Homeland Security Week 2014 announces presentation topics and speakers

Homeland Security Week 2014 announced the details of its upcoming conference and trade show, which is expected to feature over 40 high level presentations on Homeland Security, more than 60 exhibitors, and over 700 attendees. The fourth annual Homeland Security Week conference and trade show will take place October 6 through 9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. According to the Homeland Security Week 2014 website, the event will attract representatives from DHS, CBP, TSA, ICE,

UK police test out NEC’s facial recognition solution

A police force in an English midlands county have been testing out NEC Corporation of America’s facial recognition technology, which recently identified a suspect captured on camera within seconds, according to a report by BBC News. The Leicestershire Police have been using NEC’s NeoFace system, which compares facial measurements taken from an image against a database which holds 92,000 images of people who have either been arrested or have volunteered to have their images stored, such as identity parade volunteers.

NEC’s face recognition technology tops NIST testing again

NEC Corporation announced that, for the third consecutive time, its face recognition technology was ranked the highest in performance in NIST’s Face Recognition Vendor Test 2014 performed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NIST report is considered an industry benchmark for assessing how accurate a face recognition software solution is in one-to-many searching in various circumstances. This marks the company’s third consecutive time its technology has performed better than other facial recognition solutions, following the 2009

Australian criminal intelligence agency to introduce biometrics identification system

CrimTrac, the national information-sharing service for Australia’s police, law enforcement and national security agencies, will replace the national fingerprint database used by law enforcement agencies with an expanded biometrics identification system, according to a report by IT News for Australian Business. The agency currently operates the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS), supported by Morpho’s operating system, which enables law enforcement agencies to upload fingerprints from crime scenes to help identify a suspect within minutes. Justice Minister Michael Keenan recently

Cross Match to offer biometrics solutions through UK government cloud

Cross Match has just announced the debut of its biometric solutions to enable criminal booking, mobile ID, enrollment and border verification, and identification on the UK’s G-Cloud CloudStore. CloudStore is an online marketplace where suppliers can offer their software, infrastructure or platform “as a service” to the UK public sector via the G-Cloud framework. The G-Cloud framework provides vendors with the opportunity to sell ready-to-deploy services to public sector clients instantly. The G-Cloud framework provides a simplified, streamlined process for

Canadians oppose online spying bill

A recent opinion poll conducted by Forum Research shows strong opposition to the Canadian government’s proposed online spying legislation. The poll shows that 73 percent of Canadians oppose C-13, with just 15 percent approving, a ratio of nearly 5 to 1 opposed. Bill C-13 would give police new powers to monitor the private data of Canadians. C-13 was tabled as a “cyberbullying” law but also includes clauses to strengthen the power of various government officials to monitor mobile phones and

Biometrics 2014 launches final conference agenda, Samsung to keynote

The Biometrics Institute has recently announced several new speaker additions and updates leading up to its Biometrics 2014 event, set to take place October 21-23, 2014 in London. Among the latest announcements, Samsung has signed on and a representative from the company will present on the digital experience and the future of identity at Biometrics 2014. “We are extremely excited to announce Samsung’s participation as a keynote speaker at the conference. The impact on how mobility is changing identity management

Ohio’s facial recognition program has potential for misuse, say critics

After more than a year after the Ohio government rolled out a new facial recognition program designed to help state law enforcement officers better detect suspects, many say the system can still be potentially misused. Developed by Optimum Technology, the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway is an online database that allows Ohio law enforcement agencies to share criminal justice information on criminal histories (including mug shots), evidence submissions, missing children, gangs and protection orders, in an effort to solve and prevent

UNC researchers testing face recognition software that artificially ages face

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have been using biometric technology to facilitate the process of artificially aging and de-aging the human face, which could greatly improve law enforcement practices. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the work of Dr. Karl Ricanek and his team of professors and students is sponsored by the FBI, National Security Agency, CIA, Advanced Research Projects Activity, Biometrics Identity Management Activity, the Army Research Lab and a few other private companies. Currently, the

Facial recognition technology could be used to help find missing children and identify genetic disorders

Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have developed a facial recognition tool that they say can be used to quickly match photos of children with their biological parents, along with determining photos of missing children as they get older, as recently presented at the IEEE Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Columbus, Ohio. Led by graduate student Afshin Dehghan, the UCF’s Center for Research in Computer Vision team initially launched the project using a database that holds