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Int'l Sochi Airport monitored by Artec 3D facial recognition and XProtect Milestone system

Int'l Sochi Airport monitored by Artec 3D facial recognition and XProtect Milestone system

Editor / Provider: Artec | Updated: 9/14/2013 | Article type: Infrastructure

Elektronika, LLC has developed and implemented an integrated security system for the International Airport of Sochi that is to host the upcoming Winter Olympics 2014.

The network was designed in compliance with Aviation and Transportation Security legislation referring to Class I airports. It provides a wide range of functional capabilities including security monitoring and alarm situation detection, as well as its rapid response.

The entire airport premises are covered by the system network. There are over 550 HD video surveillance cameras working non-stop. The security system also involves united checkpoints and automatic alert detection. The object is monitored by a sole dispatch center collecting data from the entire airport zone.

The project is tailored to utilize intellectual capabilities of various technologies. The system is able to detect alarming situations and alert all on-duty airport security workers, as well as to facilitate required scenario execution. In case of emergency, dispatch operators receive verified and prioritized information.

Built on a singular software platform (ESM), the network combines the security technologies: video analysis, biometric access control systems based on fingerprint and 3D facial geometry recognition, electronic passes, situation management in accordance with various scenarios.

Nikolay Ovchenkov, Elektronika LLC CEO: “We have spent over a year engineering the security system of Sochi airport. One of the top-priority goals was to design a highly effective system that could be easily adapted into existing high speed work flow of the airport and become a trusted security solution. To achieve this goal we have selected the best technologies and solutions that function as a centralized network”. Victor Shesternin, Asset Protection Director Deputy, Bazel Aero: “The level of airport infrastructure security will hugely increase with installation of modern security systems, as it is highly important for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The whole project engages innovative approaches and solutions. Now, the airports of Sochi and Krasnodar are equipped with new generation systems.

More on technologies:
Incident management scenarios based on ESM platform (developed by Elektronika) ESM-based dispatch center manages the security network. ESM works with scenarios that imply certain responses to various threats, meaning that it provides event analysis and incident management with exact directions.

Benefits and innovative capabilities of ESM:
* No human factor mistakes. Each operator's performance is assessed and controlled.
* The system controls each stage of threat management.
* Capable of rapid response while complex situations
Security management system based on ESM software unites all resources offering full scale monitoring and level security automotive management, ACS algorithms and video surveillance support.

Airport access control with Broadway 3D Face Recognition System by Artec Group :
Broadway 3D, installed for airport workers access control, provides the highest security level available on the market. The system uses geometry of a human face – one of the most precise biometrics that is impossible to fool or fake. Broadway 3D was selected to be installed in the Sochi airport for its safety and fast performance. The system eliminates access of an unregistered person or unauthorized employee. In less than a second the system captures surface information, having analyzed about 40 thousand points on a user's face it builds a mathematical model and compares it to the database. It is capable of identifying a person on the walk, in hats or sunglasses. It can also tell apart identical twins. Moreover, the system offers a high throughput that is quite crucial while rush hours. Registration takes up to 2 seconds; throughput is 60 people per minute. The system of 3D facial recognition is integrated into the network under ESM management and works in a verification mode. A biometric template is stored in the database and its numeric number is assigned to each access card.

When a person enters though a checkpoint, he presents his card to a card reader. After that Broadway 3D performs facial recognition and compares it with 3D template in the database. If the information matches, Broadway 3D grants access to the person. The information is stored in ESM software. In addition, the solution is able to change work modes and algorithms of particular checkpoint per dispatcher's order.

Intellectual surveillance by XProtect Milestone system developed by Milestone
Xprotect Milestone system offers all the functions required for highly effective video surveillance, including live and recorded video view, dome and rotary IP cameras management. Milestone virtual matrix can direct video streams to any PCs which is quite important for multichannel systems of video surveillance. The solution is extremely functional, safe and has vast integration opportunities.

Sarasota County upgrades fingerprint system from Morpho/Safran

Sarasota County upgrades fingerprint system from Morpho/Safran

Editor / Provider: Morpho | Updated: 9/11/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff Tom Knight has a new tool that is allowing his office to find answers to old cold crime cases. The County recently completed an upgrade of their 10-year old Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), installing the world's most up-to-date and accurate fingerprint matching technology, the Morpho Biometric Identification Solution (MorphoBIS), from MorphoTrak, a subsidiary of Morpho (Safran).

