WVU biometrics program granted $1.5M in cloud technology from MorphoTrak

MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Safran Identity and Security, will donate $1.5 million in access to MorphoCloud to West Virginia University (WVU) to support the university’s biometrics and forensics research and education programs. The current version of MorphoCloud includes services for fingerprint, palmprint and facial recognition search and verification with iris recognition and video analytics coming in the near future. As part of the donation, MorphoTrak will provide technology training and support to WVU to operate the multi-biometric identification capability of

MorphoTrak cloud service gains traction with field experience

MorphoTrak‘s cloud solution for government and law enforcement agencies, MorphoCloud, was launched in October 2015, and the service is now evolving based on experience gained in the field. While the cloud inherently enables many potential benefits including high availability, performance, and security, the company has gained valuable experience with utilization in the field, which is increasing as agencies adopt MorphoCloud. Offering solutions delivered by the cloud is often referred to as using the “as-a-Service” label, which identifies it as free

The 2016 Women in Biometrics Award goes to MorphoTrak`s Teresa Wu

MorphoTrak announced that Teresa Wu, Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations, has received the 2016 Women in Biometrics Award. Ms. Wu and three additional recipients, Tovah LaDier, Elham Tabassi, and JoAnn Buscaglia, were presented with the awards at the Security Industry Association’s “Honors Night: Celebrating Performance, Partnerships and People in the Security Industry” on November 16, 2016. Ms. Wu has spent her entire 15-year professional career in the biometrics industry. Starting as a marketing intern with Sagem Security, now

Biometrics and border security, law enforcement and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight In a guest post, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association discusses the rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise and its Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. later this month. In a guest post, David Gerulski, VP at Integrated Biometrics, discusses how the use of biometrics as an identifier is having a positive effect

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

NIST studying biometric matching algorithms for tattoo database

According to a report in ITNews, computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will soon begin the second round of an independent study into which biometric matching algorithms work best for pairing tattoos with criminal suspects, unidentified victims, and alleged gang members. In a presentation at the Biometric Institute’s Asia Pacific conference, NIST’s Mei Ngan and Patrick Grother said that in the US, tattoos are often used by law enforcement to identify persons of interest but

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.

Biometrics in financial services, facial recognition, border security and fingerprints trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Financial services BMO Financial Group and MasterCard began a phased roll-out this week of a biometric corporate credit card program in Canada and the U.S. that will let cardholders verify online transactions using facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics. The first phase will test the potential of delivering cardholders greater security and convenience, including establishing and improving best practices in corporate environments, developing

Identification-as-a-service provides benefits, says MorphoTrak executive

Cloud computing provides many benefits including ease of use, time savings, security, convenience, versatility, and scalability. For these reasons, cloud computing has become an emerging offering in the biometrics industry, and according to Frank Barret, Director of Cloud Services at MorphoTrak, LLC, it enables a new service paradigm known as “identification-as-a-service.” MorphoTrak has developed its own identification-as-a-service solution entitled Morpho Cloud. Barret describes the service as a secure and flexible offering for the public security market that incorporates multi-biometric modalities

Biometrics and law enforcement, facial recognition and national ID trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Facial recognition The Scottish Professional Football League has asked the government for financial support to introduce facial recognition technology to identify troublemakers in stadiums next season. The goal in implementing the technology, which could cost up to £4m, is to identify those guilty of violence, offensive singing, using pyrotechnics and exhibiting any other prohibited behaviour. U.S. Customs and Border Protection have started