Allevate is pleased to be cooperating with CyberExtruder who have just announced the release of Aureus 3D Version 5.7, which achieves product performance at speeds unprecedented in the industry. CyberExtruder says “With our 128-byte face template size – the smallest in the industry – we can perform matching on a database of 7.5 billion people (the world population) in 4.69 seconds. With speeds at this level coupled with superior accuracy and scalability, Aureus 3D Version 5.7 will change the industry. There’s nothing of its kind anywhere.”  

CyberExtruder Announces the Release of Aureus 3D Version 5

Allevate’s founder is quoted in an article by Mark Smith, entitled “Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are“. Carl Gohringer, founder and director at Allevate, a facial recognition firm that works with law enforcement, intelligence and government agencies, says: “The amount of media – such as videos and photos – available to us as individuals, organisations and businesses, and to intelligence and law enforcement agencies, is staggering. “We’re well beyond the point where all of it is usable or viewable by us as human beings. So technology will be applied that results in new and interesting mechanisms […]

Allevate Quoted in a BBC News Article on Face Recognition

2017 is now well underway so I wanted to take a moment and wish everybody a Happy New Year and provide a brief update. Face-Searcher launched with Facewatch in Brazil After having jointly launched Allevate’s new Face-Searcher Face Recognition  as a Service in Brazil last year in partnership with Facewatch, we are very pleased and excited by the uptake of the service that we have been seeing so far. Upcoming Face-Searcher launch in the UK Having initially launched our service successfully overseas, we are now working very hard to negotiate hosting agreements with a strategic hosting partner and we will be looking to launch […]

Happy New Year. A Brief Update from Allevate. See us ...

There has been increasing press coverage pertaining to developments of anti-surveillance clothing and paraphernalia to counter the effectiveness of face recognition, such as this recent article in the Guardian: Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition.     The real issue with regards to the continuous development of anti-surveillance paraphernalia and the ability of technology suppliers to circumvent it is not an issue of technology, but rather a social one. Advocates and opponents will continuously be leap-frogging each other with their ability to detect and to counter. What we should be focusing on is understanding the reason for dissent […]

The Rise of Anti-Surveillance Clothing

  Allevate’s Cloud-hosted Face-Searcher face recognition service integrated with Facewatch’s digital crime reporting system to feature in UK Security Expo’s Securing Crowded Places Immersive Demonstrator. Nationally available in Brazil, UK launch imminent.   LONDON, UK 25th November 2016: Allevate and Facewatch today announce that Allevate’s Face-Searcher, a cloud-hosted face recognition service integrated with Facewatch’s online crime reporting system, will feature in the Securing Crowed Places Immersive Demonstrator at the UK Security Expo on the 30th November and 1st December 2016 at Olympia, London. After its successful Brazilian launch, the integrated offering is now due for imminent launch in the UK. […]

Combatting Crime and Protecting Crowded Places. Face Recognition in the ...

Allevate is pleased to participating with Sungard Availability Services in the Securing Crowed Places Immersive Demonstrator at the UK Security Expo on the 30th November and 1st December 2016 at Olympia, London. The Immersive Demonstrator at UK Security Expo 2016 will be under the theme of ‘Securing Crowded Places’ run in association with The Home Office JSaRC, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and other relevant Government Departments. Using the event venue itself as the place to be protected, the aim is to provide an integrated experience in which visitors are able to see innovative technologies and techniques […]

Allevate in the Securing Crowded Places Immersive Demonstrator at UK ...

Allevate is actively seeking global distributors and agents for its new cloud-hosted Face-Searcher Service integrated with Facewatch’s secure online crime reporting service. The integrated offering enables businesses, public and police to tackle low-level crime by sharing images within groups and then utilise cloud-hosted face recognition to raise alerts back to the business. Key Benefits: No complicated software to install or maintain. Enables businesses to collaborate with each other and the police by sharing imagery. Integrated with the industry’s best biometric algorithms. Affordable monthly service fee with no or minimal up-front capital expenditure.   Already launched in Brazil, the integrated service is available globally and we are […]