The AFIS includes tenprint, palmprint, and latent fingerprint processing, and allows searches of criminal databases at the County, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI level. The MorphoBIS system architecture allows the County to easily incorporate additional biometrics in the future such as face, tattoo, and iris as needed.

“We are very pleased with our new system. Continuing our 17-year partnership with MorphoTrak was the right decision for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office,” said Captain Jeffrey Bell of the Criminal Investigations Bureau.

“We are getting hits on old crime scene prints that were previously unidentified in our old system,” adds Brenda Viana, AFIS Supervisor."

“Morpho has continued to invest in increasing algorithm accuracy and overall performance for our AFIS technology. This translates directly to more crimes solved, more offenders off the streets, and improved public safety for Sarasota County as well as the hundreds of customers and their constituents that we serve worldwide,” says Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. “As the fingerprint provider to the FBI and the majority of the law enforcement agencies in the U.S., we are quite proud that our cutting-edge technology is helping create safer communities.”

Precise Biometrics launches fingerprint algorithm for Android devices

Precise Biometrics launches fingerprint algorithm for Android devices

Editor / Provider: Precise Biometrics | Updated: 8/23/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Precise Biometrics AB has launched a new software product designed and optimized for embedding fingerprint verification on smartphones and tablets. Precise BioMatch Mobile supports Android, and in the future will also support other mobile operating systems. The new product will be offered to mobile device manufacturers and component providers worldwide.

Precise BioMatch Mobile is a high performance product based on the top ranked algorithms in NIST's Ongoing MINEX and MINEX II evaluations. Precise BioMatch Mobile works with all major sensors in the market, both swipe and area sensors, and has been enhanced for mobile usage to allow for handset specific performance optimization beyond the recorded MINEX test performance.

Thomas Marschall, CEO at Precise Biometrics said, “This product completes our offering to the mobile market. Based on the expectation that fingerprint sensors will become a standard component on smart devices over the next 3 years, we offer a very competitive product with high performance, offering a better user experience to more people - the key to success within this business. We consider the fact that Fingerprint Cards chooses to integrate our technology with their sensors as a confirmation of the high potential in the segment for mobile embedded fingerprint technology. Together with our existing products such as Tactivo and our mobile development toolkits, we are now able to offer a complete range of products that address mobile security issues on all types of devices for a very broad range of requirements.”

MorphoTrak to get fingerprint biometric system from Identity One

MorphoTrak to get fingerprint biometric system from Identity One

Editor / Provider: MorphoTrak | Updated: 8/22/2013 | Article type: Security 50

MorphoTrak, Inc., the US subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), the biometric identity management company, has partnered with Identity One to deliver BIOGUARD, a system that identifies inmates through their fingerprints. The BIOGUARD system from Identity One is specifically designed for the demanding needs and exact requirements of the Correctional Center environment. With the added element of fingerprint matching, jail inmates will no longer be able to switch identities.

With BIOGUARD, the offender intake procedure includes capturing two of the individual's fingerprints (usually the index fingers) on an optical fingerprint capture device from MorphoTrak and entering them into a database. Later, when the individual is released, the fingerprints are again checked. The fingerprint reader scans the finger, and within less than one second, the system determines if the person is who he says he is. If the prints match, the system displays a photograph of the inmate for a visual confirmation of identity.

Maricopa County, Arizona is the first county-wide network to benefit from BIOGUARD with fingerprint biometrics. After a career criminal escaped by convincing another inmate who was being released to hand over his identity, Maricopa County detention officials realized they needed a more secure identification system than wristband-only in their jails.

“This is a simple system, but the benefit for the County is very high and they now have a biometric jail identity management platform that can be easily expanded,” says David Smith, president and CEO of Identity One. ”We are very pleased to have this new system,” says Maricopa Deputy Chief Shelly Bunn. “Our citizens and our community are now safeguarded from inmate identity fraud”.

FPC bundles Precise Biometrics' Fingerprint Algorithm into mobile

FPC bundles Precise Biometrics' Fingerprint Algorithm into mobile

Editor / Provider: Precise Biometrics | Updated: 8/22/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Precise Biometrics AB and Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) have entered into an agreement where FPC will license Precise Biometrics' fingerprint algorithm to further enhance the performance of FPC world leading capacitive sensors. FPC will bundle the algorithm into existing sensor products, primarily targeting mobile phones and tablets. The bundle will further enhance the performance of FPC sensors in terms of accuracy and speed which are important criteria especially in the fast growing mobile and tablet markets.

