12th Homeland Security Week

12th Homeland Security Week October 23-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. This 12th Annual Homeland Security Week will bring together top homeland security leaders from government, industry and academia to dive into current challenges and future requirements necessary for numerous government agencies directly or indirectly responsible for U.S. homeland security. Through interactive keynote presentations, large scale panel discussions, project updates, case studies, and intimate roundtables, we’ll facilitate a complex, joint, multilayered plan to combat the evolving challenges our country faces. Event Agenda

NEC sees increasing demand for its face recognition technology

NEC Corp. is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events, according to a report by The Ahsai Shimbun. “Our system allows individuals on a watch list to be identified on the spot in images of a camera that is monitoring a crowd,” an NEC official said at Interpol World 2017 in Singapore in early July. The official

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

Biometrics Research Group releases report on policing

Biometrics in policing will constitute half of the industry’s market share by the end of this decade, according to a new Biometrics in Law Enforcement (PDF) report published by the Biometrics Research Group Inc., the publisher of BiometricUpdate.com. Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the total global biometrics market will grow to US$35.5 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$15 billion. The research vendor approximates that more than half of this 2020 spending, equaling US$18 billion, will be

Special Report: Biometrics in Law Enforcement

This white paper by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides an overview of the law enforcement biometrics market (PDF). click to download the report (PDF) Law enforcement biometrics refers to applications of biometric systems which aids policing. Biometrics Research Group Inc. projects that the global law enforcement biometrics market will grow to US$18 billion by 2020 from its 2015 value of US$7.5 billion. The law enforcement market includes the use of biometrics to identify or verify the identity of individuals who

Digital Barriers face recognition software provided for free to find missing youth

Digital Barriers will be providing its live facial recognition software, SmartVis Face, for free to all national and local authorities and agencies in the UK involved in the search for missing young people. As featured in a July 20 episode of BBC Newsnight, SmartVis Face is the company’s new automatic facial recognition system that has been built around machine learning. The software was initially designed to track criminals and terror suspects against watch lists of several thousands of people. Last

NEC facial recognition solution implemented in cities across Georgia

NEC Corporation has provided an advanced surveillance system using facial recognition to several major cities in Georgia. The company signed an agreement with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, in cooperation with system developer Capital Systems LLC. Beginning operation last month, the system works in combination with 400 CCTV surveillance cameras installed in Georgia’s major cities such as Tbilisi. The system uses NeoFace Watch, NEC’s real-time facial recognition software for video which features the world’s highest recognition precision. Earlier

Chinese facial recognition firm developing AI to predict crimes

Chinese companies are developing new facial recognition systems that can help law enforcement identify criminals and even potentially predict crimes before they occur, according to a report by Shanghaiist. Equipped with China’s photo ID database and the extensive footage taken from public surveillance cameras, the country’s facial recognition technologies are able to analyze billions of faces and objects to identify people. China’s massive population and lenient privacy laws have made enormous amounts of data available to companies at a low

UIDAI declining multiple requests by police to share Indian citizens’ biometrics

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the governing agency in charge of Aadhaar, has declined multiple requests from all law enforcement agencies, including the Delhi Police, for biometrics of citizens for criminal investigations, according to a report by The Indian Express. Investigating agencies such as CBI and NIA have been repeatedly requesting the details of Aadhaar cardholders including their biometrics, UIDAI said. UIDAI Deputy Director General Rajesh Kumar Singh has written to the heads of each agency, ordering them

How government biometrics are moving into the private sector

This is a guest post by Ethan Ayer, CEO of Resilient Network Systems. Biometrics have been used in the government sector for many years, with fingerprint recognition being the first practical adoption of the technology. Over a century ago, law enforcement began fingerprinting criminals, recording them on paper cards which were stored in filing cabinets and warehouse repositories. Today, advances in computer and mobile technology allow a police officer to readily fingerprint a suspect using a biometrics app downloaded to