Archive for November, 2011

A New Way for Facial-Recognition

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In the University of Bradford in UK, a group of students of Visual Computing are developing an invention to change the way we see faces. This innovation, led by the professor of Visual Computing, Hassan Ugail, and R&D, is going to reveal a new system to detect the facial expressions through a group of cameras and a algorithm. This system in the future can be a useful tool for lie detection.

The system uses two cameras, a HD camera and a thermal camera combined with an algorithm that trails changes in the facial expressions. The research, made by the Psychologist, Paul Ekman, also explains the procedures of the lie, and how the human characteristics change when they are saying a lie. In this case, the researchers found that there are several features, like the positions of the eyes, the temperature of the skin, blushing, etc. that reveal if a person is saying the truth.

This project will be an important improvement for the lying detection, because this is the only system that can detect a lie remotely and without person’s knowledge. Although the previous systems of Polygraph were efficient, they only had 70% of success, but with this new systems, they expect to have a better successful rate by 90% of reliability.

Smartmatic recommends reading more about this topic at: http://www.asmag.com/showpost/12436.aspx

Unisys Will Improve the Los Angeles World Airports Security Systems

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The security systems in Airports have certain specifications in order to satisfy the infrastructure requirements. For this reason, these systems must have continuous upgrades for the better control of the personal in the Airport. In this case, the Los Angeles World Airports, an operation center for the airport inLos Angeles, is going to pass through an upgrade on the access control and alarm monitoring systems.

The upgrade will be in charge of the security company Unisys. The systems used in these airports identify 45,000 employees, contractors, police and other people related to the organization. For this reason, the changes in the security control systems will cost about $10.3 million and they will take one year for the installation, including the airport’s network infrastructure.

The previous security systems in the Los Angeles World Airports were based on smart cards with magnetic stripe. The modification will replace these cards with contactless cards that are more secure and economic than the previous ones. Also, the airport officers chose to not use the PIV-I specification for the employees access, instead, Unisys will install biometric-based identifications systems.

Smartmatic read this information at: http://www.governmentidnews.com/2011/11/16/biometrics-smart-cards-for-physical-access-at-la-area-airports

New GIA’s Report of Biometric Market

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The biometric market has made an improvement in the security means worldwide and everyday this market grows at important rate. In this case, Global Industry Analysts, GIA, projected that this growing rate will increase to US$16.47 billion by 2017. GIA supports the idea that the previous terrorist attacks resulted in this increment of the use of biometrics and more security controls measures. For this reason, the biometric market has the need to evolve continuously.

Since this is a market with an important growing rate and different options, there are some systems that gained more popularity than others. For instance, the market of Smartphones, PDAs, portable computers and any other wireless-based device have the majority of investments in the market. Governments are interested in making more investments in this sector in order to improve this service for the further development of ID Cards. This is because the use of the wireless devices represents the vehicle for an upcoming biometric market.

The largest market in biometrics has been the US for several years, although Asia-Pacific is the one with the fastest growing rate. This final market has the fastest increase because the governments of the continent encourage foreign investors to participate in the market, also because of the presence of higher crime rates makes the security controls to forcedly improve the biometric systems. But in the two previous markets, including this time Latin America, the most reproduced systems are the Iris/Retinal Scans and the facial recognition.

Smartmatic read this information at: http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/917/

E-PASSPORTS ON THE WAY

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The e-passports are becoming an increasing tendency throughout the world; studies have shown that within the next five years about 90% of passports will contain smart chips with biometric information of the passport holders. Also, within the next three years it has been predicted that the transition to this modality will be completed and that e-passports will not only contain fingerprint information but also iris scans and other biometric information additional to the one that is already included in the chips of passports that adopt this system.

 

 

Smart card IC chips trend began in 2007 and it seems to be inevitable due to the fact that lots of countries have summed up to this massive wave of electronic passports. Actually, reports carried out by IMS and other researches show that the tendency will remain in time because more and more countries will continue joining this system for the sake of security, saving time and systematization.