Allevate Seeking Global Distributors and Agents for Face-Searcher Service

A test-run of Allevate’s Face-Searcher service integrated with the online Facewatch crime reporting system: A camera with a lightweight laptop in the UK Detecting and cropping faces from the video stream Submitting image files of cropped faces for ultra-scalable and accurate face matching in the Cloud in Amazon Web Services in USA. … with Watchlist data syncronised with a Facewatch test instance in Amazon Web Services in Brazil … reporting Alerts to the Facewatch test subscriber back in the UK, all in under 3 seconds from sighting of suspect. Why? Because we can, and to demonstrate the flexibility of our cloud-based matching system.   […]

Allevate’s Face-Searcher in Action: Cloud-Enabled Face Recognition

  Allevate is pleased to be co-operating with Civica UK help enable their service offering on the UK’s Crown Commercial Service Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 8. Digital Biometric Forensic Services A holistic service for the management and processing of Forensic Evidence and Records. Providing a central asset management hub and additional best of breed modules for fingerprint, photo and video analysis and face recognition software. Proven integration with third party applications and hosted in a compliant IL3 environment. Features Civica FileTrail Evidence and Asset Tracking software FISH Forensic Image Scanning Hub MXServer Face Recognition Software Sungard IL3 Compliant Official Assured Zone […]

Allevate Cooperates with Civica UK Ltd to Help Enable their ...

  Allevate’s Cloud-Hosted Face-Searcher Face Recognition Service integrated with the Facewatch secure online crime reporting system is launched in Brasil. This integrated offering, to all organisations large or small, enables the provision of face recognition in the cloud, matching against data-sets created from real-time crime reporting.   LONDON, UK and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 17 August 2016:  Allevate today announces the launch of its Face-Searcher service, enabling organisations, large or small, to utilise facial recognition as a hosted cloud service. Additionally, Facewatch, the secure online crime reporting system, announces immediate availability of an integrated Facewatch and Face-Searcher offering, launching initially in Brasil. Facewatch enables organisations to report crimes online […]

Cloud Face Recognition Integrated with Secure Online Crime Reporting Launched ...

Powerful Cloud-Enabled Video and Photographic Forensic Analysis System Incorporating Face Recognition is available to all UK government, intelligence and law-enforcement agencies to assist in combatting crime and terrorist activities. MXSERVER, enabled by Sungard Availability Services, automates the bulk-processing of media for forensic analysis and is already proven by US Federal agencies to provide an “Order of Magnitude” efficiency gain and significantly enhanced identification of suspects. LONDON, UK 02 August 2016:  Allevate today announces that MXSERVER is available on the UK Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 8 Framework.  Allevate’s SaaS G-Cloud offering is enabled by Sungard Availability Services, who provides a Secure Managed Cloud IaaS and PaaS platform, with […]

Allevate Announces Availability of SaaS Face Recognition Service on UK’s ...

From US SPIES TRAIN COMPUTERS TO SPOT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN LIVE VIDEOS “Last year, a facial recognition system was used on live video from surveillance cameras at the European Games, in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to the tool’s developer, Tygart. During the June 2015 event, organizers watched a webpage that could issue an alert if a face in the crowd matched that of an individual on a watch list. ” Baku2015 was the inaugural European Olympic Committee’s First European Games and was attended by 6,000 athletes from over 50 countries over 16 days, with over 600,000 tickets sold. MXSERVER is a […]

“Facial recognition system was used on live video from surveillance ...

Integrated Offering Combines MXSERVER’s Proven Ability to Massively Scale the Processing of Vast Quantities of Video and Photographs with the NIST Demonstrated Accuracy of Toshiba’s Face Recognition Library       London, UK — 15 March 2016 – Allevate Limited today announced that, working cooperatively with Tygart Technology, it is now offering Toshiba’s Face Recognition Software Library as an integrated component of Tygart’s MXSERVER™ to enable European government, law enforcement and security agencies to further enhance public safety. MXSERVER is an algorithm-agnostic, cloud-enabled system that processes vast quantities of video and photo collections to transform these digital assets into searchable resources by […]

Allevate Now Offering Toshiba’s Face Recognition Integrated with the MXSERVER ...

