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MWC 2017: FPC SenseTouch Brings Pressure Sensitivity to Biometric Sensors

MWC 2017: FPC SenseTouch Brings Pressure Sensitivity to Biometric Sensors

Fingerprint Cards has brought a new feature to its fingerprint sensor technology: pressure sensitivity. Dubbed FPC SenseTouch, the feature allows specific functionality to be triggered by the amount of pressure a finger exerts on the fingerprint sensor. For example, a hard press might take the user directly to the home screen, while a softer touch…

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Nomination Committee Proposals Hint at Precise Biometrics’ Approach to 2017

Nomination Committee Proposals Hint at Precise Biometrics’ Approach to 2017

Precise Biometrics‘ annual general meeting is a couple of months away, but the company’s nomination committee is already offering some indication of what’s in store with some proposals for the board of directors. In brief, the nomination committee is aiming for business as usual, proposing re-election of all current board members and the re-election of Torgny…

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Strong Sales a Highlight in NEXT Biometrics Corporate Update

Strong Sales a Highlight in NEXT Biometrics Corporate Update

NEXT Biometrics has announced its results for Q4 and 2016 as a whole, reporting a considerable uptick in revenues. In Q4, NEXT Biometrics saw sales of 31.8 million NOK, compared to sales of 28.4 million NOK in Q3 and 1.7 million NOK in Q4 of 2015. And the year as a whole saw revenues of…

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Goodix Announces In-Display Fingerprint Sensor at MWC

Goodix Announces In-Display Fingerprint Sensor at MWC

Goodix has followed through on its promise of a new “world’s first” technology at this year’s Mobile World Congress with what appears to be the first commercial, in-display fingerprint sensor. It’s designed for integration directly into an AMOLED screen, and the company says it offers a “compact size and very low power consumption”, according to…

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MWC 2017: Egis Launches New Fingerprint Sensor Tech

MWC 2017: Egis Launches New Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Egis Technology is kicking off its run at this week’s Mobile World Congress with the launch of a new under-glass fingerprint sensor capable of scanning through up to 1000 micrometers. In a statement announcing the technology, Egis acknowledged that “some lesser technologies” have also enabled under-glass sensor deployments, but the company said that its solution…

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MWC 2017: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Features EyeLock Biometrics

MWC 2017: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Features EyeLock Biometrics

EyeLock’s iris recognition technology has been integrated into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. EyeLock and Qualcomm are teaming up to show off mobile iris scanning technology at this week’s Mobile World Congress. The former’s iris recognition technology has been integrated into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The chip’s new Secure Camera feature supports both facial…

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MWC 2017: New Huawei Smartphone Features Under-Glass Sensor

MWC 2017: New Huawei Smartphone Features Under-Glass Sensor

“The new device and its under-glass sensor integration were announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress…” Huawei has launched another smartphone featuring Fingerprint Cards‘ FPC1268 sensor in an under-glass configuration. The integration demonstrates Huawei’s continuing interest in under-glass sensor technology. With FPC, the company helped to pioneer this technology with a few devices launched toward…

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IriTech, Egis Tech Team Up to Target AR, VR, Automotive Markets

IriTech, Egis Tech Team Up to Target AR, VR, Automotive Markets

IriTech and Egis Technology have announced a new partnership in which the companies will together seek to promote their technologies to the AR, VR, and automotive sectors. The partnership will leverage both companies’ strengths. Egis Technology has made a name for itself in the consumer electronics sector largely through mobile integrations of its fingerprint sensor…

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Green Bit Appoints New US Sales VP

Green Bit Appoints New US Sales VP

Green Bit has hired a new VP of Sales and Business Development for its US subsidiary. Nadia Reid joins Green Bit Americas effective March 1st. Reid comes to the company after a six-year stint as Sales Director for Laxton Group Limited, a company specializing in self-service kiosks, digital signage, music equipment, and other ICT support offerings.…

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Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Montana Legislation Emulates Illinois Biometrics Law That Brought Google, Facebook Lawsuits

