Breathalyzers with facial recognition helping Massachusetts probation officers

A recent report by Western Mass News showcased how Scram Systems handheld, wireless, portable breath alcohol device with automated facial recognition and GPS is helping out probation officers across Massachusetts and giving those on probation a bit more flexibility. The SCRAM Remote Breath device has replaced the older in-home systems and is a simple way for probation officers to remotely check blood alcohol content and verify the identity of the person taking the test. Because the devices are portable, they

Unisys to deliver prison management solution for the Netherlands

Unisys Corporation has been selected by the Netherlands’ Custodial Institutions Service (DJI) to deliver a new custody management solution for penitentiaries across the country. According to a statement by the company, the new 10 year contract has an option for a 10 year extension and under the terms of the agreement, Unisys will support all aspects of custody management for DJI using the Unisys Law Enforcement Application Framework (U-LEAF). The new system is expected to be delivered later in 2016

InCadence mobile biometric solution wins Igniting Innovation award

The Ares Mobile Biometric Solution developed by InCadence Strategic Solutions was one of five government IT solutions recognized at the ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. The Ares Mobile Biometric Solution is a biometric collection and submission platform which has been designed to be capable of rapidly collecting biometrics, photographs, biographical data, packing and validating transactions and communicating with records databases on Android-based tablets or smartphones. ARES uses a secure SMTP to send

Facial recognition app being used to harass Russian adult film actresses

International Business Times is reporting that FindFace, a facial recognition app that taps neural-network technology, is being used in Russia to identify and intimidate woman who have appeared in pornographic films or have advertised on prostitution and escort services website. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and is based on face recognition technology developed by N-Tech.Lab. Earlier this month, members of a Russian imageboard started a campaign to try to locate and

Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau upgrades fingerprint indentification software

The Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau is upgrading its existing software to version 7 of its Fingerprint Analysis Tracking System (FACTS) at police stations across the Indian state in an effort to give police direct access to the centralized fingerprint database for faster offender identification. According to a report in New India Express, all police stations in the state will be equipped with the upgraded software by October which will soon be integrated with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and

Keynote speaker announced for 2016 MorphoTrak Users Conference

Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will be a keynote speaker at next month’s MorphoTrak Users Conference. The annual conference is a standard in the biometrics community, and for federal, state, and local law enforcement. The three-day event runs May 24 to 26 in Costa Mesa, California and provides attendees with opportunities to interact and exchange best practices knowledge with fellow users, and join industry thought leaders in presentations, panel discussions, case studies, and hands-on workshops.

Court says biometric SIM registration is legal in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi Higher Court has declared that ongoing biometric SIM registrations using fingerprints is legal. The court rejected a petition challenging the legality of collecting biometric fingerprint data in the SIM card registration process. In March, a lawyer served legal notice urging to halt biometric registration for SIM cards, claiming that it violates the privacy of users. The notice was served on behalf of a resident and said that the biometric data collected for SIM cards could create a high

Documents reveal UK government’s out-of-court settlements over unlawful biometrics storage

The UK Home Office has been attempting to keep under wraps three out-of-court settlements with claimants who accused the police of unlawfully storing their biometric information, according to a report by The Register. Independent Biometrics Commissioner, Alastair MacGregor QC, overseeing the government’s use of biometric data, has repeatedly brought up issues in the past regarding the retention of the biometrics of arrested individuals. The Commissioner wrote in his annual report for 2015 that based on the PNC’s “limitations”, it was

NetBio’s DNAscan earns NDIS approval from the FBI

NetBio announced today that its DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System has received National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The approval allows accredited NDIS laboratories to upload DNA samples processed by DNAscan and match them against DNA profiles associated with the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program, without manual interpretation or technical review. The FBI’s CODIS software is used to support criminal justice DNA databases and to operate NDIS. According to the company,

Facial recognition expert joins Vigilant Solutions

Roger Rodriguez, a world-renowned facial recognition expert, has joined Vigilant Solutions in the role of Manager of Image Analytics. Mr. Rodriguez joins the Vigilant Solutions team after more than twenty years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Rodriguez worked patrol and then later with the NYPD Communications Division and the Intelligence Division, conducting counterterrorism security assessments, educating on pre-incident terrorism indicators, briefing the Emergency Services Unit on intelligence-driven maneuvers, and providing dignitary protection to world leaders including the