The integration of Precise Biometrics' algorithm to FPC products is successfully completed and FPC will start offering the bundled product to its partners and OEM customers in Q3 2013.

Johan Carlstr?m, CEO of FPC said, “FPC selected Precise Biometrics as algorithm partner due to impressive performance of their algorithm in combination with our sensors. We strive to offer the best user experience possible for embedded sensors in mobile phones and tablets. Driven by the largest mobile manufacturers in the world, several hundred million users are, in the next two years, expected to purchase smartphones and tablets with built-in fingerprint sensors. It is of paramount importance to ensure these users a smooth, convenient, and secure user experience, thus the selection of Precise Biometrics as partner in algorithms.”

“We are very pleased to work closely with Fingerprint Cards,” said Thomas Marschall, CEO of Precise Biometrics. “Forecasts by leading analysts of +1.5 billion smartphones being sold already in 2015, as well as clear signs that major players currently are working to include fingerprint sensors in their upcoming products, boosts our positive view on the market in the coming years. We also expect that widespread deployment of fingerprint sensors will positively impact our opportunities within the Match-on-Card business.”

Morpho Mobile Gateway helps FBI, AFIS identify suspects

Morpho Mobile Gateway helps FBI, AFIS identify suspects

Editor / Provider: MorphoTrak | Updated: 8/7/2013 | Article type: Security 50

US law enforcement agencies can now benefit from the Morpho Mobile Gateway, developed by Morpho (Safran) and supplied by its U.S. subsidiary, MorphoTrak. This powerful software allows Morpho mobile biometric devices to interface not only with the FBI's Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) database, but with any Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) regardless of the vendor. This means officers can have instant access from any mobile location to far more criminal identity information when attempting to identify suspects.

The Morpho Mobile Gateway creates a bridge between Morpho handheld identification devices like the MorphoIDent and the IBIS Extreme and one or multiple federal, state or local AFIS, regardless of the provider. Morpho devices in the field can now search multiple AFIS simultaneously and receive multiple AFIS search results. Morpho Mobile Gateway provides a single management point for the, upgrades, maintenance, monitoring and reporting of all mobile activity coming from hundreds of mobile devices used by a law enforcement agency.

“This is really revolutionary, that our small handheld MorphoIDents can now be used by any agency, from almost any location in the U.S. to access a vast array of criminal identities in multiple AFIS systems, including the national FBI RISC database containing high priority criminals,” explains Daniel Vassy, President and CEO of MorphoTrak. “We've already seen numerous examples of roadside traffic stops in which our MorphoIDent with the Gateway have refuted false identity information and helped get some of these worst RISC offenders identified and behind bars.”

“The Mobile Gateway has allowed the Arizona Department of Public Safety to offer access to our state-wide AFIS as well as the FBI RISC database to the over 200 law enforcement agencies in Arizona,” stated AZ DPS representative Michele Johnson, AZAFIS Project Manager. “The Mobile Gateway paired with the MorphoIDent mobile fingerprint device has already had many successes, leading to arrests of dangerous criminals with warrants for their arrest in the state system or the FBI RISC database.”

The Morpho Mobile Gateway can become operational on any AFIS in a matter of a few hours. MorphoIDent mobile devices are small, very affordable and extend the reach of verified identities to protect officers and the public. Law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. can now use Morpho's leading mobile identification devices even if they don't have a Morpho AFIS.

Quick updates on Indian market

Quick updates on Indian market

Editor / Provider: | Updated: 8/2/2013 | Article type: Hot Topics

The a&s editorial team recently spoke with several Indian channel players to get the latest market dynamics. Key findings include sizzling demand, “new” brands and deeper localization.

Open Access
The depreciating Indian rupee (to US greenback) has resulted in higher costs and tougher profit-and-loss management for local solution providers to run their businesses, but thanks to ongoing and new projects and more cost-effective solutions and options, the market is continuing its growth momentum with strong demand for robust surveillance and security systems. Promising vertical segments include city surveillance, transportation/traffic infrastructure, energy/utilities, industrial, retail and SMBs, with average homeowners increasingly heeding their own properties.

