DHS/ICE unveils renovated forensic laboratory

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale today unveiled a major renovation of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Forensic Laboratory in Tysons Corner, Virginia and lead a tour of the facility. Today’s public unveiling showcased the improvements made over the course of a four-year, multi-phase renovation project that increased the laboratory’s operating space by nearly 10,000 square feet to a total of nearly 40,000 square feet. Begun in 2012, the recently

Home Office Biometrics seeking technology delivery partner for multi-location IT service

The UK’s Home Office has posted a request seeking a technology delivery partner to work with the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Program team to provide a “large, complex program converging IT systems into a cohesive, cost effective, user-centered service”. The HOB program aims to develop a unified, integrated biometric service that is effective, adaptable, efficient, proportionate and lawful. The existing immigration and law enforcement biometrics systems are large, complex IT systems supporting thousands of users and millions of records. Current

InCadence to provide FBI with a mobile biometrics solution

InCadence Strategic Solutions announced last week that the company has been awarded a prime contract to provide a mobile biometrics solution to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Global Initiatives Unit (FBI CJIS GIU). The single-award, full and open contract, is for a period of performance of one base year and four option years. According to a statement by the company, InCadence will be responsible for providing software solutions to capture biometrics on Android-based devices that will give the

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum June 29 | Washington, DC In order to survey and discuss DHS advances in biometrics, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) will host the Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2016. The Forum will feature experts and senior officials from CBP, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DHS Office of Biometrics and Identity Management (OBIM), and the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence. The

MorphoTrak hosts annual users conference with identification theme

MorphoTrak held its the 37th annual MorphoTrak Users Conference in Costa Mesa, California in May. MorphoTrak, and its parent company Safran Identity & Security, are leading innovators in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as identification technologies such as smart cards, secure travel documents, e-passports, and driver licenses. MorphoTrak’s combined U.S. customer base includes over 50 percent of the law enforcement biometric identification systems at the local, state, and national level, including AFIS programs for the

FBI has access to 412 million images for facial recognition

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has access to nearly 412 million photographs for the purpose of running facial recognition. The images include both passport and driver’s license photos, along with mug shots. The FBI plans to expand its vast database of photos with the addition of 20 additional states. Currently, the FBI has agreements with seven states to share images. The images are shared under the

UK government appoints new biometrics commissioner

The UK’s Home Office recently announced the appointment of the governor of Sheffield Hallam University as the government’s new biometrics commissioner. According to a report in Police Professional, Professor Paul Wiles has taken over the role from Alastair MacGregor QC, who has completed his three-year tenure. Professor Wiles has previously worked as an academic criminologist at a number of universities and until 2015, he served as an advisor to the Sentencing Council. Wiles was previously the chief scientific adviser to

IBIA urges ridesharing firms to enforce fingerprint-based background checks

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has published a new white paper that makes a convincing case for why ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft ought to implement background checks that include FBI and state fingerprint holdings, in addition to other biographic searches, in order to thoroughly assess candidates for employment. According to the white paper, entitled “Uber and Lyft: Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Checks Essential to Assure Public Safety”, Uber and Lyft are not fulfilling their responsibility to reduce

Islamabad safe city project includes facial recognition software

According to a report in Business Recorder, Islamabad Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated its safe city project in Islamabad on Monday. 1950 surveillance cameras have been installed at different points of the city in an effort to control the crime rate in the capital, keep a check on car thieves and improve the traffic system in Pakistan’s capital city. The CCTV surveillance system will also help security departments track criminal suspects. The CCTV based safe city project

Groups oppose privacy exemption for FBI biometric database

Forty-four privacy, civil liberties, and immigrants’ rights organizations sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week asking for an extension to the comment period concerning the FBI’s request to modify the Privacy Act. The federal law enforcement agency is asking for certain provisions of the act to be changed concerning the use of criminal history record information and biometric identifiers within its Next Generation Identification system. The Next Generation Identification system is designed to advance the