 

Source:

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/biometric-passports-rapidly-becoming-norm

ON THE GO TOUCH SCREEN TRAVEL STATION

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New York City has a touch-screen travel station project with is a touch-screen kiosk with several interactive functions. The On the Go travel station also provides elevator status information, trip planning tools escalator, neighborhood maps and even weather updates.

 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) mission, along with lines 4 and 5, will continue on expansion in the other subway stations and also in commuter rail hubs and it has already been applied in a pilot modality.

 

The kiosk is a stainless structure with a large screen, thanks to the advertisements to be displayed on the kiosk; Cisco developed the funding for the travel station.

 

Source:

http://thecityfix.com/blog/new-york-city-reveals-on-the-go-touch-screen-travel-station/

NEW ZEALAND’S BIOSECURITY

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In the past, all of the bags entering New Zealand’s airport were required to be 100 percent screened but now with the Biosecurity system not all of the passengers are required to X-Ray their bags. The concerns of checking or X-raying everyone’s bags rose in 2001 when a foot and mouth outbreak overcame this country.

 

Nowadays, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) looks for dangerous passengers while they wait for their bags. The ones that do not have anything to declare can go through just with a stamp. Travel msnnotes installed the exit path system in Auckland Airport last year and then in the rest of the international airports in this country.

 

The relaxation on the X-Ray screening is due to the fact that quicker processing of international passengers has already started.

Source:

http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/new-zealand-relaxes-passenger-x-ray-screening-requirement


SHIPMENT OF CONTACLESS SMART CARDS TO INCREASE

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The shipment of contactless smart cards is expected to reach 3.5 billion within a five- year period. A study driven by IMS  showed that the world of contactless smart cards is increasing form around 15% shipments in 2010 to about 30% in 2016. One of the facts that makes us believe that this is perfectly possible is that The People’s Bank of China are going to deploy contactless smart cards for their debit and credit cards so that they will have a dual function. Also, in the transport sector all smart cards shipped are estimated to be contactless.

 

Healthcare, Id cards and ePssports are some of the most popular systems that now tend to use this technology this is why this market is expected to grow so fast. The top ten contactless applications within 5 years will be distributed in bank cards, government and healthcare ID. These applications are to account for about 99% of units to be shipped by 2016.

 

Source:

http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/837/

SMART CARDS BOOM IN BRAZIL

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A research on IMS released recently showed that the number of payment and banking smart cards in Brazil is expected to grow and reach 450 million within 5 years. Analysts state that the growing use of smart cards for these purposes might be due to the fact that Brazil is hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 because this is thought to cause a significant impact on the demand of them.

 

According to the previously mentioned report Brazil is one of the largest consumers of payment and banking cards in South America. Latest GDP forecasts for Brazil are very positive perhaps more than developed countries with annual GDP growth of about 3.8-4.1% in the next four years. This report also examines the possibility that payment and banking cards market have in other countries to cover debit, credit cards, ATM, e-purse, contactless and dual interface.

Source:

http://www.contactlessnews.com/2011/10/03/report-brazils-payment-cards-market-booming

EUROPEAN BIOMETRICS ASSOCIATION

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The European Biometrics Association (EBA) is an organization created by the partners of BEST Network (a European thematic biometrics network that was funded by the European Commission: www.best-nw.eu) created to regulate and establish activities on community building, research, projects, education and training.
 
The EBA says they will contribute to get members of similar organizations more involved to promote balance among these parts. The decision was made on September 15th and 16th in a BEST workshop done recently and it will not only benefit Europe but also to other countries.
Source:

http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/856/

EUROPEAN VISA SYSTEM

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This new and revolutionary system will definitely make things easier. A new European visa system allows, by aids of biometric technology (digital facial image and fingerprints), to simplify the identification process in borders and will contribute to fight identity theft and fraud.

The visa scheme enables a short-time data exchange among Schengen countries. The Visa Information System (VIS) will give more credibility to this visa checking process. The first consular posts to be using this methodology will be Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.

Foreigners who visit the US will benefit from this system when they get the visas and do the checking process. Fingerprint and face images data will be collected and stored within a period of five years, after that, data will be erased for the purpose of confidentiality. The good thing is that when people need a new visa this data will not be collected again but copied from their last VIS.

Source:

http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/858/