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New biometric systems; contract bid
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Vilnius, Lithuania (UPI) Apr 11, 2012

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An East European company specializing in biometric identification and object-recognition technologies reports that it has upgraded its product line.

And in a separate development, a Ukrainian-Russian joint venture is pursuing a new contract to provide heavy-lift cargo services to NATO.

Neurotechnology of Lithuania said the upgraded versions of its Software Development Kits are for biometric fingerprint, face, iris and voice identification and object recognition.

The line encompasses VeriFinger 6.5, VeriLook 5.2, VeriLook Surveillance 2.1, VeriEye 2.5, VeriSpeak 1.1 and MegaMatcher 4.3, which are all for biometrics.

Also upgraded is SentiSight 3.1 for object recognition and robotic vision applications.

Also included are new embedded versions of VeriFinger, VeriLook and MegaMatcher as well as the introduction of VeriEye Embedded for iris, VeriSpeak Embedded for voice and SentiSight Embedded object recognition technologies for use in smartphones and other mobile devices.

"Our new product line includes updates to all of our main SDKs, allowing customers to develop faster and more reliable applications," said Neurotechnology Chief Executive Officer Algimantas Malickas.

"The new versions of our embedded SDKs can be used on Android devices for development of a full-range of single or multi-modal biometrics applications and object recognition systems, from simple smartphone applications to large governmental projects."

Updates to Neurotechnology's biometric and object recognition algorithms provide a number of enhancements over previous versions.

Enhancements to VeriFinger 6.5 SDK for fingerprint identification provides a 20 percent decrease in the false rejection rate of the device when set at the same false acceptance rate, while the new VeriFinger Embedded 1.1 SDK uses the new VeriFinger 6.5 algorithm.

VeriLook 5.2 SDK for facial identification also includes improvements in recognition reliability with particular enhancements for recognition of faces that are rotated out-of-plane. Both VeriLook Embedded 1.1 SDK and the new VeriLook Surveillance 2.1 SDK use a new algorithm.

A faster algorithm was added to VeriEye 2.5 SDK for iris identification as well as a new template extraction option; and the new VeriEye Embedded 1.0 SDK, based on the VeriEye 2.5 algorithm, allows for iris recognition through its embedded applications.

Neurotechnology noted that MegaMatcher 4.3 SDK for large-scale biometric solutions is capable for development of multiple biometric solutions using any combination of identification technologies.

In other industry developments in Eastern Europe, Ukraine's Antanov Company and Russia's Volga-Dnepr Group have submitted a joint proposal for a NATO contract for strategic air transportation and have formed a joint venture company to serve it.

The joint venture company for NATO's Strategic Airlift Interim Solution program is called Ruslan SALIS and has headquarters in Leipzig, Germany.

In the contract bid, AN-124-100 heavy-lift aircraft is offered as the candidate for the airlift work.

The companies said that under a 2006 award, it has provided a heavy lift service for 18 countries utilizing the SALIS program.

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British police 'confident' anti-terror hotline not hacked
London (AFP) April 12, 2012 - London's Metropolitan Police said Thursday they were satisfied that recorded conversations between staff on Britain's anti-terrorist hotline were not obtained through hacking.

Hacking group Team Poison had uploaded a four-minute recording, apparently of conversations between staff manning the confidential service allowing people to report suspicious behaviour, to YouTube on Thursday.

A man can be heard saying in the recording that the hotline had received about 700 hoax calls "from a group called Team Poison".

Scotland Yard admitted that conversations between staff had been recorded, but said they were "satisfied that any recording would have been made via the receiving handset only and not from an attack on internal systems".

A police spokeswoman would not elaborate on how the hackers could have obtained recorded conversations between police staff without access to the force's internal communication system.

"We have throughout the day researched the allegation that the anti-terrorist hotline had been 'hacked' and 'activists' claims that they were able to listen unrestricted to confidential communications," the force said.

"We are confident the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) communication systems have not been breached and remain, as they always have been, secure."

Scotland Yard urged members of the public to continue using the service, saying they could "remain confident in the ability to communicate in confidence".

Team Poison is believed to have been behind cyber-attacks on Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg and also on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Facebook page.

In November 2011, the group released more than 100 usernames and login details which they claim were obtained from the United Nations Development Programme.

They also joined forces with rival-hackers Anonymous to launch Operation Robin Hood, which intended to obtain credit card details and make donations to organizations sympathetic to the Occupy Movement.

The security breach is the second involving the British police force in recent months.

In February, Anonymous released a recording of a conference call between Scotland Yard and FBI officials discussing operations against the collective.

The British force said at the time that it believed that none of its systems had been hacked, while the US law enforcement agency said it had launched a criminal investigation into the breach.

In an advertising campaign entitled "It's probably nothing, but...", Scotland Yard promotes its anti-terrorist hotline as a confidential way for people to report behaviour that has raised suspicions.

"We know you may have concerns about speaking to the police -- possibly because your friends or family may find out. But all information passed to the police is treated in the strictest of confidence," it says.


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