The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. It is now capable of providing reliable results in real-world environments; the technology is being deployed in airports today to enable everything from automated immigration processes, improved surveillance, security and seamless passenger travel, to the gathering of valuable statistical information pertaining to passenger movements. 1.0 The Business Environment Airports are complex environments involving multiple stakeholders with conflicting requirements: Government and border control. Police. Airport operators. Airlines. Retailers. All parties must comply with all Government regulations and utilise the latest documents and passports from multiple issuing states while adhering to all security requirements. 2.0 Current […]

Face Recognition in Airports

Allevate is now offering Tygart’s new MXMOBILE™ FaceID System for smart mobile devices to enable European government and law enforcement agencies to access an MXSERVER™ system to identify faces on the move.   London, UK 6th August 2015– Allevate Limited today announced that, working cooperatively with Tygart Technology, it is now offering Tygart’s new MXMOBILE™ FaceID System for smart mobile devices to enable European government and law enforcement agencies to access an MXSERVER™ system to identify faces on the move. MXSERVER is a cloud-architected system that processes vast quantities of video and photo collections to transform these digital assets into […]

Cloud-Based Face Recognition now Accessible from Smart Mobile Devices to ...

  Solution Offers Enhanced Forensic Video and Photo Functionality for Defence, Intelligence, National Security and Law Enforcement Agencies     London, UK, 21st January 2015 –  Allevate Limited today announced the availability of the latest version of MXSERVER from Tygart Technology, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise grade video and photographic analysis and biometric recognition systems. MXSERVER is a cloud-architected face recognition system that processes vast quantities of video and photo collections, quickly transforming files extracted from police body cameras, online sources, surveillance systems, confiscated phones and computers and, increasingly, “crowd-sourced” from members of the public. MXSERVER can transform these digital assets into searchable resources […]

Allevate Offers New Version of MXSERVER, utilising Facial Recognition; Provides ...

  Addition of a  highly reputable associate further enhances Allevate’s ability to support border enforcement and immigration to combat organised crime, fight terrorism and enhance public order whilst improving operational efficiency.   London, UK, 21st July 2014: Allevate today announced the addition of a  senior associate highly experienced in the area of border management. This addition enhances our ability to address the needs of operational border management and immigration enforcement clients with the application identification technology and its practical application in critical infrastructure as well as adds to our operational knowledge of business change management within the context of large government programmes. Supporting Allevate’s client and project focused activities henceforth shall be Ian […]

Allevate Enhances Operational Border Management Expertise

  Face Recognition and other detection technologies in a Government Cloud. Bulk media processing (ie body worn video) for UK Gov, Police and Intelligence. “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) model ensures optimal purchasing flexibility. Now available in the UK GCloud Cloudstore. Provides an “Order of Magnitude” efficiency gain. Already proven with US Federal Agencies. LONDON, UK 28th May 2014: Identity E2E and Allevate Limited today announced the Cloud-hosted availability of MXSERVER to improve the efficiency of police and intelligence operations in combatting organised crime, terrorist activities and civil unrest. As trained investigators can now spend a fraction of the amount of time repetitively […]

Face Recognition & Media Analysis in the Cloud available to ...

Allevate announces that it will be presenting a cloud-based media analysis solution incorporating face recognition that is used by the US DoD at the upcoming Counter Terror Expo 2014 Conference in London, UK,  on the 30th April 2014 .     London, UK, 25th April 2014: Allevate today announced that it will be presenting Tygart Technology’s MXSERVER, a media analysis and face recognition solution currently being used by the US Department of Defense, at this year’s Counter Terror Expo conference at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The presentation, entitled Countering the Terrorist Threat via Digital Media Analysis, will occur in the Practical Counter Terrorism Conference, […]

Allevate Presents on Cloud-Based Media Analysis and Face Recognition at ...

  Allevate Presents MXSERVER from Tygart Technology Security concerns are increasing. Incidents of public disorder and organized crime are on the rise. The challenges for security services grow more complex. The 7/7 and Boston bombings vividly illustrated the impact of smaller, less sophisticated and more fragmented extremist activities. Simultaneously, Governments are implementing the most severe budget cuts of recent times. In this landscape, technology can play an increasingly vital role in more efficiently enhancing public safety. Our security services are faced with a relentless increase in digital media – from police body cameras , online sources such as Facebook and […]

Video:Enhancing Public Safety with Automated Media Analysis

… in the Practical Counter Terrorism Conference, Day 2, 301th April, 2014   Countering the Terrorist Threat via Digital Media Analysis Exploiting digital media to enhance public safety whilst reducing operational budgets Easy and cost-effective routes to access the intelligence in digital media held by law enforcement and intelligence agencies Using face recognition technology to depict individuals of interest  

Allevate is Pleased to be Presenting at the 2014 Counter ...

