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Air Force Seeks Facial Recognition Solution for Base Access
Administrators at the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois are preparing to pilot facial recognition technology for vehicular access control, according to a Nextgov report. The aim is to establish a system that would scan a driver’s face and match it against a verified ID or an image roster of approved visitors. Officials are still looking for the right biometric solution, which must support both 1:1 matching and 1:N matching against a database of up to 10,000 images, and must be in the top-five rankings for these categories in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT).
Moscow Metro Plans Further Extension of Biometric Fares System
Authorities at the Moscow Metro are planning to expand the urban transportation service’s biometric payment system to surface and river transport stations. The Moscow Metro had announced that it would add 330 more biometric turnstiles to its network last month, with the aim of bringing the total to 900 in January. The turnstiles let commuter pay with their face; meanwhile, government authorities have used the subway’s biometric surveillance system to track and arrest dissidents.
Chinese Dissident Details Biometric Surveillance
A Chinese dissident has shed some more light on how facial recognition technology is used in the Communist Party of China’s regime. Speaking to The Diplomat from her apartment in the province Xinjiang, former television editor and media personality Zhanargul Zhumatai described living under house arrest for the past three years after criticizing the regime’s corruption, noting that she cannot visit any public places without triggering a facial recognition-based alert that results in her interrogation by police.
University of Buffalo Wins $20M Speech AI Grant
The University of Buffalo has been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a national speech and language learning institute focused on the use of artificial intelligence technologies. The planned AI Institute for Exceptional Education will entail the use of AI technologies that scan children’s speech, facial expressions, and gestures in a bid to use analytics to help teachers assess their students’ abilities.
Pangiam to Deploy Facial Recognition in Puerto Cancún Project
Pangiam will deploy its Trueface facial recognition technology for access control at a sprawling new property development in Cancun, Mexico. The project is being undertaken in partnership with GigNet, a digital infrastructure company that oversees an extensive regional fiber optic broadband network in the region; and with the Puerto Cancún development group. “Pangiam is excited to strengthen our relationship with GigNet and to provide Puerto Cancun with cutting edge technology to seamlessly enhance safety and security for the residents and visitors entering the development,” said Pangiam’s Chief AI Officer, Shaun Moore.
Jumio Helps GetGo Users Get Going
GetGo, a Singaporean car-sharing service, has opted to use Jumio’s selfie-based onboarding solution to verify customers who are creating new accounts or requesting a new vehicle. Customers need only to upload a selfie and an image of government-issued ID to get verified. “Jumio’s facial verification technology allows GetGo to simultaneously raise its trust and safety standards while enhancing its customer onboarding experience,” attested GetGo Group Product Lead Lionel Fong.
BIO-key Nets Another Academic PortalGuard Customer
National Louis University has become BIO-key’s latest customer, leveraging the company’s PortalGuard IDaaS platform to provide faculty, administrators, and students with a more secure and frictionless authentication experience when accessing digital assets. In so doing, NLU has became the latest of a number of academic institutions to embrace BIO-key’s SSO solution, though it arrives after a string of agreements with county government clients.
Patient Caregivers Turn to Biometric Wearables
California-based Elevate Addiction Services is taking advantage of Vivalink’s biometric data platform to enhance its in-patient detox treatment program. At its Santa Cruz County and South Lake Tahoe locations, Vivalink’s wearable Sp02 monitor and its blood pressure cuff are being used to continuously monitor patients’ systolic, diastolic, and oxygen saturation levels in a way that is non-invasive and passive on the patient’s part. “Vivalink’s technology is a gamechanger for our staff and our clients,” commented Elevate Addiction Services President and co-founder Dan Manson.
Care.ai, meanwhile, which offers an eponymous ‘AI-powered Smart Care Facility Platform’, has established an agreement to integrate BioIntelliSense’s biometric wearables platform into its Ambient Monitoring workflows. The effort will entail the use of BioIntelliSense’s BioButton device, which can monitor a number of metrics including heart rate and skin temperature as well as gait; and the BioCloud analytics platform, which the companies believe can alert healthcare practitioners to opportunities for proactive clinical intervention and clinical triage.
IDEX Gets Another Biometric Cards Partner in Turkey
IDEX Biometrics has established a biometric payment cards partnership with a second Turkish bank, solidifying its presence in the country. IDEX says that the unnamed regional bank is expected to start issuing biometric payment cards in the first half of this year. IDEX has also previously announced partnerships with Turkish card manufacturer E-Kart and with Istanbul-based Enqura Information Technology.
January 10, 2022 – by Alex Perala
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