Home Office plans to invest $6.4m to provide police with facial recognition technology

The Home Office is planning to invest £5 million (US$6.4 million) on facial-recognition software to be initially used by law enforcement and eventually other public sector organizations, according to a report by Public Technology. The department has posted a contract notice looking for interested technology suppliers for a five-year term to provide biometric matcher engine software (MES) that can identify people via facial imagery. In addition to the technology itself, the supplier or suppliers will need to provide a range

Police deploying facial recognition at London’s Notting Hill Carnival

The UK’s Metropolitan Police is planning to use facial recognition software in a new pilot program aimed at identifying suspected troublemakers among attendees at the Notting Hill carnival, according to a report by The Guardian. The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that takes place in London over two days in August. It attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals. Using the facial recognition system, police will match faces in the

Home Office issues $118m biometrics, digitization tender for UK Visas and Immigration

The Home Office has issued a tender for “front end services” including biometrics and the digitization of supporting evidence valued at £91 million (US$118.3 million) on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), according to a report by Kable Government Computing. The length of the the contract is three years, with a built-in option for the Home Office, acting through UKVI to extend the agreement for two additional years. The contracted services include an identity check, the capture of biometrics,

Bristol Robotics Lab developing facial recognition system to replace train tickets

A facial recognition system developed by Bristol Robotics Lab designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK, according to a report by BBC News. An early version of the technology leverages two near-infrared lights flashing at high speeds to enable a single camera to determine texture, shape and orientation of each pixel it captures. The facial recognition technology is being partially funded by the UK government and the private sector. Bristol is working

UK government report forecasts spike in use of biometrics solutions

The UK government has published a new report entitled 2016 Cyber Security Breaches Survey that forecasts a significant spike in the use of biometric products, as more organizations seek to prevent fraud and protect themselves from organized cybercrime groups, according to SC Magazine. The report finds 65 percent of large organizations in the UK detected a cybersecurity breach or attack in the past year. “In 2015 Cifas member organisations recorded 170,000 cases of identity fraud,” Sandra Peaston, assistant director of

Selfie payments firm accepted into FCA’s ‘regulatory sandbox’

Two firms utilizing facial recognition in their solutions are among the 24 fintech companies selected to test their products on actual customers in the UK, according to a report by Banking Technology. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) accepted 24 firms including German face recognition payments firm Saffe and Swiss artificial intelligence firm nViso into its so-called “regulatory sandbox”. The program allows businesses with innovative technology to run trials with UK consumers that are strictly supervised by the FCA. Saffe provides

ievo announces new fingerprint reader deployment

UK-based biometric recognition systems manufacturer ievo has supplied its “ultimate” fingerprint readers as an integral part of the security for the multi-million refurbishment and restoration of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnels. The fingerprint readers have been installed at access turnstiles to both ends of the unique construction site, effectively securing access to the entire site and the construction staff. “Access through the two full height turnstiles at each end of the site is controlled by the biometric readers,” explained

HSBC report finds UK leading in adopting biometric banking technologies

HSBC published a new report based on a survey of 12,000 people in 11 countries which found that only 46 percent of respondents trusted fingerprint recognition to replace their traditional password, according to a report by The Financial Times. The report found that despite banks’ lengthy efforts to roll out biometric authentication, many customers neither understand nor trust in the new technologies. However, the survey results found that people in the UK were far more open to adopting new biometric

Crossmatch palm scanner selected for UK Home Office’s FABrIC program

Northrop Grumman, a security firm and a technology integrator for the UK Home Office, will upgrade the current criminal booking solution for the department’s Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability program (FABrIC) with the Crossmatch L Scan 1000 palm scanner. By December, more than 375 enrollment and capture stations across the UK will be upgraded incorporating Crossmatch Livescan devices, which allow for high-quality capture of fingerprint and palm print images. In 2000, Northrop Grumman replaced the ink-and-paper method of capturing fingerprints

UK government seeking fingerprint technology for law enforcement

The UK government is looking to meet with biometric technology firms to help determine existing marketplace capacity to provide fingerprint devices and capture software, which will be used by frontline law enforcement, according to a report by Government Computing. The move comes a few months after the Home Office announced it would provide more than £26 million in additional police transformation funding in support of 28 projects or technology plans over the next three years, including a joint forensics and