2013 is looking to have been a pivotal year for Allevate. It has been a year of new challenges and new focus. A successful business is defined by more than monetary success. It encapsulates positive social and societal impact. Whilst it has not been easy, I firmly believe our endevours have real potential to make a difference by contributing to the safety of our society and enhancing the efficiency of our public services. Looking back at 2013, new relationships and partnerships have been established, new friendships forged and a nascent and growing team established with synergistic enthusiasm, vision, drive and […]

Merry Christmas from Allevate and Looking Forward to what the ...

  Massively interesting talk, that steers through the issues and concepts expertly. Too often the debate is positioned at its polarised extremes: Privacy is dead, bring on the technology Kill the technology, save our privacy … but I fervently believe it’s not a dichotomy. The always connected world and the ever increasing need for us to share more and more information does not kill privacy, it fuels the need for it. With the current rate of change, to refuse to share data will disenfranchise one from society. But as we “need” to share data, we should focus more and more […]

Why Privacy Matters

I’m incredibly pleased with the array of talent that is now cooperatively working with Allevate. Today’s announcement detailing the individuals that are supporting Allevate’s mission to enhance public safety through the application of identification technologies whilst improving the operational efficiency of law enforcement and government agencies reflects on the powerful benefits our solutions can provide. Amazing biomotric technology is not enough. A scalable and proven cloud-based architecture that blends the matching algorithms in a manner that adopts to the forensic investigation workflow seamlessly, coupled with deep insight of customer challenges and processes, is required to ensure maximum benefit.

Incredible Talent Now Working With Allevate

Appointment of a non-executive director and highly reputable associates further enhances Allevate’s ability to support law-enforcement to combat organised crime, fight terrorism and enhance public order whilst improving operational efficiency.   London, UK, 21st October 2013: Allevate today announced the appointment of a non-executive director and broadens its team through the addition of two senior associates that are highly regarded by industry and the public sector alike. These additions enhance our strong understanding of biometric technology and its practical application in critical infrastructure as well as add operational knowledge of business change management within the context of large government programmes. Allevate, through its partnership with […]

Allevate Appoints Non-Executive Director and Welcomes Senior Associates

Allevate’s Carl Gohringer is pleased to be participating as a panellist at this week’s debate at Biometrics 2013 on privacy within the context of biometrics. Tuesday 15th October, 1600, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK   Privacy at the cross road: A debate on frameworks As biometrics become part of our daily lives, the issue of privacy and the protection of personal identifiable information (PII) such as biometric data is beginning to take centre stage. There will be an exciting opportunity for anonymous audience participation via mobile devices. This debate will review the pressing issues with respect to […]

Biometrics 2013: Privacy at the cross road: A debate on ...

You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. Governments are implementing the most severe budget cuts of recent times. Against this backdrop, threats from terrorism, organised crime and public disorder continue to rise. Yet recent statistics in the UK demonstrate that authorities can remain resilient and still ensure law-and-order. The targeted application of technology can further increase resilience and the readiness to respond to major events. The relentless advance in the accuracy of face recognition technology, increase in the availability of digital media and mass availability of cheap computing power now provide unique opportunities to […]

Article: Intelligence and Efficiency through On-Demand Media Analysis using Face ...

When tragic events or social disorder occur, forensic investigators have a long and daunting task of reviewing countless hours of CCTV footage. Increasingly, especially at public events attended by large numbers of people carrying mobile phones with HD cameras, authorities rely on  members of the public to turn in photographs and videos they have taken in the hope that they will contain useful intelligence. Much of this media is already uploaded to public sites such as Facebook and YouTube, providing another rich source of information. Additionally, police have to review countless hours of media obtained from confiscated computer hard drives, […]

Find People Fast in Media using Cloud-Based Face Recognition during ...

