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Fingerprints’ Biometric Card Tech Passes BCTC Testing

Fingerprints’ Biometric Card Tech Passes BCTC Testing

Fingerprint Cards has achieved an important milestone in its ongoing efforts to pave the way for global adoption of biometric payment card technology. The company’s T-Shape fingerprint sensor module and its FPC-BEP biometric software platform have both passed accuracy and security tests conducted by China’s Bank Card Test Center, or BCTC. BCTC is an independent…

iFlytek Eyes Chinese Market with Improved Voice Recognition Platform

iFlytek Eyes Chinese Market with Improved Voice Recognition Platform

The Chinese startup iFlytek is hoping to introduce its voice recognition platform at a national scale within the next two to three years. The company leverages AI and big data to identify users based on unique vocal traits, and is now claiming to have made a research breakthrough that will enable a more widespread deployment…

NIST Study Confirms Racial Bias of Many Facial Recognition Algorithms

NIST Study Confirms Racial Bias of Many Facial Recognition Algorithms

A study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released last Thursday shows that many of the facial recognition algorithms used today misidentify people of color far more often than middle-aged white men. The study tested roughly 18 million photos of more than 8 million people taken from databases run by the State…

RELX Uses Facial Recognition to Stop Minors from Buying Vapes

RELX Uses Facial Recognition to Stop Minors from Buying Vapes

The Chinese e-cigarette manufacturer RELX Technology is using biometrics to keep tobacco products out of the hands of children. The company has announced that it will be installing facial recognition cameras at all of its retail locations in China, allowing RELX to monitor the age of anyone that sets foot in the store.   The…

SenseTime Anticipates $750 Million in Revenue Despite U.S. Blacklisting

SenseTime Anticipates $750 Million in Revenue Despite U.S. Blacklisting

Chinese Artificial Intelligence startup SenseTime has reported that it expects revenue for the 2019 fiscal year to come in at $750 million, despite being one of a number of Chinese entities placed on a U.S. blacklist in October. SenseTime, which has its headquarters in Hong Kong and has reported its valuation at more than $7.5…

Comparitech Study Details World’s Most Intrusive Biometric Programs

Comparitech Study Details World’s Most Intrusive Biometric Programs

Comparitech has released a comprehensive report that evaluates the pervasiveness of biometric technology in 50 different countries. The report rated the countries based on their use (or non-use) of various technologies, as well as the legal protections those countries put in place to protect the privacy of their citizens. Each country was assigned a numerical…

New Rule Requires Face Scan for Mobile Account Registration in China

New Rule Requires Face Scan for Mobile Account Registration in China

The government of China has formally implemented a new rule that makes a facial recognition scan a required part of the mobile registration process. Anyone hoping to sign up for mobile phone services will now need to undergo a scan, expanding on the previous system that only asked customers to provide an identity card. The…

SITA Report Foresees Major Expansion of Self-Screening Tech at Chinese Airports

SITA Report Foresees Major Expansion of Self-Screening Tech at Chinese Airports

China’s air travel industry is investing heavily in AI technology. According to SITA’s latest 2019 China IT Insights report, 88 percent of the country’s airlines and airports plan to have some form of AI program in the development or deployment phase by 2022, with a heavy focus on chatbots and virtual assistants. Roughly half (43…

Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

Moscow Court Ruling May Open Door to Biometric Surveillance

The Savelovsky court of Moscow has ruled against the notion that the use of facial recognition cameras is in violation of the Russian Constitution with regards to the collection of personal data and an individual’s rights to privacy. In a case brought forward by plaintiff Alena Popova the courts declared that her arrest in 2018…

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China Begins Testing Emotion Recognition Technology in Xinjiang Region

China has begun testing surveillance technology in its northwestern Xinjiang region that aims to predict an individuals’ behavior by reading their emotional state. The technology uses cameras to scan people’s faces and ‘read’ their facial expressions in order to “identify criminal suspects by analyzing their mental state… to prevent illegal acts including terrorism and smuggling,”…

