Saudi university to open biometrics research laboratory

King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will establish a biometrics research laboratory with funds granted by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Arab News reports. The grant was approved for a “Hand-based Biometrics Fusion and Bio-Cryptosystem Computation” project led by Prof. Mohammed Khurram Khan of KSU’s Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA), under the country’s National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 initiatives, according to Arab News. “Through the funding of this project, we will be

KeyLogic Systems acquires CrossResolve to expand biometrics services

Engineering firm KeyLogic Systems, Inc. has acquired CrossResolve, a government advisory and strategy services organization focused on biometrics, forensics, and identity programs. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition aligns with KeyLogic’s newfound national security and biometrics-focused strategy and allow the organization deliver a wider selection of services to its client base. “It has always been our goal for KeyLogic to provide our customers with the best possible solutions, and that’s why we’ve never had a one-time

Indian gov’t says it won’t link Aadhaar to national security databases

The Indian government has stated that it will not link its Aadhaar biometric identification scheme with its national intelligence databases. Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s Minister of Law and Justice, told the parliament on Monday: “Let me assure the house that Aadhaar’s linking with NATGRID is not there.” Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic

Jamaican government agencies discuss using biometrics to improve border security

Jamaican government agencies gathered at the ‘Leveraging Technology for Effective Border Security’ conference, recently held at the National Police College in St Catherine, to discuss the use of biometric technologies to protect the country’s borders, according to a report by Jamaica Observer. Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also committed to taking a multi-agency approach to improving the country’s national security. PICA’s acting CEO, Andrew Wynter, said

Israel’s new national policy ensures fair use of biometric applications

Last week the Israeli government declared a national policy on biometric applications, enabling the fair use of biometric applications, according to a report by iHLS. The policy is designed to ensure a balance between the advantages and risks associated with the use biometric applications, making Israel the first country to implement a national policy regarding biometrics. Ram Walzer, Biometric Applications Commissioner in the Prime Minister’s Office, reported at the annual Secure Identification and Biometrics Conference that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Immigration and Customs Enforcement app collects biometric ID in the field

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has developed an app that enables all 12,000 ICE officers to collect biometric data in the field, according to a report by GCN. Eagle Directed Identification Environment (EDDIE) is designed to be used with ICE officers’ agency-issued Apple iPhone and a pocket-size Bluetooth-connected fingerprint scanner. After the user-friendly app authorizes the officer using it, the officer can then take a photo of the subject while the phone’s Global Positioning System collects location data. After

Home Office Biometrics seeking technology delivery partner for multi-location IT service

The UK’s Home Office has posted a request seeking a technology delivery partner to work with the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Program team to provide a “large, complex program converging IT systems into a cohesive, cost effective, user-centered service”. The HOB program aims to develop a unified, integrated biometric service that is effective, adaptable, efficient, proportionate and lawful. The existing immigration and law enforcement biometrics systems are large, complex IT systems supporting thousands of users and millions of records. Current

EU entry-exit border security system proposed

In an effort to improve external border management and better monitor over-stayers, the European Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship has presented a revised proposal from 2013 to create an “EU Entry-Exit System” (EES). The Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said that the original proposal from 2013 estimated the set up cost to be €1.1 billion. “Crossing an EU border will never be the same again,” suggested Avramopoulos. “It will be automated and will be done through self service kiosks and

Biometric technology strongly supported by U.S. consumers: CTA report

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has released a new report entitled Biometric Technologies: Understanding Consumer Sentiment, which captures consumers’ perception levels with various biometrics uses and settings, along with their trust levels with the organizations that are likely to manage biometric data. The report finds that as the number of consumer technology products with biometric sensors grows, 62 percent of U.S. adults who have used biometric technology are comfortable with it. Additionally, the research states that 58 percent of consumers

HRS CEO discusses role of biometric technologies in combating terror attacks

Human Recognitions Systems (HRS) announced that CEO and founder Neil Norman recently appeared on BBC current affairs show Newsnight to discuss the shifting behaviours and the importance of technology, such as biometrics, to provide additional defences against terror attacks. Norman joined Newsnight host Emily Maitlis and terrorism trauma counsellor Debora Del Vecchio-Scully to address the growing calls from many in Belgium and the transport security industry to put forth greater efforts to anticipate future attacks, and for governments and transportation