Pakistan’s Punjab Forensic Science Agency to develop fingerprint database

Pakistan’s home department is investing Rs495 million (US$7.7 million) in developing an Automated Fingerprints Information System (AFIS) for the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) by June 2018, according to a report by Tribune. Initially, 40 AFIS scanners will be deployed at selected prisons of Punjab to build a database of prison inmates and at PFSA satellite stations established at divisional headquarters. The system is upgradeable as needed. A comparable database was previously implemented for the crime registration offices of the

BCC Research projects forensics market to reach $19.2B by 2022

BCC Research has published a new report entitled “Forensic Technologies: New and Growing Markets“, in which it forecasts the total U.S. market for forensic technologies to reach $19.2 billion by 2022 from $12.7 billion in 2016 at a CAGR of 7.7 percent. The report states that computer forensics and forensics accounting will remain the largest sectors of this market, followed by DNA testing and fingerprinting/biometrics. In contrast, BCC predicts that analytical instruments and supplies to have the lowest growth rate.

New fingerprint tech capable of detecting traces of drugs, blood, alcohol and more

Research teams at Sheffield Hallam University have been collaborating with West Yorkshire Police since 2012 in testing new technology that uses a form of mass spectrometry to find traces of different substances within a fingerprint, according to a report by The BBC. The technique is close to becoming admissible as evidence in court, with the Home Office recently confirming it could be “only months” before the technology is used in casework. Researchers have said that the advanced fingerprinting technique can

Researchers developing AI-powered facial recognition to identify concealed persons

Researchers are developing an AI-powered facial recognition system designed to help identify criminals, political dissidents, protesters, and other individuals who attempt to disguise their identity by hiding their face with masks, hats, sunglasses, or other accessories, according to a report by International Business Times. Disguised Face Identification (DFI) leverages a deep-learning neural network trained on a dataset of images of people using different accessories to conceal their faces with various backgrounds. The technology maps a total of 14 facial points

Crossmatch, FlexEnable and ISORG team selected as a finalist in IARPA fingerprint challenge

A multinational team comprised of Crossmatch, French firm ISORG and the UK-based FlexEnable was selected as a finalist in the Nail-to-Nail Fingerprint Challenge sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The three companies partnered to develop a proof-of-concept automated capture technology that eliminates the need for human operators to physically engage with the subject and roll the fingerprints, which is the current method conducted by trained law enforcement personnel. With this current capture method, there is a risk

12th Homeland Security Week

12th Homeland Security Week October 23-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. This 12th Annual Homeland Security Week will bring together top homeland security leaders from government, industry and academia to dive into current challenges and future requirements necessary for numerous government agencies directly or indirectly responsible for U.S. homeland security. Through interactive keynote presentations, large scale panel discussions, project updates, case studies, and intimate roundtables, we’ll facilitate a complex, joint, multilayered plan to combat the evolving challenges our country faces. Event Agenda

NEC sees increasing demand for its face recognition technology

NEC Corp. is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events, according to a report by The Ahsai Shimbun. “Our system allows individuals on a watch list to be identified on the spot in images of a camera that is monitoring a crowd,” an NEC official said at Interpol World 2017 in Singapore in early July. The official

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

Biometrics Research Group releases report on policing

Biometrics in policing will constitute half of the industry’s market share by the end of this decade, according to a new Biometrics in Law Enforcement (PDF) report published by the Biometrics Research Group Inc., the publisher of BiometricUpdate.com. Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the total global biometrics market will grow to US$35.5 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$15 billion. The research vendor approximates that more than half of this 2020 spending, equaling US$18 billion, will be

Special Report: Biometrics in Law Enforcement

This white paper by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the law enforcement biometrics market (PDF). click to download the report (PDF) Law enforcement biometrics refers to applications of biometric systems which aids policing. Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the global law enforcement biometrics market will grow to US$18 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$7.5 billion. The law enforcement market includes the use of biometrics to identify or verify the identity of individuals who