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BioCatch Calls Attention to Rising Rates of Digital Fraud

BioCatch Calls Attention to Rising Rates of Digital Fraud

BioCatch is taking a look back at 2019 to warn consumers about the growing threat of digital fraud. The company noted in a new blog post that digital fraud has been steadily rising every year, and cited several studies that show that that trend continued heading into 2020. With that in mind, BioCatch explained that…

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CBP Brings Biometric Boarding to Philadelphia Airport

CBP Brings Biometric Boarding to Philadelphia Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is moving forward with another facial recognition pilot program. This time, the technology is being installed at Philadelphia International Airport, where it will be deployed for international travelers on selected departing flights with Qatar, British Airways, Lufthansa, and American Airlines. During the pilot, passengers will encounter a facial recognition…

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FacePhi Reveals Record Breaking Growth Numbers for 2019 Fiscal Year

FacePhi Reveals Record Breaking Growth Numbers for 2019 Fiscal Year

“In a statement announcing the 2019 results, FacePhi noted that it had established 13 major contracts through the course of the year in the LATAM sector, and suggested that it is aiming to replicate the growth trend it has seen in this area in the APAC market…” FacePhi has delivered on its promise of strong…

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Q5id Launches ‘Proven Identity Management’ Solution

Q5id Launches ‘Proven Identity Management’ Solution

Newly-formed identity verification solution provider Q5id has announced the launch of its new multi-factor Proven Identity Management (PIM) biometric identification technology. Q5id uses a combination of biometric and live real-time authentication to prove an individual’s identity for secure digital transactions. With identity fraud being a major concern for both consumers and businesses, Q5id hopes to…

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Vancouver Gets World’s First Biometric Opioid Vending Machine

Vancouver Gets World’s First Biometric Opioid Vending Machine

As part of the MySafe Project, the City of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is the site of the world’s first biometric opioid vending machine deployment. The MySafe Project is an initiative implemented as a response to an opioid crisis that has led to more than 5,000 deaths since 2016, when a public health emergency was declared…

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European Union Considers Temporary Ban on Facial Recognition

European Union Considers Temporary Ban on Facial Recognition

The European Union is reportedly considering a temporary ban on the public use of facial recognition technology. The news comes courtesy of a leaked draft of a European Commission white paper, the final version of which is set to be published in February. If the report proves to be accurate, the proposed legislation would completely…

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House Committee Hears Testimony as Lawmakers Mull Facial Recognition Regulations

House Committee Hears Testimony as Lawmakers Mull Facial Recognition Regulations

The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform held its third hearing on facial recognition technology this week, as House members work on a bill aimed at regulating the use of this technology. At present, little is known about the legislation’s details, but the Committee on Oversight and Reform extended the opportunity to comment…

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NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Government Project in India

NEXT Supplies Fingerprint Readers for Government Project in India

The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh will be receiving a substantial number of fingerprint readers from NEXT Biometrics. Andhra Pradesh plans to use NEXT’s Aadhaar-certified readers to facilitate the distribution of government services and improve the living standards for people in rural areas as part of the state’s Navarathnalu program. The full order is worth…

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Werum IT Solutions Adopts Nymi Band Authentication

Werum IT Solutions Adopts Nymi Band Authentication

Werum IT Solutions has teamed up with Nymi to provide its customers in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry with fast, simple, and secure biometric authentication. To that end, Werum has integrated the Nymi band into its new K.ME-IN platform, thereby enabling biometric authentication for those using the PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System (MES). PAS-X is designed for…

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Apple at Centre of Fight to Unlock Pensacola Shooter’s iPhone

Apple at Centre of Fight to Unlock Pensacola Shooter’s iPhone

Apple is once again at the centre of a privacy debate over requests for the tech giant to unlock the iPhones of the shooter in a recent tragedy at a naval air base in Pensacola, Florida. The situation Apple finds itself in is similar to the one in the aftermath of the 2015 San Berbardino…

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CBP Expands Facial Recognition Screening Program for Global Entry Travelers

