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US, Swedish Police Authorities to Share Access to Fingerprint Records

US, Swedish Police Authorities to Share Access to Fingerprint Records

“…in cases in which there is a potential prison sentence of a year or more, authorities will have permission to access the fingerprint databases for criminal matches, with Sweden’s containing about 165,000 such records, and the FBI in possession of about 100 million.” Police authorities in the US and Sweden will soon be able to…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Biometric Identification Leads to Breakthrough in Hawaii Cold Case

Biometric Identification Leads to Breakthrough in Hawaii Cold Case

Biometric technology has helped Hawaiian police to push ahead on a cold case dating back to 2003, allowing them to identify the victim of a suspected homicide almost 13 years after the crime. The body of a man in his later 40s was discovered near a roadside with signs of blunt force trauma to his…

Civil Liberties Groups Object to NGI Exemption From Privacy Act

Civil Liberties Groups Object to NGI Exemption From Privacy Act

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has officially filed its comments to the FBI on its request to exempt its biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) program from certain provisions of America’s national Privacy Act. The EFF has some objections. In a post on its NGI exemption comments, the civil liberties advocacy group says the NGI has been…

FBI Contracts InCadence For Android-Based Biometric Software

FBI Contracts InCadence For Android-Based Biometric Software

Government-focused solutions integrator InCadence Strategic Solutions has won a contract to provide the FBI with mobile biometrics technology. It’s a one-year contract with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Divison, Global Initiatives Unit, with options for four additional years. The contract entails the provision of mobile, Android-based biometric capture software pertaining to fingerprints and facial data…

GAO Report Sheds Light on FBI’s Secret Biometric Program

GAO Report Sheds Light on FBI’s Secret Biometric Program

The FBI has developed a powerful biometric identification system without proper oversight, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report has revealed the FBI’s FACE—Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation—program, a facial recognition system that scans images obtained from civilian databases. FACE has access to over 411.9 million images collected from…

Integrated Biometrics Celebrates MOSA’s FBI Contract Win

Integrated Biometrics Celebrates MOSA’s FBI Contract Win

“It’s a win for Integration Biometrics too, whose FBI-certified fingerprint scanners, such as the Watson Mini and the more recent Kojak, are going to be deployed via MOSA.” Integrated Biometrics is celebrating its strategic partner MOSA’s recent win in securing FBI contracts. MOSA, a Florida-based integrator, was recently selected by the FBI for $750,000-worth of…

Major New FBI Contracts Point to NGI Expansion

Major New FBI Contracts Point to NGI Expansion

Florida-based MOSA Technology Solutions has been awarded $750,000-worth of new contracts to provide the FBI with biometric scanning technologies. The products and solutions are for the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) biometric database system, which is used primarily for law enforcement and regulated background check purposes, and features the world’s largest criminal fingerprint database. MOSA…

Rugged Biometric Tablet Certified By FBI

Rugged Biometric Tablet Certified By FBI

AMREL has received FBI certification for another of its ruggedized tablets. The company has announced that its Flexpedient AT80B Biometric Tablet is in compliance with the IQS EBTS Mobile ID FAP 45 Appendix F Specifications. That essentially means that it has been deemed to meet the FBI’s criteria for single- and dual-finger flat and rolled…

NetBio Rapid DNA System Gets FBI Approval

NetBio Rapid DNA System Gets FBI Approval

NetBio’s DNAscan system has become the first rapid DNA analysis solution to receive National DNA Index System (NDIS) approval from the FBI. The accreditation could open up many new business opportunities for NetBio. It certifies that DNAscan can be used by accredited NDIS laboratories to scan and match DNA samples against records in the FBI’s…

FBI Vet to Head New Unisys Initiative

Global IT solutions provider Unisys has launched a new Justice, Law Enforcement and Border Security Initiative, and has appointed a 20-year FBI veteran to lead it, the company has announced. The initiative is aimed at helping governments around the world in several areas, including border traffic processing, cloud-based IT infrastructure setup, public safety consulting, and…

VIDEO: BIO-key CEO Talks Impressive Partner Relationships

VIDEO: BIO-key CEO Talks Impressive Partner Relationships

BIO-key CEO Michael DePasquale was recently interviewed by Mike Elliott on CEOLIVE’s Investor Update. Answering questions from investors, DePasquale spoke about his company’s impressive partner relationships and its opportunities in healthcare and financial verticals. In recent months BIO-key has been making headlines suggesting that 2016 will be a big year for the company. A major investment and…

MorphoWave Attains FBI PIV Certification

MorphoWave Attains FBI PIV Certification

Morpho (Safran)’s MorphoWave Desktop solution has received important FBI certification, the company has announced. The FBI has now certified that Morpho’s contactless desktop fingerprint scanner meets its Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Image Quality Specifications standard. MorphoWave Desktop can capture four fingerprints simultaneously with the user simply waving her hand over it—a capability well-suited to high-traffic…

Contactless Fingerprint Scanning Terminal Gets FBI Certification

Contactless Fingerprint Scanning Terminal Gets FBI Certification

A contactless fingerprint scanning terminal has met the approval of the FBI. Called the ANDI OTG, the terminal was developed by Advanced Optical Systems, and has now found its way onto the federal agency’s Certified Product List. It’s the first contactless fingerprint system to receive this certification, according to Advanced Optical Systems. Each ANDI OTG…

