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

WatchGuard Video launches facial recognition-based redaction software

Law enforcement video evidence solutions firm WatchGuard Video has released REDACTIVE, a video and audio redaction software that expedites the redaction process for evidence technicians and law enforcement officers. REDACTIVE’s advanced facial recognition technology automatically detects and identifies human faces. This capability reduces the elements of the video which are falsely detected as human, along with the overall time spent manually searching and marking the video for redaction. Users initially prompt the software to auto-detect any face in the video,

Intellicheck Mobilisa named Nlets strategic partner

Intellicheck Mobilisa has been selected as a strategic partner by Nlets, the International Justice and Public Safety Network. Dr. William Roof, Intellicheck CEO, commented, “We are proud to be selected to be an Nlets strategic partner. It is another significant step forward that will allow us to quickly and efficiently scale the adoption of Law ID by law enforcement agencies across the country at a time when these agencies are facing growing needs for real-time access to critical information. Law

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research develops contactless fingerprinting device

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a new contactless fingerprinting sensing device that uses high-speed and large-volume optical coherence tomography (OCT), according to a report by IT Web. OCT is a medical imaging technique that leverages light to capture micrometer-resolution, three-dimensional images from within optical scattering media. The device, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology, can be used in the field of law enforcement and forensics. “It is important to note that

Safran, APD deploy MorphoBIS in the Cloud

MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran Identity & Security, and the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) have successfully deployed MorphoBIS in the Cloud, the flagship offer of the MorphoCloud platform. The MorphoCloud solution provides APD with the latest automated biometric identification system (ABIS) functionality available today in a highly scalable and secure architecture. According to a statement from the company, this marks the first deployment of a criminal ABIS system in a secure commercial cloud environment. Scientists at the Albuquerque Police Metropolitan

Crossmatch introduces latest ten-print mobile fingerprint technology

Crossmatch unveiled its latest ten-print sensor technology that it is designed to further innovate mobile livescan. The new FAP60 thin film transistor (TFT) sensor provides enables law enforcement, military and border management officers to process FBI compliant enrollments and rapid ID checks on a single device, all without the weight and bulk of optical-based sensors. “There are several ten-print devices on the market today that claim to be the lightest and smallest,” said Ben Ball, government market director at Crossmatch.

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

NEC Australia wins award for facial recognition solution

NEC Australia and the Northern Territory (NT) Police Force were recognized for their facial recognition solution at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 2016 iAwards. The pair were awarded the Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year iAward for the Watch House project, an Australian first facial recognition solution designed, customized and implemented by NEC and the Northern Territory Police. It accurately identifies people being brought into custody in under 10 seconds, in a dramatic speed improvement from standard system

Unisys study finds law enforcement will lead incorporation of biometrics into wearables

Unisys Corporation has published new research that reveals that law enforcement is expected to lead the incorporation of biometrics into wearable technology. However, as the adoption of biometrics becomes a mainstream practice, privacy concerns regarding the security of biometric data stored in the cloud must be addressed, according to the study. Unisys conducted the survey of 54 biometrics professionals at the Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference in Sydney from May 24 to 26. The study finds that 63 percent of

LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC now FBI-certified

The LIVETOUCH quattro from JENETRIC has been FBI-certified for capturing rolled fingerprints. “Our LIVETOUCH quattro not only has an intelligent, error minimizing algorithm” says Roberto Wolfer, one of the founders and managing directors of JENETRIC. “The integrated user guidance, already simplifying the capture of plain fingerprints, now also supports officers during the roll capture process.” According to a company statement, officers don’t need to divide their attention between the rolled finger and an external screen to control the capture process.