Daily Archives: August 22, 2010

CIA to award contract for full skeletal scans in airports

WSU tries for CIA contract with skeletal identification

Technology could help identify terrorists

Fingerprints and facial recognition software can be tricked, say researchers

daytondailynews.com | Aug 11, 2010

By Christopher Magan

FAIRBORN — Wright State University Research Institute is one of a dozen groups chosen from a field of 500 applicants to submit plans to the Central Intelligence Agency for cutting-edge technology to identify potential terrorists and other suspects.

University researchers working to develop what they believe is the nation’s first bone-scanning identification system should know next year whether the CIA will opt to use their biometric identifier.

Each skeletal structure is unique and can be identified with X-rays by measuring bones, the distance between them and bone density. Existing identification systems like fingerprints and facial recognition software can be tricked, say researchers tasked with developing the new technology.

“We think this is spoof-proof,” said Julie Skipper, an associate professor and biomedical engineer, who expects a prototype to be ready by this time next year.

Skipper is working with fellow researcher Phani Kidambi to develop the idea of S. Narayanan, the dean of the engineering and computer science college, who envisions the technology being used at points of entry into the country.

The research is the latest example of a push by Wright State and other universities to solve real-world problems, said Ryan D. Fendley, director of the research institute.

“The face can be disguised or disfigured, but the skeleton is always there,” said Kidambi. “Even twins have different bone structures.”

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Summer of 2010 likely to be coldest on record for North Pole

Based on data from the Danish Meteorological Institute, the summer of 2010 is likely going to be the coldest on record for areas north of 80 degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere. This would be the area immediately surrounding the North Pole.

inforum.com | Aug 22, 2010

By Daryl Ritchison

The DMI has been collecting and estimating temperatures in that area since 1958. Temperatures are estimated using actual buoy data collected from the Arctic Ocean in combination with computer model analysis of that region.

Although the areas around the North Pole never experience much warmth, with midsummer temperatures averaging only in the mid- to upper 30s, this summer has estimated temperatures hovering only around the freezing point or lower in recent weeks.

Not only has the high Arctic experienced cooler-than-normal temperatures lately, but so have areas near the South Pole. Antarctica is currently experiencing a cold winter with Antarctic sea ice extent currently at record high levels for this time of year.

Mexican city to track public with iris scanners


Caught on camera: One of Global Rainmakers’ iris scanners

Mexican city introduces real time iris scanners to track citizens

Proponents of the system believe that everyone on the planet will be connected to an iris tracking system within the next 10 years.

metro.co.uk | Aug 19, 2010

by Joe Crowther

The Mexican city of Leon is set to install a series of iris scanners – capable of tracking up to 50 people per minute – to track up to 1 million citizens.

The scanners, from biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers, don’t require people to stop and be scanned, instead capturing images while citizens walk around the city.

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Big Brother: Eye-scanners being installed across one Mexican city

Mexican City Tracks Public With Iris Scanners

The largest scanners can capture up to 50 people per minute, while smaller devices range from 15 to 30 people. The devices are currently being installed in a number of public places such as train and bus stations and are connected to a central database designed to track people as they move about the city.

City officials are hoping that retinal scans will help reduce crime and fraud. Jeff Carter of Global Rainmakers stated: ‘If you’ve been convicted of a crime, in essence, this will act as a digital scarlet letter. If you’re a known shoplifter, for example, you won’t be able to go into a store without being flagged. Certainly for others, boarding a plane will be impossible.’

The one million citizens in Leon have all been offered the opportunity to voluntarily scan their eyes, while convicted criminals have automatically been added to the system. Proponents of the system believe that everyone on the planet will be connected to an iris tracking system within the next 10 years.