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

Facial Recognition Lawsuit Could Be First of its Kind in China

In what many domestic news outlets are describing as a first, a Chinese citizen is suing a theme park over its use of biometric technology on attendees. The park in question is a safari park in Hangzhou, which previously linked park passes to the fingerprints of pass holders, but recently moved to a new system…

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Confirm or Deny Use of Facial Recognition on Protestors

Hong Kong Police Refuse to Confirm or Deny Use of Facial Recognition on Protestors

Hong Kong police have access to facial recognition technology, but it isn’t clear if they have deployed it in their response to ongoing public protests, reports the South China Morning Post. Citing anonymous individuals who are familiar with the matter, the report says that Hong Kong’s police force has been contracting facial recognition technology from…

Aratek Takes Aim at China’s Facial Recognition Market with CPSE 2019 Plans

Aratek Takes Aim at China’s Facial Recognition Market with CPSE 2019 Plans

Having recently launched its new TruFace facial recognition solution, Aratek is now looking to target the growing Chinese market for such biometric technology with plans to showcase its solutions at the CPSE 2019 security expo. The event is scheduled to run from October 28th to 31st in Shenzhen. “China’s rapid and continuous growth drives innovation…

Chinese Tourist Attraction Uses Facial Recognition to Ration Toilet Paper

Chinese Tourist Attraction Uses Facial Recognition to Ration Toilet Paper

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Tourists and locals visiting Shamian Island in Gaungzhou China may want to learn how to say ‘I can’t spare a square’ in as many languages as possible, as toilet paper dispensers using facial recognition have been implemented at the popular tourist destination. The dispensers are designed to remove two feet…

Taiwanese Minister Orders Investigation of Megvii Following US Blacklisting

Taiwanese Minister Orders Investigation of Megvii Following US Blacklisting

Biometrics News – Facial Recognition Taiwanese Economic Minister Sheng Jong-chin has ordered an investigation into Chinese company Megvii Technology following its inclusion in a list of 28 Chinese entities that were blacklisted by the US government. The investigation follows concerns surrounding Megvii’s recently acquired contract to provide a facial recognition security system at Taichung Power…

Megvii Aiming for Nevember IPO Despite Blacklisting: Report

Megvii Aiming for Nevember IPO Despite Blacklisting: Report

“The blacklisting does not prevent companies from purchasing Megvii’s products and services, but it does prevent companies from selling to Megvii, which means that Megvii has been unable to buy things like Nvidia processors used in its business.” China-based facial recognition specialist Megvii is preparing to push ahead with a planned IPO on the Hong…

Sensetime Partnership Brings Chinese Cell Tower Company Into Biometric Surveillance

Sensetime Partnership Brings Chinese Cell Tower Company Into Biometric Surveillance

China’s extensive biometric surveillance apparatus is poised to expand even further through the efforts of a major cell tower company: China Tower has established a new subsidiary called Smart Tower that is aimed at offering video surveillance services. As Light Reading reports, China Tower is jointly owned by China’s three major telecoms, and has 1.9…

Chinese Researchers Develop 500MP Camera System That Can Image Tens of Thousands

Chinese Researchers Develop 500MP Camera System That Can Image Tens of Thousands

“… at least one of the researchers involved in the project has highlighted its potential use for police in monitoring crowds…” Chinese researchers have developed a 500MP camera system able to capture detailed images of tens of thousands of faces in a single frame, according to a new report. The system was developed by researchers…

KanKan Places Face Recognition Surveillance System in Chinese School

KanKan Places Face Recognition Surveillance System in Chinese School

Remark Holdings subsidiary KanKan AI has outfitted the Hangzhou Primary School System with a Smart Campus Solution with facial recognition capabilities. The surveillance platform was built to meet the 2019 Work Focus Mandate from the Chinese Ministry of Education, a piece of legislation that seeks to improve school security and student performance with AI technology.…

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