NYC to deploy facial recognition technology, license plate readers

New York City will soon deploy facial recognition software and equipment to track all drivers and passengers entering and leaving the city, as well as where cabs and ride-hailing services pick up and drop off customers, according to a report by CNBC. “At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment,” reads the New York State’s website. “These

Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software

The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video. The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface. “Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

German state police department to use Crossmatch palm scanners

Crossmatch announced that its German partner and technology integrator Hecosys will provide Crossmatch livescan devices for the Polizei Niedersachsen, which is the State Police Department of Lower Saxony in Germany. All livescan booking stations will be equipped with the latest Crossmatch L Scan 500 palm scanners, allowing personnel to capture high quality fingerprint and palm print images. “The Polizei Niedersachsen has had great success with Crossmatch solutions over the past 10 years, so we are happy to continue our relationship

SecuGen demonstrating new two-finger reader at CES 2017

SecuGen will be demonstrating the Hamster Pro 45™, a new FAP 45 fingerprint reader that supports both flat, two-finger and rolled finger captures, at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas in January. The Hamster Pro 45 fingerprint reader is designed to meet the FBI’s Appendix F standard and is suitable for AFIS and other law enforcement applications. The new device is slated for release in the first half of 2017. SecuGen will also release at that time the OEM

Finnish police reviewing constitutionality and cost of implementing facial recognition

A working group with Finland’s National Police Board is reviewing the constitutionality and cost of implementing a facial recognition system to help them more easily identify people from the large number of images that its surveillance camera network provides. According to a report in YLE, police currently monitor their country-wide surveillance cameras in cities, roadways and towns every day and when a crime is committed, police must pore through hundreds of images manually and watch hours of real time video

NeoFace Watch facial recognition software deployed at 2016 APEC venues and events

NEC Corporation and NEC de Colombia S.A. provided the Peruvian National Police with NeoFace Watch facial recognition software for this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week in Lima, Peru. The software was deployed to enhance video surveillance at venues where national leaders gathered and related events took place. APEC is a 21 member economic forum established to accelerate regional economic integration throughout the Asia-Pacific region. NEC’s NeoFace Watch solution is designed to integrate with existing video surveillance systems

French National Police using Safran’s Morpho Video Investigator solution

Safran Identity & Security announced today that the French National Police are using its MVI solution (Morpho Video Investigator) to analyze large amounts of video in a short amount of time. MVI was created by Safran and is the result of adding powerful video analysis functions (including motion detection and license plate detection) to the company’s facial recognition software. The integrated algorithms process raw video files and then detect important visual sequences before flagging them up for analysis. This system

DERMALOG showcasing ‘world’s fastest’ AFIS at TRUSTECH

German biometrics provider Dermalog has released the next generation of its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) this week at TRUSTECH and, according to a company statement, test body SGS-TÜV Saar has confirmed that the software reliably allows the processing of almost one billion matches per second. The world record for fingerprint matching is now 914,959,533 in one second per standard blade server. DERMALOG founder and managing director Günther Mull: “As the speed of fingerprint matching increases, maintaining accuracy is a

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