Antigua looks to make voters’ biometric information available to other agencies

Antigua’s government will debate a plan to implement a system for capturing, digitizing and archiving citizens’ fingerprints during the electoral process. The measure is intended to give several government agencies access to the national biometric database. According to a report in the Antigua Observer, the Minister of Information, Melford Nicholas, said that the amendment to the Representation of the People Amendment Act (2003) is primarily to facilitate the new policy of incorporating fingerprints into the biometric data that will be

New federal government contractors in Canada required to submit fingerprints to RCMP

New federal government contractors in Canada will now be required to submit their fingerprints electronically to the country’s national police force, the RCMP, to run a criminal history check in its database, according to a report by the CBC. Existing contractors working with the federal government will only have to submit their fingerprints if they need to upgrade or renew their security clearance. According to Public Services and Procurement Canada, the change is needed because the RCMP is concluding its

California bill calls for police surveillance technology to be approved before use

California may soon pass a third and more comprehensive measure that would provide greater public transparency for law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology, according to a report by State Scoop. Sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D), California Senate Bill 21 would require all state law enforcement agencies to present for approval their planned use of any surveillance technologies at a government-led public hearing, such as city council. Unlike SB 34 which relates to license plate readers, and SB 741 which

IARPA launching two programs aimed at making fingerprints more reliable biometrics

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the intelligence community’s research arm, will soon launch two programs designed to detect fake fingerprints and develop devices to collect fingerprint data without the aid of a human operator, according to a report by GCN. The Odin program, which is scheduled to begin with four prime developers in early March, will develop detection technologies that can spot presentation attacks on biometric devices that attempt to spoof physical biometric samples, said Chris Boehnen, senior program

European rights agency issues opinion on Eurodac revision

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published an opinion on the impact of proposed revisions to the Eurodac Regulation on children. European Parliament had requested the Agency’s opinion on a series of changes as its scope changes in response to the region’s illegal immigration crisis. Eurodac is the European Dactyloscopy fingerprint database, set up to examine applications for international protection. It was originally established in 2000, and updated in 2013. The system is used by EU and Schengen

NYC to deploy facial recognition technology, license plate readers

New York City will soon deploy facial recognition software and equipment to track all drivers and passengers entering and leaving the city, as well as where cabs and ride-hailing services pick up and drop off customers, according to a report by CNBC. “At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment,” reads the New York State’s website. “These

Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software

The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video. The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface. “Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what

RCMP currently examining use of DNA familial searching

According to a recent article in the Ottawa Sun, using family-member DNA searches could help solve Canadian cold cases. With the advent of highly detailed and accessible genetic databases, police forces can now search for DNA samples that are extremely similar, but which are not identical, to identity an unknown perpetrator. Utilizing this technique, law enforcement officials can attempt to analyze “familial matches” in DNA databases, in order to seek out other family members who are the real suspects of

German state police department to use Crossmatch palm scanners

Crossmatch announced that its German partner and technology integrator Hecosys will provide Crossmatch livescan devices for the Polizei Niedersachsen, which is the State Police Department of Lower Saxony in Germany. All livescan booking stations will be equipped with the latest Crossmatch L Scan 500 palm scanners, allowing personnel to capture high quality fingerprint and palm print images. “The Polizei Niedersachsen has had great success with Crossmatch solutions over the past 10 years, so we are happy to continue our relationship

SecuGen demonstrating new two-finger reader at CES 2017

SecuGen will be demonstrating the Hamster Pro 45™, a new FAP 45 fingerprint reader that supports both flat, two-finger and rolled finger captures, at the CES 2017 show in Las Vegas in January. The Hamster Pro 45 fingerprint reader is designed to meet the FBI’s Appendix F standard and is suitable for AFIS and other law enforcement applications. The new device is slated for release in the first half of 2017. SecuGen will also release at that time the OEM