Legislators in Montana are considering a new bill that would establish new regulations around biometric data in the state, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is throwing its support behind it. House Bill 518 would require companies to obtain written consent before collecting biometric information from individuals, to store it securely, and to destroy it when…

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Naked Payments Platform Arrives in Indonesia

Naked Payments Platform Arrives in Indonesia

Japan-based naked payments pioneer Liquid Inc. is bringing its fingerprint-based payments service in Indonesia. As Bangkok Post reports, the platform arrives via a partnership with domestic conglomerate Salim Group, which runs businesses ranging convenience stores to car dealerships. They’re going to start registering users’ fingerprints immediately, with plans to install fingerprint readers in Salim stores…

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Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

Compelled Fingerprint Unlock Violates Fifth Amendment: Federal Court

“It should be a welcome ruling from the perspective of privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which decried a similar police effort in California last autumn.” Police cannot walk into a building and order everyone inside to unlock their iPhones via fingerprint scan, an Illinois federal court has ruled. The case arose from police…

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Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Gov’t Pursues Police Investigation Over Aadhaar Misuse

Three companies going to be investigated for illegal use of India’s Aadhaar national biometric ID program, reports The Times of India. The Unique Identification Authority of India, which administrates Aadhaar, has filed a request for official investigation of the firms with the Delhi Police after discovering that an unusual number of biometric authentication transactions had…

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Revenues Up, Losses Down in IDEX Corporate Update

Revenues Up, Losses Down in IDEX Corporate Update

“Looking ahead, IDEX says it has “several key upcoming milestones” in the pipeline, including the completion of several smart card trials…” Norway-based fingerprint sensor specialist IDEX has issued a corporate update, announcing its Q4 and year-end results for 2016, and asserting in a statement that the year “marked the definitive commercial breakthrough” for the company.…

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Safran Brings Liveness Detection to Selfie-Check System

Safran Brings Liveness Detection to Selfie-Check System

Safran Identity & Security has announced a new version of its Selfie-Check software development kit that offers improved liveness detection. Based on facial recognition, the mobile system now prompts the user to turn their head left, right, up, or down during the authentication process. In so doing, it prevents would-be hackers from using static images…

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MePIN Will Showcase Upgraded Mobile Connect Smartphone App Authenticator at MWC

MePIN Will Showcase Upgraded Mobile Connect Smartphone App Authenticator at MWC

Finland-based MePIN/Meontrust Inc. is going to show off an upgraded version of its Mobile Connect Smartphone App Authenticator at next week’s Mobile World Congress, the company has announced. Available for iOS and Android, the app is designed to offer easy Mobile Connect integration, allowing MNOs to leverage MePIN’s mobile user enrollment and authentication capabilities with…

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Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further Evidence For In-Display Touch ID Emerges

Further evidence has emerged of Apple’s interest in integrating its Touch ID fingerprint authentication system into the display of the next iPhone, with the publication of a recent patent application detailing a acoustic imaging technology. Basically, the idea is that sound waves are bounced off of a finger to produce a fingerprint image. The pulses…

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Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft Embraces Aadhaar in India Expansion

Microsoft is deepening its presence in India’s IT infrastructure with a new Aadhaar-ready version of its Skype video call service and other collaborative efforts with the government and private sectors. Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising development to come out of this week’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai is Skype Lite, a small, 13MB version of the…

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BioID Adds Eye Biometrics to Web Service

BioID Adds Eye Biometrics to Web Service

BioID has added eye biometrics to its BioID Web Service via a new beta test. The service already supported fingerprint and facial recognition, allowing web developers to leverage mobile biometric authentication via the BioID Connect mobile app. Soon, they’ll also be able to user periocular biometrics – eye lashes, brows, wrinkles in the skin around the…

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ImageWare to Showcase SAP HANA Cloud Integration at MWC

ImageWare to Showcase SAP HANA Cloud Integration at MWC

ImageWare and SAP will show off the integration of the former’s GoVerifyID biometric identity solution into the SAP HANA Cloud Platform at next week’s Mobile World Congress event. The integration was first announced late last summer. It enables multi-modal biometric authentication for applications running on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, leveraging fingerprint, facial, and voice…

