law enforcement

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

Applied World Solutions is offering a new product that could help law enforcement officers with their fingerprint scanning activities. It’s called Minutia Advancement Paste, or MAP, and AWS says it can substantially enhance the quality of fingerprints. It does that by swelling the ridges of a given fingerprint, making them more defined; and by moistening…

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Fifth Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Fingerprint Security: Minnesota Court of Appeals

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has produced another wrinkle in the contentious matter of privacy rights with respect to biometrically locked mobile devices. The court recently denied an appeal from a convicted burglar who had tried to argue that a court order compelling him to unlock his phone for police via fingerprint scan had violated his Fifth…

Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

Controversial Biometrics Program Catches 17-Year Fugitive

The FBI has announced that with the help of biometric identification technology, it has arrested a fugitive who has been on the run for 17 years, reports Ars Technica. The fugitive was suspected of being the culprit in a child abduction and molestation case in Indiana back in February, 2000. At the time, the suspect…

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

State Biometrics Law Produces First Settlement

The first tangible legal outcome from the state of Illinois’ biometric data legislation has emerged, reports Big Law Business. It’s the same legislation that has ensnared tech giants like Facebook and Google for their use of biometric identification technologies. The law requires that companies get consent from individuals before ascertaining their biometric data, and compels…

INTERPOL Names Safran its Facial Recognition Partner

INTERPOL Names Safran its Facial Recognition Partner

Safran Identity & Security has become INTERPOL’s exclusive facial recognition partner. They seem to be a good match. Safran has a strong background in providing biometric technologies to government clients, while INTERPOL has increasingly concerned itself with biometric identification in its global fight against crime. In a statement announcing the partnership, Safran Identity & Security Security Division…

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Leave Maryland Over Biometric Background Checks

“The legislation is set to take effect December 15th, but the Maryland Public Service Commission will hold hearings on the matter starting this Thursday, with Uber and Lyft officials expected to participate.” Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt operations in Maryland if they are forced to comply with new legislation requiring that…

INTERPOL Calls for Sharing of Terrorists’ Biometric Data

INTERPOL Calls for Sharing of Terrorists’ Biometric Data

INTERPOL is calling on governments around the world to share the biometric information of known terrorists in order to help improve global security. The call comes via INTERPOL’s General Assembly, which has convened for this week’s 85th ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly Exhibition in Bali, Indonesia. In a statement, the global police agency said it currently possesses…

NEC Showcasing Biometric Solutions at INTERPOL Expo

NEC Showcasing Biometric Solutions at INTERPOL Expo

NEC Corporation has an opportunity to pitch its technologies to the world’s most high-profile international police body this week. The company is attending the 85th ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly Exhibition, where it is also be an exhibitor. It’s placing a strong focus on digital security, highlighting its Digital Forensic Solution in the wake of major recent hack attacks. But the…

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

French Gov’t Orders Creation of National Biometric Database

The French government has introduced a new executive order mandating the creation of a national biometric ID database, reports Ars Technica UK. The system will contain standard biographic information of French citizens as well as the biometric data contained on citizens’ passports and identity cards, though it won’t contain the biometric data of children under…

NeoFace Idm Can Search Video for Faces by Time and Grouping

NeoFace Idm Can Search Video for Faces by Time and Grouping

“…given NEC’s previous successful law enforcement deployments with its NeoFace technology, NeoFace Idm will likely find some interested clients for this new software.” NEC has announced a new offering based on its NeoFace facial recognition technology. Called NeoFace Image data mining, or NeoFace Idm, the software is designed to scan through video footage for specified faces.…

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy Advocates Fight for Release of Police Records on Biometrics

Privacy rights advocates are battling the Hennepin County Sheriff Office in court over records pertaining to police authorities’ use of biometric identification technology. It’s the result of an Electronic Frontier Foundation campaign to help concerned citizens file information requests from local government and law enforcement agencies. One participant, Tony Webster, sent such a request to…

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently interviewed Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst. The conversation begins with a brief recap of the company’s origins and ambitions before reviewing the company’s powerful facial recognition solutions, the markets they serve, and how innovations in mobility have affected the evolution of the FaceFirst system. Because privacy is at the forefront of face…

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Half of All Americans Targeted in Police Use of Facial Recognition: Report

Law enforcement authorities’ use of facial recognition technology is putting half of Americans into a “perpetual lineup” of potential criminals, according to a new study from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology. The study suggests that excessive use of the technology is violating numerous Americans’ civil rights. It’s the product of a year-long investigation based…

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Biometric Phone Unlock Search Warrant is ‘Audacious Abuse of Power’

