Ecuador tackles crime with Chinese facial recognition technology

Ecuador has decreased its crime rate by 24 percent by using facial recognition and other monitoring technology from China, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency, via the South China Morning Post. The nation of 16.4 million people installed the ECU911 Integrated Security Service across its 24 provinces for use by the police, armed forces, and fire brigade in November 2016. The Xinhua report notes that Ecuador was ranked 11th safest among South American countries in 2010, and 4th safest

Saudi university to open biometrics research laboratory

King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will establish a biometrics research laboratory with funds granted by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Arab News reports. The grant was approved for a “Hand-based Biometrics Fusion and Bio-Cryptosystem Computation” project led by Prof. Mohammed Khurram Khan of KSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), under the country’s National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 initiatives, according to Arab News. “Through the funding of this project, we will be

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Russian authorities seek access to biometric data as law enforcement surveillance increases

A draft bill to require Russia’s state telecom to provide the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) with bank customers’ biometric data without their consent is being considered by the State Duma, The Moscow Times reports. The proposal coincides with the expansion of a municipal surveillance program powered by facial recognition in Moscow. Rostelecom is operating a project by Russia’s Communications Ministry and Central Bank to remotely verify bank account applications with personal biometrics, including facial images and voice

Cognitec adds video investigation tools to FaceVACS-DBScan product

The latest release of Cognitec’s FaceVACS-DBScan product combines the company’s image database search technology with video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases. According to a statement from the German face recognition company, FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of extracted facial images allowing police to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the

ICE sued for info about use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids

A non-profit group of lawyers is suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in federal court for failing to release records of its use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids and joint operations with local law enforcement, Law360 reports. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild represent immigrants involved in deportation proceedings, and has asked the court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to disclose information about handheld devices, which can reportedly identify

Crossmatch executive shares market trends and company strategy

Crossmatch announced the addition of typing behaviour as a passive behavioural biometric authentication layer for its DigitalPersona composite authentication solution this week. This follows a series of announcements throughout 2017 about new partnerships, new products, and contract wins that have kept the company in the headlines. John Hinmon, VP Global Marketing at Crossmatch addressed trends in the biometrics industry, Crossmatch’s continuing growth, and new developments for the company, including the BehavioSec partnership, in an exclusive email discussion with Biometric Update.

Amazon boosts Rekognition facial image capacity and performance

Amazon has announced the addition of real-time face recognition across tens of millions of faces, and the capability of detecting up to 100 faces in “challenging crowded photos” to its Amazon Rekognition deep-learning image recognition platform ahead of its re:Invent conference, which takes place in Las Vegas next week. The new capabilities also include text detection and recognition, according to the announcement, and Amazon says face verification and identification will improve by up to 10 percent for customers currently using

Human Rights Watch calls on China to shut down “Police Cloud”

The Chinese government is using a “Police Cloud” of big data platforms to aggregate and analyze citizen’s personal information on a grand scale, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on it to discontinue the practice, according to a Sunday announcement. HRW examined official announcements, tender documents, press reports and other sources to compile an overall picture of the ambitious surveillance program. The system attempts to track and predict the activities of those considered threatening to the regime, including activists,

Singapore trialing NEC facial recognition tech to fight crime more efficiently

The Singapore government is working with NEC to fight crime more efficiently and effectively, according to a report in The Straits Times. Concept trials began this year using NEC’s Neoface facial recognition technology. “… we are looking at an integrated approach that can give us a situation picture (using) video surveillance and that can help enhance our officers’ sense-making and decision-making,” explained Lawrence Tham, deputy director of strategy and concept generation under the Ministry of Home Affairs’ ops-tech group. “That