biometric surveillance

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…

ZKTeco Makes Impressive Showing at Cairo ICT

ZKTeco Makes Impressive Showing at Cairo ICT

ZKTeco is celebrating another successful promotional event, having showcased its time tracking, access control, and biometric security offerings at the recent Cairo ICT event in Egypt. Cairo ICT is a major industry exhibition, with ZKTeco asserting that last year’s event attracted over 83,000 purchasers. This year’s edition, which ran from November 25th to 28th at…

Secret Service Trialing Facial Recognition Security Around White House

Secret Service Trialing Facial Recognition Security Around White House

The US Secret Service (USSS) has started testing facial recognition security around the White House, scanning passersby via CCTV feeds. For now, the trial relies upon USSS volunteers, whose faces are added to a watch list, and then automatically identified by the facial recognition system. But the ultimate aim is to scan passersby in the…

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

“Commenting on the Cardiff University study, South Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said it offers “a balanced perspective” on the facial recognition system, with police use of facial recognition having become a controversial subject in the UK.” Facial recognition technology being used by South Wales Police has now come under academic scrutiny, with…

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

Trueface CEO Outlines Ethical Guidelines for Facial Recognition

At a time of heightened controversy around government use of facial recognition technology, Trueface is laying out its own ethical guidelines for ‘responsibly deployed facial recognition’. Writing in a Medium post, Trueface CEO Shaun Moore groups his firm’s ethos under three main headings. The first, and perhaps most important, is “Humanity First”, a reference to…

Ousted Kairos CEO Cites Philosophical Differences in Counter-Suit

Ousted Kairos CEO Cites Philosophical Differences in Counter-Suit

“In addition to counter-suing, Brackeen is also pressuring shareholders to remove the Board and reinstate him as CEO…” Brian Brackeen, the founder and former CEO of facial recognition specialist Kairos, is counter-suing the company after it ejected him from his role and filed a suit against him over alleged theft and breach of duties. As…

ISC East: Introducing Kogniz, a Computer Vision Specialist [AUDIO INTERVIEW]

ISC East: Introducing Kogniz, a Computer Vision Specialist [AUDIO INTERVIEW]

Over the past few years, biometric surveillance based on facial recognition technology has emerged as an important and highly active industry, with a number of companies offering solutions that can scan faces directly through live video feeds. But this year, an unfamiliar face has emerged onto the scene: Kogniz, a California-based startup, has officially launched,…

RealNetworks Highlights Market Response to SAFR in Q3 Update

RealNetworks Highlights Market Response to SAFR in Q3 Update

Facial recognition and computer vision specialist RealNetworks has issued its quarterly results for the third quarter. The company saw revenues of $17.6 million for the quarter, up from $15.7 million in Q2 but slightly down compared to Q3 of last year, which brought revenues of $18.6 million. Its net result for Q3 of 2018 was…

London’s Met Police Commissioner Decries Biometrics Regulations After String of Murders

London’s Met Police Commissioner Decries Biometrics Regulations After String of Murders

The head of London’s Metropolitan Police Service is decrying the “complex regulatory system” in place over how law enforcement authorities in the UK can use facial recognition technology. Speaking to The Guardian after a week that saw five murders over the course of six days in the city, Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said, “We…

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

Amazon Exec Defends Sale of Facial Recognition to Police in Internal Meeting

“After an ACLU report revealed that Amazon had been selling facial recognition technology to police earlier this year, an assortment of privacy rights activists, shareholders, and even Amazon employees publicly decried the practice and called on the company to stop. “ Amazon is showing no sign of backing off from its marketing and sales of…

Microsoft President Renews Call for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Microsoft President Renews Call for Regulation of Facial Recognition

Microsoft President Brad Smith is once again calling for government regulation of facial recognition technology. Smith made the case at this week’s Web Summit conference in Lisbon, sharing the stage with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. He noted that facial recognition could soon be used to let retailers identify consumers and their purchase history…

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Biometric Smart City Tech

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Biometric Smart City Tech

NEC is embracing an Arm standard for smart city security. The company has announced a partnership with Arm Limited that will revolve around the latter’s Arm Platform Security Architecture, or PSA. The standard concerns securely connecting devices in the Internet of Things, which is of course an area of overlap with smart city solutions, an…

Tennis Authorities Embrace Biometric Surveillance to Fight Illicit Betting

Tennis Authorities Embrace Biometric Surveillance to Fight Illicit Betting

The United States Tennis Association has started using facial recognition technology to clamp down on illicit betting, and it’s willing to work with other sports organizations and even law enforcement bodies to extend the practice. According to a new ESPN report from Ryan Rodenberg, the USTA signaled that it would start implementing this technology earlier…

Facial Recognition to Enforce Age Restriction on Mobile Game in China

Facial Recognition to Enforce Age Restriction on Mobile Game in China

“Tencent says its aim is to use facial recognition technology to match players against their government databases in order to verify their ages, which suggests it’s working closely with government authorities.” At the Chinese government’s behest, Tencent Holdings says it is exploring the use of facial recognition technology to prevent minors from playing its wildly…

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