facial recognition

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial Recognition Tech Secretly Deployed at Taylor Swift Concert

Facial recognition was secretly used to scan attendees of a Taylor Swift concert earlier this year, it has now been revealed. The technology was deployed at a kiosk set up at California’s Rose Bowl in May. The kiosk featured a display showing highlights from the pop star’s rehearsal, attracting the attention of Swift fans; and…

Applied Recognition Tech Adopted by ‘the PayPal of Vietnam’

Applied Recognition Tech Adopted by ‘the PayPal of Vietnam’

Biometric technology from Toronto-based Applied Recognition is now being used to verify individuals signing up for SmartPay, a mobile-based financial services platform operating in Vietnam. The integration of Applied Recognition’s Ver-ID facial recognition technology means that end users can confirm their identities simply by submitting a selfie photo through the platform. At the same time,…

Healthcare Nonprofit Piloting Android-Based Biometric Patient Identification

Healthcare Nonprofit Piloting Android-Based Biometric Patient Identification

“Element offers a software-based system for Android devices that is designed to capture a subject’s palm or face biometrics using the smartphones’ or tablets’ built-in cameras.” A nonprofit healthcare organization is seeking to leverage biometric identification technology in the field to identify younger patients who lack official identification. The organization, Population Services International (PSI), was initially founded…

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…

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini On Knomi, FIDO UAF, and Industry Trends

INTERVIEW: Aware’s David Benini On Knomi, FIDO UAF, and Industry Trends

Aware, Inc. has long been a heavy-hitter in the biometric security industry, but it has had a particularly eventful year in 2018. The company won a huge contract from the UK Home Office this summer to work on an important biometric services project that will have applications in border control, immigration, and law enforcement. And…

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 was recently delivered a solid performance in the MegaFace Challenge, boasts of a 98.41 percent True Acceptance Rate and a False…

Prominent AI Research Group Calls for Gov’t Regulation and End to ‘Trade Secrecy’

Prominent AI Research Group Calls for Gov’t Regulation and End to ‘Trade Secrecy’

An AI research group based in New York University has issued a new paper calling for government regulation of artificial intelligence technologies. Called AI Now, the group is headed by employees from major tech companies including Google and Microsoft. Its latest publication, simply titled “AI Now Report 2018”, highlights the growing use of AI technologies…

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…

Nuance Opens DRIVE Lab in Germany for Connected Car Research

Nuance Opens DRIVE Lab in Germany for Connected Car Research

“Work at the new lab will complement research in DRIVE Labs in North America and China, and will place a strong focus on new user experience technologies based on things like facial and voice recognition, emotion analysis, gaze tracking, and gesture-based interactions.” Nuance Communications has announced a new AI research center that will focus on…

IDEMIA Wins Future Digital Award for CloudCard+ Solution

IDEMIA Wins Future Digital Award for CloudCard+ Solution

“IDEMIA’s solution is a mobile application that is designed to leverage one of two biometric factors for user authentication…” IDEMIA has come out a winner in Juniper Research’s Future Digital Awards. Its CloudCard+ solution took the top prize in the category of “Best Payment Authentication Platform/Solution”, ahead of runner-up Accertify and its Dynamic Risk Vectors…

Gemalto to Trial Biometric Boarding with CBP at LAX

Gemalto to Trial Biometric Boarding with CBP at LAX

Gemalto is going to work with the US Customs and Border Protection agency on a biometric boarding system at Los Angeles International Airport, the company has announced. LAX has been the site of considerable biometric experimentation over the past year. British Airways and Lufthansa both participated in biometric passenger screening trials with the CBP earlier…

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.…

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

Will 2019 be the Year Biometric Systems are Truly Tested by Hackers?

“…2019 could be a year in which major hack attacks demonstrate which biometric security systems are truly effective and which are outdated, if Experian’s prediction is proven right.” Experian’s sixth annual Data Breach Industry Forecast finds biometrics in the crosshairs. Assessing the five major security threats expected for 2019, the report predicts that hackers will…

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…

Biometric Ignorance at Root of Short-lived iPhone Scam

Biometric Ignorance at Root of Short-lived iPhone Scam

“…the app would dim the screen, obscuring a purchase interface asking the user to confirm an in-app transaction of $89.99, with a bright red fingerprint icon distracting the user’s attention.” An ostensibly health-related app for the iPhone was designed to use Touch ID to scam users out of almost $100. As 9to5Mac reports, the straightforwardly…

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…

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

Academic Study Offers ‘Balanced Perspective’ on South Wales Police Facial Recognition

“Commenting on the Cardiff University study, South Wales Police Deputy Chief Constable Richard Lewis said it offers “a balanced perspective” on the facial recognition system, with police use of facial recognition having become a controversial subject in the UK.” Facial recognition technology being used by South Wales Police has now come under academic scrutiny, with…

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