• Accenture wins $71 million contract for US VISIT

    On Wednesday Accenture Federal Services announced that it had won a thirteen month, $71 million contract with DHS to bolster its immigration and border management systems

  • Fewer but costlier cases of identity theft in U.S.

    Identity fraud in the United States fell 28 percent in 2010 to 8.1 million from an estimated 11 million in 2009, according to Javelin Strategy &Research. The problem: thieves are becoming more creative in their methods of obtaining personal information, and those who suffer from identity theft are facing higher consequences, with the average out-of-pocket costs nearly doubling in the same time period to $631from $387 per incident.

  • Majority of Americans willing to use biometric scanners

    A recent survey revealed that a majority of Americans are willing to provide their biometric data at airport security checkpoints, during banking transactions, and when receiving government benefits or other services

  • Clarkson University is lead site for NSF identification technology research

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has designated Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, as the lead site for its Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), one of NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers

  • SITA helps Indonesia track 20 million biometric identities

    SITA, an international supplier of technology solutions for air transportation, is in the midst of helping Indonesia implement a biometric scanning system for all visiting foreigners; SITA’s BioThenticate can match and manage up to twenty million biometric identities and will be used to screen travelers against a biometric watch list using face and fingerprints

  • Iris recognition system deployed at Gatwick Airport

    AOptix Technologies and Human Recognition Systems (HRS) announced their integrating of AOptix InSight VM iris recognition system into thirty-four automated e-Gates at the Gatwick Airport South Terminal

  • RSA blames nation-state for SecurID cyberattack

    Last week at a press conference in London, RSA executives revealed more details about the cyberattack that stole information regarding the company’s SecurID authentication tokens in March; Art Coviello, the executive chairman of RSA, said two well-known hacker groups as well as a nation-state collaborated to infiltrate the company’s networks

  • AOptix shows dual iris-face scanner

    AOptix is showing the latest addition to its family of biometric products, the InSight Duo, which the company describes as “the world’s first biometric system with simultaneous ISO standards-compliant iris and face capture”

  • Fingerprints to be used at U.S.-Mexico border

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Paso Del Norte (PDN) international crossing in El Paso have initiated work on a system which uses fingerprints to expedite the pedestrian entry process; CBP says the new system will result in more efficient processing of arriving pedestrian traffic

  • New technology detects altered fingerprints

    The widespread use of fingerprint recognition systems has led some individuals to disfigure or surgically change their fingerprints to mask their identities; new technology can help law enforcement and border control officials detect these altered fingerprints

  • Researchers developing "soft biometric" video analysis system

    Researchers in Australia are developing a way to identify individuals using “soft” biometrics like their estimated weight, hair color, and skin tone in video footage; the researchers hope to create a Google-style search, where police officers can actually search for an individual in hundreds of hours of video footage just by typing in a basic description

  • Iris scanners help passengers zip through airport security

    Airline passengers in the United States could soon be zipping through security checkpoints thanks to iris scanners; London’s Gatwick and Qatar’s Doha International airport have already implemented iris scanners from AOptix Technologies, which allow passengers to simply walk through a checkpoint as the scanners can accurately read a person’s iris from as far as eight feet away

  • Biometric passports rapidly becoming the norm

    A new report indicates that biometric passports will soon become ubiquitous around the world; within the next five years, 90 percent of passports will contain integrated smart card IC chips that will hold the carrier’s biometric data

  • Fingerprint biometrics help secure medical data at Arizona hospitals

    As more healthcare networks begin storing patient records electronically, they have become increasingly concerned with security and many are turning to biometrics; a healthcare provider in Southern Arizona recently introduced fingerprint biometrics at its facilities to help secure patient records and increase efficiency

  • Businesses customizing ads with facial biometrics

    In a futuristic turn, some advertisers have already begun customizing their digital ads to whoever passes by using facial recognition software; so far the Venetian resort in Las Vegas, Nevada has been the first to adopt this technology in the United States; the resort has installed cameras with facial recognition technologies near their digital displays to customize restaurant and entertainment suggestions for individuals passing by