Allevate and Methods join forces to offer a solution that automates forensic bulk-processing of media for intelligence purposes on the Government Procurement Service CloudStore – G-Cloud iii Framework.      The solution is proven with US Federal Agencies to provide an “Order of Magnitude” efficiency gain and significantly enhanced identification of suspects.  LONDON, UK 13th May 2013: Allevate Limited and Methods today announced their collaboration to help improve UK society by making a face recognition and media processing solution to combat organised crime, terrorist activities and civil unrest available on the Government’s CloudStore – G-Cloud iii.  With the explosion in […]

Face Recognition Media Exploitation System for Law Enforcement now available ...

  Allevate and Tygart join forces to offer a solution that automates forensic bulk-processing of media for intelligence purposes to cost-constrained European Law Enforcement. Already proven with US Federal agencies to provide an “Order of Magnitude” efficiency gain and significantly enhanced identification of suspects. LONDON, UK and WASHINGTON, D.C.  9th May 2013: Allevate Limited and Tygart Technology today announced their strategic collaboration to help improve society by providing cost-constrained government agencies with technology to combat organised crime, terrorist activities and civil unrest. Governments across Europe are in fiscal crisis; austerity is the order of the day. Against this backdrop, security risks […]

Revolutionary Face Recognition Media Exploitation System Now Available to Enhance ...

The horror of the events at the marathon in Boston 2 days ago is still very raw. People are united in their sympathy for the victims and their families, their revulsion of these despicable acts and their solidarity in not succumbing to terror. The FBI vows to “…go to the ends of the Earth to find the bomber” with President Obama openly stating the “…heinous and cowardly…” event to be “…and act of terror”. The investigation into the bombing is in its nascent phases, with the Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis admitting that they are dealing with the “…most complex crime scene […]

Could Automating Media Processing Aid the Forensic Investigation into the ...

Driven by growing security concerns arising from increasing terrorist attacks, racial and ethnic disturbances, organised civil unrest, random violence, riots, burglary and physical assaults, the global market for the face and voice biometric technologies is projected to reach US$2.9 billion by the year 2018. Across Europe, governments and law enforcement agencies are increasingly impotent in their ability to combat a deterioration in public safety. The economic crisis that is increasingly fueling public disorder is also paralysing our police and intelligence agencies with draconian budget cuts. Having previously invested heavily in infrastructure, these agencies have at their disposal huge volumes of data in the form of media, but […]

Unlocking Intelligence from Multi-media

There has been an explosion in digital media. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have amassed large collections of video and photographs from multiple sources that are stored in multiple file formats. There is a need to automate the processing of this raw data to turn it into actionable intelligence to enable you to “connect the dots”. Discover how solutions available from Allevate can dramatically save you time and help you to operate more efficiently by applying data mining principles to digital media: Automatically find and match faces from huge stores of videos and photos. Identify individuals from watchlists and track […]

Turn Masses of Video in Archives into Actionable Intelligence

You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. Though biometric technologies have typically been deployed by governments and law enforcement agencies to ensure public, transport and border safety, this improvement in accuracy has not gone unnoticed by retailers and other commercial organisations. Niche biometric companies are being snapped up by internet and social media behemoths to further their commercial interests, and retailers and other enterprises are experimenting with the technology to categorise customers, analyse trends and identify VIPs and repeat spenders. Whilst the benefits to business are clear […]

Article: Face Recognition: Profit, Ethics and Privacy

Interesting article in London’s Independent newspaper on CCTV surveillance and face biometrics. Especially interesting is the view of the combination of biometrics over CCTV with artificial intelligence and behavioral recognition, as this does appear to be the way things are moving. I agree that biometrics, and especially face recognition, can provide huge benefit to society. I also agree that there is a certain level of concern and distrust by large swathes of the population, some of it well-founded, and some of it based on misperception and incorrect knowledge. In either case, I think it is dangerous to simply dismiss these […]

“From grainy CCTV to a positive ID: Recognising the benefits ...

