forensics

Machine Learning Algorithm Could Tell Investigators Whether a Fingerprint is Useful

Machine Learning Algorithm Could Tell Investigators Whether a Fingerprint is Useful

Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Michigan State University say they have engineered a new algorithm that could eliminate the need for humans to perform a key step in fingerprint analysis, and thereby reduce human error in forensic investigations. The algorithm tackles the first step in an investigation of latent fingerprints…

DoD Should Stop Focusing on Lowest Bid for Biometric Contracts: GAO

DoD Should Stop Focusing on Lowest Bid for Biometric Contracts: GAO

The Department of Defense is going to be making some changes to its approach to biometric and forensic capabilities, including a new focus on tradeoffs in making decisions about contract wins. That’s one key takeaway from a recent Government Accountability Office report entitled “DoD Biometrics and Forensics: Progress Made in Establishing Long-term Deployable Capabilities, but Further…

Innovatrics’ Latent Editor Tool Offers Aid in Forensic Investigations

Innovatrics’ Latent Editor Tool Offers Aid in Forensic Investigations

Innovatrics has launched a new software tool, called Latent Editor, that could be a great aid in forensic investigations. It’s designed to let users edit and enhance latent fingerprint images. It has an automatic minutiae detection feature, and a ‘smart separation’ function designed to let users separate overlapping fingerprints. And it can be used with…

STC Helps Open AUST Biometric Forensics Lab in Lebanon

STC Helps Open AUST Biometric Forensics Lab in Lebanon

In partnership with STC Group and SITE Technology, the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) has opened a new biometric forensics laboratory in Lebanon. The lab opened with introductory lectures and workshops led by representatives from STC, which offers biometric technology, specializing particularly in the area of voice biometrics. And the company says that…

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…

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…

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…

FingerSCAN DecedentID Offers Quick Identification of the Deceased

FingerSCAN DecedentID Offers Quick Identification of the Deceased

A new Android-based solution could prove to be a big help to coroners and medical examiners. Called FingerSCAN DecedentID, the system is aimed at offering speedy identification of the deceased. Developed by WoVo Identity Soltuions, it’s based on Integrated Biometrics’ Watson Mini fingerprint scanner, and WoVo says it can be used with commercial off-the-shelf Android…

New Research Paves Way for Microbial Authentication

New Research Paves Way for Microbial Authentication

Everyone emits a cloud of microbes unique enough to act as a kind of personal fingerprint, according to new research from the University of Oregon’s Biology and the Built Environment Center. The researchers have just published their findings in the PeerJ academic journal. Led by postdoctoral researcher James F. Meadow, the team conducted an experiment…