Biometrics

Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.
by Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press
12:02pm
1.11.2018
Authorities in China's far-west are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints, eye scans and blood types of millions of people aged 12 to 65, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. Xinjiang, the only Chinese territory apart from Tibet where ethnic...
by James Griffiths, CNN
10:43am
12.19.2017
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A semi-retired Russian three-star general oversaw the cross-border movements of a rocket launcher used to bring down a passenger jet in 2014 over eastern Ukraine, killing all aboard, an investigation by a team of reporting outlets has found.
by Kevin G. Hall, Miami Herald
11:16am
12.8.2017
An Oregon fugitive recently arrested at the University of Texas, Arlington, has a history of using aliases and supplied a fake identity to enroll in a graduate program there, authorities said. A 28-page report from University of Texas police...
by Associated Press
11:50am
12.5.2017
The hunt for U.S. Marshals' 15 Most Wanted fugitive William Joseph Greer is over. Greer's identity was quickly established as a Most Wanted fugitive on the run for 10 years when authorities confirmed he was a missing a toe, a unique physical...
by U.S. Marshals Service
10:35am
12.1.2017
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The fingerprints and smudges you leave on your phone screen while tapping and swiping away may contain an unseen chemical “password” that could one day be used to unlock those very same devices.
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1:33pm
11.16.2017
A facial recognition system that recognizes racial differences will yield more accurate results than a “one-size-fits-all” model, researchers from the University of Surrey report in the journal Pattern Recognition.
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1:47pm
11.15.2017
Gait is a practical trait for video-based surveillance and forensics because it can be captured at a distance on video. Osaka University researchers have designed new input/output architectures to improve neural network-based gait recognition.
by Osaka University
10:48am
11.13.2017
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New fingerprint technology that can profile a criminal's "lifestyle" could soon be admissible in U.K. court. It's capable of detecting traces of drugs, blood, alcohol, condom lubricants, hair and cleaning products and other substances “of forensic...
by Aatif Sulleyman, The Independent
11:22am
10.10.2017
Three Albuquerque Police Department forensic scientists have a daunting task—closely examine and match thousands of collected fingerprints to suspects in order to help solve crimes. At the Albuquerque Metropolitan Forensics Science Center, 6,000...
by Jen French, KOB4
10:32am
10.2.2017
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Presentations at the annual International Symposium for Human Identification (ISHI) next week in Seattle will focus on the advent of Rapid DNA, genetic mixtures controversies, the familial DNA debate, next-generation sequencing, and best practices...
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12:58pm
9.29.2017
When a pedophile or rapist films their crime, professor Sue Black can track them down using nothing more than the veins, scars and other markings on their hands.
by Richard Benson, Wired UK
11:06am
9.22.2017
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The price tag on the newly-announced iPhone X may have been the most mentioned aspect of the upcoming $1,000 device throughout the last week of social media buzz, but the feature getting the most attention in cybersecurity circles is Apple’s new...
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1:23pm
9.21.2017
Do you know how safe it is to use your finger as a security login? And have you wondered how your cell phone knows if your finger is real or a fake? Michigan State University biometric expert Anil Jain and his team are working to answer these...
by Michigan State University
11:11am
9.21.2017
"Decades of overstatement of latent print examiners” has led to unrealistically high expectations of judges and juries when it comes to the forensic science of fingerprinting, according to a new report by the American Association for the Advancement...
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12:16pm
9.15.2017
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A U.S. citizen accused of abandoning his birth nation to fight for al-Qaida was to be put on trial Tuesday, a day after the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in a case that hinges partly on fingerprints found on an unexploded bomb.
by Tom Hays, Associated Press
10:49am
9.12.2017
Facial recognition and identification is hard enough. Throw in suspects donning sunglasses, hats, scarves, wigs, glasses, etc., and it becomes a completely different animal. But researchers have proposed and tested a new platform that can achieve an...
12:35pm
9.11.2017
Researchers from Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) have published a study in which individual faces and other physical traits were predicted using whole genome sequencing data and machine learning. The team predicted eye color, skin color and sex with...
by Human Longevity, Inc.
10:00am
9.6.2017
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A pilot program partnering the FBI and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, or NamUs, began in February with a massive backlog of prints which had never before been examined by the FBI. Since then, a steady stream of “hits” from the...
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4:40pm
9.5.2017
Surveillance camera footage can be a crucial piece of 21st century evidence. But sometimes its quality can be grainy and not give a clear impression of a perpetrator. But hand length, together with stride length and stature, could come together in a...
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12:09pm
8.28.2017
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This week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University report that they have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process.
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
11:34am
8.15.2017
A pilot face scanning program is part of a decades-long push to more accurately identify people who overstay their visas and remain in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security believes that if officials can better track who has left...
by Ron Nixon, The New York Times
9:49am
8.4.2017
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A woman with dementia who went missing in Florida was found by a police dog in a matter of minutes, having bottled her scent in advance. Citrus County Sheriff's Office said the anonymous woman had used a specialist scent preservation kit. It can...
by BBC News
10:30am
7.28.2017
A man who fled federal custody more than 25 years ago couldn't escape new-age crime fighting, thanks to facial recognition technology. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles said it nabbed 64-year-old Robert Frederick Nelson in June as he tried to...
by Sally Ho and Steve Karnowski, Associated Press
12:21pm
7.13.2017
A new paper out of the University of Minnesota argues neuroscientific evidence is the AFIS of today—with empirical studies on the subject rising and an overall trend toward more brain evidence in courts in the coming years.
12:05pm
6.22.2017
The latest two-step method of analyzing the chemical makeup of latent fingerprints would involve laser ablation, vacuum capture and mass spectrometry—a technique especially effective on porous surfaces like cardboard, according to Louisiana State...
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12:44pm
6.14.2017
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