Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement

January 26-28, 2015 Washington D.C Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement returns for its 9th consecutive year as the only biometrics event to exclusively cater to the needs of federal government and local law enforcement. Join hundreds of biometric professionals (both industry and end users) to preview the future of biometric initiatives and technology, first hand from those leading the direction of our upcoming efforts. Engage in discussions with representatives from DHS, the U.S. Army, CBP, FBI, Michigan State Police,

SMi Group to host Border Security meeting in Rome

SMi Group announced it will host its eight annual Border Security meeting on February 18-19, 2015 at NATO’s defense college in Rome, Italy. This year’s Border Security meeting will explore European border security and current operations in the region. The meeting will see presentations on modern and innovative solutions, such as the use of satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles, providing attendees with new methods to boost their nation’s border security. Additionally, the event will emphasize data privacy and protection issues

Canadian researchers developing new fingerprint scanning process

A research team at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada is currently developing a new technology it says could potentially enhance the process of fingerprint scanning for police, military and border services, according to a report by CBC.ca. The researchers have developed a new biometric system at the Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research in Windsor that can scan a finger into a 3-D image 2 mm from the skin’s surface. “What we do here is unlike current, existing fingerprint

DNA evidence identifies Jack the Ripper

According to news reports published in UK newspapers including the Daily Mirror and The Independent over the weekend, DNA evidence has unmasked the identity of “Jack the Ripper”, the infamous rapist and murderer who terrorized London’s East End. DNA found on a shawl belonging to one of the serial killer’s victims was definitively matched to Polish suspect Aaron Kosminski. Kosminski was an insane man who had a great hatred for women, specifically prostitutes. He had been identified as the prime

Top biometrics news stories, week of August 24

Here’s a recap of most popular biometrics industry news and reports that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: mobile biometric authentication report, SimPrints, Gates Foundation, NEC, Chams Plc, Anil Jain, EyeVerify, Trustonic, Fingerprint Cards, law enforcement biometrics market report and fingerprint access control for dispensaries in Illinois. Special Report: Mobile Biometric Authentication – This report examines how the total market for mobile biometrics will increase due to smartphone growth and the drive for password supplantation and

Law enforcement biometrics market in North America expected to grow at 18.2% CAGR: report

TechNavio has published its latest research report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in North America 2014-2018” and expects the market to grow at a CAGR of 18.2 percent during the forecast period. This latest report also highlights the integration of biometrics in smart cards as one of the top emerging market trends, such as those relating to the upgrading of driver’s licenses and passports. According to the report, the main end-users of biometrics in North America are governments and private organizations.

Boston spied, used facial recognition on concertgoers

Recent news reports claim that the City of Boston tested an IBM video mass surveillance system at the Boston Calling Music Festival last year. According to a local blog, Dig Boston, a new, sophisticated event monitoring platform was deployed and evaluated which gave authorities “a live and detailed birdseye view of concertgoers, pedestrians and vehicles in the vicinity” of the event. Using IBM’s Smarter Cities solution, the City of Boston leveraged its existing camera infrastructure to monitor everyone who attended

Explainer: Biometrics in Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is arguably the largest user of biometric technology and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) is the police’s most utilized biometric tool. Automated fingerprint identification is the process automatically matching one or many unknown fingerprints against a database of known and unknown prints. Automated fingerprint identification systems are primarily used by law enforcement agencies in order to identify a person suspected of committing a crime or linking a suspect to other unsolved crimes. AFIS is a biometric identification (ID)

Homeland Security Week 2014 announces presentation topics and speakers

Homeland Security Week 2014 announced the details of its upcoming conference and trade show, which is expected to feature over 40 high level presentations on Homeland Security, more than 60 exhibitors, and over 700 attendees. The fourth annual Homeland Security Week conference and trade show will take place October 6 through 9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. According to the Homeland Security Week 2014 website, the event will attract representatives from DHS, CBP, TSA, ICE,

UK police test out NEC’s facial recognition solution

A police force in an English midlands county have been testing out NEC Corporation of America’s facial recognition technology, which recently identified a suspect captured on camera within seconds, according to a report by BBC News. The Leicestershire Police have been using NEC’s NeoFace system, which compares facial measurements taken from an image against a database which holds 92,000 images of people who have either been arrested or have volunteered to have their images stored, such as identity parade volunteers.