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Alibaba Brings Facial and Voice Recognition to Major Shanghai Railway

Alibaba Brings Facial and Voice Recognition to Major Shanghai Railway

E-commerce firm Alibaba Group recently announced they will bring voice and facial recognition technologies to the Shanghai subway system through its affiliate Ant Financial Services group, according to a report from the South China Morning Post. This new technology will affect millions of commuters on one of the longest and furthest railway networks on the…

UnionPay Showcases Face-Based Naked Payments System at SFF 2017

UnionPay Showcases Face-Based Naked Payments System at SFF 2017

UnionPay, China’s major financial services organization, unveiled multiple new technologies for commerce at this month’s Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF), including a naked payments system based on facial recognition. Called FacePay, the system links a user’s face biometrics to their payment accounts, allowing them to make purchases just by presenting their face to a compatible POS…

The Biometric Implications of the US-China Trade Agreement’s MoU’s

The Biometric Implications of the US-China Trade Agreement’s MoU’s

“Vivo also emphasized its collaboration with Qualcomm on in-display fingerprint sensor technology…” Three major smartphone companies have signed non-binding memoranda of understanding (MoU) agreements to purchase 12 billion dollars’ worth of Qualcomm technology over the next three years. The agreements were signed as part of a larger bilateral trade initiative undertaken upon President Donald Trump’s…

BRIEF: Can China Show Us the Future of Facial Recognition?

BRIEF: Can China Show Us the Future of Facial Recognition?

The use of facial recognition technology is unquestionably on the rise. In the US, for example, the Customs and Border Protection agency is rapidly expanding its program of airport deployments; and on the consumer side, this year’s big new iPhone is expected to bring facial recognition to the masses, not just in the US but…

Facial Recognition Nabs 25 Wanted Criminals at Chinese Beer Festival

Facial Recognition Nabs 25 Wanted Criminals at Chinese Beer Festival

Twenty-five individuals wanted by police in China have been apprehended after being identified by facial recognition technology deployed at a major beer festival, reports The Guardian. Police were stationed alongside camera systems equipped with the biometric technology at entrances to the Qingdao event; among their captures was a fugitive who had been on the run…

Iris ID Provides Biometrics For Tongrentang, Traditional Chinese Medicine Producer

Iris ID Provides Biometrics For Tongrentang, Traditional Chinese Medicine Producer

Iris ID has a new client – Tongrentang, a Beijing-based producer of traditional Chinese medicines. According to Iris ID, Tongrentang was founded in 1669, and has expanded over the centuries to an enterprise that now comprises over a thousand retail outlets and even hospitals. Within a few years, the Iris ID partnership will see 20,000…

Chinese Authorities Use Biometrics to Authenticate Students for ‘Gaokao’ Exams

Chinese Authorities Use Biometrics to Authenticate Students for ‘Gaokao’ Exams

Education authorities in China are using biometric recognition and other high-tech measures to catch cheaters in the country’s annual “gaokao” university entrance exams. As Reuters reports, performance in these exams is thought to be critical to getting on track for a high-end job, hence the temptation to cheat. Exam centers are now implementing metal detectors and…

Biometric Tech Used to Secure Women’s Dorm at Beijing University

Biometric Tech Used to Secure Women’s Dorm at Beijing University

Beijing Normal University is using biometrics to regulate access to a women’s dormitory, reports The Telegraph. The system has made entry to the facility fully automated, granting access to registered students based on facial and voice recognition, with students required to say their names and swipe ID cards for entry. It’s designed to keep out…

Chinese Authorities to Use Facial Recognition Tech to Fight Money Laundering at Macau Casinos

Chinese Authorities to Use Facial Recognition Tech to Fight Money Laundering at Macau Casinos

“…ATMs will be outfitted with facial recognition technology designed to verify the identities of individuals withdrawing funds from accounts with China UnionPay, the country’s major financial services organization.” The government of Macau has announced that facial recognition will be implemented at ATMs to confirm cardholders with China UnionPay. It’s part of an effort to fight…

Biometrics to Bust Runner Ringers in Beijing Half Marathon

Biometrics to Bust Runner Ringers in Beijing Half Marathon

Organizers are planning to use biometrics to weed out cheaters in an upcoming half marathon in Beijing. As The Telegraph reports, the development comes amid a “fitness craze” sweeping across China, with 2016 having seen twice as many marathon runners as the year before. But amid that increasing interest there have also been sporadic reports…

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…

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

The Chinese government has announced that it will begin fingerprint foreign visitors this Friday. Diplomats and individuals visiting from countries with which China has special travel agreements will be exempt from the new requirement, which will otherwise apply to everyone between the ages of 14 and 70. The border screening effort will begin in Shenzhen…

Precise Biometrics Nets New Integration Via Chipone

Precise Biometrics Nets New Integration Via Chipone

Precise Biometrics technology is being used in a new smartphone from a China-based OEM. In a statement announcing the integration, the company declined to reveal the name of its client, but it did suggest that the integration should begin to generate royalty revenues starting in the fourth quarter of this year. The company also stated that…

Banks Deny Loan to Armless Man Over Lack of Fingerprints

Banks Deny Loan to Armless Man Over Lack of Fingerprints

“But new technologies are emerging that could provide alternative options to people like Mr. Wu.” Multiple banks in China denied an armless citizen a loan because he wasn’t able to provide fingerprints, according to a BBC report. Twenty-five-year-old educator Wu Jianping lost his arms as a child after suffering a serious electrical shock. He’s still able…

Partnership to Push Iris Authentication Standard for mPayments in China

Partnership to Push Iris Authentication Standard for mPayments in China

Influential mobile companies in China are preparing for the rise of mobile iris scanning. Spreadtrum, a fabless semiconductor maker, has announced a new partnership with the Internet Finance Authentication Alliance (IFAA) to promote an iris-based payment authentication framework in the country. The IFAA carries some major weight. It’s a consortium launched by high-profile firms including…

Xiaomi Maintains FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech in Redmi Line

Xiaomi Maintains FPC, Precise Biometrics Tech in Redmi Line

“Xiaomi is one of the smartphone OEMs singled out in FPC’s latest corporate update as a key client for the company…” China-based smartphone OEM Xiaomi keeps cranking out new Redmi mobile devices, and is sticking with Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics for their biometric technology. The latest offering is the Redmi Pro handset, a sequel to…

ZKAccess Aims at Collaboration with Biometrics Expert

ZKAccess Aims at Collaboration with Biometrics Expert

Biometric solutions provider ZKAccess is seeking to team up with a leading biometrics expert from the world of academia. The company recently hosted Michigan State University professor Dr. Anil Jain for a talk at ZKTeco headquarters in Shenzhen, China. The company says about 200 staff members from ZKTeco and ZKAccess attended the talk, in which Dr.…

Biometric Airport Security Debuts in China

Biometric Airport Security Debuts in China

China has just got its first airport facial recognition system, reports Shanghai Daily. The system was developed by domestic company Shanghai Doudian Technologies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Security’s Third Research Institute. The system takes travelers’ photos at security checkpoints within the airport, linking their faces to their boarding passes. When passengers then…

FPC Tech Featured in Newest Vivo Smartphones

FPC Tech Featured in Newest Vivo Smartphones

  “As with so many other clients of FPC, Vivo is a repeat customer” A repeat customer is once again proving to be a boon to Fingerprint Cards‘ business. China-based Vivo has integrated FPC’s fingerprint sensor technology into two new devices. They’re called the X7 and the X7 Plus, and each features an FPC1245 sensor.…

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