US Security Agencies to Discuss Biometrics at Informal Summit

US Security Agencies to Discuss Biometrics at Informal Summit

The FBI is getting ready to join a number of other prominent government security agencies in an informal, off-the-record conference on border security. The Defense Strategies Institute’s “Town Hall” Border Security and Intelligence Summit will also feature the representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and a number of other organizations.…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Market on the Rise: Report

Law Enforcement Biometrics Market on the Rise: Report

The law enforcement biometrics market is on the rise, according to Frost & Sullivan. In a recent report, the growth consultancy firm estimates that the market was valued at $838 million last year and predicts it will grow to over $1.1 billion in 2021. Improving technology and concerns about terrorism are the main drivers of the…

FBI’s NGI Wins ACT-IAC Award for ‘Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration’

FBI’s NGI Wins ACT-IAC Award for ‘Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration’

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program has won a major award from the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC). At its 15th Annual Excellence.Gov Awards, the government IT organization recognized NGI in the Excellence in Intergovernmental Collaboration category. The NGI program’s overall purposes was to replace the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), and…

MorphoTrak Opens West Virginia Facility

MorphoTrak Opens West Virginia Facility

MorphoTrak (Safran) has opened its first facility in West Virginia, the company has announced. The new location will house a Program Management and Engineering office, and will also serve as a recruitment center for local professionals. There are a number of good reasons for MorphoTrak to open such an office. For one thing, West Virginia is…

Crossmatch Tech Underpins Biometric Safe

Crossmatch Tech Underpins Biometric Safe

Fingerprint security solutions developer Zvetco Biometrics is launching a new safe that uses biometric security. The Verifi Smart.Safe S6000 is about the size of a standard tabletop and can be unlocked via fingerprint scan. The biometric safe allows its principle user to add and remove additional authorized users at a whim. The safe also logs every usage…

FBI’s Rap Back System Launches in Utah Thanks to NEC

FBI’s Rap Back System Launches in Utah Thanks to NEC

The FBI’s Rap Back program has gone live in Utah. Enabled via NEC technology, the system is designed to use fingerprint biometrics to provide immediate notifications about developments in individuals’ background checks. Rap Back is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, a comprehensive biometric database and identification system that became fully operational last…

FBI Goes On Record re: NGI Facial Recognition

FBI Goes On Record re: NGI Facial Recognition

The FBI is taking measures to mitigate potential backlash from citizens over its use of facial recognition technology. In a letter to the New York Times, FBI Science and Technology Branch’s executive assistant director Amy Hess clarifies how the Bureau’s Next Generation Identification system works, and why it is not the surveillance apparatus that some may…

FBI-DoD Research Center Aims to Advance Biometric Tech

FBI-DoD Research Center Aims to Advance Biometric Tech

The FBI has opened a new research center dedicated to biometric technology, and has high expectations for how it will help to advance the field. The Biometric Technology Center, or BTC, is on the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) campus in West Virginia. The development is part of an ongoing partnership between the FBI’s Biometric…

FBI Opens Research Center Amid Biometrics Boom

FBI Opens Research Center Amid Biometrics Boom

The FBI is opening a new biometrics research center as the technology continues to take off among both government and the private sector. Outlining the development in a new report, market research firm TechNavio explains that the FBI Clarksburg campus’ new Biometrics Technology Center will “serve to cement biometrics as an integral part of our modern…

FBI and Georgian Intelligence Agency to Share Biometric Data

FBI and Georgian Intelligence Agency to Share Biometric Data

America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation has reached a new agreement with the country of Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to work together in fighting crime and terrorism. The collaboration will include sharing biometric data on suspected criminals and terrorists. Quoted in an Agenda.ge article, FBI legal attaché Kathleen Canning, who signed the agreement along with Georgian…

Airports Selected for FBI RapBack Pilots

Airports Selected for FBI RapBack Pilots

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport are going to be the testing grounds for the FBI’s RapBack service. According to a press release, the aim of these deployments is to establish a “proof of concept” for the system. FBI RapBack is a component of the bureau’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, an ambitious system…

Team Behind Huge FBI Biometric System Honored

Team Behind Huge FBI Biometric System Honored

The head of the FBI’s ambitious NGI project has received special recognition for its completion, according to a Federal News Radio article by Jason Miller. Along with his agency, the official, Jim Preaskorn, received the Excellence in Mission Award at AFCEA Bethesda’s 8th Annual Governmentwide Initiatives Excellence Awards in Washington for completing the project of implementing the Next Generation Identification…

NEC’s New Mobile Biometric Device Bolsters Public Safety

NEC’s New Mobile Biometric Device Bolsters Public Safety

NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) has announced the release of a new mobile biometric device aimed at in-field public safety applications. The NeoScan 45 mobile fingerprint collection device allows for accurate and fast fingerprint capture. NeoScan 45, as its name implies, complies with the FBI’s Appendix F Mobile ID FAP 45 Image Quality Specifications. It…