law enforcement

INTERPOL Uses Facial Recognition to Catch Fugitive Murderer

INTERPOL Uses Facial Recognition to Catch Fugitive Murderer

“Remarkably, it all happened within 48 hours…” Authorities with INTERPOL have used facial recognition to catch an internationally wanted fugitive after a decade on the run. The criminal, Kristian Danev, was wanted for murder, Czech Authorities having issued a Red Notice through INTERPOL 10 years ago. Police in Argentina recently thought they had found him,…

UK Police to Use Mobile Fingerprint Scanning System in the Field

UK Police to Use Mobile Fingerprint Scanning System in the Field

Police in the UK are about to trial a mobile fingerprint matching system aimed at making it easier to identify criminals and wanted suspects in the field. It can also help officers to identify individuals in emergency situations, and to contact next of kin when appropriate. The system revolves around a mobile app, paired with…

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Police in China are now using face-scanning smartglasses to identify criminals in public. Designed by Beijing-based LLVision, the devices look like sunglasses, but feature a small camera at the top of one lens. Software scans faces captured in the video feed, and those are then compared to an offline database in a synced, smartphone-like mobile…

Biometric Tech Time Tracks Police in Baltimore: The Game is the Game

Biometric Tech Time Tracks Police in Baltimore: The Game is the Game

“There is, of course, an irony to this, since law enforcement agencies have increasingly been using fingerprint recognition in police work…” In one answer to the question, ‘Who watches the watchmen?’, biometric surveillance technology could soon be turned against police in Baltimore. As The Baltimore Sun reports, administrators at the Baltimore Police Department have decided…

Mentalix Gets JPEG 2000 Certification for J2K API Toolkit

Mentalix Gets JPEG 2000 Certification for J2K API Toolkit

Texas-based fingerprint solutions specialist Mentalix has become one of the first companies to get certification through the NIST Special Publication 500-300. The certification process concerns the JPEG 2000 Codec standard, which covers 1000 ppi compression in imaging; it also ensures compliance with NIST Special Publication 500-289 standards for JPEG 2000 compression in operational environments. Previously,…

NEC Announces Completion of Smart Government Trials in Singapore

NEC Announces Completion of Smart Government Trials in Singapore

“The trials demonstrate NEC’s interest in enhancing its government business as a growing number of authorities around the world seek out biometric and smart city solutions.” NEC has announced the completion of three trials of its biometric and IoT technologies in collaboration with the Singaporean government. The trials were conducted on Jurong Island as part…

NEC Aims for UK Government Sector with NPS Acquisition

NEC Aims for UK Government Sector with NPS Acquisition

“NEC aims to combine NPS’s technologies with its own AI and biometric solutions to develop systems that will allow British police to detect suspicious activity and individuals…” NEC is aiming to extend its reach in the UK government sector with its acquisition of Northgate Public Services Limited (NPS), an British services company. In a statement…

INTERPOL Pushes for Sharing of Biometric Data at Inaugural Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL Pushes for Sharing of Biometric Data at Inaugural Fingerprint and Face Symposium

“INTERPOL doesn’t just want law enforcement agencies to leverage biometric identification, it also wants them to share that information through its databases so that all INTERPOL members can benefit from valuable counter-terror intelligence.” INTERPOL has just concluded its inaugural Fingerprint and Face Symposium. The event was organized as part of Project First, INTERPOL’s recently-launched initiative…

Single Fingerprint Helps Stop Crime Spree in Small-Town Canada

Single Fingerprint Helps Stop Crime Spree in Small-Town Canada

“It’s a small-scale example of the broader law enforcement community’s increasing reliance on biometrics in criminal investigations…” A single fingerprint helped to stop a crime spree in the small town of Ajax, Ontario, reports CP24. The crime spree involved a series of gunpoint robberies and carjackings over the course of October and November in the…

New Partnership to Bring Facial Recognition to Police Car Dash Cams

New Partnership to Bring Facial Recognition to Police Car Dash Cams

A new partnership will bring live facial recognition to police car cameras. COBAN Technologies, a provider of in-car and body cameras for law enforcement, will integrate Digital Barriers’ biometric technology into its FOCUS H1 dash cam solution. Digital Barriers’ SmartVis technology will enable on-the-fly facial recognition through the dashboard camera feeds, allowing for the immediate…

UK Police to Uncover Fingerprints’ Hidden Clues Using Mass Spectrometry

UK Police to Uncover Fingerprints’ Hidden Clues Using Mass Spectrometry

Police in the UK may soon be using fingerprint samples for a lot more than matching against criminal databases thanks to mass spectrometry. The biophysical technique revolves around breaking down the molecular components of a given fingerprint sample. A fingerprint can contain all kinds of trace compounds, and mass spectrometry analyzes them by measuring the…

California Regulators Decide Against Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft

California Regulators Decide Against Biometric Background Checks for Uber, Lyft

A regulatory authority in California has determined that it won’t require ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to perform fingerprint-based background checks for their drivers. The California Public Utilities Commission indicated its decision in a new report, which still requires approval by a vote, but it appears unlikely that it will be opposed. Essentially, the…

Experimental Drug Test Combines Biometrics with Biophysics

Experimental Drug Test Combines Biometrics with Biophysics

“…the subject’s fingerprint inherently links that individual to the molecular sample, helping to ensure that the test results are accurately ascribed to the right person.” An experimental new drug test combines biometrics and biophysics to determine whether a subject has recently used cocaine. The method was developed by researchers at the University of Surrey in…

NEC Showcases Wares, Services Facility at GovernmentWare 2017

NEC Showcases Wares, Services Facility at GovernmentWare 2017

NEC Asia Pacific is a Gold sponsor of the 26th GovernmentWare conference in Singapore, and will be on hand to show off its solutions for government security. Its biometric offerings will play a large role, with NEC’s NeoFace Watch offering realtime facial recognition for video surveillance, and NeoFace Image demonstrating how facial recognition can be…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

Facial Recognition Nabs 25 Wanted Criminals at Chinese Beer Festival

Facial Recognition Nabs 25 Wanted Criminals at Chinese Beer Festival

Twenty-five individuals wanted by police in China have been apprehended after being identified by facial recognition technology deployed at a major beer festival, reports The Guardian. Police were stationed alongside camera systems equipped with the biometric technology at entrances to the Qingdao event; among their captures was a fugitive who had been on the run…

New York DMV’s Upgraded Facial Recognition Systems Gets Strong Results

New York DMV’s Upgraded Facial Recognition Systems Gets Strong Results

Over a third of the red flags produced by the New York DMV’s facial recognition system have arrived since it was upgraded at the start of last year, according to new figures from the Governor’s office. The facial recognition system was initially deployed in 2010, when it used 64 different points of measurement in capturing…

Rebranded UK Gov’t Advisory Body to Consider Biometrics Ethics

Rebranded UK Gov’t Advisory Body to Consider Biometrics Ethics

The UK’s National DNA Database Ethics Group has been renamed the Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group (BFEG), and will have an expanded focus. The organization is a public agency charged with advising the Home Office, the government agency responsible for security, law, and immigration. Its rebrand is the result of a Triennial Review of Home…

NEC-Miyoshi Partnership to Bring Facial Recognition to Body Cameras

NEC-Miyoshi Partnership to Bring Facial Recognition to Body Cameras

“The solution will put NEC and Miyoshi at the vanguard of an emerging security technology innovation…” NEC is joining forces with a Singapore-based engineering services firm to integrate its facial recognition technology into a body camera system for security personnel. Miyoshi’s body camera solution, dubbed the ‘Digital SRS’, features a low-latency audio and video transmitter…

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