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Biometrics Shaping Healthcare Tech Trends: HID Global

Biometrics Shaping Healthcare Tech Trends: HID Global

“…the rise of biometrics more broadly is HID Global’s third major trend, with such technology being used to help ensure the right patient is getting prescribed medication, to more effectively manage patient records, and more.” Coinciding with this week’s Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS) conference, HID Global has identified some identity technology trends…

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IDEX Starts End-Customer Trials for Biometric Smart Card Tech

IDEX Starts End-Customer Trials for Biometric Smart Card Tech

IDEX’s biometric smart card technology is another step closer to reaching the market. The company has announced that trials with end customers have started, in collaboration with undisclosed partners in payments, card integration, and identity solutions. IDEX also says that the trials will be expanded to “[m]ultiple financial institutions and government bodies” in the coming months.…

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Goodix Promises ‘World’s First’ Tech for MWC

Goodix Promises ‘World’s First’ Tech for MWC

Fingerprint and touchscreen solutions provider Goodix is hoping to make a big splash at next week’s Mobile World Congress with what it promises will be “another world’s first technology”. In a statement, the company did not offer any details on the new technology, other than to say that it is “patented with independent intellectual properties”.…

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CTS Embraces Biometrics for Healthcare Kiosks

CTS Embraces Biometrics for Healthcare Kiosks

Connected Technology Solutions has integrated Imprivata’s PatientSecure system into its patient registration kiosks for healthcare institutions. The integration brings biometric identification to healthcare organizations using CTS’s kiosk solutions, with PatientSecure using palm vein biometrics to ensure that patients are reliably and accurately matched to the appropriate records. In a statement announcing the integration, Carolinas Healthcare…

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Meitu T8 Uses FPC1235 Biometric Sensor

Meitu T8 Uses FPC1235 Biometric Sensor

Meitu is using Fingerprint Cards‘ FPC1235 sensor in a new device, the T8. It isn’t the first time Meitu has used an FPC sensor. The company integrated an FPC1035 into its Meitu M6s smartphone announced late last year; and its first biometric smartphone, the original Meitu M6, used the same sensor model. The integration suggests…

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Suprema Claims Fastest Fingerprint Matching With BioSign 2.0

Suprema Claims Fastest Fingerprint Matching With BioSign 2.0

“Like the original BioSign launched at last year’s Mobile World Congress, there is also an emphasis with BioSign 2.0 on size, with Suprema asserting that it’s the world’s smallest fingerprint sensor at 13mm².” Suprema has announced a new version of its BioSign fingerprint biometrics solution, just in time for Mobile World Congress 2017, where it…

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Apple Buys Face Biometrics Company RealFace

Apple Buys Face Biometrics Company RealFace

Apple has acquired an Israel-based facial recognition company. Called RealFace, the company was founded in 2014 and is thought to employ no more than ten people; it was purchased for somewhere around two million dollars, according to speculation. The startup was working on technology that would replace password-based login on smartphones with biometric authentication via…

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IndiaPost, Now Also a Bank, Will Link P2P Payments to National ID

IndiaPost, Now Also a Bank, Will Link P2P Payments to National ID

A new kind of financial services company is aiming to link payments directly to citizen ID in India. As The Economic Times reports, IndiaPost is preparing to turn citizens’ Aadhaar ID numbers into payment addresses, allowing money to be sent directly to them without the need for a bank account. IndiaPost is India’s postal service,…

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IDEX to Show Off New Glass and Ceramic Sensors at MWC

IDEX to Show Off New Glass and Ceramic Sensors at MWC

IDEX has launched a new series of glass and ceramic fingerprint sensors for mobile devices. In a statement announcing the new products, IDEX CEO Dr. Hemant Mardia said they would serve mobile OEMs that are “increasingly relying on glass to strengthen the industrial designs of next generation smartphones.” The company will officially launch the new…

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Fingerprint Cards Seeks New Chief Financial Officer

