3M Releases LiveScan 5.0 Software

3M Corp’s [MMM] Traffic Safety and Security Division has released 3M LiveScan 5.0 Software, which improves the booking process, through ease of use, increased speed and adaptability by taking the complexity out of fingerprinting. The new software facilitates the capture, storage and dispersal of criminal demographic and biometric information including fingerprints, palm prints, iris, facial, and scars, marks and tattoos images. The software verifies the quality of demographic data entered and an automatic trigger helps capture high-quality biometric images. The software also features real-time image quality check, auto-center, auto-contrast, and sequence verification transpire throughout each booking and ensure that only the best images are selected for submission.

Neurotechnology Releases New SentiVeillance Biometric ID and Object Tracking Algorithm

Lithuania’s Neurotechnology has released SentiVeillance 5.0, a new face recognition algorithm that provides 10 to 15 times higher accuracy for unconstrained facial identification, improving its use for watchlists and other security, surveillance and public safety applications. The latest version of SentiVeillance incorporates the new VeriLook face recognition algorithm featured in MegaMatcher 9.0 and can work with images from surveillance cameras. SentiVeillance uses the face recognition algorithm to match face images against internal databases, such as an authorized personnel or criminal watch list, allowing the application to trigger alerts for recognized or unrecognized faces. SentiVeillance also provides real-time moving object detection, tracking and classification for pedestrians, vehicles and other predefined object classes based on size and speed of movement, and area control by event triggering when people or objects enter, leave or stay in restricted areas.

DHS S&T Hosts First Responders for Jamming Prevention Exercise

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) in July hosted a First Responder Jamming Exercise as part of an effort to identify vulnerabilities in responder communications systems and evaluate the effectiveness of anti-jamming technologies. The exercise involved emergency response scenarios with deliberate jamming of some of their communications. The event was held at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and included more than 40 federal, state and local agencies. “Electronics jamming equipment interferes with vital communication and delays emergency response times,” says Reginald Brothers, under secretary for S&T. “Often this illegal jamming is used to mask illicit activities, such as drug and weapons smuggling and human trafficking. Electronic jammers pose a serious threat to our responders, their missions, our communities and our borders, and DHS S&T continues to work diligently to mitigate this threat.”