National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) Facilitates Inclusion of Biometric Access Control Products in Critical Infrastructure Catalogue

National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) has announced an updated process for companies offering biometric products for physical access control to be featured in the Catalogue of Security Equipment. National Protective Security Authority, formerly the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, is the national technical authority in the United Kingdom for physical and personnel protective security, maintaining expertise in counter terrorism as well as state threats.

The Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE), maintained by NPSA, serves as a comprehensive repository essential for NPSA partners. NPSA works with partners to target and harden the UK’s economy, infrastructure, industries and crowded places. NPSA undertakes this through campaigns, training, guidance, and advice offering, which includes helping organisations of all sizes and sectors to recognise, identify and mitigate security risks by implementing proportionate and practical protective security measures.  One of the offerings is the assurance of products and the maintenance of the CSE.

NPSA aims to enhance the overall security infrastructure by ensuring that only rigorously tested and approved biometric access control products find their place in the CSE. This initiative not only strengthens the security posture of entities but also fosters innovation and reliability within the biometrics industry.

As part of this initiative, NPSA has outlined a transparent process for vendors seeking inclusion of their biometric access control products in the Catalogue of Security Equipment. Interested companies are required to submit their systems to the NPSA approved test lab for an evaluation against the NPSA test standard.

NPSA’s test standard, titled ‘Biometric Authentication in Automatic Access Control Systems,’ delineates operational requirements, strengths and weaknesses, threats associated with biometric systems, and performance measurements. This standard  encompasses system design and construction, guidance on selecting a biometric modality, and considerations for installation and maintenance. The standard has been specifically crafted for the biometric access control vendor community, addressing both access control and biometric capability aspects, with particular emphasis on security of biometric-enabled AACS systems.

For more information about NPSA and the inclusion process for biometric access control products, please visit:

About National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) 

The UK Government’s National Technical Authority for Physical and Personnel Protective Security. NPSA works with partners in government, police, industry and academia to reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure.

U.S. academic institutions get biometric upgrades with new partnerships

ROC to offer in-kind gift of SDK access for staff and students at WVU

A press release says ROC (formerly Rank One Computing), which provides U.S.-made biometrics and computer vision for military, law enforcement and fintech, is enhancing biometric systems engineering exploration at West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, as an in-kind gift to benefit future students.

The gift enables students and faculty in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to access ROC’s software development kit (SDK) for research and coursework in computer vision, biometrics, AI and machine learning, data science, cybersecurity and other areas. It has been made through the nonprofit WVU Foundation.

“This partnership will give students valuable, hands-on experience with innovative technologies that are increasingly critical for both government and commercial applications,” says Scott Swann, CEO of ROC. “It goes hand-in-hand with ROC’s mission of promoting homegrown innovation at its core.”

Jeremy Dawson, associate professor in the Lane Department, says ROC’s “cutting-edge recognition software will give students the opportunity to apply these tools in research projects funded by the Center for Identification Technology Research and other agencies. It also provides unique learning and training opportunities that students would not normally receive.”

Per its release, ROC, “the only American-made multimodal biometrics and computer vision provider,” is the NIST’s top ranking global facial recognition provider in combined accuracy and efficiency.

Ingenium Biometrics partnership trained on biometrics research

Ingenium Biometric Laboratories is forming a partnership with the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), focused on biometric research projects. It aims to develop further research to support the global biometrics industry and drive innovation to address critical challenges in the field.

Areas of investigation will include demographic bias, deepfake technologies and AI.

“We are thrilled to partner with the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science in our shared pursuit of advancing biometric technologies,” says Chris Allgrove, co-founder at Ingenium Biometric Laboratories. “This collaboration represents a powerful synergy between industry and academia, enabling us to push the boundaries of innovation and develop groundbreaking research and testing capabilities for the biometrics industry.”

Ingenium Biometric Laboratories and University of Southampton announce strategic collaboration in biometric technology research

Ingenium Biometric Laboratories, a leading innovator in biometric technologies research and testing, and the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) proudly announce their partnership in biometrics research projects.

This collaboration represents a significant opportunity to develop further research and development capabilities to support the global biometric technology industry. This strategic alliance will leverage the combined expertise and resources of both organisations to drive innovation and address critical challenges in the field of biometrics.

Together, they will focus on exploring the performance and security of biometric technology, including the development of research projects relating to the role of demographic bias, deep fake technologies and artificial intelligence.

“We are thrilled to partner with the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science in our shared pursuit of advancing biometric technologies,” said Chris Allgrove, co-founder at Ingenium Biometric Laboratories. “This collaboration represents a powerful synergy between industry and academia, enabling us to push the boundaries of innovation and develop groundbreaking research and testing capabilities for the biometrics industry.”

Professor of Biometric Technologies Richard Guest, from the School of Electronics and Computer Science, said: “Southampton is at the forefront of pioneering new research for the future of biometrics. Combining our expertise with Ingenium will bring about new opportunities and develop technologies in an industry of national importance for the UK.”

About Ingenium Biometric Laboratories:

Ingenium is a research and innovation laboratory, helping organisations test and trust identity, biometric and age estimation technology, to enable organisations to use them with confidence in their digital and business transformation initiatives. Ingenium is also the UK’s independent biometrics laboratory for the National Protective Security Authority (NPSA) including for critical national infrastructure. 

About University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science: 

The University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science is a world-renowned hub for research and education in biometrics, computer science, electronics, and related disciplines.