biometric surveillance

RealNetworks Forms SAFR Partnership with Digifort

RealNetworks Forms SAFR Partnership with Digifort

RealNetworks is expanding the reach of its SAFR facial recognition platform. The company has announced a partnership with the Brazilian video surveillance company Digifort to make SAFR available to Digifort customers around the world. “We are delighted to partner with Digifort to accelerate the availability of SAFR for security professionals working to keep cities, airports,…

Implicated in Chinese Surveillance Program, Microsoft Denies Official Ties

Implicated in Chinese Surveillance Program, Microsoft Denies Official Ties

“…Microsoft has stated that it is not involved in a partnership with SenseNets, and that it has asked the company to remove the Microsoft logo from its website as it had been used without permission.” Microsoft is denying that its technology is being used in an intrusive and controversial Chinese surveillance program after being implicated…

Facial Recognition Specialist CyberExtruder Teams with Video Surveillance Firm

Facial Recognition Specialist CyberExtruder Teams with Video Surveillance Firm

“Aureus 3D is designed to use AI-driven biometric technology to enable 3D facial recognition based on video analysis.” Seeking to get its 3D facial recognition software into more cameras, New Jersey-based CyberExtruder has teamed up with Hanwha Techwin, a video surveillance specialist. The partnership revolves around the integration of CyberExtruder’s Aureus 3D solution into Hanwha…

Australian Casino Uses Facial Recognition Cameras to Identify Potential Thieves

Australian Casino Uses Facial Recognition Cameras to Identify Potential Thieves

An Australian casino is getting a biometric security upgrade after an employee tried to smuggle a $5,000 chip out of the building in a sock. Though the aspiring thief was caught by overhead CCTV cameras, Sydney’s Star Casino has nevertheless decided to deploy new facial recognition cameras to assist its large surveillance team. Specifically, The…

Amazon Calling For Government Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech

Amazon Calling For Government Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech

Amazon is now calling for government regulation of facial recognition technology, even as it defends sales of its own such technology to law enforcement authorities. In a new post on the Amazon Web Services Machine Learning blog, the company’s VP of Global Public Policy, Michael Punke, writes, “We support the calls for an appropriate national…

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

NEC has announced a new computer vision solution that builds on its acclaimed facial recognition technology to enable the automated identification of individuals even when they’re not facing a given camera. Dubbed “Person Re-identification Technology”, the solution is essentially designed to assess not only a subject’s face, but their entire body. Once scanned, subjects can…

UK Police Say Facial Recognition Trial Delivered Three Arrests

UK Police Say Facial Recognition Trial Delivered Three Arrests

Police in the UK are ramping up their use of facial recognition technology in the fight against crime, with London’s Metropolitan Police announcing this week that a live trial of the technology in the city’s east end had led to the result of three individuals wanted for violent crimes. The deployment caused some consternation among…

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

Proposed Law Would Ban Facial Recognition Surveillance in Heart of Silicon Valley

The heart of Silicon Valley could become the first place where AI-driven facial recognition technology is banned, if proposed legislation is put into place. The proposition comes from San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Aaron Peskin. It would implement new requirements for police to obtain approval from the city’s Board of Supervisors before purchasing new…

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Year in Review: Are We Comfortable with How the Government is Using Biometrics?

Respondents to FindBiometrics’ latest Year in Review survey tend to have shown a high level of comfort with – and enthusiasm for – biometric technologies, though that attitude took a notable dip when it came to the topic of how the government uses biometric technologies. Question 12 of the survey asked respondents to indicate how…

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Rio Police Plan to Use Facial Recognition Cameras During Carnival

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro have announced plans to introduce a new facial recognition system during this year’s Carnival. The cameras will be used to scan faces and license plates in the popular Copacabana area of the city.   “If (the cameras) identify an individual under an arrest warrant, or if a stolen vehicle drives…

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

A proposed border law in the German state of Saxony has come under fire from local interest groups, in large part because of the planned use of facial recognition technology along the state’s Czech and Polish borders. “The planned border surveillance places large parts of Saxony under some sort of state of emergency, and it…

NYPD Using China-made Facial Recognition Tech in Secret Surveillance Program, Report

NYPD Using China-made Facial Recognition Tech in Secret Surveillance Program, Report

“…South China Morning Post suggests that the NYPD’s use of China-made facial recognition technology is extensive and surreptitious.” The same facial recognition surveillance technology being used by Chinese authorities has also been embraced by the New York Police Department, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post. Citing an industry report, the…

Year in Review: The Biggest Biometric Modalities of 2018

Year in Review: The Biggest Biometric Modalities of 2018

The results are in for the latest FindBiometrics Year in Review Survey, with at least some of them confirming the biggest trends observed over the course of 2018. And this can be seen clearly in the responses to Question Three of the survey in particular, which asked, “From your perspective, which biometric modality has been…

INTERVIEW: Raymond So, General Manager, ZKTeco H.K.

INTERVIEW: Raymond So, General Manager, ZKTeco H.K.

The biometrics industry is broad, with plenty of room for niche players focusing on specific areas like facial recognition for smartphone unlocking or fitness-tracking earbuds. But there are some major players who have managed over the years to become successful solutions providers across a diverse range of solutions and applications, and ZKTeco has been a…

Ooma Smart Cam Brings Facial Recognition Security to Consumers

Ooma Smart Cam Brings Facial Recognition Security to Consumers

“As with the Butterflye camera announced by Ooma a year ago, the Ooma Smart Cam also features a facial recognition system that allows it to identify known individuals, such as family members in a given household, and to send alerts to administrators when unknown individuals are detected. “ Ooma has announced the latest version of…

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

Biometric CCTV Surveillance Deployed in Malaysian State

China-style biometric surveillance has come to Malaysia, with authorities in the state of Penang announcing a new CCTV surveillance system that is based on facial recognition. As Channel News Asia reports, the technology comes by way of IBM. It will be applied to video feeds from 767 surveillance cameras deployed throughout the state, with police…

Amazon Patent Brings Biometric Surveillance to Your Front Door

Amazon Patent Brings Biometric Surveillance to Your Front Door

A newly published patent application from Amazon outlines a smart doorbell designed to use facial recognition for a kind of technologically-enhanced neighborhood watch. The essential idea is to let users add suspicious individuals to a watch list, which is shared by a given community network based on connected houses using the biometric doorbell system. When…

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial recognition was secretly used to scan attendees of a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year, it has now been revealed. The technology was deployed at a kiosk set up at California’s Rose Bowl in May. The kiosk featured a display showing highlights from the pop star’s rehearsal, attracting the attention of Swift fans; and…

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