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Sydney International Airport To Use Facial Recognition As Boarding Pass

Sydney International Airport To Use Facial Recognition As Boarding Pass

“Your face will be your passport and boarding pass, there will be no fumbling for passports,” Sydney Airport’s CEO Geoff Culbert said upon the announcement that Sydney Airport will be introducing a trail run of using facial recognition technology for check-in and boarding beginning in May 2018 at the largest Australian airport. Although one’s face-as-passport…

Private, Public Sector Push Australian Airports Toward Biometric Boarding

Private, Public Sector Push Australian Airports Toward Biometric Boarding

“News of these efforts comes after the Australian government contracted Portugal-based Vision-Box to provide biometric SmartGates for departures at the country’s international airports last summer.” Australia is on a path toward comprehensive biometric boarding at its airports. On the private sector side of things, Sydney Airport is preparing to trial a facial recognition system designed…

Australian Sports Venue Exec Reveals Biometric Security Plans at Gov’t Inquiry

Australian Sports Venue Exec Reveals Biometric Security Plans at Gov’t Inquiry

Administrators at one of Australia’s most high-profile sports venues are considering implementing security based on automated facial recognition, but may have a bit of a tug-of-war with government authorities over the matter. The plans came to light during a parliamentary counterterrorism inquiry, where VenuesWest CEO David Etherton suggested that the firm is evaluating the possibility…

Fujitsu Brings BIOaaS Solution to Australian Market

Fujitsu Brings BIOaaS Solution to Australian Market

“…Fujitsu emphasized its collaboration with ImageWare Systems, characterizing the Biometrics as a Service platform as a result of their partnership. “ Fujitsu has brought its Biometrics as a Service (BIOaaS) platform down under, bringing a suite of biometric authentication options including facial, palm print, and voice recognition to organizations in Australia. The news comes soon…

Australian Gov’t In Talks With Telecoms to Sell Access to Biometric Citizen Database

Australian Gov’t In Talks With Telecoms to Sell Access to Biometric Citizen Database

The Australian government has entered into discussions with private sector telecommunications companies about allowing them to buy access to its database for facial recognition, according to documents obtained with a Freedom of Information request. The database was expanded last month after negotiations between the federal government and provincial leaders, with the Prime Minister and his…

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

“The aim is to enable police and security authorities to quickly identify almost any citizen in public using facial recognition technologies.” Australia’s political leadership is looking to incorporate all of the country’s state-issued driver license photos into a federal database for the purposes of biometric identification, specifically with respect to combating terrorism. Prime Minister Malcolm…

EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock LLC has found a new distribution partner for the Australia region: The company has teamed up with CSD (Central Security Distribution). Headquartered in Victoria, CSD has several showrooms across Australia, and the company says it has “invested millions in a national distribution network”, according to its website. In a statement announcing the partnership, EyeLock’s…

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

The Australian government has contracted Vision-Box to provide biometric screening technology for arrivals at the country’s international airports. The contract builds on a relationship previously established when Vision-Box was selected to provide biometric SmartGates at airport departures as part of the Seamless Traveller program launched in 2015. The new contract covers a three-year period, and…

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

BIO-key has made its first substantial entry into Australia with a new government sector client. In a statement announcing the new contract, BIO-key declined to name the client in question, referring to it as “a government agency”. But the company did indicate that the deal comes by way of Aquion Pty Ltd., an Australia-based software…

Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple has extended support for its biometrically secured wallet among financial institutions in the US, China, and Australia. Apple Pay got its biggest additional boost in the US, with a number of banks and credit unions coming on board, including names like Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Lyons National Bank. Santander also found its way…

Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Australia’s Brisbane Airport has become the first in Australia to implement SITA Smart Path, a biometric and automated passenger screening solution. The process is simple. Travelers present their passenger information at the SITA Smart Path kiosk, and then proceed through an automated gate, undergoing a facial recognition scan that links them to their passport and…

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie are embracing Apple Pay in Australia, with the financial services organizations joining ANZ Bank in supporting the digital payment platform while the country’s major banks continue to resist its emergence. The firms evidently see an opportunity to get a competitive edge in the Australian market. As Reuters reports, each organization holds only…

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

“…while Mastercard hasn’t set a launch date for Australia, its arrival appears to be imminent.” Mastercard is bringing its Identity Check platform to Australia, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The company made its announcement at the recent Australian Open. The app is also known as ‘Selfie Pay’, but it isn’t a mobile payment platform. It…

Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

“… the government is looking to use biometric technology for security screening, with facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition being potential modalities.” The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to move to a 90 percent automated, contactless passenger processing system for the country’s airports, and is aiming to start rolling it out this year, reports The…

Australian Taxation Office Website Finding Satisfaction With Voice-Based AI

Australian Taxation Office Website Finding Satisfaction With Voice-Based AI

“Nuance says it has had over 950,000 conversations since it was deployed in March, and that initial results indicate it has achieved “first contact resolution rates of 80 per cent”, according to a statement from the company.” Nuance’s AI assistant system has been adapted for another self-service system. This time, it’s been deployed for the…

Australian Biometric Airport Screening Project Completed

Australian Biometric Airport Screening Project Completed

Vision-Box is celebrating a big milestone: Its Automated Border Control (ABC) technology is now live at all of Australia’s major airports. As in similar deployments elsewhere in the world, Vision-Box’s system here uses facial recognition to match citizens’ faces as scanned at the ABC e-gates to the corresponding biometric data on their passports. In other words,…

NEC Developing Facial Recognition System for South Australia Police

NEC Developing Facial Recognition System for South Australia Police

NEC has been selected to provide South Australia Police (SAPOL) with a powerful new facial recognition system, the company has announced. The system will be based on NEC’s NeoFace software, which the company says features the world’s fastest and most accurate facial recognition algorithm. NEC Australia’s R&D team is currently working with SAPOL to develop a…

How Long Until We See Samsung Pay in Australia?

How Long Until We See Samsung Pay in Australia?

Samsung Pay will soon launch in Australia. The news comes by way of American Express Australia and New Zealand’s digital commerce head Rob Bourne, who touched on Samsung Pay while speaking at an IT event in Sydney. “I can’t tell you exactly when it’s going to go live,” he said, “but it’s appearing very soon.”…

Are Australian Banks Finally Going To Support Apple Pay?

Are Australian Banks Finally Going To Support Apple Pay?

Apple may be making some headway in negotiations with Australian banks over its mobile payment platform. According to a new report from iPhone in Canada, some Australians who have recently tried to upload their payment cards to Apple Pay have received Apple Pay setup verification texts from their banks. No official statements of support have yet…

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