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Michael Hardin: CBP Ramps Up Facial Recognition Tech Adoption

Michael Hardin, director of policy at the Customs and Border Protection, touted the capability of facial recognition systems in identifying and verifying individuals during an event in Washington, Nextgov reported Thursday. “But the reality of that is there are some things that machines are better at and there are some things people are better at."

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DoD’s Laser Device Could Help ID People Through Cardiac Signature

An infrared laser device developed for the Department of Defense could help authorities identify individuals from a distance through their unique cardiac signatures, the MIT Technology Review reported Thursday. The Jetson device uses the laser vibrometry technique to detect the heartbeat-linked surface movement from a distance of up to 219 yards or approximately 200 meters.

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CBP Reports Breach of Travelers’ Photos, License Plate Images

The Customs and Border Protection said a cyber attack on a federal subcontractor compromised photos of travelers and license plates, The Washington Post reported Monday. CBP said the data breach was discovered on May 31 and did not include travel document images and other identifying information.

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Urges NIST to Endorse Facial Detection Tech Testing Standards

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) has called on the National Institute of Standards and Technology to recommend best practices and industry standards to facilitate tests of demographic biases related to facial recognition systems. Cleaver made his request through a letter addressed to NIST Director Walter Copan, the congressman’s office said in a news release Tuesday.

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Will Graves: DoD to Assess 5 Biometric Tech Platforms

Will Graves, deputy project manager and chief engineer for biometrics at the Defense Department, has said that DoD will evaluate five different biometrics technologies this year, Federal News Radio reported Tuesday. The report noted the department seeks to explore the potential use of contactless, facial recognition, rapid DNA, video analytics …

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IARPA, NIST Launch Facial Recognition Software Design Challenge

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have introduced a prize competition for facial recognition software developers, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. IARPA’s Face Recognition Prize Challenge aims to create technologies that will work to  analyze non-cooperative images wherein the subjects are unaware when the pictures are taken. Interested developers can register …

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