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New Report Underlines Continuing Trends in Biometrics Market

New Report Underlines Continuing Trends in Biometrics Market

Aptly-named market research firm Research and Markets has released a new report on the global biometrics systems market. The report, dubbed “The Global Government Biometric Systems Market 2014-2024” in a display of the firm’s usual flair for prosaic language, notes a number of continuing trends in the industry that are expected to unfold over the next…

Morpho Fingerprint Biometrics Score First Place in 2014 MINEX Benchmark

Morpho Fingerprint Biometrics Score First Place in 2014 MINEX Benchmark

Yesterday, Morpho (Safran) announced that its fingerprint matching technology took the top spot in NIST’s ongoing MINEX test. MINEX, which stands for Minutiae Interoperability Exchange, is a test that is mandated to offer performance and interoperability metrics of biometric templates and matching capabilities. More than 30 companies were evaluated as part of this MINEX benchmark…

Consortium of US States Accept Multimodal Biometric Law Enforcement

Consortium of US States Accept Multimodal Biometric Law Enforcement

Today, NEC Corporation of America announced that the Western Identification Network (WIN) has accepted its Integra-ID5 Multimodal Biometric Identification System (MBIS). The MBIS solution is part of NEC’s Safer Cities platform, and its acceptance by WIN comes after years of testing. WIN is a consortium comprised of eight U.S. states and various local law enforcement…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Many Modalities and Border Control

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Many Modalities and Border Control

This week at FindBiometrics multiple modalities were all over the industry news while we continued to explore biometric border control in the featured articles section. Here is what the identity management industry was talking about this week: Fingerprints This week fingerprints were all over the news. From a biometric solution in healthcare that helps first responders…

MSU Software Can Match Real Face to Drawing

MSU Software Can Match Real Face to Drawing

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed software that can match sketches of faces to photos, according to a Michigan Radio article by Virginia Gordan. The tool could have useful applications in the realm of law enforcement, where police sketches are sometimes all that officers have to go by in looking for…

Integrated Biometrics Continues to Promote Biometric Security

Integrated Biometrics Continues to Promote Biometric Security

Fresh off a number of conference talks, including Carts Secure Connexions 2014 and EU-LISA (European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice), executives from Integrated Biometrics continue to preach the gospel of biometric security in a new NCTechNews article. Integrated Biometrics is a developer of FBI-certified,…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Money, Wearables and Border Control

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Money, Wearables and Border Control

This past week has been incredibly big for the identity management industry, particularly in terms of the commerce vertical markets. With the Money20/20 conference showing a massive uptick in biometrics-based presentations, announcements and exhibitions it is clear that the mainstream financial community is ready to embrace strong authentication. Meanwhile, FindBiometrics has entered Biometric Border Control…

Crossmatch Launches Company Rebrand at CARTES 2014

In April, Cross Match Technologies made a headlines by acquiring DigitalPersona, and in turn becoming the largest independent identity management company in the world focused on biometrics. Today, at CARTES Secure Connexions 2014, the company introduced its new corporate branding. From now on, Cross Match Technologies and DigitalPersona will be known simply as: Crossmatch. The new CEO…

Neurotechnology Inches Towards Top of Field in Algorithm Test

Neurotechnology Inches Towards Top of Field in Algorithm Test

Lithuania-based biometric technology developer Neurotechnology has placed second in the world’s only public, independent test of fingerprint-matching algorithms. That would, of course, be the Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX) test issued by America’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The test is designed to measure the performance and interoperability of such algorithms, and to…

GenKey Gets FBI Certification Just in Time for CARTES 2014

GenKey Gets FBI Certification Just in Time for CARTES 2014

Biometric solutions developer GenKey has announced that its fingerprint-scanning technology has now received WSQ certification. The Wavelet Scalar Quantization certification is issued by America’s FBI in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and is basically a measure of accuracy with respect to fingerprint imaging. The company sought the certification because it…

Biometric Law Enforcement Comes to Canada

Biometric Law Enforcement Comes to Canada

Facial recognition technology for the purpose of law enforcement has now marched into Canada, with the Calgary Police Service set to become the first Canadian police service to use such technology. They’ve contracted Texas-based NEC Corporation to provide the tech in the form of its NeoFace Reveal system. Speaking about – or ‘aboot’, in Canadian…

Introducing the New Face of Crossmatch: Interview with Richard Agostinelli

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill had a chance to get the whole scoop on Crossmatch’s new brand identity in an interview with company CEO Richard Agostinelli. The conversation touches on the ideas behind the new identity, some new products from Crossmatch and what 2015 holds for the company.

