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Ireland Pursues Legal Clearance for Police Facial Recognition
Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, has confirmed that the government is working on new legislation to clear the way for police to use facial recognition technology in investigations. The move follows violent riots last week that prompted the country’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, to insist on the need for “modern technologies” to be brought to bear on CCTV evidence. “We need facial recognition technology to be able to respond to those types of incidents,” McEntee said on Sunday, adding that police “should not have to spend thousands of hours trawling through footage to identify these thugs.”
India Launches $25M ‘Social Impact Fund’ for DPI
The Indian government has launched a $25 million “Social Impact Fund” aimed at promoting Digital Public Infrastructure, of which digital ID is a key component. The fund was announced at last week’s Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit, an event hosted by the Indian government to cap off its term in the G20 Presidency, which concludes at the end of this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asserted that India’s plan to establish a ‘DPI repository’ has now been realized, with more than 50 DPI tools from 16 countries now included in the open source-style solutions marketplace.
Hospitality Entrepreneur Plans Hi-Tech ‘Nano’ Hotels in London
A hospitality entrepreneur is planning to use facial recognition technology to enable hotel guests to serve themselves alcoholic drinks. Fredrik Korallus, the CEO of 92 Dean Street, revealed the plan at the European Hospitality Investment Conference, where he discussed his forthcoming ‘nano hospitality’ concept in London. Based on “the Japanese model”, Korallus is planning two technologically advanced hotels “with some 3,000 pods,” and he expects to let guests check in with a mobile “boarding pass” that uses QR code technology. The first site is expected to open in 2025.
South Africa Firm Prepares Biometric Car Lock Service
A South African firm, Eagle Eye Defence (EED), has developed a fingerprint-based driver authentication system that it will sell directly to consumers, rather than pitching it to car makers. The system is designed to require a successful scan for car ignition, and is aimed at preventing car theft. Rather than charge a single instalment fee, EED will reportedly offer the system on a monthly subscription basis, charging between R400 to R580 (roughly $21 to $31) per month. EED says its technicians can install the system in about 2.5 hours.
Hikvision Announces White Paper On AI and Logistics
China-based Hikvision and Logistics Management Magazine have published a white paper detailing how artificial intelligence is transforming the logistics industry. Among the highlights is the increasing use of facial recognition technology, which is being used in access control, employee attendance tracking, and visitor management. Hikvision itself had launched a new series of Smart Turnstiles featuring facial recognition and QR code scanning capabilities earlier this year.
Shufti Pro Gets QG-GDPR Certification
Shufti Pro has obtained QG-GDPR certification from QG Business Solutions, an accreditation body based in the United Kingdom. As its name suggests, the QG-GDPR standard is based on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which continues to apply in the UK even after Brexit and is broadly concerned with protecting consumer data through certain data storage and processing standards. Commenting on the certification, Shufti Pro CEO Victor Fredung explained that QG-GDPR is “acknowledged and trusted worldwide,” offering substantial validation to Shufti Pro’s commitment to data protection.
November 27, 2023 – by Alex Perala