Police in Lancaster, California, sought a warrant to force all individuals at a specific premises to unlock their phones via fingerprint scan. More surprisingly, the warrant was granted, by Central District of California attorney Eileen Decker. It isn’t clear if the warrant was actually used, but its scope is remarkable. While police search warrants are…

INTERVIEW: Roberto Wolfer, CEO, JENETRIC

INTERVIEW: Roberto Wolfer, CEO, JENETRIC

One of the big showstopping events of this year’s recent Global Identity Summit was the Bratwurst, Beer and Biometrics party hosted by Germany-based JENETRIC. The festivities served as a stage for the company to launch its latest biometric technology, the LIVETOUCH quattro Compact mobile tenprint reader (pictured right). FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the…

Facial Recognition Helps Clarify Identity of Iraqi in Ireland

Facial Recognition Helps Clarify Identity of Iraqi in Ireland

Facial recognition technology has helped authorities in Ireland to catch an individual with two Personal Public Service numbers, according to the Irish Examiner. The PPS number is essentially Ireland’s version of a social security number, and is used to access a range of government services. Hiadar Alnoor, a resident of Cork, was found to be…

News Roundup: Samsung Teams Up With Mobile ID World

News Roundup: Samsung Teams Up With Mobile ID World

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Law Enforcement Biometrics Month to a close while announcing the next big biometrics industry webinar, co-hosted by Samsung SDS America and our sister site Mobile ID World. Meanwhile, the industry news had us talking about under-glass fingerprints sensors, biometrics powered payments, and the newly announced candidate in exclusive talks…

WEBINAR – Connected Justice: The Benefits and Challenges of Biometric Law Enforcement

WEBINAR – Connected Justice: The Benefits and Challenges of Biometric Law Enforcement

September was Biometric Law Enforcement Month here at FindBiometrics, in which we lent a feature focus to the justice-centered applications and solutions in identity technology. The special month-long event culminated Wednesday, September 28, 2016, with an expert webinar on the topic: Connected Justice: The Benefits and Challenges of Biometric Law Enforcement. Beginning with an overview of…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

September has been Law Enforcement Biometrics Month here at FindBiometrics, in which we shed a spotlight on the many solutions and applications of identity tech in justice related verticals. From featured articles, to industry news coverage, to the latest entry in our renowned webinar series – September allowed us to give law enforcement due process…

FindBiometrics Announces Biometric Law Enforcement Webinar

FindBiometrics Announces Biometric Law Enforcement Webinar

–Register Now for the Biometric Law Enforcement Webinar– Spread the word: Tweet The next generation of law enforcement is here. It is digital, it is mobile, and it is biometric. Biometric livescan has streamlined biometric data collection; massive databases of biometric data, working in tandem with mobile biometric readers, are bringing new efficiencies to policing in…

News Roundup: Live From GIS 2016

News Roundup: Live From GIS 2016

Last week at FindBiometrics we were in Tampa for this year’s Global Identity Summit (GIS 2016) while we continued to explore law enforcement biometrics in our featured articles section. The industry news was filled with fingerprint, iris, and face biometrics news, spanning verticals from healthcare to national ID. Here’s a look back on last week’s…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Unique Deployments

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Unique Deployments

The law enforcement biometrics market is large and only growing in scope when it comes to areas of application. Advances in connectivity, mobility, secure cloud technology, middleware and of course biometric capture technology are leading to massive innovations for government agencies concerned with justice. Wearable tech, connected cars and more are all on their way to…

APD Becomes First Police Agency to Use Cloud-Based ABIS

APD Becomes First Police Agency to Use Cloud-Based ABIS

Safran Identity & Security subsidiary MorphoTrak has announced the deployment of its MorphoBIS in the Cloud solution with the Albuquerque Police Department. The APD is now the first police agency in the world to use a cloud-based automated biometric identification system (ABIS). It’s the conclusion of a project first undertaken at the start of this…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Big Deal With Background Checks

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Big Deal With Background Checks

The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking of law enforcement and biometrics is the booking process—submitting fingerprints in a police station—or perhaps the high color saturation and techno-suspense of a facial recognition montage in an episode of CSI. Forensic science and the post-arrest process seem to be the poster children of biometrics and…

News Roundup: Opening the Case on Law Enforcement Biometrics

News Roundup: Opening the Case on Law Enforcement Biometrics

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Law Enforcement Biometrics Month in our featured articles section while the industry news brought us headlines from the worlds of border control, mobile device integrations, and physical access control. – Sign up now for the Law Enforcement Biometrics Month Webinar – And spread the news on Twitter: Tweet Here is…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Primer

