facial biometrics

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

Local Groups Push Back Against Facial Recognition at German Border

A proposed border law in the German state of Saxony has come under fire from local interest groups, in large part because of the planned use of facial recognition technology along the state’s Czech and Polish borders. “The planned border surveillance places large parts of Saxony under some sort of state of emergency, and it…

Suprema Unveils New Facial Recognition Terminal at Intersec 2019

Suprema Unveils New Facial Recognition Terminal at Intersec 2019

Suprema is making a big splash at Intersec 2019. In the days before the conference, the security company announced that it would unveil a brand new facial recognition prototype that offers greater speed, accuracy, and convenience to enterprise-level customers. The prototype demonstration is exclusive to Intersec 2019, which runs from January 20-22 in Dubai. “Our…

EFF Raises Alarm Over TSA’s Expanding Biometrics Efforts

EFF Raises Alarm Over TSA’s Expanding Biometrics Efforts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is raising red flags over the Transportation Security Administration’s plans to expand its use of biometrics at US airports. The EFF’s warnings, outlined in a new blog post, come in response to the TSA Biometrics Roadmap for Aviation Security and the Passenger Experience published in October. The document laid out a…

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Year in Review: Facial Recognition Was in the Spotlight in 2018, Warts and All

Facial recognition technology has had a big year, in good ways and bad. On the positive side, Apple signaled a more or less definitive switch to 3D facial recognition as the primary mechanism for user authentication on its flagship smartphones: Having made a big splash last year with its introduction of Face ID on the…

CyberLink to Highlight Retail Applications of Face Biometrics Tech at CES 2019

CyberLink to Highlight Retail Applications of Face Biometrics Tech at CES 2019

Taiwan-based CyberLink is aiming to elevate its profile with plans to showcase its facial recognition technology at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company says its FaceMe biometric engine, which recently delivered a solid performance in the MegaFace Challenge, boasts of a 98.41 percent True Acceptance Rate and a False Acceptance…

Facial Recognition Has Shown 20X Improvement Since 2014: NIST

Facial Recognition Has Shown 20X Improvement Since 2014: NIST

Those in the biometrics industry know intuitively that facial recognition has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, but a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) puts numbers to just how far the state of the art has come. NIST, which is the world’s premier agency in the evaluation…

ID3 Touts FRVT Performance in Latest NIST Testing

ID3 Touts FRVT Performance in Latest NIST Testing

France-based ID3 Technologies has announced that its facial recognition technology has delivered an “excellent performance tradeoff” in the latest evaluations through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Face Recognition Vendor Test, or “FRVT”. In a press release, the company explained that the FRVT testing round featured over 50 participants from the commercial biometrics industry.…

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…

New SAFR Partnership Opens Door to Important China Market

New SAFR Partnership Opens Door to Important China Market

“Homtar says it will launch the first trial of SAFR in Shenzhen within a month’s time.” A new partnership offer RealNetworks a pipeline to the China market for its SAFR facial recognition platform: The company has teamed up with Shenzhen Homtar High-Tech Co., which will work with its partner Shenzhen Wiseme Electronics Co. to launch…

Yoti’s Research Into Charity Sector Yields Surprising Results

Yoti’s Research Into Charity Sector Yields Surprising Results

“…Yoti’s Head of Social Impact, Ken Banks, explained that many charity organizations felt that technological solutions based on smartphones would actually hinder access to services, since many charity recipients will either not have the required hardware or technological literacy to confidently use the new tools.” Yoti has concluded its research on the digital identity needs…

Microsoft Pushes Biometric FIDO2 Authentication In Latest Windows Update

Microsoft Pushes Biometric FIDO2 Authentication In Latest Windows Update

A new Windows 10 update has delivered FIDO2 authentication, with Microsoft placing its Windows Hello biometric authentication platform closer to front and center for end users. With respect to the latter, Windows’ development team has now placed a Windows Hello setup button right on the OS’s lock screen. It’s clearly a move aimed at encouraging…

Biometric Boarding Cruises Along at ATL, with a Bit of Turbulence

Biometric Boarding Cruises Along at ATL, with a Bit of Turbulence

Delta Air Lines’ biometric passenger processing system has been in place at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for a couple of months now, but there are still some hiccups in its operation, according to an AJC report. The product of a collaboration with the US Customs and Border Protection agency, the biometric system’s launch was…

Jumio Makes the REGTECH100 List for the Second Year in a Row

Jumio Makes the REGTECH100 List for the Second Year in a Row

“…the number of candidates nominated for this year’s REGTECH100 had nearly doubled over last year, reaching 824 – a sign of the vitality of this market area in the wake of major new regulations such as the European Union’s GDPR and PSD2 rules.” The industry accolades continue for Jumio, with the company making the REGTECH100…

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Platform Scans Web for Missing Children

“A key component of the GMCNgine is Rekognition, Amazon’s controversial computer vision platform.” Facial recognition technology’s growing role in the fight against child exploitation could see a substantial expansion after the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s launch of a new AI-driven system this week. Called the GMCNgine, the system leverages machine learning and artificial…

Tascent Tech Takes to the Seas with Cruise Ship Partner

Tascent Tech Takes to the Seas with Cruise Ship Partner

“It’s going to make its debut with the first departure of RCL’s new Celebrity Edge cruise ship, which will make its first voyage from Fort Lauderdale in December.” Tascent is taking to the seas: The company has announced that its biometric technology will be used for passenger boarding by Royal Caribbean Cruises. The system will…

BioID, Pikcio to Develop Age Verification Service for Website Access in UK

BioID, Pikcio to Develop Age Verification Service for Website Access in UK

“The technology will be used by the jointly-developed service to verify the age of individuals in the UK seeking to access adult websites.” BioID has teamed up with Swiss blockchain specialist Pikcio to develop an age verification service based on facial recognition. The latter technology comes by way of BioID, which upgraded its BWS solution…

Ever AI Facial Recognition Gets Top Ranking in FRVT 1:1 Testing for Wild Images

Ever AI Facial Recognition Gets Top Ranking in FRVT 1:1 Testing for Wild Images

“This independent evaluation establishes us as the de facto leader of mission-critical face recognition in the US.” – Doug Aley, CEO, Ever AI Ever AI is celebrating an important win in the latest round of facial recognition testing conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): The firm’s technology tied for first in the…

Biometric Tech Plays Backup in Recent CBP Border Arrest

Biometric Tech Plays Backup in Recent CBP Border Arrest

The US Customs and Border Protection agency continues to promote the benefits of its biometric border control technology with the announcement that it has been used to confirm the identity of a man wanted on sexual assault charges in Texas. The individual was apprehended while trying to cross the Anzalduas International Bridge. According to the…

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…

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