iTouch Biometrics to Provide Tech to Illinois State Police

iTouch Biometrics to Provide Tech to Illinois State Police

Having just won a major contract with the Illinois State Police, iTouch Biometrics has announced a new palm and fingerprint scanner that will be particularly useful to law enforcement authorities. Called Digital Major Case Prints, the new product allows for the digital capture of friction ridge detail on the palm of a hand and on…

Police Can Compel Defendants to Give Up Fingerprints

Police Can Compel Defendants to Give Up Fingerprints

Though privacy and biometrics is still a hotly debated topic of discussion in identity management, a Circuit Court judge has drawn a line when it comes to fingerprints and smartphones. According to an article by Elisabeth Hulette in The Virginian-Pilot, Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled that police can compel criminal defendants to give up their…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Popularity, Mobility and Law Enforcement

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Popularity, Mobility and Law Enforcement

The FindBiometrics industry news section had us talking about biometrics on an international level once again this past week with news from Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and North America. Justice was also a major identity management topic, an especially convenient fact considering it was the final week of Law Enforcement Biometrics Month. Meanwhile, commerce and mobility continued…

Germany’s Interest in Security a Boon for Biometrics Market

Germany’s Interest in Security a Boon for Biometrics Market

Market research firm Research and Markets has more good news for the biometrics industry, this time from Germany. Their aptly-named “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in Germany 2014-2018” report predicts growth of 17.6 percent (CAGR) for the law enforcement biometrics field between 2013 and 2018. The researchers note that demand for the technology is driven mostly…

Bexar County Pursues Biometric Tech for Police

Bexar County Pursues Biometric Tech for Police

Texas’ Bexar County has hired an IT company to provide it with new biometric technology for law enforcement, according to an article by KENS5 Eyewitness News’ Stacia Wilson. County officials will pay NEC Corporation of America up to $3.4 million for the technology. The county’s law enforcement officials are looking for “Automated Fingerprint Identification and…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: The Roundup

It’s time to bring Law Enforcement Biometrics to an end. After a full month of related industry news and feature articles on the topic it is clear that the area of law enforcement and justice is a dynamic space for both biometric identification technologies and strong authentication. Here is a look back on October and…

Biometrics and Mobility To Bolster NYPD Presence

Biometrics and Mobility To Bolster NYPD Presence

The common industry knowledge is that mobile biometrics can bring efficiency to law enforcement operations. If a suspect can be identified in the field, an officer of the law need not waste precious time dragging a possibly innocent citizen back to the police station. It looks like the New York Police Department agrees with this assessment, as…

Integrated Biometrics to Showcase Military-Grade Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Integrated Biometrics to Showcase Military-Grade Mobile Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Fingerprint-scanner developer Integrated Biometrics will be showcasing its technology at two major conference events this month. The company will be at London, England’s Biometrics 2014 conference, and the Annual IACP Conference and Exposition taking place in Orlando, Florida. As we’ve noted a lot here lately, the biometrics business is booming, and with fingerprint sensors increasingly finding…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Law Enforcement, Blood Clinics and National eID

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news touched on a huge number of identity management applications and a diverse selection for biometrics modalities. From healthcare to finance and from consumer tech to government deployments, the week ending October 25, 2014 was jam packed with biometrics industry news. Staying Safe and Healthy Healthcare and law enforcement…

VAMPIRE Handheld Brings Mobile Biometric Tech To Crime Scenes

VAMPIRE Handheld Brings Mobile Biometric Tech To Crime Scenes

In law enforcement scenarios time means everything. Investigations hinge on collecting quality forensic evidence as fast as possible in order to make sure the right people are found and society remains safe for the innocent. A new biometric handheld device from Booz Allen stands to speed up forensic processes for this exact reason. The VAMPIRE…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Finance, Mobility and Voiceprint Panic

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Finance, Mobility and Voiceprint Panic

This past week at FindBiometrics we continued to examine law enforcement biometrics in the featured articles section, while Apple’s fingerprint protected tablets, innovations in biometric commerce and new privacy concerns rounded out the industry news section. Here is your biometrics industry news roundup for the week ending October 18, 2014. Finance With Apple Pay set…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Modalities Of Justice

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: 4 Modalities Of Justice

It’s Law Enforcement Biometric Month here at FindBiometrics and to celebrate the vertical that aims to keep us safe on the streets and in our homes we’re going to take a look at the diversity in its solutions. Fingerprints Fingerprints are so tied to law enforcement that the two ideas are practically synonymous in the…

