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September 1, 2014

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: FBI Preserves Historical Biometrics

This past week at FindBiometrics we brought our summer event – The Road to Biometrics UnPlugged – to a close in the featured articles section while announcements started to roll in regarding what to expect during the Global Identity Summit in Tampa this September. On top of that we had product announcements, new performance milestones and news from the FBI regarding the full activation of the Next Generation Identity (NGI) system.


All summer we have been preparing for the interactive executive summit that is Biometrics UnPlugged by focusing our featured articles section and blog on the topics of commerce and privacy.

The FBI announced this week that in September it will be doing away with the old cliche storage warehouses full of identity information when its Next Generation Identification 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 fully replacing the bureau’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

Since the FBI has a rich history of investigation and identification (dating back to the 1920s), more than a few of its subjects have transcended their crimes over time and become the subject of American folklore. As such, hard copies of the files and fingerprints belonging to the likes of John Dillinger and criminal couple Bonnie and Clyde are being preserved for archival and historical reasons.

This week, AGNITiO announced the successful deployment of its voice biometrics through the Proof of Life authentication system in South Africa. The deployment, done with the company’s payment solutions partner Net1 UEPS, in now aiding millions of South African citizens who receive social security benefits and services. According to AGNITiO, this ranks among the worlds largest voice biometrics deployments, with Proof of Life having been rolled out to ten million beneficiaries.

Staying on the topic of major milestones, StereoVision Imaging, a company currently developing facial recognition technology under government grants, announced this week that it has successfully demonstrated its 3D face biometric solution at distances measuring over 200 meters. The demonstration was performed outdoors in uncontrolled lighting conditions.

In enrollment news, Vision-Box announced this week that the Danish Government has awarded the company with a four year framework agreement that will have it and its partner – the consortium of  Biometric Solutions – providing biometric enrollment and automated border control solutions to the country.

Meanwhile, MorphoTrust (Safran) has partnered with QLess to help make enrollment and visits to the DMV more convenient thanks to a virtual line solution. The wait management technology will manifest as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology that will allow patrons of any agency or business using it to stand in line wherever they find most convenient.

In preparation for the third week of September – which will see the identity management comunity converging on Tampa, Florida, for Biometrics UnPlugged, the IBIA Opening Reception and the Global Identity Summit (GIS) – news started to surface of what we can expect to see on the GIS exhibition floor.

The Morpho (Safran) booth, number 301, will be presenting what the company claims to be the fastest contactless four finger scanner in the world: Finger on the Fly. Meanwhile, at the SecuGen booth (501), GIS attendees will have the opportunity to see the company’s newest biometric device: the Hamster Pro Duo CL contactless smartcard reader.

Stay posted to FindBiometrics in September as we bring you an exclusive privacy webinar and from-the-floor coverage of Biometrics UnPlugged and GIS 2014. Make sure to follow us on Twitter so you don’t miss a beat.

August 31, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter