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Shanghai Normal University Dormitory Gets Biometric Access Control

Shanghai Normal University Dormitory Gets Biometric Access Control

“For Shanghai Normal University’s 6th dormitory building, the biometric features are the icing on the cake of a larger renovation, which now features colorful walls, QR code-scanning laundry machines, and a touchscreen in the lobby where students can request repairs.” A flashy new dormitory building at Shanghai Normal University features biometric access control. As Shanghai…

Alibaba Brings Biometric Check-In to 50 Hotels in Hainan

Alibaba Brings Biometric Check-In to 50 Hotels in Hainan

“The process is entirely automated, and in a statement announcing the Hainan deployments, Shiji asserted that it ‘takes 30 seconds from arrival to room card issued including payment authorization.’” Biometric check-in technology for hotels appears to be gaining traction in China, thanks in large part to Alibaba, the country’s e-commerce giant. Together with Shiji, a…

Distribution Agreement to See China-Made Facial Recognition Marketed to US Gov’t

Distribution Agreement to See China-Made Facial Recognition Marketed to US Gov’t

A new distribution agreement is poised to deliver China-made facial recognition technology to the United States. The technology is made by Weibridge, a Shanghai-based firm, which has agreed to license its biometric technology to Advanced Technology Group, a division of Universal Power Industry Corporate (UPIC). In the US, Advanced Technology Group will promote Weibridge’s facial…

Augmented Reality Smartglasses Empower Police With Face Recognition

Augmented Reality Smartglasses Empower Police With Face Recognition

Xloong, a Hong Kong-based tech company specializing in Augmented Reality glasses, is looking to the government’s growing interest in biometric surveillance technology to turn the company to profitability. The firm was founded in 2015, and has tailored its smart glasses technology to a number of applications including industrial engineering, messaging displays in military helmets, and…

Chinese Conglomerate Scans Faces for Biometric Marketing

Chinese Conglomerate Scans Faces for Biometric Marketing

“…the store is equipped with sensors designed to use facial recognition and data analysis to assess visitors and their behavior as they proceed through the facility.” A China-based multinational conglomerate is taking advantage of biometric and AI-driven marketing in a new store in Shenzhen. The company, Tiens Group, has a hand in a number of…

ZKTeco Featured in Belt and Road Program

ZKTeco Featured in Belt and Road Program

ZKTeco is enjoying a little time in the limelight, with a new China Global Television Network (CGTN)program highlighting the company’s participation in China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative. Sometimes translated as ‘One Belt One Road’, the initiative is a government-led program in promotion of economic partnerships between China and other states, and likewise between businesses therein. And…

Chinese Authorities Implement Face Scanning at Hong Kong Border

Chinese Authorities Implement Face Scanning at Hong Kong Border

“Facial recognition is increasingly prominent in China, and while it is often used in consumer-facing applications, such as identifying visitors at tourist sites, it is most prevalent in law enforcement and surveillance applications, scanning CCTV feeds for even the most minor offences.” Chinese authorities have implemented a face-scanning border control system at two checkpoints between…

Chinese University Implements Face-Scanning Security

Chinese University Implements Face-Scanning Security

“Visitors are now required to use the social media platform WeChat to scan their faces by reading out a string of numbers with their selfie camera on, offering their national identity card details as well.” Tsinghua University, a prestigious academic institution in Beijing, is now requiring visitors to submit their facial biometrics. As the South…

Marriott Hotels in China to Trial Face-Scanning Check-In System

Marriott Hotels in China to Trial Face-Scanning Check-In System

Marriott is working with Alibaba to trial a biometric check-in system for guests at two of its hotels in China, reports Reuters. The system will be based on facial recognition, operating through automated kiosks. Once guests’ identities are confirmed through the kiosks’ biometric system, the kiosks will produce key cards for their rooms and information…

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

INTERVIEW: Ritu Favre, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently had the opportunity to speak with Ritu Favre, CEO of NEXT Biometrics. The conversation starts with a review of her first year as the company’s leader and her major accomplishments in the role. The conversation moves on to the major security benefits of NEXT’s large area sensors and the demanding…

NEXT Biometrics Appoints APAC Sales Exec

NEXT Biometrics Appoints APAC Sales Exec

“Yu’s appointment is the latest organizational change undertaken by NEXT Biometrics as part of an effort to scale up its operations. “ NEXT Biometrics now has an Asia Pacific Sales and China General Manager, with former Crossmatch executive William Yu taking on the newly created position. Yu brings to the role his four years of…

Beijing Subway Seeks to Improve Efficiency with Biometric Passenger Recognition

Beijing Subway Seeks to Improve Efficiency with Biometric Passenger Recognition

Administrators of Beijing’s subway system are planning to implement biometric passenger recognition in the transit network, according to a China Daily report. The announcement was made by a senior Beijing Subway official at last week’s International Metro Transit Exhibition, which was held in the city. The aim is to improve the subway system’s efficiency. Over…

Goodix Supplies In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for Vivo Nex S

Goodix Supplies In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for Vivo Nex S

Goodix is the supplier behind the in-display fingerprint sensor technology of Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone, the China-based biometrics specialist has announced. Officially unveiled this week, the Vivo Nex S is the third device from Vivo to feature in-display technology, after the pioneering Vivo X20 Plus UD launched in China near the start of the year,…

Concert Arrest Demonstrates Growing Biometric Power of Chinese Police

Concert Arrest Demonstrates Growing Biometric Power of Chinese Police

Police in China are making a big song and dance over the arrest of person of interest at a music concert via the use of facial recognition technology. The individual, identified only by the surname Ao, was in a crowd of somewhere over 50,000 people, and was wanted in connection with an unspecified “economic crime”.…

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Chinese Police Use Face-Scanning Smartglasses to Surveil Crowds of Travelers

Police in China are now using face-scanning smartglasses to identify criminals in public. Designed by Beijing-based LLVision, the devices look like sunglasses, but feature a small camera at the top of one lens. Software scans faces captured in the video feed, and those are then compared to an offline database in a synced, smartphone-like mobile…

Chinese Authorities Intensify Biometric Surveillance in Xinjiang Region

Chinese Authorities Intensify Biometric Surveillance in Xinjiang Region

“News of the surveillance program comes soon after the revelation that government authorities had been collecting the biometric data of all Xinjiang residents through an ostensible health program called ‘Physicals for All’.” Chinese authorities have launched a biometric surveillance system in the Xinjian region designed to automatically alert authorities when individuals travel more than 300…

Facial Recognition Technology Used To Bust Bogus Marriages In Chongqing City, China

Facial Recognition Technology Used To Bust Bogus Marriages In Chongqing City, China

One of China’s largest cities has begun using facial recognition technology to bust bogus marriages and shorten the process of registering newly married couples, reports South China Morning Post. The Marriage and Adoption Registration Management Centre in Chongqing hopes to prevent the occurrences of people registering under a false name by introducing a process where newlyweds…

Facial Recognition Turned to Chickens in China

Facial Recognition Turned to Chickens in China

Facial recognition technology is used more widely in China than perhaps any other country, but soon it will be for the birds: A farming insurance company says it’s planning to use the technology to identify chickens. The firm is an arm of ZhongAn Online; as South China Morning Post reports, the company recently pioneered the…

Chinese Authorities Implement Mass Collection of Biometrics in Uyghur Region

Chinese Authorities Implement Mass Collection of Biometrics in Uyghur Region

Chinese authorities are in the process of a mass collection of biometric data from the residents of a region with a high population of the Uyghur minority group, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. While 92 percent of China’s residents are considered ethnic Hans, almost half of the residents of the Xinjiang…

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