Australia to trial world first city surveillance system

Australian cities will be a test bed for ‘next generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics for a level of surveillance impossible with current technology. ICT vendor NEC Australia, a major supplier of biometric software to government, has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics startup CrowdOptic to develop the technology. […]

All aboard the surveillance express (Opinion)

To nobody’s surprise the special COAG anti-terrorism meeting has endorsed the Federal Government’s plans to vastly increase the apparatus of the surveillance state. The leaders of all Australia’s states and territories have agreed to the establishment of a national facial recognition system, based on the photographs and personal information contained on driver’s licences. They have […]

DFAT biometrics panel spans across agency borders

By Paul Hemsley The federal government is looking to deepen its use of facial and voice recognition technology for producing and issuing travel documents through the Australian Passport Office (APO). The APO, which operates under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a request for tender that seeks “specialised biometric support” in […]

Big biometric upgrade for Immigration

By Julian Bajkowski The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has gone to market for a substantial upgrade of its biometric identification systems that use facial recognition and fingerprinting systems to electronically check-up on prospective entrants to Australia. Tender documents released to the market reveal that Immigration authorities are seeking to buy commercial-off-the-shelf technology that will […]


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