U.S. Special Operations Command testing rapid DNA readers

The U.S. Special Operations Command said it is testing two rapid DNA readers – IntegenX’s RapidHIT 200 and NetBIO’s DNAscan — in forward locations, according to a report by Defense One. Priced at $250,000, the DNA readers compare the submitted DNA sample against a database that matches DNA to identities of individuals. The machines weigh 60 pounds and are about the size of a copier, but require less manpower than an entire DNA lab. The machines are able to calculate

MacAulay-Brown to demonstrate iris/facial biometric solution at SOFIC event

National Security firm MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB) announced that it will demonstrate its security solutions including iris capture solutions at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). Held May 19-21, 2015 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, SOFIC is the defense industry’s premier event focused on advancing defense industry technology solutions and developing the global SOF alliance. “We are very proud of the long-standing partnership we have built with the SOF community,” said Sid Fuchs, president and CEO of MacB.

Integrated Biometrics unveils new FBI-compliant fingerprint scanner

Integrated Biometrics has unveiled Columbo Desktop FAP PIV 30 Scanner, a new fingerprint scanner designed for the military, law enforcement, airport/border security, finance and health care. With sales already underway, Integrated Biometrics’ Columbo Desktop FAP PIV 30 Scanner features a minimal size and weight that makes it ideal for mobile applications. The scanner includes a full featured SDK for effective integration into applications requiring high quality fingerprint images in indirect or direct sunlight, and is durable enough to withstand tough

Precise Biometrics to provide mobile smart card readers for US Department of Defense

Precise Biometrics announced it has received an order of 1,100 Tactivo mobile smart card readers from the Defense Logistics Agency within the US Department of Defense, in a contract valued at 1 million SEK (USD $130,373). Defense Logistics Agency is implementing Precise Biometrics’ mobility solution for iOS devices that enable secure email and browsing capabilities. Based on the existing Common Access Card infrastructure, the solution enhances the overall usability of the smart card system. DLA placed the order, which includes

U.S. Defense Department biometrics database upgraded

DOD Biometrics today announced that it has deployed an upgraded version of the Automated Biometrics Identification System, known as DOD ABIS. DOD ABIS is the DOD’s authoritative biometrics enterprise data repository. It allows combatant commanders, DOD agencies, and other federal and international partners to use fingerprints, palm prints, iris images, and facial images of non-U.S. threat forces to identify known or suspected adversaries. Known and suspected adversaries from the repository are compiled by partner agencies into biometrically-enabled watch lists, making

Behaviosec authentication technology based on users behavioral biometrics

Swedish security startup Behaviosec is offering an authentication service based on behaviorial biometrics, according to The Independent. Behaviosec CEO Dr. Neil Costigan developed the authentication technology, which he calls complex, nuanced and instinctive. “The rhythm of how you type, how hard you hit the keys, how fast you move from one key to the next, that’s what we look at,” said Dr. Costigan. “There’s consistency and pattern there that can tell us that you’re you.” Behaviosec is currently rolling out

Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency undergoes ceremonial uncasing of colors

In a ceremony symbolizing its arrival in the Office of the Provost Marshal General, the Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) uncased its colors for the first time last week, according to an announcement on the Army’s official website. Reported previously, the FBI and the Department of Defense are working to expand the FBI center campus in Clarksburg, West Virginia with the addition of the Biometrics Technology Center. DFBA oversees both forensic and biometric capabilities throughout the Department of Defense,

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,

$500 billion spent on intelligence, according to U.S. “black budget”

The United States has spent more than US$500 billion on intelligence since 9/11, an outlay that U.S. officials say has succeeded in its main objective, preventing another catastrophic terrorist attack. This fiscal information, published in intelligent estimates colloquially known as the “black budget”, was revealed for the first time nearly a year ago, through whistle-blower disclosures made by Edward Snowden, which were published by the Washington Post. According to the “black budget”, the United States spent US$80 billion on spy

Imagus provides facial recognition technology for new 3D glasses being tested by US Military‎, others

Imagus Technology is providing facial recognition technology to be used in new spy glasses designed by Osterhout Design Group, which have already confirmed about 500 pre-orders with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Brian Lovell, director of Imagus, is ecstatic about the startup’s facial recognition technology being used in the X6 glasses. “This is a good outcome for Australian technology,” said Lovell, as quoted in a story on News.com.au. “It’s incredible we are supplying to these companies.” Imagus Technology develops