Biometrics

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
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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
The neurosciences and especially neurocriminology, whose methodologies are used in the courtroom to understand a defendant’s personality, play an important role in forensic sciences. Could this branch of science be essential in human exploration of...
by Vincenzo Lusa, JD, and Annarita Franza, Ph.D.
8:00am
6.6.2017
For as long as an eyewitness’s ability to identify a suspect has been a cornerstone of the criminal justice system, so too have questions about humans’ facial recognition capabilities.
11:47am
5.31.2017
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The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) is asking for public comment on three new standards. The data format for biometrics, the technique for comparing pieces of glass and a method to match pieces of tape are all...
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12:37pm
5.18.2017
Fingerprints left at murder scenes in Scotland could soon be checked against a national biometrics database using a mobile phone under plans being considered by Police Scotland. The use of handheld devices in police forensic work is being looked at...
by Chris Marshall, The Scotsman
9:54am
5.1.2017
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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a challenge that pits security companies and research groups against each other, in a bid to build a device that accurately captures every part of a fingerprint.
by Matt Reynolds, New Scientist
11:08am
4.12.2017
Last week, representatives from several government agencies, along with members of industry and society, appeared on a panel before the U.S. House Oversight Committee to explore the privacy issues that abound with the use of facial recognition...
12:10pm
3.27.2017
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Latent fingerprints have been the most consistent identifier at crime scenes for a century, pre-dating DNA technology. But fingerprints are not set in stone—and can move small distances weeks after they are left on some surfaces, according to a new...
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12:38pm
3.23.2017
Changes accumulate in DNA expression over the course of a lifetime. The minute changes may have a forensic application, to determine the age of suspects from blood and saliva samples at crime scenes, according to a new series of experiments.
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2:45pm
3.22.2017
Just like art, facial recognition technology is often misunderstood. It’s not an all-knowing big brother that keeps track of your weekly—or daily—trips to the pizzeria. More accurately, it’s a lead generator for law enforcement—akin to a more...
11:46am
3.13.2017
An upgrade of the fingerprint technology at a Florida sheriff’s office has led to an arrest in a rape that went unsolved for 25 years. The new MorphoBIS system that was upgraded last year led to the identification and arrest of Jeffrey William...
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12:02pm
3.7.2017
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