The UK Department of Education has announced that schools will no longer be permitted to take pupils’ fingerprints or other biometric data without gaining parents’ permission. I am a firm believer in the use of biometric technology to further public safety and efficiency. However, a key consideration in the use of this technology should be proportionality; is the collection of such sensitive data justified for the benefit realised? Biometric data by its very nature is sensitive and absolute assurance must be provided that it will managed, secured and used appropriately. Given this, the consent of those whose data will be captured should […]

UK Schools banned from fingerprinting pupils without parental consent

A very interesting piece to spark debate regarding safety versus privacy. WARNING: There are one or two minor instances of less than desirable language, mainly due to the state of annoyance of those being videoed. I do not believe (though I’m not a legal expert) that the person filming did anything illegal, yet people clearly took offence at his actions. The point the cameraman is obviously trying to make is why then do people so willingly accept being recorded by surveillance cameras? I think the main point this film misses, in my opinion, is that people do not understand the purpose […]

Man Films People in Public. Interesting Statement on Surveillance and ...

NEC Europe, leaders in biometric technology and SITA, the air transport IT specialist, announced an agreement to jointly provide an automated border control (ABC) gate solution. It incorporates sophisticated biometrics technology for use at immigration control points at airports in the European Union. The agreement comes as EU member states implement recommendations to move to self-service border control using ABC gates. The speed and accuracy of this SITA/NEC automated border control gate helps speed up passenger flows at border control checkpoints while improving security and resource management. It incorporates face recognition, and optionally fingerprint verification, against e-passport data. Passengers can […]

SITA and NEC announce automated border control partnership

You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. The top performing algorithm in independent evaluations by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now capable of providing reliable results in real-world environments; the technology is being deployed in airports today to enable everything from automated immigration processes, improved surveillance, security and seamless passenger travel, to the gathering of valuable statistical information pertaining to passenger movements. 1.0 The Business Environment Airports are complex environments involving multiple stakeholders with conflicting requirements: Government and border control. Police. Airport operators. […]

Article: Advances in Face Recognition Technology and its Application in ...

NEC Corporation of America announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract with the Western Identification Network, Inc. (WIN) to modernize WIN’s multistate criminal identification system across 8 US states. WIN is a non-profit organisation that provides identification services to law enforcement in: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and California (as an interface member). WIN has been a long-standing customer of NEC America, and this contract was re-competed last year. The re-award of the contract to NEC is a testament to the skill and efforts of their team in Sacramento, and the quality of the NEC […]

Western Identification Network Selects NEC for Criminal AFIS Across 8 ...

News that the Iris biometric gates at Manchester and Birmingham airports have been turned off has been widely reported. (BBC: Eye scanners at England airports turned off, Register: Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners) The comments that this represents a failure of biometric systems started to fly almost immediately. “Multi-million pound eye scanners, billed as a key tool in securing Britain’s borders, have been scrapped.” “…the technology has been beset by problems,…” … are typical of the comments and headlines making their rounds. I admit the gates were not perfect and did require some getting used to in order to […]

Does turning off the Iris system at Manchester and Birmingham ...

Man using iris biometrics to authenticate to ATM
[polldaddy poll=5808478] Turkey, Brunei, Nigeria and Poland are just some of the countries that have already announced biometric ATMs, for example. The use of biometrics at the till for payment is also on the rise. Some cite the fact that there has not been a massive up-take in the use of biometrics in consumer facing applications as evidence that the technology does not yet function to an adequate level of performance. Every large biometric deployment deployment I have been involved in has entailed rigorous and exhaustive testing to clearly demonstrate accuracy performance against clearly and aggressively pre-defined test parameters, in real-world environments, […]

Biometrics in Banking

Of late there have been repeated calls on Twitter for biometric suppliers to publicly release statistics pertaining to the performance of their biometric algorithms, specifically False Accept Rates (FAR) and False Reject Rates (FRR). Whilst not a response to those calls, this post is in part motivated by them. Those repeatedly calling for the release of these figures know in advance that their calls will not be heeded. As they are already well-versed in the technology, they already understand the reasons why. Yet I believe they persist so they can cite the non-responsiveness of suppliers as “evidence” that the technology […]

On Biometric Suppliers Publishing Accuracy Figures

Pressure mounts on Theresa May, and Brodie Clark steps down, citing constructive dismissal. Clark states “Despite pressure to reduce queues, including from ministers, I can never be accused of compromising security for convenience.” Did Brodie Clark exceed his authority?, or is he being made as a scapegoat?, or is this simply a breakdown of internal communication, with both sides believing they are right? The story continues…

Is the Head of UK Border Force being made a ...

