Nuance launches Nuance Forensics for law enforcement investigations

Nuance Communications has just announced the release of Nuance Forensics, a voice biometrics solution that assists law enforcement officials and forensic experts with criminal investigations, as well as with the prosecution and defense of suspects. According to the company, the new tool uses Nuance’s patented voice biometrics technology to assist in confirming or denying the identity of individuals based on audio files that are used during investigations. Unlike less precise identification techniques, such as a lineup, wherein suspects are identified

Animetrics adds Nevo Technologies as value added distributor

Animetrics has just added Nevo Technologies as a value added distributor. According to the company, Nevo Technologies, of Rabat, Morocoo, and Princeton, NJ, focuses on next generation enterprise security and network management bridging technology developers with underserved markets in North and West Africa. “We are happy to partner with Nevo, one of the foremost distributors and systems integrators of cutting edge technology in a fast-growing region,” Paul Schuepp, president and chief executive officer of Animetrics said. “Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking

Sri Lankan government launches AFIS

The Sri Lankan government has just launched its Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which is intended to aid law enforcement agencies in the country. Reported at, the AFIS has been developed solely by the Sri Lankan Information Technology engineers. “[The] main objective of inventing such a programme is to form good governance and a peaceful living environment in the country,” Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Gatabaya Rajapaksa said. “International communities must look into such social

Spending on forensic, missing persons DNA biometrics database programs to grow

The Biometrics Research Group, Inc. estimates that law enforcement spending on forensic DNA databases throughout North America will total approximately $750 million in 2015. We project that increasing spending in the DNA biometrics modality will occur due to increased interest surrounding the resolution of missing persons cases. On any given day, there are over 100,000 active missing persons cases in the U.S. and there are approximately 40,000 human remains in medical examiner offices across the country. The Bureau of Justice

NEC Australia deploys mobile fingerprint solution for South Australian Police

NEC Australia has announced the development and deployment of a mobile fingerprint solution for the South Australia Police. This is the first time any Australian police force has implemented an identity management technology used on smartphone mobile devices. With the new tool, SAPOL officers can biometrically verify the identity of people in the field. Previously, this was only possible at police stations. In particular, the new handheld solution connects to Android devices via Bluetooth and comes with a custom-built NEC app

Morpho and Datacard Group team up on travel documents for INTERPOL

Datacard Group and Morpho have just announced a new partnership to support the INTERPOL Travel Document Initiative. According to Datacard Group, Morpho will provide the ID management and document production solution used by INTERPOL in the issuance of electronic travel documents to its officials. Datacard Group will supply its 3D laser engraving technology. “Datacard Group is very pleased to be working with Morpho in support of this initiative,” Jim Runcie, regional vice president, EMEA for Datacard Group said. “INTERPOL is committed to

CBM Archives launches biometric kiosk

CBM Archives has just launched a new line of customizable biometric kiosks fitted with a fingerprint scanner, camera and an optional palm scanner. “The CBM Biometric Kiosk can be used by police and sheriff departments or other central booking facilities to fingerprint offenders or to offer applicant processing to the public,” Darrell Whitely, project manager of CBM Biometric Kiosks said.  “Jails can use the device to provide inmate identity verification or even visitor checks.  Probations offices can benefit from additional efficiency

Mace Security International, SoloMetrics ink partnership

Mace Security International and SoloMetrics have announced a joint venture to sell integrated security solutions and defense products. “This partnership will create unprecedented opportunities in the area of security,” John J. McCann, president and CEO of Mace Security International said. According to the company, SoloMetrics is a Chicago-based research and development company that invents and assembles technologies addressing gaps in security and access control, time and attendance, business process automation and location-based tracking systems. Many of the company’s products are biometric. Mace

SpeechPro gets Nepalese police deployment

SpeechPro has announced that the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Nepalese Police is now using its Forensic Audio Workstation for its forensic and voice identification needs. According to the company, specialists from Nepal were trained by the SpeechPro training unit on the new system. Reported previously, SpeechPro and Voxeo Corporation inked a partnership earlier this year to deliver SpeechPro’s VoiceKey Intelligent Voice Authentication solution to customers using Voxeo Interactive Voice Response services. Voicekey is a speaker recognition platform which uses a

NGI: A closer look at the FBI’s billion-dollar biometric program

Representing a $1.2 billion investment by the U.S. federal government, the FBI’s massive Next Generation Identification (NGI) program is a ten-year lifecycle project that hinges on biometric identification technologies and has seen privacy advocates butt heads with law enforcement since its inception. Split into six “increments,” Lockheed Martin was awarded a contract in 2008 to design, build and implement the program on behalf of the FBI, which ultimately aims to enhance the abilities of the agency’s aging IAFIS from the