Privacy Alarms Go Off As Public Learns About Voiceprint Boom

Privacy Alarms Go Off As Public Learns About Voiceprint Boom

There’s an old comic book proverb you might remember hearing from time to time, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s the mantra of Spider-man that keeps him fighting the good fight. It’s also a great thing to keep in mind with powerful identity management technologies: biometrics are meant to protect society from fraud, theft…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometric Tech Versus Ebola

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Biometric Tech Versus Ebola

Last week at Find Biometrics we continued our month long examination of law enforcement biometrics while mobility held on to its top spot as a fixture of identity management news thanks to the persistent and strong hype generated by Apple. Meanwhile border control, access control and privacy concerns in the NBA rounded out an exciting…

UK Law Enforcement Market Eager to Add Biometrics to Arsenal

In a Law Enforcement Biometrics Month miracle, a market research firm has issued a new report on just that topic. Research and Markets, which bills itself as the world’s largest market research store, has just released its report, “Law Enforcement Biometrics Market in UK 2014-2018”, in which the firm outlines are growing market for biometric…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: Next Generation Identification

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month: Next Generation Identification

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is a logical step in the right direction for law enforcement in the United States. Managed by the Bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Services division (CJIS), NGI brings an exciting amount of next generation efficiency to critical law enforcement procedures that used to take an unbelievable amount of time…

The FBI Grants Latest Certification To Suprema Biometric Algorithms

The FBI Grants Latest Certification To Suprema Biometric Algorithms

Biometric and identification technology provider Suprema announced this morning that its fingerprint compression algorithms have received the latest version of the FBI’s Wavelet Scalar Quantization (WSQ) Certification. This specific brand of FBI certification demands the highly accurate implementation of WSQ Gray-Scale Fingerprint Image Compression Specification (version 3.1), which is regarded as the latest standard for…

NIST Wants You To Participate in Tatt-C

NIST Wants You To Participate in Tatt-C

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a division of the US government, is inviting organizations to help advance tattoo recognition technology as part of an initiative it’s calling Tattoo Recognition Technology – Challenge, or Tatt-C. This will be of particular interest to organizations involved in biometrics, as the kind of pattern-recognition technology involved…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Canadian Biometric Banking

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Canadian Biometric Banking

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news spanned everything from physical access control to a Canadian bank that is embracing fingerprint and voice authentication for its mobile app. Meanwhile in the featured articles section we entered Law Enforcement Biometrics Month with a review of how strong authentication and identification tech is catching crooks and keeping…

NEC Corporation of America Appoints New Executive Vice President

NEC Corporation of America Appoints New Executive Vice President

Today, NEC Corporation of America announced the appointment of Kevin Hooper as executive vice president. Having been with the company since November 2012, Hooper will lead NEC’s Enterprise business. “I am excited to take on this expanded role and continue to strengthen the value we deliver to customers every day,” said Hooper, who prior to…

Witness The Power of the FBI’s Fully Armed And Operational NGI Suite

Witness The Power of the FBI’s Fully Armed And Operational NGI Suite

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) program went fully operational on September 7, making history as its ten year effort to better serve its law enforcement partners came to fruition. Replacing the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the NGI has been rolled out in increments, with the first phase debuting in 2010. Recently, the…

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month – The Primer

Law Enforcement Biometrics Month – The Primer

The law enforcement market has been using biometrics to solve crimes ever since the first print was pulled from a crime scene. Now, biometrics, mobility and identity management extend beyond the crime lab and onto the field, into correctional facilities and onto the computer systems that help catch crooks. All through October, FindBiometrics will be…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: A New Way To Scan Fingerprints?

This week at FindBiometrics we reported on news out of the University of Windsor where researchers are developing a new way to capture fingerprints. Meanwhile, both of Apple’s iPhone 6 models kept consumer biometrics in the conversation and we took a look at the many mobile modalities in our featured article of the week. This…

University Of Windsor Looking To Improve Fingerprint Biometrics

University Of Windsor Looking To Improve Fingerprint Biometrics

According to a story reported by CBC News, University of Windsor researchers are working towards improving the method through which fingerprints are scanned in law enforcement, military and border control situations. The goal of the project is to create a scanner that can successfully capture fingerprint images on subjects that have had their digits damaged either…

Mobile Biometrics Month: 5 Modalities that Show the Diversity of Mobile Biometrics

Mobile Biometrics Month: 5 Modalities that Show the Diversity of Mobile Biometrics

During last week’s events in Tampa – Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit (GIS) – one of the talking points that kept coming up during presentations and panels what the growing sentiment that in identity management there is no one solution to fit every problem. There exists a nuance to biometric deployments that has…

Interview: Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst

Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, had the chance to interview Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The conversation begins with an examination of the big changes that the facial recognition market has faced in recent years, the increasing growth FaceFirst is seeing in the mobile markets and what we can expect from the company in the near future.