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Primer

September is Law Enforcement Biometrics Month and to kick things off on the right foot we’ve put together a primer to get you up to speed on the various deployments, innovations, and ongoing developments in the world of justice and identity. – Sign up now for the Law Enforcement Biometrics Month Webinar – And spread…

NEC, NT Police Recognized for Biometric Criminal Identification System

NEC, NT Police Recognized for Biometric Criminal Identification System

NEC Australia and the country’s Northern Territory Police Force have received the Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year iAward. Part of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) 2016 iAwards, the honor was bestowed in recognition of the organizations’ deployment of a facial recognition system for the identification of criminals. The system was put into…

Biometric System Lets Investigators Search Inmate Calls for Specific Voices

Biometric System Lets Investigators Search Inmate Calls for Specific Voices

JLG Technologies has announced an upgraded voice recognition technology aimed at giving correctional investigators an innovative surveillance tool. Investigator Pro 4.0 allows users to select a given voice sample from a call recording, and then to search other calls for that same voice. In a statement announcing the system, JLG Technologies COO Michael Kester called…

Dutch Football Association Uses Mobile Biometrics to Fight Hooliganism

Dutch Football Association Uses Mobile Biometrics to Fight Hooliganism

The Dutch Football Association, KNVB, is seeking to leverage biometric technology to keep hooligans out of soccer games. To that end, it has commissioned an app from the G4S security company that uses fingerprint scanning and GPS technology to effectively track convicted hooligans. It’s intended as a more effective alternative to the country’s current system,…

New York DMV’s Facial Recognition System Catching Fraudsters

New York DMV’s Facial Recognition System Catching Fraudsters

New York State’s use of facial recognition at the DMV is paying dividends, reports WIBX. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles started using the technology in 2010. It’s designed to use facial biometrics to verify the identities of driver license applicants, helping to cut down on duplication and identity fraud. And apparently it’s working: Since…

There’s Major Opportunity For Biometric Wearables in Law Enforcement

There’s Major Opportunity For Biometric Wearables in Law Enforcement

Biometrics industry professionals are seeing major opportunities for wearables in law enforcement, according to new survey data from Unisys. The company polled 54 individuals at this year’s Biometrics Institute Asia Pacific Conference, and found considerable enthusiasm for applications of biometric wearable technology in law enforcement and security, with 63 percent agreeing that this “is the…

Life Goes on in Austin After Uber, Lyft Departures

Life Goes on in Austin After Uber, Lyft Departures

Smaller ride-hailing services are filling the void left by Uber and Lyft in Austin. The leading ride-hailing companies ceased their operations in the city this past May in protest of municipal legislation requiring biometric, fingerprint-based background checks for drivers. Now, with the giants gone, numerous smaller companies have been offering similar services, and are operating in compliance…

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

Boston Police Commissioner Decries Lack of Fingerprinting for Uber, Lyft Drivers

The Massachusetts House and Senate have approved new legislation concerning the certification of Uber and Lyft drivers, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans has gone public with his concerns about their lack of any requirement for a fingerprint-based background check. While the regulations require Uber and Lyft drivers to be officially certified and to have…

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

ASEAN Countries Agree to Share Terrorists’ Biometric Data

Multiple countries in Southeast Asia will share the biometric data of known terrorists to improve security in the region, reports Singapore’s Today. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries agreed on the approach at this week’s International Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Bali, which took place alongside the Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit, an event that featured delegates from other states…

Michigan County Police Adopt Mobile Fingerprint Scanning

Michigan County Police Adopt Mobile Fingerprint Scanning

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan has started using mobile fingerprint scanners, reports WILX-10. The mobile scanners are linked to the Michigan Automated Fingerprint Identification System and the FBI’s national fingerprint database via police officers’ patrol car computers, allowing police to match against state and federal criminal records within minutes. And the deployment is…

Mato Grosso State Pilots Vision-Box Tech in the Courthouse

Mato Grosso State Pilots Vision-Box Tech in the Courthouse

Authorities in Brazil’s Mato Grosso state are testing out biometric technology in criminal hearings. The aim is to improve the identification process for individuals caught in the country’s summary hearing process, which is designed to bring criminals caught in the act before a judge within 24 hours of the crime. Previously, such persons were identified…

NEC Focuses on User Experience with New SmartScan Live Scan Kiosk

NEC Focuses on User Experience with New SmartScan Live Scan Kiosk

NEC Corporation of America has launched a new multimodal biometric scanning device aimed at law enforcement and the civil sector. Called SmartScan, it’s a live scan kiosk with a strong emphasis on design and ease of use. The kiosk is height adjustable, and NEC says it uses an ergonomic design. As for its software, it’s based…