CBP Expands Facial Recognition Screening Program for Global Entry Travelers

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has announced an expansion of its facial recognition screening program for its optional Global Entry program. The CBP has been behind a rollout of facial recognition systems at a number of ports of entry across the country over recent months, including deployments at international airports. The…

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Digital Assistants to Become Increasingly Integral to Automotive Branding: Frost & Sullivan

Digital Assistants to Become Increasingly Integral to Automotive Branding: Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan is predicting that digital assistants will become an increasingly important component of automotive branding in the next five years. Digital assistants allow drivers to control various navigation, safety, and entertainment features with simple voice commands to minimize the number of distractions they face while on the road. They also provide an opportunity…

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Facebook’s Online Speech Recognition Framework Becomes Widely Available

Facebook’s Online Speech Recognition Framework Becomes Widely Available

Facebook has announced that it will be making its wav2letter@anywhere online speech recognition framework more readily available as an open source platform. The framework was developed by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), which claims that it has created the fastest open source automatic speech recognition (ASR) platform currently on the market. “The system has almost three…

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Nuance to Issue Q1 2020 Results in Early February

Nuance to Issue Q1 2020 Results in Early February

Nuance Communications has set a date for the publication of its first quarter results for the 2020 fiscal year: February 5th. To be clear, Nuance’s fiscal year doesn’t align with the calendar year; the Q1 2020 results will cover the months of October, November, and December, 2019. In any case, this period featured at least…

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Digital Twins and Interactive Experiences Lead Deloitte’s Tech Trends for 2020

Digital Twins and Interactive Experiences Lead Deloitte’s Tech Trends for 2020

Deloitte has released the 11th iteration of its annual Tech Trends report. The 2020 edition explains how enterprises are blending multiple technologies to drive innovation and deliver more rewarding interactive experiences for consumers. The report places a particular emphasis on artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital technologies, all of which have transformed the way that large…

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U-tec Unveils Biometric Smart Door Lock and Handle

U-tec Unveils Biometric Smart Door Lock and Handle

U-tec is launching a new biometric smart lock designed primarily for garage doors, office doors, and any other single-hole door without a deadbolt. The Ultraloq Lever can be opened with a fingerprint scan or a PIN code, or remotely through a Bridge Wi-Fi adapter.  In terms of design, the Ultraloq Lever is essentially a handle…

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VIVOTEK Integrates CyberLink’s FaceMe Tech into Surveillance Platorm

VIVOTEK Integrates CyberLink’s FaceMe Tech into Surveillance Platorm

CyberLink has formed a strategic partnership with the IP surveillance specialist VIVOTEK. The alliance specifically concerns CyberLink’s FaceMe facial recognition engine, which will now be integrated into VIVOTEK’s various surveillance solutions. Both companies are based in Taiwan. According to VIVOTEK, the partnership will allow the company to provide customers with more comprehensive and more responsive…

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iPhone Rumors Point to Face ID on a Budget Friendly Handset

iPhone Rumors Point to Face ID on a Budget Friendly Handset

Tech analysts are sorting through a confusing pile of iPhone rumors in the wake of a new report from MacOtakara. The rumors primarily concern the anticipated iPhone SE 2 and an updated version of the iPhone 8. For those interested, the main takeaway is that Apple seems to be developing a new, budget friendly iPhone…

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Zwipe Schedules First North Listing for End of January

Zwipe Schedules First North Listing for End of January

Zwipe will soon be listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market (First North) in Stockholm. The company’s shares are already available on the Merkur Market at Oslo Børs, and are expected to remain on both stock exchanges for the foreseeable future. First North Zwipe trading will officially begin on Tuesday, January 28, under the…

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Cambridge, MA, Becomes Latest City to Ban Facial Recognition

Cambridge, MA, Becomes Latest City to Ban Facial Recognition

The Cambridge City Council has unanimously voted to ban the public use of facial recognition technology. The decision makes Cambridge the fourth (and largest) Massachusetts community to issue such a ban, following similar initiatives in Somerville, Brookline, and Northampton. The legislation specifically bars the deliberate use of facial recognition (and any information gathered through facial…

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