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New Forensic Tech Makes it Easier to Pull Fingerprints from Metal Surfaces

New Forensic Tech Makes it Easier to Pull Fingerprints from Metal Surfaces

Researchers from the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby have developed a new technique for reading fingerprints left on metal surfaces like guns and knives. The method uses Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy, and creates high-resolution images that are so accurate that researchers were able to see individual sweat pores up to 26…

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

“Commenting on the Cardiff University study, South Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said it offers “a balanced perspective” on the facial recognition system, with police use of facial recognition having become a controversial subject in the UK.” Facial recognition technology being used by South Wales Police has now come under academic scrutiny, with…

New UC3M Study Finds Lower FRR for Large-Area NEXT Biometrics Sensor

New UC3M Study Finds Lower FRR for Large-Area NEXT Biometrics Sensor

“The study involved over 500 individuals, 50,000 fingerprint scans per sensor, and hundreds of millions of fingerprint comparisons…” NEXT Biometrics is touting the results of a new study conducted by the Carlos III University of Madrid (“UC3M”) that has found the company’s fingerprint sensors perform significantly better than those of leading competitors. The study involved…

How Bad Are Humans at Facial Recognition?

How Bad Are Humans at Facial Recognition?

“This doesn’t mean that contemporary facial recognition technology has made us redundant…” It’s no secret that facial recognition technology has become so advanced as to surpass human ability in a number of ways, but University of York researchers have just announced new findings about just how bad humans are in comparison. To be fair, our…

2018 EAB Awards Recognize Cutting-Edge Biometrics Research

2018 EAB Awards Recognize Cutting-Edge Biometrics Research

The European Association for Biometrics, a non-profit industry association, has presented three European researchers with awards recognizing their efforts. One of the academics, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid’s Ruben Tolosana, received the European Biometrics Industry Award for a thesis entitled “Incorporating Touch Biometrics to Mobile Passwords,” which detailed a mobile authentication system in which a user…