government biometrics

Japan Will Use Facial Recognition to Secure the Emperor’s Anniversary Ceremony

Japan Will Use Facial Recognition to Secure the Emperor’s Anniversary Ceremony

For the first time, Japan will be using facial recognition technology to enhance security during a government-sponsored event. Government officials and journalists attending Emperor Akihito’s 30th anniversary ceremony at Tokyo’s National Theatre will need to register images of their faces ahead of the event on February 24th. Those images will then be matched with the…

Iris ID Tech Comes to GenKey Platform

Iris ID Tech Comes to GenKey Platform

“…for GenKey the integration offers a substantial expansion of its suite of biometric solutions, empowering its clients with sophisticated iris recognition technology.” GenKey has integrated Iris ID‘s iris recognition technologies into its biometric ID platform, the companies have announced. It’s a big development for Iris ID; GenKey is a major government contractor, delivering biometric ID…

Eurotunnel Boosts Border Security With Facial Recognition Technology in Anticipation of Brexit

Eurotunnel Boosts Border Security With Facial Recognition Technology in Anticipation of Brexit

Brexit continues to have unexpected repercussions. Eurotunnel has announced that it will be adding facial recognition technology to the road and rail border between France and the UK, tightening security at the Channel Tunnel with PARAFE E-Gates similar to those already being used in airports around the world. The new PARAFE gates will be delivered…

Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide Biometric Hardware to DoD in $36M Contract

Booz Allen Hamilton to Provide Biometric Hardware to DoD in $36M Contract

Booz Allen Hamilton has won a major new contract from the Department of Defense. As listed on a DoD contracts notice, the Virginia-based company will provide a “technology refresh” for the DoD’s Identity Dominance System, or “IDS”. This will entail the provision of a handheld biometric device aimed at replacing a base unit already in…

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

NEC has announced a new computer vision solution that builds on its acclaimed facial recognition technology to enable the automated identification of individuals even when they’re not facing a given camera. Dubbed “Person Re-identification Technology”, the solution is essentially designed to assess not only a subject’s face, but their entire body. Once scanned, subjects can…

SuperCom Lands House Arrest Contract in Estonia

SuperCom Lands House Arrest Contract in Estonia

SuperCom is putting Estonia on house arrest. The identity and cybersecurity company has announced a new contract with the national government of Estonia, taking over the security and monitoring demands for the roughly 200 people currently on house arrest in the country. The contract will last for 4.5 years and is worth an estimated $1.35…

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Respondents to FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey tend to have shown a high level of comfort with – and enthusiasm for – biometric technologies, though that attitude took a notable dip when it came to the topic of how the government uses biometric technologies. Question 12 of the survey asked respondents to indicate how…

Aadhaar Architect Touts System at Davos

Aadhaar Architect Touts System at Davos

“The comments come after an extensive string of controversies concerning the Aadhaar program.” One of the architects of Aadhaar was putting his strongest spin on the biometric national ID program at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. Speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, the Infosys Chairman, Nandan Nilekani, insisted that Aadhaar…

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

85 Advocacy Groups Call On Big Tech to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Gov’t

“By targeting three of the world’s biggest tech companies, the letters could help to focus attention on the issue.” A coalition of 85 advocacy and activist groups have signed open letters urging Amazon, Google, and Microsoft to pledge not to sell facial recognition technology to government authorities. Signatories include the American Civil Liberties Union, the…

Survey Research Finds Low Appetite for Strict Regulation of Facial Recognition

Survey Research Finds Low Appetite for Strict Regulation of Facial Recognition

“Only 26 percent of respondents agreed that the government should “strictly limit” the use of facial recognition, with about 45 percent disagreeing. “ With government authorities, tech company leaders, and voices from the media and activist groups having entered into a particularly heated phase of the debate over the public use of facial recognition over…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

“Even if government authorities can’t make Aadhaar authentication mandatory, they can still accept it from citizens who prefer to use it.” Just a few months after a Supreme Court ruling laid out restrictions to how India’s national biometric ID program can be used, the national government has amended legislation governing the Aadhaar program to make…

Canada Expands Collection of Visitors’ Biometrics

Canada Expands Collection of Visitors’ Biometrics

The Canadian government has expanded its biometric border program, with visitors from the APAC and Americas regions now required to submit their fingerprints and photos. It’s the concluding phase of a biometric program announced in the first half of 2018. The first phase, implemented on July 31st, introduced the biometric registration requirement for nationals coming…

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

China-style biometric surveillance has come to Malaysia, with authorities in the state of Penang announcing a new CCTV surveillance system that is based on facial recognition. As Channel News Asia reports, the technology comes by way of IBM. It will be applied to video feeds from 767 surveillance cameras deployed throughout the state, with police…

IDEMIA Delivers Biometric e-IDs to Nepalese Government

IDEMIA Delivers Biometric e-IDs to Nepalese Government

“Each ID card features a microchip containing the citizen’s photograph, signature, and fingerprint biometrics, while the card itself is laser-engraved polycarbonate.” IDEMIA has just delivered its latest batch of national ID cards to government authorities in Nepal, the company has announced. It’s the latest development in a partnership that extends back to 2016, when Safran…

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini On Knomi, FIDO UAF, and Industry Trends

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini On Knomi, FIDO UAF, and Industry Trends

Aware, Inc. has long been a heavy-hitter in the biometric security industry, but it has had a particularly eventful year in 2018. The company won a huge contract from the UK Home Office this summer to work on an important biometric services project that will have applications in border control, immigration, and law enforcement. And…

Indian Gov’t Preparing Opt-Out Legislation for Aadhaar

Indian Gov’t Preparing Opt-Out Legislation for Aadhaar

“…the legislation will offer citizens a six-month window in which they can choose to opt out of the Aadhaar program, with their iris and fingerprint data deleted from the Aadhaar database.” The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is preparing legislation that will allow citizens to withdraw from Aadhaar, India’s biometric national ID program. According…

Nigerian Authorities Opt for Integrated Biometrics Tech in Financial Inclusion Effort

Nigerian Authorities Opt for Integrated Biometrics Tech in Financial Inclusion Effort

Integrated Biometrics technology could play an important role in a government-backed effort to extend financial inclusion in Nigeria. The company has announced that, together with document digitization specialist Papersoft and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), it has been enfolded into the country’s Financial Inclusion Strategy. The program is aimed at extending financial services access…

Laxton to Unveil New Multimodal Biometric Devices at Trustech 2018

Laxton to Unveil New Multimodal Biometric Devices at Trustech 2018

“…Laxton placed a strong emphasis on the government applications of its solutions, including registration for biometric civil ID, voter registration, and applications in border control and law enforcement.” Laxton has announced a new lineup of multimodal biometric products, which it plans to unveil at next week’s Trustech 2018 event in Cannes. Devices in the new…

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