smart cities

VSBLTY Retains Canadian Investor Relations Firm

VSBLTY Retains Canadian Investor Relations Firm

VSBLTY is looking to get more visibility in the capital markets. The Philadelphia-based company, which specializes in AI-infused visual display technology, has retained CHF Capital Markets, a major Canadian investor relations firm focused on small and mid-cap companies. VSBLTY has made some headline-grabbing moves in recent months with its smart signage technology, thanks in part…

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…

Thales Details High Expectations for Gemalto-infused Business Unit in Investor Note

Thales Details High Expectations for Gemalto-infused Business Unit in Investor Note

Biometrics News With its acquisition of Gemalto earlier this year, Thales has established a new “Digital Identity and Security” (DIS) business unit, and has laid out some lofty expectations for the division in a note to investors. According to Thales, the DIS unit comprises Gemalto as well as “a number of digital businesses previously assigned…

Smart Lighting, Biometric Surveillance Specialists Team Up to Deliver Security Solution in Mexico City

After an initial trial phase, Philadelphia-based VSBLTY and Mexico City’s Energetika have announced a formal agreement concerning the joint deployment of their smart city solutions. Essentially, the collaboration will see Energetika’s energy-efficient lighting technology combined with VSBLTY’s crowd analytics and facial recognition technology in urban public security deployments. The companies’ contract will run to August…

New D-ID Solution Removes Identifying Biometrics from People’s Faces

New D-ID Solution Removes Identifying Biometrics from People’s Faces

D-ID has released a new de-identification solution that removes Personally Identifying Information from video and photo content. Dubbed Smart Anonymization, the platform uses a proprietary algorithm to scrub facial features, licenses plates, and anything else that could be used to identify an individual and replaces those features with an AI-generated approximation. The solution is being…

Biometric Onboarding Helps Gogoro Users Get on the Smart Road

Biometric Onboarding Helps Gogoro Users Get on the Smart Road

The smart scooter company Gogoro is expanding with a new ride sharing app designed specifically for smart cities. The new app is called GoShare, and will launch in the Taiwanese city of Taoyuan in August. “Cities have proven consumer demand for mobility sharing, but few have established ongoing viability because of the operational inefficiencies in…

NEC to Update Oman’s Bus Network with Automated Fare System

NEC to Update Oman’s Bus Network with Automated Fare System

NEC has landed a contract to update Oman’s public transportation network with an Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) and other smart technology. The use of AFCS tech will allow Omani riders to make contactless fare payments through a new mobile app, and will make transit more efficient for the country’s 20,000 daily commuters. Meanwhile, NEC’s…

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

New NEC Tech Matches Faces to Bodies, Enhancing Surveillance Capabilities

NEC has announced a new computer vision solution that builds on its acclaimed facial recognition technology to enable the automated identification of individuals even when they’re not facing a given camera. Dubbed “Person Re-identification Technology”, the solution is essentially designed to assess not only a subject’s face, but their entire body. Once scanned, subjects can…

NEC to Provide Biometric Tech for New Hard Rock Resort in Japan

NEC to Provide Biometric Tech for New Hard Rock Resort in Japan

With plans to build a big new resort in Hokkaido, Japan, Hard Rock International is inviting NEC to provide biometric technology for the development. The plans came to light at Hokkaido’s Integrated Resort Showcase this week, where Hard Rock unveiled a scale model of its planned resort featuring an enormous guitar-shaped hotel, a monorail connected…

NEC, NPS to Highlight Biometric Smart City Tech at International Security Expo 2018

NEC, NPS to Highlight Biometric Smart City Tech at International Security Expo 2018

“…NEC said that it and its subsidiary NPS will showcase solutions including its ‘facial recognition system, automated fingerprint identification system (AFIS), CONNECT police platform, and video analytics solution’ at the event.” NEC will showcase its solutions at the International Security Expo in London next week, the company has announced. The event offers NEC the opportunity…

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Biometric Smart City Tech

NEC Embraces Arm Standard for Biometric Smart City Tech

NEC is embracing an Arm standard for smart city security. The company has announced a partnership with Arm Limited that will revolve around the latter’s Arm Platform Security Architecture, or PSA. The standard concerns securely connecting devices in the Internet of Things, which is of course an area of overlap with smart city solutions, an…

German Blockchain Not-for-Profit Exploring Smart City Applications of Palm Vein Tech

German Blockchain Not-for-Profit Exploring Smart City Applications of Palm Vein Tech

“In smart city applications, such biometric scans would be linked to distributed ledger systems to deliver immutable audit trails, with the IOTA Foundation highlighting applications in data centers, airports, and stadiums.” A Berlin-based not-for-profit focused on the promotion of blockchain technology is exploring the use of palm vein biometrics for authentication of individuals in Smart…

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC’s First Research Center Outside of Japan Opens in Singapore

NEC has opened a new research center in Singapore. Called the “NEC Open Innovation Centre”, or “OIC”, the facility will focus on technology research in the areas of public safety, aviation, and transportation. The technology itself will include artificial intelligence and biometrics. In announcing the OIC, NEC also highlighted its Trusted Digital Identity and One…

City Surveillance Cameras Get NEC Facial Recognition Tech Across Georgia

City Surveillance Cameras Get NEC Facial Recognition Tech Across Georgia

NEC‘s facial recognition technology is being used to secure major cities in the country of Georgia, the company has announced. More specifically, its NeoFace Watch system has been adopted by the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Having been installed last month, the system is now scanning the CCTV feeds of about 400 cameras in major…

News Roundup: Invisible and Frictionless

News Roundup: Invisible and Frictionless

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Invisible Biometrics Month to a close, featured an exclusive interview and reported on a wide range of strong authentication news. Mobility and finance continued to make up the brunt of the headlines while innovations in facial recognition, developments in law enforcement, and new company appointments rounded out the industry…

NEC to Develop Smart City Tech for Tirupati, India

NEC to Develop Smart City Tech for Tirupati, India

NEC Corporation is going to be working with a major Indian state to develop smart city solutions for one of its biggest cities. The company has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AP Technology Services Limited (APTS), a state-owned company tasked with developing electronics, IT, and communications services. The collaboration will be part of…