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Bank Independent Enables Conversational Commerce

Bank Independent Enables Conversational Commerce

Customers of Alabama’s Bank Independent can now access their banking services via an AI-driven virtual assistant based on Amazon’s Alexa platform. That includes checking their account balances, performing transactions, and receiving information about loans, bank hours, and more; and the system can even perform biometric authentication using voice recognition. The technology arrives via Enacomm’s VPA,…

Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google Pixel 3 Smartphones Focus on Computer Vision

Google’s focus on artificial intelligence has been central to its strategy in delving into hardware over the last couple of years, and with this week’s launch of its latest Pixel smartphones, that focus is sharper and clearer than ever, with computer vision in particular at its center. To be clear, the voice-based Google Assistant is…

Renesas Announces e-AI Microprocessor Enabling Face and Iris Recognition

Renesas Announces e-AI Microprocessor Enabling Face and Iris Recognition

With major tech companies now investing heavily in artificial intelligence technologies, Tokyo-based Renesas is jumping on the bandwagon. The semiconductor solutions provider has announced a new ’embedded AI’ (or “e-AI”) microprocessor dubbed “RZ/A2M”. It’s primarily an image processing solution, aimed at supporting applications such as computer vision. Renesas says the solution delivers 10 times the…

Money20/20 App Features AI-Driven Matchmaking

Money20/20 App Features AI-Driven Matchmaking

“AI’s prominent role in the new mobile app reflects its growing importance across the tech and financial services industries.” Money20/20 is all about new tech and innovation, and to drive home the point, organizers have launched a new mobile app with some very handy features ahead of the big event. The app comes equipped with…

Computer Vision Specialist Working to Establish Security Tech in Schools

Computer Vision Specialist Working to Establish Security Tech in Schools

Computer vision specialist Deep North has announced a new partnership program aimed at delivering its technology to schools. The company says it’s currently working with schools in California, Florida, Massachusetts, and Texas to implement technology designed to scan video security feeds for dangerous behavior, with the aim of immediately alerting school authorities of any violent…

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC has opened a new research center in Singapore. Called the “NEC Open Innovation Centre”, or “OIC”, the facility will focus on technology research in the areas of public safety, aviation, and transportation. The technology itself will include artificial intelligence and biometrics. In announcing the OIC, NEC also highlighted its Trusted Digital Identity and One…

Nuance Prediction Service Can Tell What Customers Are Calling About

Nuance Prediction Service Can Tell What Customers Are Calling About

“…thanks to machine learning technology, Nuance says the solution will refine its statistical models over time in order to improve its success rates.” Can artificial intelligence predict the future? Maybe not yet, but it can be used to predict what customers are calling about when they dial into a contact center. That is the premise…

Zighra Details AI Secrets for the Left-Brained

Zighra Details AI Secrets for the Left-Brained

Zighra is revealing some trade secrets in a new blog post, provided you’ve got the kind of math-oriented brain that can take them in. The post, authored by Zighra’s Chief Data Scientist, Hari Koduvely, isn’t really about Zighra’s mobile authentication technology in particular, but rather covers an approach to AI training called “Bayesian Learning”. It’s based…

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple HomePod Upgrade Supports More Languages

Apple is hoping to leverage last week’s excitement about its new product announcements into some extra enthusiasm for its HomePod smart home speaker system, with a software update enhancing its capabilities. It’s essentially an AI upgrade. On the HomePod, Siri, Apple’s virtual AI assistant, can now search for songs by their lyrics, and perform other…

BRIEF: The Growth of Consumer-Facing Biometrics

BRIEF: The Growth of Consumer-Facing Biometrics

The biometrics industry has seen explosive growth over the last several years, thanks in large part to advancements in technology and a growing awareness of the need for sophisticated biometric security in the years since 9/11. Government has therefore been a key driver of the market, across a wide range of sectors and applications. But…

Biometrics Will Let You Talk to Your New BMW

Biometrics Will Let You Talk to Your New BMW

“…BMW Group emphasized its artificial intelligence, asserting that it can learn the driver’s habits, allowing it to offer directions based on a command like, ‘Take me home.’” BMW cars will get their own virtual assistant early next year, dubbed the “BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.” The system will allow drivers to adjust various in-car settings on…

Sir Richard Branson to Talk AI and FinTech at Money20/20

Sir Richard Branson to Talk AI and FinTech at Money20/20

Money20/20 has announced a high-profile addition to its lineup of keynote speakers: Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group. Branson’s participation comes by way of a partnership with artificial intelligence specialist Feedzai, whose CEO, Nuno Sebastiao, will interview Branson onstage. Their talk is entitled, “Nuno & Sir Richard: New Tech, New Banks, New…

Biometrics and AI Power Self-Driving Smart Bus

Biometrics and AI Power Self-Driving Smart Bus

A Shanghai-based AI firm has launched an autonomous electric bus that features biometric authentication and a conversational AI system. Called the Smart Panda Bus, the solution was developed by DeepBlue Technology, a firm that has thus far demonstrated its AI prowess with smart vending machines and retail solutions. The bus of course features computer vision…

In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

In New York, Facial Recognition Debate Goes to School

Prompted by an outcry from the New York Civil Liberties Union, officials with New York State Department of Education and the Lockport City School District are trying to hammer out the protocols for a new school security system based on facial and object recognition. The system, called “Aegis”, is being provided by Canadian firm SN…

Voice Recognition Helps Google Assistant Protect Your Smart Home

Voice Recognition Helps Google Assistant Protect Your Smart Home

“…a key security component of all of this is voice recognition.” Google is highlighting the home security solutions enabled by its virtual assistant and third party hardware in a new blog post. Authored by Google Smart Home Ecosystem Director Michele Turner, the post highlights several new and recent offerings. Arlo Security Lights, for example, can…

Voice and Speech Recognition Market to Reach $6.9B by 2025: Tractica

Voice and Speech Recognition Market to Reach $6.9B by 2025: Tractica

“Clinical documentation in the healthcare market will be a leading driver going forward, Tractica says – good news for companies like Nuance Communications, which is already gaining a foothold with its Dragon Medical platform. “ Tractica is predicting some major growth for the voice and speech recognition market over the next several years. The market…

Nuance Reports Strong Int’l Demand for Dragon Medical Tech

Nuance Reports Strong Int’l Demand for Dragon Medical Tech

Nuance says it’s seeing growing international demand for its clinical dictation technology, and that it’s expanding accordingly. In a statement, the company elaborated on these efforts by focusing on its initiatives in the UK and Canada. In Britain, Nuance has begun to roll out its Dragon Medical One platform, which it has connected with the…

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