Top biometrics news stories, week of August 24

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news and reports that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: mobile biometric authentication report, SimPrints, Gates Foundation, NEC, Chams Plc, Anil Jain, EyeVerify, Trustonic, Fingerprint Cards, law enforcement biometrics market report and fingerprint access control for dispensaries in Illinois. Special Report: Mobile Biometric Authentication – This report examines how the total market for mobile biometrics will increase due to smartphone growth and the drive for password supplantation and

Law enforcement biometrics market in North America expected to grow at 18.2% CAGR: report

TechNavio has published its latest research report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in North America 2014-2018” and expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 18.2 percent during the forecast period. This latest report also highlights the integration of biometrics in smart cards as one of the top emerging market trends, such as those relating to the upgrading of driver’s licenses and passports. According to the report, the main end-users of biometrics in North America are governments and private organizations.

Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers

Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year. According to a local blog, Dig Boston, a new, sophisticated event monitoring platform was deployed and evaluated which gave authorities “a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity” of the event. Using IBM’s Smarter Cities solution, the City of Boston leveraged its existing camera infrastructure to monitor everyone who attended

Explainer: Biometrics in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is arguably the largest user of biometric technology and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) is the police’s most utilized biometric tool. Automated fingerprint identification is the process automatically matching one or many unknown fingerprints against a database of known and unknown prints. Automated fingerprint identification systems are primarily used by law enforcement agencies in order to identify a person suspected of committing a crime or linking a suspect to other unsolved crimes. AFIS is a biometric identification (ID)

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