law enforcement

Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

Police Advised to Avoid Looking at Suspects’ iPhone Xs

“…newer iPhones are designed to require a passcode after five unsuccessful unlock attempts using Face ID, the facial recognition system that allows iPhone users to unlock their devices just by looking at them.” At least one forensics consultant is advising police to avoid looking at a criminal suspect’s iPhone X, in case they need to…

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Government Biometrics Month: The Roundup

The government biometrics sector never stops growing, and accordingly this has been a very eventful Government Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics. We’ve spent the last four weeks traversing this hugely diverse market area, delivering breaking news, live interviews, and deep analysis. And we capped it all off by attending a major industry event and organizing the…

FedID 2018: The Biometrics Industry Speaks [Audio Interview Roundup]

FedID 2018: The Biometrics Industry Speaks [Audio Interview Roundup]

This week FindBiometrics reported live from the FedID conference in Tampa. High level conversations about biometrics, identity management, access control, credentialing, trust, border control, law enforcement and national security kept the Tampa Convention Center abuzz all week, and our editors Peter Counter and Susan Stover were there to make sure industry leaders and big ideas…

FedID 2018: NEC’s Benji Hutchinson Talks Facial Recognition and Border Control

FedID 2018: NEC’s Benji Hutchinson Talks Facial Recognition and Border Control

FindBiometrics is in Tampa this week reporting live from FedID 2018, the US government’s flagship biometrics conference. On day two of the exhibition, I stopped by the NEC booth to speak with Benji Hutchinson, Vice President of Federal Operations, NEC Corporation of America. Our conversation began with a review of what NEC is showcasing at…

Iris ID Tech Now Integrated with Fed Submit Platform

Iris ID Tech Now Integrated with Fed Submit Platform

“The Mentalix solution will make it easier – and faster – for local officials to know who is being booked and released from their facilities.” – Mohammed Murad, Vice President Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID Iris ID‘s iris biometrics technology is now fully integrated into Mentalix’s Fed Submit platform. The companies’ partnership was first…

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

Government Biometrics Month: The Primer

The government sector has long been a key driver – if not the key driver – of the biometrics market. But with biometric technologies having advanced by leaps and bounds over the last few years, the applications and deployments that are taking place now are more exciting than ever. This is all going to get…

InCadence Mobile App Added to FBI Certified Products List

InCadence Mobile App Added to FBI Certified Products List

InCadence Strategic Solutions‘ Ares mobile biometrics software is now officially on the FBI Certified Products List, the company has announced. The app is designed to operate in conjunction with InCadence fingerprint scanners, which can be plugged into Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. And the software is designed to connect with county and state fingerprint databases,…

Biometric Hashing System Aims to Save Trafficking Victims by Erasing Their Identities

Biometric Hashing System Aims to Save Trafficking Victims by Erasing Their Identities

A new biometric identification system from TrustStamp could make a real impact in the fight against human trafficking at the US-Mexico border. The system, which will be trialed by Attorneys General in Guanajuato and New Mexico, offers a workaround to the longstanding issue of information sharing between the states. While police agencies on either side…

Biometric Border System Busts Impostor On Third Day of Operation: CBP

Biometric Border System Busts Impostor On Third Day of Operation: CBP

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is using a recent bust to highlight the advantages of its escalating use of facial recognition technology at US airports. As the CBP tells it, only a couple of days after this technology was implemented at the Washington Dulles International Airport, it found that a 26-year-old traveler coming…

Metropolitan Police to Deploy Biometric Fingerprint Scanners to Hundreds of Officers

Metropolitan Police to Deploy Biometric Fingerprint Scanners to Hundreds of Officers

“…the INK Biometrics scans will search for matches against criminal databases within 60 seconds, allowing police work to proceed more efficiently, and ensuring that criminal suspects are not needlessly hauled into police stations for criminal records checks.” London’s Metropolitan Police are upgrading their biometric capabilities with a new mobile fingerprint scanning system called INK Biometrics…

Amazon Defends Rekognition Against Critics

Amazon Defends Rekognition Against Critics

“Amazon offers the example of Rekognition technology being used to crack a sex trafficking case by identifying 20 victims and helping to send the perpetrator to prison…” Amazon is trying to put its own spin on its sale of facial recognition technology to police with a new case study put together by Marinus Analytics. It…

IDEMIA’s New Case AFIS is Aimed at Latent Print Examination

IDEMIA’s New Case AFIS is Aimed at Latent Print Examination

“Through working with forensic experts on leading edge techniques and approaches, IDEMIA’s latent print examination discipline has resulted in our latest compact and convenient offering, IDEMIA Case AFIS.” – Donnie Scott, Senior Vice President, Public Security for North America, IDEMIA IDEMIA has announced a new Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) aimed specifically at forensic investigators dealing…

Scottish Advisory Group Recommends Establishment of Biometrics Commissioner, Rules for Police

Scottish Advisory Group Recommends Establishment of Biometrics Commissioner, Rules for Police

Government authorities in Scotland have launched a public consultation on how police should handle biometric data, reports The Scotsman. It’s the product of an Independent Advisory Group on biometrics established earlier this year, which has concluded that there should be formal rules concerning how such data is collected, stored, and disposed of. The matter would…

Orlando Police to Proceed with Rekognition Testing

Orlando Police to Proceed with Rekognition Testing

“In its memo, the OPD said that the next trial would operate similarly to the first, in which seven police officers volunteered to have their faces scanned by the system.” The Orlando Police Department will continue to test facial recognition technology from Amazon despite the recent outcry from privacy and civil rights advocates over the…

Police Use Controversial Biometric Tech to Identify Capital Gazette Shooter

Police Use Controversial Biometric Tech to Identify Capital Gazette Shooter

Police authorities used facial recognition to identify the suspect in last week’s shooting at the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Maryland, in which five people were killed. At the time of his arrest, the suspect, Jarrod Ramos, was not carrying identification, and police were unable to identify him through his fingerprint. So they turned to…

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

UN Launches Best Practices Guide for Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism

“It’s meant to help UN members cooperate with each other and police organizations like Interpol, which has been calling for the increased sharing of biometric intelligence – and recently raised alarm among civil rights advocates with its own voice identification system designed to trawl criminal databases and social media accounts.” The United Nations is taking…

Interpol Nears Completion of Voice Identification System

Interpol Nears Completion of Voice Identification System

Interpol is currently in the final stages of the development of an international voice biometrics database to be shared with member police agencies. Called the Speaker Identification Integrated Project, it includes voice samples from 192 law enforcement agencies, and is designed to let Interpol members and affiliates use voice recognition technology to match suspects against…

‘Our Company Should Not Be In the Surveillance Business’: Amazon Employees

‘Our Company Should Not Be In the Surveillance Business’: Amazon Employees

Amazon’s own employees have now joined the chorus of voices calling for the company to halt its sale of biometric surveillance technology to law enforcement and other government agencies. Their demand has surfaced in an open letter to Jeff Bezos with an undisclosed number of signatories. The letter has arrived immediately after another open letter,…

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