national security

INTERPOL Calls for Sharing of Terrorists’ Biometric Data

INTERPOL Calls for Sharing of Terrorists’ Biometric Data

INTERPOL is calling on governments around the world to share the biometric information of known terrorists in order to help improve global security. The call comes via INTERPOL’s General Assembly, which has convened for this week’s 85th ICPO-INTERPOL General Assembly Exhibition in Bali, Indonesia. In a statement, the global police agency said it currently possesses…

Coast Guard Embraces Biometric Security Checks for High-Risk Scenarios

Coast Guard Embraces Biometric Security Checks for High-Risk Scenarios

The US Coast Guard has finally established its rules on credential inspection for maritime workers via the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), and the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) is applauding it as a validation of the value of biometric security. The TWIC was first implemented in 2007, and more than 2 billion such cards…

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

After a long hiatus, Russia is willing to resume flights to Egypt, but the government wants biometric security in Egyptian airports, according to a report from Daily News Egypt. The planes stopped flying last year in the wake of a deadly terror attack against a Russian flight out of Egypt that killed all 224 passengers…

German Minister Seeks Facial Recognition for Airports, Train Stations

German Minister Seeks Facial Recognition for Airports, Train Stations

Germany’s Interior Minister is aiming to implement surveillance technology using facial recognition at the country’s airports and train stations. The official, Thomas de Maiziere, laid out his idea in an article published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in which he suggested it could be used to prevent terror attacks. The proposal comes after two incidents…

Biometric ID Project for Fishing Workers Behind Schedule

Biometric ID Project for Fishing Workers Behind Schedule

A project to equip India’s coastal fishing workers with biometric ID cards is once again facing delays, reports The Times of India. It’s a largely a security effort, with the country’s security forces seeking to prevent potential terror attacks originating from the sea. The idea is to equip all Indian fishing workers with biometric ID…

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Indian Biometric ID Efforts Expand on Land and at Sea

Aadhaar, India’s national biometric ID program, continues to extend its reach across the country. In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, 95.2 percent of the population either have or are awaiting their Aadhaar numbers, with city officials having made Aadhaar enrollment mandatory. But as the program grows, there’s plenty of other incentive to register;…

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister has been seeking to reassure travelers that problems caused by the implementation of biometric screening at the OR Tambo International Airport have now been resolved. The problems were, more specifically, delays: The Department of Home Affairs and airport authorities had the biometric passenger screening system installed last week, delaying flights and…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

June has come to an end and with it exits Border Control & National ID Month. For the past five weeks at FindBiometrics we have been placing a featured focus on the most ambitious and enormous biometric and identity tech deployments around the globe, with feature articles, on-topic industry news coverage and, of course, an…

Join Industry Experts For Border Control & National Security Webinar

Join Industry Experts For Border Control & National Security Webinar

Sign Up Now For the FindBiometrics Border Control & National Security Webinar Tomorrow, FindBiometrics is hosting the latest entry in its renowned webinar series, Biometrics and the New Era of National Security and Border Control. Part of our month-long examination of biometric applications on the national and international levels, tomorrow’s 45 minute live webcast will bring together…

Industry Experts To Discuss Biometric Border Control in Webinar

Industry Experts To Discuss Biometric Border Control in Webinar

Biometric technology is transforming border control and national security, making the process of traveling to and from the nations of the world easier, more secure, and—for the agencies deploying next gen identity tech—comprehensive. It’s a global phenomenon, stoked by a necessarily defensive attitude in this age of international terrorism, and embraced by a population eager to travel…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

Border Control & National ID Month: The Primer

June is Border Control & National ID Month 2016 at FindBiometrics. All month we will be examining the ins-and-outs of biometric citizen registry and identification—its applications, real life deployments, and how it is shaping the global community—as well as the way biometrics are protecting the borders of the nations they are helping to build. To…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Open Aadhaar Data to Security Agencies

India’s ruling government is attempting to pass legislation that will leverage the data associated with its Aadhaar program for security purposes. Aadhaar is, of course, the country’s national citizen ID program, which has now collected the biographic and biometric data of nearly a billion citizens. The program’s initial aim was to make the distribution of…

Jordanian Researchers Pioneering ‘V Sign’ Biometrics

Jordanian Researchers Pioneering ‘V Sign’ Biometrics

Researchers at Jordan’s Mu’tah University are working on biometric technology that can identify individuals by the ‘victory’ (or ‘peace’) signs they make with their fingers. It’s an unusual modality, to say the least; but it stems from the need to identify terrorists and DAESH fighters, who often masked and giving the ‘V’ sign in PR videos. The…

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

India’s navy is equipping fishermen with biometric identification in an effort to improve coastal security. Speaking to press on Navy Day, Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan explained that the program was implemented in the wake of a 2008 terror attack involving a hijacked fishing vessel. The navy has now established 87 automatic identification stations, which complement…

Biometric National ID Invoked to Fight Boko Haram

Biometric National ID Invoked to Fight Boko Haram

A national biometric database may aid in the Nigerian government’s fight against Boko Haram, says aviation minister Osita Chicoda. According to journalist Colin Freeman, in an article written for The Telegraph, the Nigerian minister has recently unveiled plans to biometrically register the nation’s entire 173 million population in a database and track their activities from primary school…