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Tascent Posts Top Score in DHS Biometric Technology Rally

Tascent Posts Top Score in DHS Biometric Technology Rally

Tascent’s InSight Face cooperative facial recognition solution has bested its competitors in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) second annual Biometric Technology Rally. The Rally measured 14 biometric capture products in a test designed to mimic high-traffic environments like airports or other travel hubs. During the test, subjects were asked to move through an eight-foot…

Guam Attains DHS Real ID Compliance with Help From Valid

Guam Attains DHS Real ID Compliance with Help From Valid

Thanks to Valid, the Government of Guam has officially met the US Department of Homeland Security’s standards for Real ID Compliance. Guam’s Department of Revenue and Taxation consulted with the security giant throughout the certification process, which gives the territory of Guam the ability to issue driver’s licenses and ID cards that will be recognized…

US-Japan Biometrics Sharing Agreement Takes Effect

US-Japan Biometrics Sharing Agreement Takes Effect

An agreement to facilitate the sharing of biometric data between police authorities in Japan and the US has taken effect, The Japan Times reports. The deal concerns Japan’s National Policy Agency and America’s FBI and Department of Homeland Security. The countries first came to the agreement in 2014. While there were already previous agreements in…

Secret Service Trialing Facial Recognition Security Around White House

Secret Service Trialing Facial Recognition Security Around White House

The US Secret Service (USSS) has started testing facial recognition security around the White House, scanning passersby via CCTV feeds. For now, the trial relies upon USSS volunteers, whose faces are added to a watch list, and then automatically identified by the facial recognition system. But the ultimate aim is to scan passersby in the…

IDEMIA Celebrates Strong Performance in DHS’s Biometric Technology Rally

IDEMIA Celebrates Strong Performance in DHS’s Biometric Technology Rally

“As IDEMIA explains, only five of the 11 companies that participated in the Rally put forward dual, rather than unimodal, systems; and OneLook was one of the top performers, attaining a 93 percent user satisfaction score – one of the top three rankings across all 11 companies.” IDEMIA is celebrating its success in the Department…

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Collaborate to Fight Election Hacking

The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Facebook, and Microsoft together made unlikely partners in a recent joint briefing to the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors. The briefing revolved around the efforts taken by these organizations to prevent the kind of meddling seen…

Privacy Impact Assessment Details Phase II of DHS’s Biometric Border Screening Program

Privacy Impact Assessment Details Phase II of DHS’s Biometric Border Screening Program

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for the second phase of the Traveler Verification Service (TVS), the biometric border screening program being developed by the US Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Transportation Security Administration. The program revolves around the biometric identification of travelers. As it stands in…

Study Highlights Emotional Impact of Identity Theft

Study Highlights Emotional Impact of Identity Theft

People don’t like having their identities stolen. That’s the key takeaway from new research from the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity. The academic institution’s newly published “2018 Identity Theft Assessment and Prediction Report” highlights the emotional impact of identity theft, fraud, and online abuse, and the findings are perhaps predictable. According to…

House Bill Aims to Formalize Biometric Intelligence Sharing with US Allies

House Bill Aims to Formalize Biometric Intelligence Sharing with US Allies

A new piece of legislation aimed at facilitating the sharing of biometric intelligence on foreigners posing a potential security threat to the US has passed through the House Homeland Security Committee. Dubbed the “Biometric Identification Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) Authorization Act of 2018”, the bill passed by a vote of 20-7. The BITMAP program entails…

Herta Celebrates Strong Showing in DHS’s Biometric Rally

Herta Celebrates Strong Showing in DHS’s Biometric Rally

Barcelona-based facial recognition specialist Herta is celebrating its performance in the US Department of Homeland Security’s recent Biometric Technology Rally. The company says it was among the top three performers in the tests, which assessed different solutions based on their ability to match individuals to a large database in an airport screening-type scenario. Herta’s tailored…

DHS’s Biometric Rally a Success for Gemalto – and for DHS

DHS’s Biometric Rally a Success for Gemalto – and for DHS

The results of the Department of Homeland Security’s first Biometric Technology Rally are out, and Gemalto is celebrating a strong showing. Organized by the DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the 2018 Biometric Technology Rally was aimed at evaluating facial and iris recognition technologies from a select group of successful applicants., using the S&T’s Biometric…

Secretive DHS Program Aimed at Comprehensive Biometric Surveillance, says EFF

Secretive DHS Program Aimed at Comprehensive Biometric Surveillance, says EFF

The Department of Homeland Security is working on a secretive project aimed at dramatically expanding its biometric surveillance powers – and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is arguing it it must be stopped. The project is dubbed HART, for Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology, and it entails the collection of a wide range of data – not…

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

US border authorities are planning to launch a biometric border system at the Anazlduas checkpoint in Mexico that will scan the faces of drivers as they enter the country. Called the Vehicle Face System, it is in part a product of research conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory last year which involved the development…

DHS Biometrics Departments Seeks Help with Communications Strategy

DHS Biometrics Departments Seeks Help with Communications Strategy

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) is looking for help with its communications strategy. The request comes in the form of an RFI (Request for Information), in which the agency notes that “[t]he concept of identity is quickly evolving to becoming a vital asset” in the greater effort to secure…

DHS Looking Into Iris Scanning for PIV Cards

DHS Looking Into Iris Scanning for PIV Cards

The Department of Homeland Security is looking into iris scanning for its official ID cards. Through its Office of the Chief Security Office (OCSO), the Department is requesting information on iris biometrics technologies that could be compatible with its PIV cards. The DHS says the iris scanning technologies it’s interested in would need to comply…

INTERVIEW: John Mears, Director, IBIA

INTERVIEW: John Mears, Director, IBIA

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has long been fighting for the implementation of a biometric exit program in the United States. Recently, the IBIA released a position paper on the topic, addressing old misconceptions that have stalled the program in the past, and urging the Department of Homeland Security to finally fulfill the mandate.…

MorphoTrust Solutions Get SAFETY Act Approval

MorphoTrust Solutions Get SAFETY Act Approval

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) has achieved SAFETY Act certification for two of its flagship solutions – its Universal Enrollment Services (UES) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) platforms. SAFETY Act certification is issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The program’s aim is essentially to promote the development of anti-terrorism technologies and services by offering legal liability protections…

IBIA Calls on DHS to Embrace Biometric Entry-Exit

IBIA Calls on DHS to Embrace Biometric Entry-Exit

The International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA) has published a white paper urging the US Department of Homeland Security to work with the biometrics industry to develop biometric entry and exit at the country’s borders. Entitled “Closing the Loop: Completing Biometric U.S. Entry-Exit”, the paper argues that biometric technology offers superior identification efficacy compared to…

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