While surveillance and monitoring have been the main driving force, the need of security has evolved to require better, easier, cheaper, mobile management which has in turn fueled the growth in time/attendance and access/identity management solutions, such as more advanced but affordable fingerprint scanners. For the residential sector, video door phones and video-enabled alarm systems are in great demand, with mobile and smartphone/tablet accessibility becoming a necessity.

Up-and-Coming Brands
The growth potential has attracted new players: IT systems integrators and software developers; the commonality among them and “traditional” security channel players is having sales/service centers nationwide. And this increased pressure on the existing players has pushed some to develop and promote their own-branded products and solutions, to better maintain or enhance profitability. Another noteworthy phenomenon is that Indian solution providers are expanding into neighboring countries Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, for their similarities in language, mentality and product/service requirements.

Go Deeper
For government projects, New Delhi is still inevitably the center of attention for global conglomerates, particularly for LG, Panasonic and Sony. Axis, Bosch, Honeywell, Tyco and UTC, on the other hand, are grooming the IT/telecom vertical with their main offices and key personnel in Bengaluru (better known as Bangalore), while Hikvision and Kaba concentrate on Mumbai and its surrounding region for the vibrant financial and commercial sectors.

Localization is now a whole new ball game. Take Tyco for example; it now has approximately 30 offices in Tier-2 and 3 cities throughout the country, to better promote, install and service made-in-India products/solutions. Hikvision's local joint venture and distributor is in similar markets, with increasingly fortified government ties.

CEM Systems, Bosch secured Central Bank of Nigeria

CEM Systems, Bosch secured Central Bank of Nigeria

Editor / Provider: CEM Systems | Updated: 8/2/2013 | Article type: Commercial Markets

CEM Systems, from Tyco Security Products, announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria has selected the CEM  access control and security management system to secure many of its premises across Nigeria. The systems have been supplied by CEM Approved Reseller Pentagon Distribution.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is charged by the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the overall control and administration of the monetary and financial sector policies of the Federal Government.

CEM access management was chosen because it is a powerful and fully integrated security management system, offering powerful access control, alarm processing, photo badging, power management and integration to third party systems” said Edward Van Trotsenburg Export Manager, Pentagon . “CEM are also able to provide fully integrated biometric solutions with the fingerprint reader. This means that CBN can efficiently increase security levels at required areas.”

“The Central Bank of Nigeria required an access control solution that provides the highest level of security, and that is scalable to meet the needs of their different offices throughout the country now and in the future. Access management was the ideal solution to help CBN meet all their requirements” said Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director, EMEA, CEM Systems. “The Central Bank of Nigeria is one of many recent finance industry wins for CEM Systems and represents a growing trend for CEM in the sector and the African market.”

CEM access control provides an advanced level of integration using industry standard interfaces to link to third party systems. CBN required the CEM system to integrate with Bosch video interface in order to control video and access via one solution. The system application Alarm Event Display (AED) responds to all alarm situations in real time providing a dynamic on-screen interface to external CCTV systems with facilities for CCTV switching, remote door broadcasting and audio output in response to alarm events.

CEM Visual Imaging & Pass Production System allows CBN administrators to produce professional quality permanent and temporary ID passes for staff and visitors. CBN also utilize CEM's Visitor management application. This application has all the power of the original visitor management feature but with the added benefit of being accessible via the web. This means that users can log in remotely via a web page to manage visitors without the need for client access control software on their PC. To meet the requirement for minimal downtime on site, CEM's access server was selected to create a secondary server that can take over from the main server in the event of system failure. The switch between the two servers is automatic and results in zero data loss, with notification of the event being sent to system users and administrators immediately.

In addition to the numerous software options chosen by the Central Bank of Nigeria, a variety of CEM hardware solutions are used on site. CBN is installing CEM's  intelligent card reader, which gives full off-line validation and decision making at the point of entry, even when host communication is not available. The S610e also features a keypad and backlit LCD which provides meaningful messages to cardholders for example Wrong Time Zone, Lost/Stolen Card and Access Granted.

Given CBN's focus on providing the utmost security, CEM biometric fingerprint readers are being deployed in areas that required additional security. The CEM readers is a fully integrated biometric and access control reader that is used to control access to restricted areas, which is managed and monitored by security staff using the CEM system.

Additional hardware also included the Portable reader that can be used for ID card validation at temporary entrances which have no power, and can be used as a mobile device for random checks within pre-defined zones. The display of cardholder details on the reader such as Name, Date of Birth and Job Title and also cardholder photograph, allows for visual verification of cardholders.

