectively use biometrics in an effort to identify members of dangerous terrorist organizations such as ISIS, according to a report by Computerworld. In a presentation delivered at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific conference in Sydney, Interpol operational police support directorate director Michael O’Connell said Interpol has seen an “increase in the number of Asian foreign fighters” from Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore “joining the conflict in Syria and

INTERPOL World 2015

April 14-16, 2015 Singapore INTERPOL World is a new biennial international security trade event which will bring police and other law enforcement agencies together with security solution providers and security professionals from around the world to identify future challenges and propose and build innovative solutions. INTERPOL World is owned by INTERPOL – the world’s largest international police organization with 190 member countries – and supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs. It will comprise four pillars: Public-Private Partnership, an Expo,