Fingerprint Cards Seeks New Chief Financial Officer

Fingerprint Cards is looking for a new Chief Financial Officer. The company has announced that its current CFO, Johan Wilsby, is leaving the company to work for another organization. Wilsby is evidently departing the company on very good terms, asserting in a statement that he has “had a fantastic and instructive time at Fingerprint Cards”,…

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Partnership Brings Biometrics to Patient Matching System

Partnership Brings Biometrics to Patient Matching System

RightPatient’s biometric patient identification technology is being integrated into Verato’s patient matching solution, the companies have announced. Their partnership could help healthcare organizations to eliminate duplicate patient records and profiles. Verato’s platform is designed to verify patient identity in reference to a national database, cutting through disparate enterprise systems to ensure that a given patient’s…

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ID Verification Specialist to Integrate MorphoTrust Biometric Tech

ID Verification Specialist to Integrate MorphoTrust Biometric Tech

“It’s an area that is certainly not unfamiliar to MorphoTrust technology, with the company being a major provider of government-issued identity documents, and also bringing its biometric authentication technology to cutting-edge mobile ID projects.” MorphoTrust has teamed up with Boston-based Confirm Inc. to integrate its biometric authentication technologies into the latter’s commercial document verification and…

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Over 300 Products Comply With FIDO Authentication Standards

Over 300 Products Comply With FIDO Authentication Standards

The FIDO Alliance has hit a big new benchmark with respect to FIDO certifications, and is launching a new way to celebrate them: The consortium has announced that, with more than 300 products now compliant with its authentication standards, it’s devoting a section of its website to highlight the organizations providing them. It’s called the FIDO…

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Can Biometrics Protect Connected Cars From Digital Theft?

Can Biometrics Protect Connected Cars From Digital Theft?

A team of Kaspersky researchers have found serious vulnerabilities in mobie apps for connected cars that could let hackers track and unlock vehicles, according to a new article from Wired. The report indicates the growing need for more sophisticated digital identity security such as biometric authentication as connected cars continue to get smarter. The researchers investigated nine…

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Global Biometrics Market to Reach $59.3B by 2025: Grand View Research

Global Biometrics Market to Reach $59.3B by 2025: Grand View Research

The global biometrics market will reach a value of $59.31 billion by the year 2025, according to a new report from Grand View Research. The prediction anticipates a period a substantial growth from Grand View’s estimated $10.41 billion valuation of the market in 2015. Grand View says the growth will be driven primarily by consumer electronics,…

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You Can Finally Track Lemurs With Facial Recognition

You Can Finally Track Lemurs With Facial Recognition

Researchers are hoping that facial recognition could be used to help study lemurs and ultimately assist in conservation efforts for the endangered animals, reports MSU Today. It turns out that the same principles of biometric identification used to identify humans can also be applied to lemurs – and now they have. Renowned biometrics expert Anil…

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NextGate to Upgrade NHS Scotland Patient ID System

NextGate to Upgrade NHS Scotland Patient ID System

NextGate has won a contract with NHS National Services Scotland to upgrade the national healthcare service’s patient identity management system. The company will upgrade NHS Scotland’s Community Health Index to its MatchMetrix EMPI (Enterprise Master Patient Index) platform, which will take over the issuance of healthcare ID numbers for Scottish citizens. The platform will support…

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IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX Completes Development of ASIC for Off-Chip Sensors

IDEX has completed the development stage for its new ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) for off-chip fingerprint sensors, the company has announced. In a statement, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia called the ASIC’s development “a significant strategic milestone” for the company. Mardia said the ASIC offers “the smallest footprint of any chip we have ever introduced,” and…

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Fujitsu Announces New Mobile Biometric Authentication Platform For IoT ID

Fujitsu Announces New Mobile Biometric Authentication Platform For IoT ID

Fujitsu has developed a new authentication platform for the IoT that would verify users’ identities through the biometric scanning features of their smartphones. The system takes an on-device approach to biometric data, adhering to FIDO Alliance standards. When a user needs to access an IoT device or service, she needs only to perform a biometric…

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EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

The European Union is funding cutting-edge biometric screening projects that could reduce friction and wait times at the border while enhancing security, reports Horizon. One is MOBILEPASS, a project headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology, which has developed a handheld device that can scan faces and fingerprints using a built-in camera, comparing data obtained…

