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    NIST Evaluates Iris Algorithm ID Accuracy; Patrick Grother Comments

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology is finding it increasingly easy to complete accurate identity checks via iris scans, the Commerce Department reports.  NIST examined 11 organizations and their techniques for acquiring and matching eye imagery.  The agency said the resulting Iris Exchange III report validates the speed and accuracy claims of iris biometrics […] More

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    New Biochip Could Monitor Soldier Traumatic Injuries

    Military-funded research has yielded a biochip that could detect injuries to service members based on traumatic events, according to NextGov.  Anthony Guiseppi-Elie, a bioengineering and computer engineering researcher, applied for a patent last Thursday for an implantable biochip that would manage trauma-induced hemorrhages.  Guiseppi-Elie’s biochip technology would remotely monitor soldiers on a battlefield. The research […] More

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    Report: Pentagon Planning Biometrics Tests in U.S.

    The Defense Department is set to launch two large-scale tests on whether biometrics can control who leaves and enters military facilities, Federal News Radio reports. The military has put its Common Access Cards with biometrics to limited use so far but Brian Hunt, the Army’s Biometrics Identity Management Agency chief of the future applications, indicated at […] More

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    DARPA Plans to Drop Passwords, Use Behaviors for ID

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will eventually use continuous identity verification instead of passwords, GCN reports. DARPA announced the move in a broad agency announcement solicitation in January last year. Proposals for the agency’s Active Authentication program were due March 6. Desktops with constant high activity do not have the technology to determine if […] More

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    Army Program Exec: Contract Strategy, Cloud, Biometrics Top Priorities

    The U.S. Army is prioritizing industry partnerships and maintaining progress in cloud computing, data centers and biometric processes, according to a top Army officer.  Doug Wiltsie, the Army’s program executive officer for enterprise information systems, told Defense Systems his main priority is to build relationships with industry in order to improve the Army’s contracting strategy.  Wiltsie […] More

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    Lockheed Team to Release Rapid DNA Tester to DHS, Intelligence Community

    Lockheed Martin and Zygem Corp. Ltd. plan to release a rapid DNA analysis platform this summer to forensic, intelligence and homeland security communities. Lockheed announced the companies’ plan earlier this week to release a version of the platform. designed to simplify and speed analysis of DNA for human identity testing. The two companies said they were […] More

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    DHS Official: Biometrics Border Security Plan Coming Soon

    A top Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday Congress will receive details on a system to reduce the risk of identity fraud by visa overstays in 30 days. DHS will present details on its biometrics exit system that will enable law enforcement authorities to instantly pull up an offender’s immigration records. The system will enable […] More

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    Executive Spotlight: Rocky Thurston, Accenture DHS Business Leader

    Rocky Thurston leads Accenture“™s Department of Homeland Security business portfolio, having responsibility for helping Accenture grow its DHS business and technology offerings. The Air Force veteran and former Wyle executive recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz about his new position with Accenture, industry growth and the company“™s approach to serving DHS and other federal clients. ExecutiveBiz: When […] More

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    Report: NIST, DOJ Issue Guide to Cut Fingerprint Analysis Errors

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released a joint report with the Justice Department directing agencies how to improve biometrics practices by reducing human error during fingerprint analysis. NIST pointed to several factors that compromise fingerprint and forensic analysis such as inadequate training and complex technology. NIST said that officials can be too […] More

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    Western States Award Contract to Update Biometrics Systems

    A group of Western states has selected an information technology and biometrics vendor to modernize the organization’s criminal identification system under a multiyear contract.  Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are all a part of the Western Identification Network.  GovTech reports WIN’s member states each have access to nearly 28 million fingerprint records […] More

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    USIS Wins FBI Contract to Continue Providing Fingerprints

    US Investigations Services, an Altegrity company, has won a multi-year contract to continue providing fingerprints to the FBI. USIS said it has been an approved channeler of fingerprints to the FBI since 1998 and has been electronically certified since 2006. USIS submits fingerprints to the FBI’s fingerprint identification system and provides the bureau national criminal history information. The […] More

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    Los Alamos Lab Uses Quantum Physics for Mobile Security

    Through quantum cryptography, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have invented a new system to secure large transfers of information between mobile devices. LANL recently released information about the QKarD, a miniature transmitter which generates random cryptographic keys to encode and decode information. LANL says the QKarD uses the laws of quantum physics and […] More

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