United Kingdom

Yoti Integrates Official Proof of Age Into ID App

Yoti Integrates Official Proof of Age Into ID App

“Yoti’s platform allows end users to confirm their identities with a video selfie, leveraging biometrics for identity verification and eliminating the need to share an entire identity document.” Yoti has found an important new ally in the promotion of its mobile ID system: CitizenCard is a UK not-for-profit organization that offers Home Office-sanctioned ID cards,…

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…

UK Construction Firm BAM Western Chooses Biometrics Partner

UK Construction Firm BAM Western Chooses Biometrics Partner

BAM Western, a UK-based construction company, has chosen BioSite as its standard access control solutions provider. BioSite is a provider of biometric access control technology, and is focused on the construction industry. The company recently received £4 million in funding from Mobeus Equity Partners, and is evidently enjoying a rising profile. BAM Western selected BioSite after…

Big Data Facial Recognition Service Now Available to UK Gov’t

Big Data Facial Recognition Service Now Available to UK Gov’t

Allevate’s MXSERVER is now available for use by UK government agencies, the company has announced. MXSERVER is a big data intelligence solution centered on facial recognition. It’s designed to trawl through large amounts of data and to group segments of it based on the people depicted. For police and intelligence agencies, this means it can…

BioConnect Partners with UK Distributor Norbain

BioConnect Partners with UK Distributor Norbain

BioConnect has partnered with a new UK distributor. Specializing in access control, IP, CCTV, and intruder detection solutions, Norbain is now offering customers multiple BioConnect products. One of those is, of course, the flagship BioConnect identity platform, which offers multi-factor authentication via technologies including fingerprint scanning. Norbain is also offering the compatible BioStation A2 and…

Imprivata Launches EPCS Platform in UK

Imprivata Launches EPCS Platform in UK

Imprivata has launched its flagship EPCS platform, Confirm ID, in the UK. Announcing its availability in a statement, the company highlighted its security features, including its fingerprint-based login capability. In so doing, Imprivata also pointed to a serious need for such security, citing a recent Information Commissioner’s Office report on the National Health Service that…

UK Gov’t Convenes Researchers for Facial Recognition Project

UK Gov’t Convenes Researchers for Facial Recognition Project

The British government is convening a team of researchers from across the country to work on a project seeking to advance facial recognition technology. It’s a £6 million, five-year endeavor, with the Home Office having invited a range of researchers, including psychologists from the University of Stirling. Speaking to the BBC, the leader of that team,…

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

Lloyds Enables Apple Pay For Customers

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has finally enabled Apple Pay for its customers. That means Halifax, Lloyds Bank, and Bank of Scotland customers are now able to use Apple’s mPayment service via their iPhones and Apple Watches. It’s incremental progress for the mPayment service, which launched in the UK in mid-July and has since suffered from…

UK Home Office Awards Northrop Grumman Major Contract

UK Home Office Awards Northrop Grumman Major Contract

The United Kingdom Home Office has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a major new forensic security contract. Valued at £28.8 million, the deal will see Northrop Grumman shore up the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC). FABrIC is essentially an extension of IDENT1, an initiative seeking to construct a biometric identity management platform to be used in…

UK County Police to Adopt Biometric Bail System

UK County Police to Adopt Biometric Bail System

Police in Merseyside, England, will soon be using a biometric bail system, reports Lorna Hughes in an article for the Liverpool Echo. The new system will replace the metropolitan county’s archaic pen-and-paper signature-based bail system. The way it works right now, suspects being released on bail in Merseyside have to sign a register at a police…