Police errors, paperwork delays force destruction of biometric data of 800 terror suspects

According to a report in The Telegraph, the fingerprint and DNA profiles of up to 800 terror suspects have been destroyed because of errors by the police and the Security Service. That is approximately 10% of the individuals whose biometric profiles are held in the UK Government’s counter-terrorism databases. Sources told The Telegraph that the destruction took place because paperwork was not completed which would have allowed biometric data to be stored indefinitely while critics called for an investigation into

AMREL receives FBI certification for its newest rugged biometric tablet

AMREL announced that its Flexpedient AT80B rugged biometric tablet is now on the exclusive FBI’s Certified Products listing. “The FBI has certified that the AT80B is in compliance with the CJIS Division’s Next Generation Identification System Image Quality Specifications (IQS): EBTS Mobile ID FAP 45 Appendix F Specifications,” explains Richard Lane, AMREL VP of Strategic Business Development. “It meets or exceeds the criteria for for single & dual finger flat & rolled print which means it can access the FBI’s

Fingerprint background checks mandatory for Colorado surgical techs and assistants

Colorado lawmakers have passed House Bill 1160, a law requiring criminal background checks for surgical technologists and surgical assistants that requires them to submit their fingerprints to the state to detect criminal history. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the FBI would use the fingerprints for criminal background checks. The state has relied on self-reporting of criminal records since 2010. The legislature gave final approval this month and sent the legislation on to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who will decide whether

HID Global to deploy mobile IDs on citizens’ smartphones in Nigeria

HID Global has partnered with Media Concepts of Lagos, Nigeria to deploy mobile IDs on Nigerian citizens’ smartphones using the new HID goID platform. Mobile IDs will be issued through the Nigerian Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BCMR) vehicle registration card program, which provides real-time access to vehicle/vehicle owner information via credentials and mobile readers powered by Seos. The BCMR card program is moving from pilot phase to full implementation with the expectation to register all motor vehicles as the

FBI proposes that its biometrics database should be excluded from privacy laws

The FBI proposed last week that its biometric database be excluded from several provisions of the U.S. Privacy Act, which states that all federal agencies must notify individuals about any records they acquire and retain regarding them, according to a report by Softpedia. The FBI’s Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) is a database that contains the biometrics data (fingerprints, eye scans, facial scans, and DNA samples) of both criminals and non-criminals in the U.S. The NGIS is often used to

NEC Australia awarded contract for CrimTrac’s new biometrics platform

Last week the Australian government announced that NEC Australia has been awarded the contract to deliver CrimTrac’s “next generation” biometrics crime-fighting tool, according to a report in Delimiter. The $52-million system will replace the fingerprint and palm print database and matching system in use by police across Australia. The new system is expected to go live in 2017. CrimTrac is responsible for developing and maintaining national information-sharing services between state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies. It was established to

Lyft and Uber to pause operations in Austin following fingerprint checks vote

Lyft and Uber will temporarily cease operations in Austin, Texas, following a city vote that rejected a ballot measure that would have reversed a city requirement for drivers to go through fingerprint-based background check. according to a report by BuzzFeed News. The move comes a few months after Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen began pushing for changes to be made to transportation network companies (TNC) regulations which would enforce Lyft and Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Both

Breathalyzers with facial recognition helping Massachusetts probation officers

A recent report by Western Mass News showcased how Scram Systems handheld, wireless, portable breath alcohol device with automated facial recognition and GPS is helping out probation officers across Massachusetts and giving those on probation a bit more flexibility. The SCRAM Remote Breath device has replaced the older in-home systems and is a simple way for probation officers to remotely check blood alcohol content and verify the identity of the person taking the test. Because the devices are portable, they

Unisys to deliver prison management solution for the Netherlands

Unisys Corporation has been selected by the Netherlands’ Custodial Institutions Service (DJI) to deliver a new custody management solution for penitentiaries across the country. According to a statement by the company, the new 10 year contract has an option for a 10 year extension and under the terms of the agreement, Unisys will support all aspects of custody management for DJI using the Unisys Law Enforcement Application Framework (U-LEAF). The new system is expected to be delivered later in 2016

InCadence mobile biometric solution wins Igniting Innovation award

The Ares Mobile Biometric Solution developed by InCadence Strategic Solutions was one of five government IT solutions recognized at the ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. The Ares Mobile Biometric Solution is a biometric collection and submission platform which has been designed to be capable of rapidly collecting biometrics, photographs, biographical data, packing and validating transactions and communicating with records databases on Android-based tablets or smartphones. ARES uses a secure SMTP to send