KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Updated 03 June 2016
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KSU scientists granted American patent on biometric security

Three scientists from King Saud University (KSU), which is leading the vanguard in the Kingdom for academic excellence, have been granted a US patent on biometric security.
“KSU scientists Imran Razzaq, Khaled Alghathbar and Muhammad Khurram Khan earned the patent on their new invention titled “face recognition using multilayered discriminant analysis under patent number 9,355,303 in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),” a media coordinator at KSU said.
They expressed gratitude to the KSU leadership and Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Program (IPTL) for encouragement, support and assistance toward this major scientific breakthrough, he said.
This was created after research and development work at the Center of Excellence in Information Assurance (CoEIA) at KSU, and the results of the research were presented at an international conference in South Korea, while a paper was published in an ISI-indexed international journal.
Commenting on their research the scientists said, “this invention is a landmark research in face recognition, which can be applied for human identification in civil, defense as well as commercial biometric applications.”
“We are enthusiastic and passionate about the commercialization of this invention and hope our research outcomes and passion meet with the new goals and objectives of Vision 2030 to transform the Kingdom into a knowledge-based economy.”
Notably, the human face plays a key role in our daily social interactions and identification purposes, hence, automated face recognition has become one of the most important research areas of human identification or biometrics.
In the last few decades, biometric recognition has been an intensive field of research and development, and the human face has been a popular biometric identification factor used for investigative, security and anti-terrorism purposes due to its ease of use and potential ability to identify an individual from distance.
Automated face recognition is vital to perform real-time recognition of a person from a large-scale database.
Compared to other biometric systems, face identification has distinct advantages because of its non-contact interaction with the sensor or camera.
Face images can be captured from a distance without touching the person being identified, and the identification does not require interacting with the person.
In addition, face recognition could serve in crime deterrent because face images that have been recorded and archived in a database can later help in the identification of criminals.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), first used face biometrics in smart biometric passports, or e-passports, for border crossing and immigration purposes.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.