NeoFace Watch facial recognition software deployed at 2016 APEC venues and events

NEC Corporation and NEC de Colombia S.A. provided the Peruvian National Police with NeoFace Watch facial recognition software for this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Week in Lima, Peru. The software was deployed to enhance video surveillance at venues where national leaders gathered and related events took place. APEC is a 21 member economic forum established to accelerate regional economic integration throughout the Asia-Pacific region. NEC’s NeoFace Watch solution is designed to integrate with existing video surveillance systems

French National Police using Safran’s Morpho Video Investigator solution

Safran Identity & Security announced today that the French National Police are using its MVI solution (Morpho Video Investigator) to analyze large amounts of video in a short amount of time. MVI was created by Safran and is the result of adding powerful video analysis functions (including motion detection and license plate detection) to the company’s facial recognition software. The integrated algorithms process raw video files and then detect important visual sequences before flagging them up for analysis. This system

DERMALOG showcasing ‘world’s fastest’ AFIS at TRUSTECH

German biometrics provider Dermalog has released the next generation of its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) this week at TRUSTECH and, according to a company statement, test body SGS-TÜV Saar has confirmed that the software reliably allows the processing of almost one billion matches per second. The world record for fingerprint matching is now 914,959,533 in one second per standard blade server. DERMALOG founder and managing director Günther Mull: “As the speed of fingerprint matching increases, maintaining accuracy is a

Interpol urges countries to collect biometric data from extremist fighters

Interpol is urging countries throughout the world to collect biometric data from Islamic State fighters and other extremist groups to help law enforcement locate them, particularly when these individuals return home, according to a report by the Associated Press. Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock said that Interpol only has biometric data for approximately 10 percent of the 9,000 “foreign terrorist fighters” in its database. He also said the international police organization is working with other countries to develop biometric technology

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over biometric database system

Privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the FBI, earlier this month, to force the agency to release all documents related to its plan to provide the Department of Defense with access to biometric information, according to a report by On the Wire. The biometric data — which includes fingerprints, iris images, and facial photos — is stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which the agency has been using for a few years. “With

Interpol says lack of biometric data on terrorists a security vulnerability

The Interpol General Assembly has emphasized the need to address the lack of biometric data being shared on terrorists, internationally, which it said is creating a dangerous security vulnerability that could be exploited by the some 15,000 returning foreign terrorist fighters. Interpol has cited the proliferation of aliases, the complexity of fraudulent travel documents, the act of falsely declaring people have died in the conflict zones, and even basic issues linked to transliteration as among the increasing challenges to law

NEC bringing biometrics solutions for law enforcement to INTERPOL General Assembly

NEC will be showcasing its cybersecurity and biometrics solutions for law enforcement at the 85th ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly Exhibition at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia this week. The company’s cybersecurity solution employs a combination of security technology and solutions to keep large-scale ICT environments safe. The Digital Forensic Solution suite helps law enforcement agencies combat cybercrime and gives organizations knowledge for specific forensic areas, including: mobile device forensics; disk forensics; malware forensics, and; memory forensics. The suite

UK wants access to biometrics data stored in EU security databases post-Brexit

A senior counter-terrorism officer said that Britain’s access to data in Europe-wide security databases, following the Brexit vote, is “mission critical” in regards to protecting the public, according to a report by Belfast Telegraph. Helen Ball, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, brought up the issue of returning Islamic State fighters in her discussion about law enforcement arrangements with the EU post-Brexit. The future of several tools and arrangements is in jeopardy following the Brexit referendum vote, including the

NEC launches AI software with specific individual search

NEC Corporation globally launched NeoFace Image data mining (NeoFace Idm), specialized software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly and accurately search video footage, such as content from CCTV cameras, for specific individuals. NeoFace Idm can search for subjects who appear at certain times and locations, or who appear with other specific subjects of interest. The software offers a range of applications, such as law enforcement agencies searching for lost children, and retailers providing improved customer service. When searching video

U.S. privacy rights group calls for facial recognition regulation

According to a report recently published by the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law on unregulated face recognition, at least 117 million adults are included in face recognition databases maintained by U.S. law enforcement. The report is part of a year-long investigation by the privacy rights group, based upon the results of more than 100 government record requests. The report voices concerns about facial recognition and other biometric tools because the technology is unregulated. The report found, that