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‘Largest Gathering’ of Healthcare Partners Presents Opportunity for BIO-key

‘Largest Gathering’ of Healthcare Partners Presents Opportunity for BIO-key

Amid growing industry interest, BIO-key is offering its biometric solutions to healthcare organizations through numerous partners attending the upcoming HIMSS conference, the company has announced. Those partners include Allscripts, Aventura, Caradigm, Epic, HealthCast Solutions, HID Global, IBM, KSI Keyboards, Microsoft, and Oracle – all comprising “the single largest gathering of our healthcare partners and customers,”…

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Safran Wins Six-Year Contract to Manage French Health Card Production

Safran Wins Six-Year Contract to Manage French Health Card Production

Safran Identity & Security will be the key health card supplier to France for the next six years. The company has announced that it has been selected by GIE SESAM-Vitale to develop and produce the country’s Vitale smart cards for French citizens. In a statement announcing the contract, GIE-SESAM Vitale General Manager Jacques de Varax…

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Redmi Note 4X Features Precise Biometrics Algorithm Software

Redmi Note 4X Features Precise Biometrics Algorithm Software

Precise Biometrics‘ algorithm software has been integrated into the Redmi Note 4X, a new smartphone from Xiaomi. The device is a sequel to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4, which also made use of Precise Biometrics’ Precise BioMatch Mobile fingerprint algorithm software. Indeed, Xiaomi is a longtime integrator of Precise Biometrics software, with multiple other devices having integrated…

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DHS Looking Into Iris Scanning for PIV Cards

DHS Looking Into Iris Scanning for PIV Cards

The Department of Homeland Security is looking into iris scanning for its official ID cards. Through its Office of the Chief Security Office (OCSO), the Department is requesting information on iris biometrics technologies that could be compatible with its PIV cards. The DHS says the iris scanning technologies it’s interested in would need to comply…

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FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

FPC Sensor Used in Another Redmi Device

Fingerprint Cards technology is helping to enable the biometric capabilities of another new Redmi device from Xiaomi. The company has announced that its FPC1035 sensor is being used in the new Redmi Note 4X. News of the integration arrives not long after that of a previous pair of Redmi devices – the Redmi 4 and…

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Unisys Announces Multi-Channel Banking Platform

Unisys Announces Multi-Channel Banking Platform

Unisys has announced a new digital banking platform meant to facilitate a broad range of services via mobile device or desktop, and featuring biometric security. Called Elevate, the platform is targeted at financial institutions seeking to offer cutting-edge digital and mobile banking technology to their customers, enabling everything from paying bills to applying for mortgages. The solution…

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Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box is celebrating the success of its first deployment of biometric automated eGate technology with a private transportation service. The project was implemented in France’s St. Pancras International rail station in collaboration with the Eurostar transportation company, and with the cooperation of the French Ministry of Interior and border police. The eGates are meant to…

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IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

IDEX Partners with China Distributor Comtech

Norway-based fingerprint sensor developer IDEX has secured a new distributor for China: Comtech has signed on and already placed its initial orders for the company’s sensors. In a statement announcing the new partnership, IDEX CEO Hemant Mardia asserted that “[t]he Chinese market for fingerprint sensors is large and growing,” and said the agreement “ensures that we…

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MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

MIT Researchers Advance Low-Power Speech Recognition

A team of MIT researchers have developed a speech recognition chip that they claim uses only 0.2 to 10 milliwatts of power for every full watt that a standard phone-based speech recognition system would use, reports MIT News. The technology is based on a neural network structure that only activates more complex sections of processing…

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Precise Biometrics Paints Picture of Challenging Market in Q4 Update

Precise Biometrics Paints Picture of Challenging Market in Q4 Update

Precise Biometrics has announced its Q4 and year-end results for 2016, painting a picture of a company charging through a challenging market. For the quarter, Precise Biometrics saw consolidated net sales of SEK 25.7 million and an after-tax profit of SEK 2.7 million. For the full year, consolidated net sales reached SEK 97.2 million –…

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