Techshino optical fingerprint scanner FBI certified

Techshino announced that its optical fingerprint scanner TCO310 has passed the image quality specification test for Personal Identity Verification (PIV) single fingerprint capture devices by the FBI, making the TCO310 available for use in various government projects. According to a statement from the company, the TCO310 is a compact device which generates high quality fingerprint image for various authentication demands. Potential applications include ID authentication and time attendance management, information inquiry and alive status tracking for retirees, examinees identification, OA

U.S. government accepting bids for personal ID verification system

The General Services Administration has begun the bidding process on a possible 10-year hybrid contract for managed services to a government-wide personal identity verification system, according to a report by Gov Con Wire. The FedBizOpps solicitation notice states that GSA’s federal acquisition service is seeking a vendor to provide identity and credential management services for the USAccess Program, which is under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. The contract covers “managed services for identity and credential management services including: 1) applicant

Precise Biometrics wins US Department of Defense contract

Precise Biometrics has won a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) within the U.S. Department of Defense to implement the Tactivo smart card readers system for iPhone and iPad. The contract value is a minimum of $120,000 to a maximum of $3,100,000 over a base period of one year with another two optional years. The DLA plans to expand its user base of a mobility solution with Tactivo that provides secure e-mail and browsing capabilities on iPhone and iPad.

Innovatrics new AFIS solution designed for integrators

Biometrics software developer Innovatrics has released its next generation automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS). In a statement, the company says the solution is designed for integrators and solution providers that need to provide large-scale, standards-compliant, high-performance and cost-effective biometric identification. Innovatrics AFIS is fully scalable, multimodal, and customizable, and can easily integrate into a customer’s existing biometrics systems. “Innovatrics has built AFIS with this flexibility in mind,” explains Jan Lunter, Chief Technology Officer at Innovatrics. “With an open architecture, this

id3 fingerprint on-card comparison technology achieves NIST MINEX III compliance

id3 Technologies announced that its fingerprint on-card comparison technology has achieved the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) MINEX III compliance. The Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III is a continuing test set up by NIST, to establish compliance of fingerprint template generators and template matchers for the U.S. Government’s Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program. The company’s latest algorithm meets high performance and interoperability requirements while remaining very fast and needing very low working memory. This new version also introduces

SecuGen to demo new combination contact smartcard and fingerprint reader at RSA

Fingerprint technology firm SecuGen will be demonstrating the Hamster™ Pro Duo/SC, a new combination contact smartcard and fingerprint reader, at the upcoming RSA Conference to be held in San Francisco at the end of the month. The compact Hamster Pro Duo/SC combines a contact smartcard reader with SecuGen’’s U20 fingerprint sensor. The U20 is FBI certified for Mobile ID FAP 20 and PIV, and the combination unit will be PIV certified as well. “”The SecuGen engineering team continues to innovate,””

SIA recommends biometrics adoption and federated model for U.S. airport security credentials

Kathleen Carroll, chair of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Government Relations Committee made recommendations to Congress last week regarding strengthening security credentials at U.S. airports. Carroll, who is also Vice President of Government Affairs at HID Global Corp. gave testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, discussing several ways to improve security credentials endorsed by the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, a body of private sector representatives providing counsel to the U.S. Transportation

HID Global exec discusses biometrics and smart cards

Following the acquisition of Lumidigm, HID Global strategically integrated the Lumidigm biometrics technology with its Omnikey contactless smart card readers to provide an accurate and reliable identity validation solution. The company’s biometric identity and access management solutions are used in a range of applications, including citizen identification, financial services, healthcare, and border security. HID Global’s Lumidigm biometrics sensors are often used in combination with an airport’s access control system, such as in the case of Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport’s deployment

Federal agencies slow to adopt two factor authentication, says White House annual report

The majority of Federal employees are able to access Federal computer systems with nothing more than a username and password, despite President George W. Bush ordering Federal agencies to secure their information systems with strong authentication technologies more than a decade ago, according to a report by Govtech Works. Only half of the largest Federal agencies — including General Services Administration (GSA), the Labor and Treasury departments, the Small Business Administration (SBA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Nuclear Regulatory

Crossmatch handheld device recognized as Biometric Identification Device of 2015 by GSN

Crossmatch announced that its Verifier Sentry handheld device has been awarded the Biometric Identification Device of 2015 by Government Security News (GSN). The award was presented at GSN’s annual Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards competition which recognizes the border security solutions and practices of technology firms, government agencies, scientists and executives, transportation and law enforcement agencies and others. Launched last year, the Android-based Verifier Sentry is designed to authenticate the identity of an individual by reading their credential documents