U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

IBIA issues policy paper on the emergence of rapid DNA technology

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) released its latest policy paper, “The Emergence of Rapid DNA Technology,” following President Trump’s recent signing of the Rapid DNA Act. IBIA explains in the paper that current rapid DNA offerings usually comprise of a desktop instrument to process single-use cartridges containing chemical processing agents and analysis materials. The analysis operation begins automatically after samples are inserted into the instrument, and the self-calibrating system allows anyone with approximately an hour of training to

NetBio’s DNAscan earns NDIS approval from the FBI

NetBio announced today that its DNAscan Rapid DNA Analysis System has received National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The approval allows accredited NDIS laboratories to upload DNA samples processed by DNAscan and match them against DNA profiles associated with the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) program, without manual interpretation or technical review. The FBI’s CODIS software is used to support criminal justice DNA databases and to operate NDIS. According to the company,

New forensics research center to develop tools to improve law enforcement’s investigation capabilities

A new joint U.S.-Chinese forensic technology research center aims to develop new tools and applications for rapid DNA tests, as well as improved facial recognition and fingernail biometrics, according to a report by New Haven Register. The new research center is a collaboration between the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science and Beijing’s China University of Political Science and Law. Under a five-year agreement, students and faculty from the two universities will also develop tools

Biometrics Technology Center speeding up local, state and federal criminal investigations

The FBI Biometrics Technology Center in North Central West Virginia opened for use last month with its first employees settled in just before Christmas. Supported by the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the four story, 360,000 square foot, state-of-the art facility took about ten years in planning and construction due to the exacting standards needed for a highly secure compound. The FBI shares the facility with the Department of Defense. Employees at the facility work on cutting edge

Biometrics and law enforcement report released

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. has released its Biometrics and Law Enforcement report that provides a brief, updated overview of the market size and biometric technology available for the law enforcement market in the United States. The firm’s ‘Special Reports’ are sponsored by leading firms within the biometrics sector and offer comprehensive industry analysis along with forward-looking, systematic data about the global biometrics market. This report was sponsored by Cognitec, IDGA and MorphoTrak. Biometrics Research Group, Inc. is headquartered in Toronto

Special Report: Law enforcement and biometrics

This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. provides a brief, updated overview of the market size and biometric technologies available for the law enforcement market in the United States. In this report, Biometrics Research Group, Inc. discusses how the market size for biometric applications in the U.S. law enforcement segment continues to grow at an exponential rate. In terms of biometric technologies, automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) and fingerprint biometric technologies account for the greatest share of the biometrics spending

Biometrics and banking, authentication, cybersecurity and Rapid DNA trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics and banking Iris ID has entered into an agreement with South Korea’s Woori Bank on a pilot project to enhance financial security. The bank will use Iris ID’s iris recognition technology to authenticate clients at ATMs, safety deposit boxes and for access control and if the project is successful, Woori Bank’s 20 million customers will be able to register to use

FBI praises proposed law that allows use of Rapid DNA

FBI Director James Comey met with members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee last week to discuss the FBI’s programs and priorities for the upcoming year. During the hearing, Comey congratulated Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), for introducing a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain results from Rapid DNA during criminal investigations. Hatch’s bill, the Rapid DNA Act of 2015, updates current law to allow DNA samples to be processed using Rapid DNA systems located in police booking

Rapid DNA data from IntegenX system used in court to secure conviction in murder trial

IntegenX announced that results from its RapidHIT system were used in a U.S. court to secure a conviction in an attempted murder case in Richland County, South Carolina. IntegenX said that is the first time in the U.S. that results from its RapidHIT® System were used in court to obtain a conviction. The RapidHIT System is a fully automated sample-to-answer system for STR-based human identification. The self-contained human identification system generates standardized DNA profiles from buccal swabs and other human