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ZKTeco Brings Security Solutions to Russian Audience

ZKTeco Brings Security Solutions to Russian Audience

ZKTeco has hosted another seminar aimed at promoting its biometric and computer vision security solutions to new audiences, this time in Russia. At an event in St. Petersburg, the company showcased its solutions in partnership with Alpro, a security solutions provider based in the city that claims a network of over 1000 regional partners across…

Yandex Launches Voice-Based AI Assistant in Russia

Yandex Launches Voice-Based AI Assistant in Russia

“…developers had a wealth of data upon which to train Alice using Yandex’s ‘SpeechKit’ platform, making it a particularly sophisticated AI assistant.” A Moscow-based IT giant has just launched Russia’s own version of Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa. Called Alice, the AI system is designed to respond to a wide range of voice-based queries, from…

How Do Apple Pay and Samsung Pay Compare in Russia?

How Do Apple Pay and Samsung Pay Compare in Russia?

“Between the two, Samsung Pay has a bit of an edge.” The two most prominent mobile payment platforms are now available in Russia. Samsung Pay launched in the country at the start of the month, and Apple Pay made its debut early this week. Between the two, Samsung Pay has a bit of an edge. Like Apple…

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay Has Launched In Russia

Apple Pay has launched in Russia. The mobile payment service makes its debut in the country with the support of Mastercard and domestic bank Sberbank. Retailers onboard to accept Apple Pay include Media Markt, BP, and Atak supermarkets, with Burger King promising coming support. It’s a bit of a get for Apple in a country…

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

After a long hiatus, Russia is willing to resume flights to Egypt, but the government wants biometric security in Egyptian airports, according to a report from Daily News Egypt. The planes stopped flying last year in the wake of a deadly terror attack against a Russian flight out of Egypt that killed all 224 passengers…

Russian Facial Recognition Startup Gets Big VC Backing

Russian Facial Recognition Startup Gets Big VC Backing

A Russian startup focused on facial recognition has received some considerable investment. Called VisionLabs, the company’s Luna software platform is designed to identify customers in realtime for businesses by scanning photos or video feeds. Meanwhile, its Face IS system is aimed at producing customized marketing offers to shoppers, also based on realtime facial recognition. The…

Growing Demand for App That Matches Pics to Social Profiles

Growing Demand for App That Matches Pics to Social Profiles

A Russian app that searches a popular social networking site to match faces to smartphone photos is proving increasingly popular in its home country. Called FindFace, the app was recently highlighted in an art project that used it to match pictures of Moscow subway riders to their profiles on the VKontakte social network. It’s based on…

Fingerprints Required From Russian Citizens Seeking Schengen Visas

Fingerprints Required From Russian Citizens Seeking Schengen Visas

The European Union is expanding its biometric collection for visitors to the Schengen area, a multi-state zone allowing passport-free travel between its constituent states, most of which are EU members. Russian citizens seeking Schengen visas are now required to provide fingerprint biometric data. It’s an understandable move given that Russia leads the other 18 countries…

Russia to Implement Electronic Fingerprint Scanning for Migrant Workers

Russia to Implement Electronic Fingerprint Scanning for Migrant Workers

Russian authorities are preparing to implement fingerprint scanners at the country’s approximately 400 entry points for visa-free migrant workers, according to reports from local media outlets. Details about the measure are currently scant, but there are indications that its main aim is to prevent the entry of individuals using assumed names, especially those who have…