WASHINGTON—With immigration reform gaining momentum in Congress, the Security Industry Association is calling on lawmakers to approve biometrics on identity cards to ensure the highest level of security at U.S. entry points.
OTTAWA—A biometrics security screening program for those entering Canada from outside the country starts next year, requiring travelers from 30 countries to submit a photograph and fingerprints before entering.
Since biometrics is a major topic of discussion among security professionals, especially when it comes to its use in the public sector, I wanted to mention some news coming from Japan this week.
It seems that two major airports near Tokyo have begun testing a new biometric identification system. Immigration officials at Tokyo's Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture beginning this week will take photographs and fingerprints of traveling Japanese citizens who give their approval and compare them with the biometric data stored on their electronic passports, according to The Japan Times.
The pilot is scheduled to last until Sept. 30, after which the results will be reviewed to determine how accurately machines are able to use biometric data to identify travelers.
It still feels like a movie, but it's only a matter of time until the TSA agent checking my passport will be replaced with machine taking a photo of my iris and comparing it to the binary iris code contained on my passport.
WASHINGTON—Iris recognition technology's performance in one-to-many applications is getting faster, is more accurate than facial recognition, and five organizations are leading the pack in terms of quality, according to a recent report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.— The impacts of cybercrime on organizations have become increasingly evident in recent weeks. On June 3, defense contractor Lockheed Martin said it had proof that hackers breached its network in May partly by using data stolen from security-token maker RSA, which supplies coded security tokens to tens of millions of computer users
LAS VEGAS—In a deal that Stanley Convergent Security Solutions says will expand its expertise in serving the government and financial sector, Stanley announced on April 6 at the ISC West International Conference & Exposition a partnership with Hoyos Corporation, a provider of iris-based biometric technology product solutions.
WASHINGTON—It’s only been 11 weeks since the 112th Congress convened, but the focus on federal spending cuts has spurred representatives of the security industry to work hard to ensure funding for security programs remains a federal priority.
YARMOUTH, Maine—Securing the public sector—ground transportation, ports and municipalities—continues to be a huge challenge for security folks, but 2010 brought some interesting stories of technology deployments and headline mainstream media reports.
WASHINGTON—More than five years ago, the Brittan Elementary School in Sutter, Calif. had to rip out a smart card system it had deployed to streamline attendance-taking because it failed to inform students and parents about the use of the tracking technology.
The Security Industry Association, in collaboration with HID Global, on Sept. 9 released a set of privacy guidelines to ensure other organizations don’t face such harsh consequences for overlooking privacy matters again.