Big Data Facial Recognition Service Now Available to UK Gov’t

Big Data Facial Recognition Service Now Available to UK Gov’t

Allevate’s MXSERVER is now available for use by UK government agencies, the company has announced. MXSERVER is a big data intelligence solution centered on facial recognition. It’s designed to trawl through large amounts of data and to group segments of it based on the people depicted. For police and intelligence agencies, this means it can…

NEC Developing Facial Recognition System for South Australia Police

NEC Developing Facial Recognition System for South Australia Police

NEC has been selected to provide South Australia Police (SAPOL) with a powerful new facial recognition system, the company has announced. The system will be based on NEC’s NeoFace software, which the company says features the world’s fastest and most accurate facial recognition algorithm. NEC Australia’s R&D team is currently working with SAPOL to develop a…

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Biometrics Expert Helps Police Spoof Fingerprints for Smartphone Access

Police in the US have successfully spoofed a murder victim’s fingerprints in order to gain access to his smartphone. It’s result of a collaboration recently initiated with Michigan State University biometrics researcher Dr. Anil Jain, one of the world’s most well-respected biometrics experts. Police believed that the murder victim’s Samsung Galaxy S6 may contain clues…

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

Unsealed Documents Illustrate Biometric Password Legal Tension

A federal judge ordered an accused pimp to unlock his iPhone via Touch ID fingerprint scan in 2013, unsealed court documents reveal. As 9to5Mac reports, this is only the second known federal case in which a suspect has been ordered to unlock a device via fingerprint scan, an order that some warn could be unconstitutional,…

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

News Roundup: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition?

Last week at FindBiometrics we featured an interview with Opus Research lead analyst and founder Dan Miller while voice and speech biometrics, forensics, payments tech, and more filled out the industry news headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: What’s Next For Voice and Speech Recognition Opus…

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police Seek Biometrics Researcher’s Help To Unlock Murder Victim’s Phone

Police have reached out to an academic researcher to help them unlock a murder victim’s smartphone via fingerprint scan, believing that the device may contain clues about who killed him. As for the identity of the academic, it’s none other than Michigan State University’s Dr. Anil Jain, whose biometric technology has been licensed by NEC Corporation…

Biometrics Confirm Foreign Fugitive’s Identity for Extradition

Biometrics Confirm Foreign Fugitive’s Identity for Extradition

The extradition of an alleged member of the Russian mob illustrates the increasingly everyday importance of biometric identification in law enforcement. Wanted for a range of crimes in three different Canadian provinces, Georgian national Alex Alexidze was transferred by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to officials with the Canada Border Services Agency this…

Mobile Payments, Crime to Drive Facial Recognition Market: Report

Mobile Payments, Crime to Drive Facial Recognition Market: Report

The facial recognition biometrics market is in for growth, according to a new report from QY Research Reports. In a report synopsis, the research firm declined to offer specific numbers, but suggested that the market would see expansion between 2016 and 2021, with facial recognition expected to see greater demand than other biometric modalities for identification.…

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

FBI ‘Pilot Project’ Has Collected 434,000 Iris Scans

The FBI has been running a secret iris scanning program, according to a new report from The Verge. Officially designated a pilot program, it has largely escaped substantial oversight and public knowledge. It began in 2013 as a close collaboration between the federal law enforcement agency and the California Department of Justice, envisioned as a…

Biometric Tech Goes to Jail in Washington

Biometric Tech Goes to Jail in Washington

The Clark County Jail in Vancouver, Washington is getting a biometric inmate tracking system. The system will be based on fingerprint profiles, with inmates being scanned and registered upon admission to the jail, and scanned again upon release in order to verify their identities. (Most inmates remain in the jail less than 30 days.) Provided…

Administrator Insists DMV Won’t Share Biometric Data with FBI

Administrator Insists DMV Won’t Share Biometric Data with FBI

Officials with the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are insisting that the organizations is not in talks to share driver data with the FBI, reports the Providence Journal. It’s a response to alarms raised by the American Civil Liberties Union, whose local director asked the Rhode Island DMV Administrator if the organization was…

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Cold Cases, Controversy

Last week at FindBiometrics we looked back on the trends we observed at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai while bringing you two interviews with industry leading experts. The industry news was filled with headlines concerning national ID, mobile fingerprint biometrics, and voice controlled smart glasses, as controversy was brewing in the law enforcement space. Here…

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