Biometrics

  • Boosting Biometrics Plans

    The Army has boosted its plans for how they use biometrics. The successful use of this technology on the battlefield and to protect Army bases has given the service the incentive needed to do more.…

  • DoD looks to expand biometrics use

    The Defense Department’s success in using biometrics in Iraq and Afghanistan is inspiring the military to expand the use of identification technologies. DoD has several pilots or plans for tests to use biometrics in non-wartime…

  • DHS to gain real-time access to DoD biometrics

    The Department of Homeland Security already has real-time access to biometric data maintained in the FBI’s huge database of criminal records. Within the next year, it’ll be able to share similar data with the Defense Department.

  • Northrop wins follow-on biometrics task order

    The task order was awarded under the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions 2 Services indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command – National Capital Region.

  • DoD to use iris scans, fingerprints for building security

    The Mark Center soon will require employees to provide a fingerprint or iris scan along with the CAC card to enter the facility. The Pentagon is next to implement biometric factors for physical access control. The Army also is looking at where biometrics could impact mission and business functions.

  • Mei Ngan, Computer Scientist, NIST

    Your mom told you not to get a tattoo. Now that magnificent body art could become a sort of biometric identifier for law enforcement. The National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the FBI want to use tattoos to help identify people, be they suspects or victims of natural disasters. NIST shared some of the initial results of its research at a recent workshop. Mei Ngan is a computer scientist with NIST. She joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the identification efforts.

  • DHS moves to kill the password with new award for user habit software

    The Department of Homeland Security is moving forward with the White House’s “kill the password” initiative with an award for cell phone software that authenticates users without the use of passwords and pins.

  • Even the FBI is pleasantly surprised by the success of its fingerprint system

    Stephen Morris, the assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, said the five-year effort to build the Next Generation Identification system (NGI) has delivered on its promises and then some, giving examiners faster and more accurate processing of fingerprints and other biometrics.

  • Rebecca Gambler: Using biometric IDs to track foreign visitors

    The Homeland Security Department can’t get this one over the line. How to collect biometric IDs from foreigners leaving the United States. DHS captures it when they arrive, but that’s it. The result? It’s impossible to tell who is overstaying their visit. This situation has concerned Congress for years. Rebecca Gambler, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, shares the details of a new GAO report on Federal Drive with Tom Temin

  • FBI biometrics research could make faces the new fingerprints

    While the FBI remains in the planning stages of its new headquarters construction project, the agency’s new biometrics technology center has been working on projects to build on the breakthrough successes it’s had with fingerprint technology.