Morpho biometrics to defend US law enforcement agencies

Morpho biometrics to defend US law enforcement agencies

Editor / Provider: Morpho | Updated: 8/2/2013 | Article type: Security 50

Morpho is the provider of biometric and identity management solutions in the United States. Every day, a number of US law enforcement agencies rely on Morpho designed and developed automated biometric identification systems for their work.

One of the latest to come onboard is the Orange County Sheriff's Office in California. One of the top law enforcement agencies in the US, it joins a long list of others to put their trust in Safran subsidiary Morpho, the leading provider of biometric identification solutions (fingerprints, iris, facial recognition) today. Morpho's key strengths include its high-performance algorithms, which in a mere few seconds can match digital fingerprints taken on site to records in law enforcement databases. As Clark Nelson, Morpho Sales & Marketing Director, explains, “our Automated Fingerprint Identity Systems (AFIS) are light years ahead of the competition. That's what makes us at Morpho number one in our key markets. It is extremely difficult to accurately identify one digital fingerprint from a database with several millions of entries.”

Simple and accurate
Law enforcement officers take fingerprints using scanners, which then cross-check them against the AFIS databases. “We recently developed a portable terminal no bigger than a cell phone so it can be used on the go – like for ID checks in the street and at emergencies, etc. – without compromising the system's speed or accuracy,” says Nelson. “The police officer just asks the person to place a finger on the scanner surface. Then, it takes a digital copy of their fingerprint and searches for any possible matches in local and nation-wide databases.” While Morpho's AFIS currently boast 99.99% accuracy, Nelson assures us that “we're planning to invest so we can keep improving the system. A 0.01% improvement can make a huge difference in the amount of criminals caught.”

The FBI has also migrated to the latest generation of Morpho's digital fingerprint matching solution. Three times as accurate as the FBI's former system, the Morpho solution will make it possible to cross-check fingerprints from old crime scenes, potentially solving a backlog of cold cases.

Customer still comes first
“While we obviously appreciate the technology's performance, we're also especially receptive to customer service, and Morpho has always been extremely responsive and efficient,” says Karl Wilmes, Deputy Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. And Clark Nelson, for whom customer service forms the very core of Morpho's commercial strategy, could not agree more: “we're here to build long-term relationships with our customers, and giving them the attention they need is one of the absolute fundamentals of our business policy. It's not just our technological prowess that wins us practically all of our calls for tender. We also owe it to the excellent relationships we have with our customers. Like the FBI for over 40 years and the Central Bureau of Investigation for over 20 years!”

MorphoTrust enrolls 1.5 million drivers in HTAP

MorphoTrust enrolls 1.5 million drivers in HTAP

Editor / Provider: MorphoTrust | Updated: 7/31/2013 | Article type: Security 50

MorphoTrust USA (Safran), the exclusive enrollment services provider to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in support of the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program (HTAP), announced that it has enrolled a total of 1.5 million commercial drivers at 135 enrollment centers. In this program, screened, trained and vetted trusted agents collect the biographic and biometric data for the 200,000 truck drivers who require a Hazardous Materials Endorsement on their commercial driver licenses each year.

In 2004, TSA launched the HTAP program in response to the USA PATRIOT Act. With this law, Congress directed TSA to perform fingerprint-based background checks for truck drivers who haul hazardous materials. TSA created HTAP as an "agent service" offering that allows states to either participate or create their own solutions to meet this mandate.

In June, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles announced its intention to begin using the TSA's HTAP agent service later this year. With this commitment, South Carolina becomes the 40th state to elect the TSA's service since the program's inception.

TSA first selected MorphoTrust to provide the HTAP service in November 2004. In 2012, TSA selected MorphoTrust as the prime contractor to transition multiple programs, including HTAP and the Transportation Worker Identity Credential, into a consolidated service with convenient locations for individuals requiring enrollment and registration for programs serviced by TSA – Universal Enrollment Service.

“Universal Enrollment Service is the embodiment of MorphoTrust's commitment to simplify, protect and secure the lives of Americans as we ensure the identity of transportation workers in a highly secure, yet convenient way,” said Bob Eckel, MorphoTrust CEO. “With our experience with these programs, and others that require the vetting of individuals with multiple biometrics, MorphoTrust is well positioned to deliver solutions of this significance and sensitivity.”


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