government biometrics

Uttar Pradesh Leverages Biometric Mantra Tech for Food Distribution

Uttar Pradesh Leverages Biometric Mantra Tech for Food Distribution

The North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is leveraging Mantra’s biometric technology to help with the distribution of food to eligible citizens. Mantra Softech is a manufacturer of Aadhaar-certified fingerprint and iris recognition sensors that have been used in a variety of government-sponsored programs, including a benefits program designed for small farmers. The deployment in…

Proposed Federal Legislation Would Ban Biometric Surveillance in Public Housing

Proposed Federal Legislation Would Ban Biometric Surveillance in Public Housing

“It’s aimed primarily at protecting tenants’ privacy, and defending them against potential over-policing.” A trio of Congresswomen have announced a new piece of legislation aimed at banning the use of biometric recognition in most public and assisted housing units funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Billed “The No Biometric Barriers Housing Act…

NEC Australia Takes Gov’t to Court to Recover Costs from Cancelled Biometric Project

NEC Australia is taking the Australian government to court for the unexpected termination of a Biometric Identification Services (BIS) contract. The contract in question was first signed in 2016, when Australia’s CrimTrac (now the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) enlisted NEC Australia to upgrade the biometric capabilities of Australia’s state, federal, and territorial police. The BIS…

NEC’s Facial Recognition Tech Played Key Security Role in EU Summit

NEC’s Facial Recognition Tech Played Key Security Role in EU Summit

“… the Romanian Protection and Guard Service selected NEC as its partner based on its high-performing NeoFace facial recognition engine.” NEC recently had a high-profile opportunity to provide biometric security for European Union members, the company has revealed. The Tokyo-based firm delivered a security system based on facial recognition at an informal EU Summit held…

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

New Aadhaar Legislation Aimed at Protecting Private Sector Use in Wake of Supreme Court Ruling

“By protecting the use of Aadhaar authentication on a voluntary basis, the central government is seeking to ensure that Aadhaar can still be used for private sector services.” India’s Parliament has passed legislation allowing citizens to voluntarily use Aadhaar as identification when opening new banking or mobile accounts. The bill, called “The Aadhaar and Other…

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

Documents Reveal ICE’s Biometric Scans of DMV Databases

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has been scanning DMV records with facial recognition to find undocumented immigrants, according to a new report from The Washington Post. The revelation arrives via public records requested by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology, and show that ICE agents requested facial recognition searches of DMV databases…

SOCOM Wants a Touchless Fingerprinting App

SOCOM Wants a Touchless Fingerprinting App

The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is searching for a technology partner to develop a touchless fingerprinting app. The app would allow military personnel to register new individuals in remote locations using only their smartphones, eliminating the need to carry a larger, separate device. “We want an app on a phone so that you basically…

Cognitec Delivers Biometric License Renewal for Dutch Drivers

Cognitec Delivers Biometric License Renewal for Dutch Drivers

“In addition to performing the biometric matching, Cognitec’s system also ensures that the uploaded photos match ISO/IEC standards for biometric images.” Facial recognition specialist Cognitec has been contracted to deliver a cutting-edge system for driver’s license renewal in the Netherlands. The contract comes by way of RDW, the country’s vehicle authority, and entails the delivery…

Growing Market for Brainwave Biometrics in Law Enforcement: Report

Growing Market for Brainwave Biometrics in Law Enforcement: Report

“The report calls the technology ‘brain fingerprinting’, and explains that it revolves around the analysis of how a subject responds to stimuli such as information presented on a computer screen.” Government agents will increasingly use brainwave analysis to identify criminals and terrorists in the near future, and the trend is already well underway, suggests a…

Biometric Facial Recognition Market to Reach $7B by 2024: Report

Biometric Facial Recognition Market to Reach $7B by 2024: Report

“Notably, despite the growing popularity of facial recognition in consumer technology since Apple helped to popularize selfie authentication with its Face ID system, MarketsandMarkets points to demand in government, surveillance, and industry areas as being key to the modality’s growth.” The global facial recognition market will grow from an estimated value of $3.2 billion this…

