• Growing problem in Canada: stolen passports

    On average, 1,000 Canadian passports are stolen across Canada every month; in FY2009-10, 13,077 passports were stolen in Canada; by comparison, only 631 were swiped overseas; another 47,704 passports were reported lost in Canada; late next year, Passport Canada will begin distributing e-Passports to the general public

  • Law enforcement and privacy concerns in Vancouver

    Last month, the police in the otherwise sedate Vancouver had to use tear gas, pepper spray, and flash bombs in downtown Vancouver to try to disperse angry rioters who set cars on fire, looted stores, and taunted police officers after the Canucks’ 4-0 Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins; the police wants to use facial recognition technology to identify the rioters, but privacy advocates are worried

  • Law enforcement and privacy concerns in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts has a plan: create a database which could map drivers’ whereabouts with police cruiser-mounted scanners that capture thousands of license plates per hour — and store that information indefinitely so local police, state police, federal agencies, and prosecutors could access it as they choose; privacy advocates are worried

  • U.S. troops deploy biometrics in the field

    Biometric databases in Iraq and Afghanistan are helping U.S. troops combat violent insurgents; in an ambitious move, troops have sought to capture iris scans, facial photographs, and fingerprints from men of fighting age especially those who have been detained for insurgent or terrorist ties.

  • Biometrics for Indian cabs

    Officials at India’s New Delhi International Airport will soon begin using biometrics to monitor taxi drivers; the move comes after a Saudi businessman was abducted and murdered by two cab drivers in 2008

  • New tools identify a person's expression, estimate their mood

    Biometrics company releases software that allows users to “cartoonize” photos; cartoons aside, the company announced the release of more free API (application programming interface) face detection tools: the service can identify a person’s expression as well as estimate their mood

  • Better than SecurID?

    The man who invented the two-factor authentication SecurID token has just unveiled a more secure authentication system using voice biometrics; Kenneth Weiss, the founder of Universal Secure Registry, says his latest invention is more flexible and secure than SecurID tokens as they can be used to authenticate individuals on mobile phones, payments, and cloud computing; by adding a voice biometric component, the new device offers three-factor authentication

  • Wireless fingerprint readers help police fight crime

    Using a new wireless device, police across the country are now able to quickly and accurately identify a suspect in the field; using RapID, a small handheld unit, officers can read a suspect’s fingerprint and check it against a database for any matches; if any matches are found the device will pull up the person’s real name, date of birth, gender, and race, making it more difficult for criminals to use a false identity

  • NYU hospital unveils new biometric palm readers for patients

    The NYU Langone Medical Center recently unveiled its new biometric palm readers to verify patients; using technology called PatientSecure, a biometric reader will scan a patient’s palm using an infrared light to create a unique map of their veins; this information is then stored in a database and linked to their electronic health record system ensuring accuracy and virtually eliminating the need for paperwork

  • Popeye's gets serious about fraud, implements biometric system

    Today, Sailormen, Inc., the largest Popeye’s franchise with 148 locations across seven states including Florida, Missouri, and Alabama, announced that it is deploying biometrics at their restaurants to improve employee accountability, increase sales, and reduce fraud; the Popeye’s franchise will use DigitalPersona’s U.are.U fingerprint readers to verify manager overrides and to track an employee’s hours

  • Philippines mandate biometric registration for voters

    Lawmakers in the Philippines recently passed a law that would require all voters to register their biometric data before they are eligible to participate in national elections; voters who fail to register before the filing deadline will be stricken from the voter rolls, but will have the opportunity to reactivate their status once they register

  • Brazilian bank explores online biometric ID

    Bradesco, one of Brazil’s largest banking and insurance companies, is studying if it can identify account holders online using biometrics to ensure the safest transactions possible; the bank is currently working with Fujitsu to develop a device that is capable of identifying customers at home; the bank currently uses Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric palm reader in its ATMs

  • Malaysia's biometric failure

    A malfunction in Malaysia’s biometric fingerprint system at its international railway station could have major implications as other countries expand the use of biometrics at ports of entry; last Saturday travelers were infuriated after they were forced to wait nearly an hour and a half to pass through Malaysia’s immigration checkpoints; many tourists had to change or cancel their holiday travel plans all together; the delays came at the height of Malaysia’s tourist season, resulting in sharp criticism from the tourist industry

  • Gait biometrics still walking the walk

    Research on gait biometrics at the University of Southampton, a pioneer in researching this biometric technology, has passed another landmark with the first public demonstration of the technology’s ability to withstand deliberate spooking; the technology is being perfected at the university’s Biometric Tunnel, in which data from twelve cameras is combined and processes to produce an individual “signature” of a person’s walk that is unique and recognizable with over 90 percent accuracy

  • Portable iPod Touch fingerprint scanner launched

    IPod Touch users can now turn their devices into a portable fingerprint scanner; last week, Fulcrum Biometrics unveiled its new FbF mobileOne biometric fingerprint reader and software for the iPod touch; using the Touch’s standard dock connector, the mobileOne device can scan and match fingerprints on the iPod or send it wirelessly to a remote server for authentication