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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.…

News Roundup: On Our Way To China

News Roundup: On Our Way To China

Last week at FindBiometrics we saw Border Control & National ID Month culminate in the expert webinar, Biometrics and the New Era of National Security and Border Control. Our featured topics were in the industry news too as we began preparations to head to China, where this week we will be bringing you reporting from the…

Strict Biometric Screening for China Region Seen as Discriminatory

Strict Biometric Screening for China Region Seen as Discriminatory

Chinese authorities have issued special biometric requirements for aspiring travelers in the Xinjiang region’s Ili prefecture. Regional police have reportedly announced that all residents must provide DNA, fingerprint, and voiceprint biometric data, and must also submit to 3D body scans, in order to apply for travel documents. The strictures follow measures enacted last year in…

Uber to Implement Facial Recognition for Driver Authentication in China

Uber to Implement Facial Recognition for Driver Authentication in China

Uber is implementing a facial recognition system for drivers in China, the company has announced. It’s designed to cut down on the practices of drivers’ sharing accounts or using fake accounts, issues that are apparently more commonplace in China than in other countries in which Uber operates. The unregulated taxi service is now seeking to implement…

Ping An Announces Facial Recognition-Based Loan System

Ping An Announces Facial Recognition-Based Loan System

China-based insurance and financial services company Ping An has announced a new system designed to use facial recognition for digital loan applications. The technology was developed in-house through Ping An’s Science and Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and the company claims its facial recognition capability is 99 percent accurate, and that moreover it can identify individuals…

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay Has Launched in China

Samsung Pay has at last launched in China. The mobile payment service was launched this week in cooperation with China UnionPay, the country’s sole domestic bank card company. At its launch, Samsung Pay supports payment cards from numerous banks, including China CITIC Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Merchants Bank, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of…

Chinese Researchers Unveil Face-Scanning Police Vehicle

Chinese Researchers Unveil Face-Scanning Police Vehicle

Chinese researchers have developed a police car that can automatically scan pedestrians’ faces in search of a match against criminal databases. Developed by a team at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, the SUV is already being tested on the road, and authorities are aiming to dispatch it in a real-world trial…

Apple Pay Exceeds Expectations in China

Apple Pay Exceeds Expectations in China

Apple Pay has decisively beaten naysayers’ expectations with its launch in China. According to new reports, the mPayment platform saw three million payment cards loaded within the first two days after its debut on February 18th. Speaking to the media in China, Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey said she “would rate our first-day performance as 1,000,…

PayEase Announces Apple Pay Support

PayEase Announces Apple Pay Support

A Chinese ecommerce platform provider has announced Apple Pay support. The company, PayEase, will support business apps that are themselves integrating support for the mPayment platform. PayEase works with vendors to facilitate online and mobile payment functionality, offering support for 23 state banks and China UnionPay, as well as foreign bank cards issued by partners…

Apple Pay Finally Launches in China

Apple Pay Finally Launches in China

Apple Pay has finally launched in China. In addition to the support of China UnionPay, the country’s sole domestic bank card issuer, Apple Pay has also now won the support of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the country’s major lender. That’s encouraging, but the Cupertino mobile wallet is still going to face an uphill…

Beijing Railway Station Introduces Biometric Passenger Processing

Beijing Railway Station Introduces Biometric Passenger Processing

Authorities at the Beijing Railway Station have implemented an automated passenger processing system ahead of the country’s busy Spring Festival holidays. As passenger traffic ramps up for this season, the new system will use facial recognition to increase efficiency. In order to use the system, passengers must have a smart identity card and a smart…

Samsung Pay Officially Coming to China via UnionPay

Samsung Pay Officially Coming to China via UnionPay

“Around the same time that [Samsung’s] agreement with China UnionPay was announced, the bank announced a similar deal with Apple for the Apple Pay mPayment platform.” Samsung and China UnionPay have officially announced their cooperation on bringing the former’s mPayment platform to China next year. The companies say that, pending approval by regulation authorities in the…

Goodix Anticipates Growth with Fingerprint Efforts

Goodix Anticipates Growth with Fingerprint Efforts

“Given these prospects and Goodix’s prestigious CES 2016 awards, there appears to be good reason for the company’s plans for growth.” China-based user interface developer Goodix expects major growth over the next year, the company has announced. While the company says it is working to meet rising demand for pressure-sensitive touchscreen solutions, much of its…