BI2 Adds DTIS Fingerprint Tech to Background Check Platform

BI2 Adds DTIS Fingerprint Tech to Background Check Platform

BI2 Technologies is upgrading its ACCESS Background Check Program with the help of Daon’s Digital Trusted Identity Services. DTIS will specifically be providing fingerprint capture and channeling technology to facilitate more comprehensive background checks through BI2’s platform. The news comes shortly after BI2 formed an ACCESS agreement with the National Sheriff’s Association, making the background…

ID4Africa: NEXT Biometrics’ Petr Klupka on Government Sector Success and Smart Card Commercialization [Audio]

ID4Africa: NEXT Biometrics’ Petr Klupka on Government Sector Success and Smart Card Commercialization [Audio]

This week, FindBiometrics was in Johannesburg, reporting live from ID4Africa 2019, where the biometrics industry converged to help realize the future of next-generation identity technology in Africa. All week we are bringing you live audio interviews recorded on the exhibition floor with biometrics industry experts helping transform identity services across the continent. On Thursday, Peter…

Identity Management System from Gemalto Aims to ID the Under-served

Identity Management System from Gemalto Aims to ID the Under-served

Gemalto is launching a new biometric Identity Management System (IDMS) that was built to raise inclusion and reduce the number of people with no official ID. The program is being pitched towards governments and other public institutions in the hope that it will give more citizens access to essential civic services. “A unique legal ID…

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

Breached CBP Data Used to Train Biometric Face Matching: Report

“The CBP said that the subcontractor had transferred the image data to its own network, violating security rules, and that its own systems were not affected in the attack. Somewhere under 100,000 people were impacted, the agency said.” It appears that a US government subcontractor’s use of biometric border control technology has resulted in the…

New Integrated Biometrics Division Targets Africa Market

New Integrated Biometrics Division Targets Africa Market

“The announcement comes just ahead of the ID4Africa conference, in which Integrated Biometrics has participated since the conference’s launch in 2015.” Integrated Biometrics is looking to strengthen its presence in the African market, announcing its first office located in South Africa. The office will be headed by Integrated Biometrics founding partner Jim Seaborn, who has…

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

NY Police Commissioner Defends the Use of Biometric Facial Recognition

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill has taken to the New York Times to try to dispel the public’s concerns about facial recognition technology. In the article, O’Neill details the NYPD’s operational procedures for the use of facial recognition, emphasizing that it is only a “limited and preliminary step” that informs a more rigorous…

Gov’t Defense Ministry Orders More Biometric Security Tech from BIO-key

Gov’t Defense Ministry Orders More Biometric Security Tech from BIO-key

“We were delighted that such a capable and prestigious technology team determined that BIO-key met their security and scalability requirements and have now made follow-on investments to grow their user base.  Defense Ministries are constant targets of cyber-attacks, and we are glad to help them step up authentication to the highest assurance with NIST-verified accuracy…

Laxton Unveils New Multimodal Biometrics Solution Ahead of SDW 2019

Laxton Unveils New Multimodal Biometrics Solution Ahead of SDW 2019

“[The Chameleon D] supports single- and two-fingerprint scanning as well as 4+4+2 slap scanning; and it’s also capable of iris and face scanning as well as voice recognition.” The government identity-focused SDW exhibition is slated to begin next week, and Laxton Group has taken the opportunity to launch a new device in its Chameleon Biometrics…

Gemalto to Provide Biometric Database Systems to Canadian Defense Dept.

Gemalto to Provide Biometric Database Systems to Canadian Defense Dept.

“Both of the AFIS systems will be developed by Gemalto, and the company says that they may eventually also feature support for additional biometric modalities including facial recognition and DNA.” Gemalto has won a big new security contract with the Canadian government. The company has announced that it will provide the country’s Department of National…

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