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Identity Summit and Biometrics UnPlugged

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Global Identity Summit and Biometrics UnPlugged

This past week FindBiometrics was in Tampa, covering Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit from the ground floor. That didn’t mean it was a week without the regular industry news though, with product launches, partnerships, contract announcements and research reports all making their way onto our radar. Monday was the second annual Biometrics UnPlugged…

Cross Match Technologies Releases New Mobile Credential and Biometric Reader

Cross Match Technologies Releases New Mobile Credential and Biometric Reader

On Tuesday, biometric identity management solutions provider Cross Match Technologies announced the launch of a new handheld authentication solution. The Verifier Sentry is an Android-based mobile device that is designed to use biometrics and credentials in verifying an identity. Verifier Sentry has the capability to act as a standalone reader, able to authenticate a user’s identity with…

Lockheed Martin Played Key Role FBI’s NGI Deployment

Lockheed Martin Played Key Role FBI’s NGI Deployment

The FBI’s Next Generation Identitification (NGI) system is now fully operational, having gone online September 7, 2014. With the NGI system in place, the Bureau has new tools to help identify criminals with greater efficiency and accuracy than the old hard-copy methods. The NGI’s full activation is a major milestone in the world of identity, and…

Finding the “I” in Global Identity Summit

Finding the “I” in Global Identity Summit

The opening keynote of the very first Global Identity Summit was presented by FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess. The choice to launch the conference and exhibition with a speech from Hess was appropriate for a number of reasons, chief of which is the fact the the FBI’s Next Generation Identity…

iBeta’s Biometrics Team Scores Fingerprint Evaluation Study

iBeta’s Biometrics Team Scores Fingerprint Evaluation Study

Today, iBeta Quality Assurance announced that Sandia National Laboratories has awarded it with a Fingerprint Evaluation Study Contract. iBeta, an accredited Biometrics Testing Laboratory under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, will conduct the study on biometric devices provided by 3M, Integrated Biometrics, Lumidigm and Precise Biometrics. Sandia Laboratories is being sponsored by the Department…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Mobility, Eye Care and Law Enforcement

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Mobility, Eye Care and Law Enforcement

This past week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Mobile Biometrics Month, hosted a webinar on privacy with the IBIA and checked in with the verticals as time quickly counted down to the upcoming festivities in Tampa. In these final days leading up to Biometrics UnPlugged and the Global Identity Summit in Tampa Florida, we will…

Interview with John Mears, Director of the IBIA

Peter O’Neill had a chance to speak with IBIA director John Mears about US biometric entry and exit. The conversation previews an upcoming IBIA document concerning exit and entry processing over the past several years, the importance of biometrics at the border and the public’s learning curve when it comes to automated systems.

Report Names Key Vendors in Growing Law Enforcement Biometrics Market

Report Names Key Vendors in Growing Law Enforcement Biometrics Market

A new report from firm Research and Markets has named Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent and Cross Match Technologies as the key vendors in the law enforcement biometrics market. According to the research firm, based on its objective analysis built around a combination of primary and secondary sources, the law enforcement biometrics market is set to…

FBI Activates Next Generation Identification System, Preserves Historical Biometrics

FBI Activates Next Generation Identification System, Preserves Historical Biometrics

This week, the FBI announced that in September it will be doing away with the old cliche storage warehouses full of identity information when its Next Generation Identification (NGI) system becomes fully active. The project, which involves the digitization of over 30 million records, signifies a major milestone for the FBI as it will be…

Recent Demonstration Shows Successful Handheld Facial Recognition at 200 Meters

Recent Demonstration Shows Successful Handheld Facial Recognition at 200 Meters

Today, StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI), a company currently developing facial recognition technology under government grants, announced that it has successfully demonstrated its 3D face biometric solution at distances measuring over 200 meters. The demonstration was presented to agencies from the Department of Defense in the Los Angeles, California, area. According to SVI, this is the…

Interview with Sunil Kolhekar, President and CEO of manageID

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill (FB), recently had a chance to interview Sunil Kolhekar, president and CEO of manageID (SK). The conversation starts off with an overview of the company and its solutions, going on to describe deployments around the world and what lies in store for manageID in the near future.

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