The news last week that Brodie Clarke and Graeme Kyle were suspended from the UK Borders Agency following claims that identity checks were relaxed during busy periods at Heathrow raises some interesting questions. Without passing any judgement, I understand in part both why there may have been pressure to do so,  and the government’s decision to undertake suspensions.  The latter is easier to address. Whatever concerns may have existed, freedom to exercise authority cannot fly in the face of direct ministerial guidance.   Having said that, I’m sure the reasons for doing so were well intentioned, and may have resulted […]

UK BA Suspensions

Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond Carl Gohringer December 03, 2003 Bond movies will always be associated with state-of-the-art technology, but few of the products he uses or encounters ever make it into the real world. A car that turns into a submarine might be nice to have or an umbrella that transforms into a rope ladder useful on the odd occasion, but their uses in everyday life are limited. There is one exception to the James Bond rule – biometrics – the technology that uses unique, physical geometry to identify and authenticate individuals. According to market research […]

Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond

The Business Environment It is becoming increasingly important for airlines and airport operators to monitor queue lengths and passenger flows within the airport. Airport operators have invested significant time and money on investigating technologies that can provide useful metrics. Understanding your peak and quiet times is essential to enable sufficient and efficient staffing and resourcing. Raising of alerts when unforeseen queues arise is critical for ensuring passenger satisfaction, as well as for ensuring that all SLAs with other stakeholders, such as airlines or government agencies, are adhered to. Thus far, a common solution has enabled the tracking of bluetooth enabled […]

Using Face Recognition to Monitor Queues and Passenger Flows in ...

Iris Biometrics Major improvements have been realised in the capture capability, enabling Iris capture on the move or from a distance. While this is not an improvement in the SDK matching per say, it has a significant influence on the matching and usability of the system. Face Biometrics There have been significant and drastic improvements in the quality and accuracy of matching performance in a very short period of time in the last few years. This has been demonstrated by recent NIST tests, as well as other independent testing. It is not anticipated this rate of improvement will level out […]

Biometric Trends Improving Performance

While I understand the premise of the “Occupy” demonstrations, I can’t help but feel that they would be more effective if they were also able to propose a solution instead of simply voicing discontent with capitalism.


I’m looking forward to the Biometrics2011 conference in London next week. One of the more interesting presentations is the Biometrics and Identity Matching as a Software Service panel discussion at the end of the last day. In my view, this is a topic that is ripe for discussion, given the current levels of indebtedness of our governments. With the current wave of austerity sweeping the world’s nations at the moment, most programmes entailing large capital expenditure are out, unless they demonstrate significant return on investment in the same fiscal year; large government IT projects take years to re-coup investment. Suppliers […]

Biometrics 2011: Panel Biometric Matching as a Software Service (SaaS)

Allevate Presenting at Biometrics 2011 Synopsis Recent advances in the accuracy of face recognition are resulting in an explosion of its use, coupled with increasingly vociferous cries from privacy advocates. The benefits from the uses of this technology are clear. But does it enable even further and easier harvesting of private information about us as individuals, without our knowledge or consent? This presentation does not attempt to analyse the adherence of face recognition to the nuances of privacy legislation. Rather, it explores the emerging trends in the application of face recognition, from law enforcement and security / surveillance, through to […]

In the wake of the London riots, is the privacy ...

[polldaddy poll=5701230] A Surveillance Society? I’m sat in Heathrow waiting for an early morning departure for a business trip. Sipping my coffee, I look casually around trying to spot the cameras. They’re cleverly hidden. Am I being watched? Doubtful. Am I being recorded? Almost certainly. This is a daily fact of life for most Londoners. It’s widely known that our city is one of the most heavily recorded in the world; a fact that is consistently debated and often criticized. Yet for all the discussion, the fact remains. We don’t like it, but we accept it. Why? Personally, my true […]

Face Recognition: Improved Benefit? Or Erosion of Privacy?