government biometrics

CBP Abandons Plans for Mandatory Facial Scans of U.S. Citizens at Airports

CBP Abandons Plans for Mandatory Facial Scans of U.S. Citizens at Airports

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has announced it has abandoned its plans to require U.S. citizens entering and exiting the country to submit to facial scans as an expansion of its Biometric Exit program. “There are no current plans to require U.S. citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United…

InCadence Lands $20 Million Army Contract

InCadence Lands $20 Million Army Contract

InCadence has landed a $20 million contract to provide biometric technology and support services for the U.S. Army. The contract covers a two-year period, and was handed out as part of the Army’s $37.4 billion Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services program. The contract specifically concerns a Near Real Time Identity Operations (NRTIO) task order from…

ABI Expects Public Security Demands to Drive Biometric Hardware Market

ABI Expects Public Security Demands to Drive Biometric Hardware Market

ABI Research is predicting that the demand for better security solutions will drive the market for biometric hardware to $19 billion by 2024. The firm expects Body-Worn Cameras (BWC), surveillance cameras, and access control technology to display the most growth over that time period, with much of that revenue coming from the public sector. Law…

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Indian Authorities Issue Biometric IDs to Migrant Workers

Department officials from Kochi in the Ernakulam district of India have reported that the coverage of migrant workers in the area with biometric identification cards has reached 80%. A department official speaking to The Times of India said, “We have provided biometric ID cards to 1,04,000 migrant workers in Ernakulam bringing 80% of them under…

NEXT Biometrics and Softlock Collaborate on African Smart Car Pilot

NEXT Biometrics and Softlock Collaborate on African Smart Car Pilot

NEXT Biometrics is teaming up with Softlock to carry out a biometric smart card pilot with the government of an unspecified African country. The new cards will combine a large-area fingerprint sensor from NEXT with Softlock’s operating system, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and biometric applets. The government partner is hoping to use the cards for…

Hong Kong Regulators Want More Info Before Megvii IPO Can Be Approved

Hong Kong Regulators Want More Info Before Megvii IPO Can Be Approved

Beijing-based facial recognition company Megvii has indeed pressed ahead with its push for a Q4 IPO in Hong Kong, but has reportedly run into a regulatory obstacle. Citing anonymous “with knowledge of the matter”, Reuters reports that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s Listing Committee did not approve Megvii’s application last week, with committee members asking…

Face Biometrics Month: Controversy Over Surveillance – But Not Authentication

Face Biometrics Month: Controversy Over Surveillance – But Not Authentication

Just a few years ago, the kind of biometric technology most familiar to everyday consumers was probably fingerprint recognition, thanks to the explosion of fingerprint sensors across a wide range of smartphones. But today, there’s a different modality in the spotlight: facial recognition. And sometimes that light isn’t very flattering. Much of the credit for…

IDEMIA Brings Biometric Security Solutions to Milipol Paris

IDEMIA Brings Biometric Security Solutions to Milipol Paris

IDEMIA will be showcasing a variety of biometric security solutions at this week’s Milipol Paris event, which runs from November 19 to 22. The technology on display is primarily designed for law enforcement and government organizations. IDEMIA’s offerings have been slotted into three separate categories based on the intended purpose of each solution. Some of…

The 2019 Biometrics Year in Review Survey Arrives at a Critical Time

The 2019 Biometrics Year in Review Survey Arrives at a Critical Time

As another big year in the biometrics industry reaches its conclusion, it’s time once again to reflect on the state of the art through FindBiometrics’ Year in Review survey. Now in its 17th year, the Year in Review survey is the biggest of its kind in the biometrics industry. Thanks to FindBiometrics’ unique readership of…

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

India’s Privacy Advocates Voice Concerns About Biometric Surveillance Contract

Indian privacy advocates are once again voicing their concerns as the government of India prepares to hand out a landmark contract for a national facial recognition surveillance system. The Prime Minister opened the bidding for the contract back in September, for a system that is supposed to help an understaffed police force identify criminals and…

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Face Biometrics Month: The Primer

Of all the biometric modalities, facial recognition has become one of the most widely used and discussed in recent years. That’s why November is Face Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, in which we’ll be delivering in-depth articles and other special features dedicated to this technology. It’s a broad category though, with facial recognition deployed across a…

INTERPOL Calls for Biometric Data Sharing at Project Kalkan Summit

INTERPOL Calls for Biometric Data Sharing at Project Kalkan Summit

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock advocated for biometric security measures at a recent Project Kalkan meeting in Tajikistan. Founded in 2004, Project Kalkan is a 15-country initiative that seeks to reduce the threat of terrorism in central Asia. The members of Project Kalkan share information about terrorist individuals and organizations, and coordinate their anti-terrorism operations…

Federal Workers on Capitol Hill Get Biometric Security, Care of BIO-key

Federal Workers on Capitol Hill Get Biometric Security, Care of BIO-key

“In this environment, any device could contain confidential information that might be considered harmful if it were to get into the wrong hands and potentially put our country at great risk.” – Mike DePasquale, CEO, BIO-key BIO-key‘s biometric authentication solutions are now helping to secure the digital assets of employees in the legislative branch of…

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

SIA Advocates for Facial Recognition in Letter to US Lawmakers

A large coalition of organizations and trade associations has asked Congress to reconsider public bans on facial recognition technology. The group sent a letter to leading Democrat and Republican lawmakers, encouraging them to establish clear federal guidelines in collaboration with industry representatives. According to the Security Identity Association (SIA), the letter is part of a…

UK Home Office Deployed Face Recognition Platform with Known Racial Biases

UK Home Office Deployed Face Recognition Platform with Known Racial Biases

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition The UK Home Office has come under fire for a passport checking system with significant racial biases. The platform has trouble identifying people with very dark and very light skin, and has repeatedly mistaken lips for open mouths when trying to map the faces of darker skinned individuals. The system…

Unisys Lands Contract with US Department of Health and Human Services

Unisys Lands Contract with US Department of Health and Human Services

Biometrics News – Healthcare Biometrics Unisys has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide Artificial Intelligence solutions for the government agency. The five year contract with a potential value of $49 million is aimed at enabling the HHS to use automation and other innovative solutions to…

IDEMIA Renews SmartGate Contract with Australian Border Agency

IDEMIA Renews SmartGate Contract with Australian Border Agency

IDEMIA has renewed its border partnership with the Australian Department of Home Affairs. According to the terms of the new contract, IDEMIA will continue to provide the Australian Border Agency with biometric SmartGates for the next five years, helping to ensure that Australia remains at the forefront of the border security conversation. The SmartGate portfolio…

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