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Facial Recognition Technology Helps Find Criminals, Poses Concerns

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s FACES system utilizes millions of mugshots from across the state, along with the state’s drivers license database, to confirm identities of persons of interest and suspects of crimes.

It is the the largest facial recognition database in the nation.

“It’s not only used to help put a bad guy in jail, it’s used to help identify a body that’s pulled from the woods, or that’s pulled from the water,” said Jason Ruberto, a technical specialist who maintains the database.

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Tracking the Culprit: SEC Technologies and Fraunhofer IPK develop Technology to Identify Criminal Activities in Enterprise Networks

Violence, extremism and child abuse: A lot of criminal activities are captured in images and distributed via internet and social media. But how can companies protect their network if being abused for such a purpose? If operators do not want to be unwilling accomplices, they must meet necessary measures to prevent these crimes. SEC Technologies, SEC Consult's subsidiary for technical innovation and development, and Fraunhofer IPK set a technical milestone in identifying criminal images.

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Edesix Launch New Head and Torso Mounted Body Worn Cameras

Edesix, a market leader in the provision of Body Worn Camera solutions, has announced the launch of new head and torso mounted cameras.

The X-100 is a side-mountable tactical head camera, ideal for use on headwear as currently utilised by police firearms divisions. The X-100 offers automatic rotation of footage, meaning it can be worn on either side of the head without requiring user configuration to rotate footage.

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Airline Association Calls for Biometric Security Instead of Electronics Ban

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) has called for a hold on any electronics ban expansion to Europe, calling instead for a “green-list” of passengers validated by biometrics.

Speaking at the Aviation Festival Americas with more than 60 airlines, APEX CEO Joe Leader said passengers can be cleared to carry electronics on restricted routes through the biometric facial recognition initiative being put forward by the U.S. DHS CBP in place of the electronics ban.

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Lowe’s Iris Smart Home Security System Expands with New Professional Monitoring Service

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. has announced the release of a professional monitoring service for the all-inclusive, market-leading price of $14.95 per month for its Iris smart home security system. The new professional monitoring service gives residential customers the ability to have emergency responders dispatched to their homes in the event of a security, smoke, carbon monoxide or panic alarm with no long-term contract required.

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Gemalto and Veridos Strengthen Citizen Identity Security with eID Cards for Macao SAR Government

Gemalto , the world leader in digital security, is partnering with Veridos, a German company specializing in Identity Solutions, to supply contactless electronic identity cards (eIDs) to the Macao Special Administrative Region Government (Macao SAR Government). Under the collaboration, Gemalto is the subcontractor responsible for providing the physical cards, enhanced with security features and seamlessly incorporating Veridos' operating system software solution. The partnership will ensure a steady and consistent supply of smart eID cards to the government.

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39% of Buyers of Iot Tech Fail to Protect Smart Buildings Against Cyber Attack

Conducted by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT, the survey also revealed that 49% believed the cyber threat to unsecured networks was a potential barrier to adoption of connected technologies.

“These figures are very concerning, particularly when you consider the inherent risks in the modern day of not securing your business from hackers,” said Steve Martin, head of specialist groups at the ELA.

“Clearly this is an area which clients urgently need to address, given the anticipated growth in smart installations over the coming years.”

‘Smart’ or ‘connected’ technology is characterised as products that enable devices to communicate with each other, be controlled remotely via an internet connection and undertake automated and reactive tasks. This covers installations such as lighting, audio visual, fire, security and HVAC.

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Numbers of Burglaries in Germany are Slightly Falling

In the last ten years, the number of burglaries in Germany has steadily increased. According to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), the figures for 2016 have fallen by 9.5%, compared to the previous year. However, the risk of burglary in one's own home should not be underestimated.

The recently published criminal statistics published by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) for the year 2016 shows that in the past year 151,265 break-ins were registered nationwide. The clearance rate of these crimes is only 16.9%. In comparison to the previous year (2015: 167,136 cases) the figures represent a decline of 9.5%.

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Huawei and Pegasus Sign a Global MoU to Bring Greater Safety and Security to Smart Cities

Huawei’s Global Safe City Summit 2017 was held in Dubai under the theme "Leading New ICT, The Road to Collaborative Public Safety". At the summit, Huawei entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pegasus, a DarkMatter company, to develop and deploy joint smart and safe city big data solutions tailored to customer requirements. The agreement will see the companies jointly develop technology and professional capabilities, including but not limited to products and services leveraging Huawei’s Public Safety Cloud solution and Pegasus’ big data analytics applications.

The MoU sees Pegasus combine its Big Data Analytics solutions, Smart City Big Data applications and Safe City Big Data applications with elements of Huawei’s FusionInsight Big Data platform solutions to target Smart City environments and provide customers with an efficient, open, and collaborative cloud experience.

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Evolis Launches a New Product Line for the Instant Issuance of Payment Cards Using a Patented Technology

Evolis, world leader in decentralised issuance of payment cards, strengthens its position with the launch of three new systems dedicated to instant card issuance in bank branches. The new product line enhances the group’s worldwide offer for banks with new functionalities complying with the international security guidelines for the instant issuance of payment cards in bank branches.