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Rumors Of China Apple Pay Launch Surface

Apple is hoping to bring its mPayment service to China by February, according to new reports. It’s an ambitious aim, given that China’s is a closed market governed by strict state regulation. But anonymous sources are reporting that Apple has been successful in negotiations with China’s four major banks, and a Chinese developer has attested…

China to See Samsung Pay Launch in Early 2016

China to See Samsung Pay Launch in Early 2016

Samsung is preparing to launch its mPayment service in China, according to new reports. While no official announcement has been made, word is spreading that Samsung Pay is expected to see its China debut in Q1 of 2016. It isn’t yet clear how that is going to work, given that China’s domestic market features tough…

Will The Vivo X6 Feature a Fingerprint Sensor?

Will The Vivo X6 Feature a Fingerprint Sensor?

China-based smartphone maker Vivo has been teasing its new Vivo X6 smartphone, with two recent images suggesting a December 6th release date, and that it will feature a fingerprint scanner. The device will be available in gold, silver, black, grey, and pink color options, and will feature a display in the 5-5.2″ range. It’s going…

Business Uptick Coming For Fingerprint Sensor Makers

Business Uptick Coming For Fingerprint Sensor Makers

An uptick in business is expected for China-based fingerprint sensor makers, according to a new DigitTimes article. The authors assert that Egis Technology (Egistec), has received orders for its fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy A8 mobile devices. If true, that could be a huge deal for the Taiwan-based biometrics developer, and it should be…

FPC Sensors on Huawei Mate S and G8

FPC Sensors on Huawei Mate S and G8

Fingerprint Cards technology is being used in two major new devices from Huawei, the company has announced. The Mate S, Huawei’s new flagship device, and its G8 smartphone both include FPC1025 sensors. The integrations continue an ongoing partnership between the two companies, with Huawei having used FPC sensors in several of its previous mobile devices.…

Precise Biometrics Tech on Three QiKu Smartphones

Precise Biometrics Tech on Three QiKu Smartphones

Precise Biometrics technology is once again powering the fingerprint sensors of a new line of smartphones. Through its partnership with hardware developer Fingerprint Cards (FPC), Precise Biometrics’ Precise BioMatch Mobile algorithm software is now integrated in QiKu’s new Professional, Flagship, and Young smartphone models. It’s the first time that the China-based smartphone maker is building…

QiKu Chooses FPC Sensors for Smartphones

QiKu Chooses FPC Sensors for Smartphones

China-based smartphone maker QiKu has integrated Fingerprint Cards (FPC) fingerprint sensors into three new mobile devices. Dubbed Professional, Flagship, and Young, they are the first of QiKu’s mobile devices to use fingerprint sensors. It’s no great surprise that QiKu opted to go with FPC for its first step into mobile biometrics. Over the last several…

Precise Biometrics Software Featured on New Smartphone

Precise Biometrics Software Featured on New Smartphone

Today Precise Biometrics announced that its Precise BioMatch Mobile solution has made its way onto yet another Chinese smartphone. The integration is made possible through cooperation with Fingerprint Cards AB, whose sensor has been built into the handset. In a press release announcing the integration, Precise Biometrics asserts that the achievement will lead to license…

IC Makers Aggressively Exploring Fingerprint Biometrics

IC Makers Aggressively Exploring Fingerprint Biometrics

Touch controller integrated circuit (IC) makers are aggressively exploring fingerprint sensor technologies as the latter become more prominent in China-made mobile devices, according to a Digitimes Research report by Jason Yang. One example is Goodix, a company based in southern China that is poised to supply fingerprint-enabled touch solutions to mid-range vendors in the latter…

FPC Upgrades Revenue Predictions, Announces New Order

FPC Upgrades Revenue Predictions, Announces New Order

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has received yet another major order from an Asia-based module partner, the company has announced. Valued at 375 MSEK, this order has compelled the company to revise its revenue predictions for both the 2nd quarter and the full year. The Q2 projections have been revised from 340 MSEK to 390 MSEK, and…

Chinese mPayment Platform Gets Gov’t Advice on Biometrics

Chinese mPayment Platform Gets Gov’t Advice on Biometrics

Chinese internet company Tencent has embarked on a government partnership to help the company roll out a new mPayment service, according to a Xinhua article on Want China Times. Its new mPayment subsidiary, Tenpay, is partnering up with the National Citizen Identity Information Center, a division of China’s Ministry of Public Security. The partnership will…