About Chris Burt

Chris Burt is a writer and contributor to Biometric Update. He has also written nonfiction about information technology, dramatic arts, sports culture, and fantasy basketball, as well as fiction about a doomed astronaut. He lives in Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter @AFakeChrisBurt."

Google improves smile recognition algorithm accuracy with demographic classifiers

Google researchers have discovered a way to improve the company’s smile detection algorithms across genders and races, which reaches a state-of-the-art 91 percent on the Faces of the World dataset, according to a research paper published on arXive (PDF). Technology Review reports that this represents a 1.5 percent improvement over the previous best accuracy. The researchers used four racial and two gender classifications to improve accuracy while preserving privacy, according to the paper. Their method involves utilizing transfer learning and

Gentex biometrics technology featured in Rinspeed concept car

A vehicle-sized “skateboard” with biometric security and personalization has been unveiled by automotive think tank and car design firm Rinspeed, featuring iris scanning and other connected-car technologies from Gentex. The concept car, dubbed “Snap,” allows users to connect personalized “pods” to the “skateboard” chassis, which autonomously drives passengers to their destination. The pods are secured by biometrics, which also serve to automatically personalize seat position, HVAC controls, and other amenities through Gentex HomeLink vehicle-to-home automation technology. The biometric system can

Phuket, Thailand to use Herta facial recognition for Safe City project

Facial recognition firm Herta has announced it will install solutions in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a Safe City project in partnership with Point IT. Pictures or videos will be taken of vehicle occupants entering the city by police with mobile phones at security checkpoints, and sent wirelessly to the network of Herta’s BioSurveillance NEXT system, according to the announcement. The mobile phones then receive an alarm if a blacklisted subject is detected. “We are very proud to provide leading

U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

China expands biometric collection program in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are gathering DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types from all residents between ages 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Some of the data is being collected under a program “Physicals for All,” which provides free annual medical examinations. Biometric data is also being collecting from those considered a threat to stability, known as “focus personnel,” and their families, regardless of their age. Previously, all passport applicants in the region have been

Biometrics the preferred second factor for strong customer authentication for mobile commerce

Biometric authentication will continue to be adopted for mobile commerce due to its combination of better security and improved user convenience as merchants apply multifactor-based strong customer authentication (SCA) in response to fraud risks and compliance requirements from card networks and regulators, according to a report from Mobey Forum. “Authentication in M-Commerce: Balancing Risk and Experience” describes a challenging environment for mobile commerce retailers, as customer habits, fraud threats, and compliance requirements evolve. It predicts that U.S. Account Takeover Losses

Yitu Technologies’ AI powers massive facial recognition capabilities

Yitu Technologies’ Dragonfly Eye facial recognition platform has logged 1.8 billion photographs stored in a government database, including Chinese nationals and visitors to the country, the South China Morning Post reports in an article on the company’s powerful artificial intelligence systems. Dragonfly Eye is used by more than 20 provincial security departments, and more than 150 municipal security systems across the country. It enabled the capture of 567 suspected criminals in its first three months of deployment in Shanghai’s Metro

Brazil adopts OSTP Alliance CIPURSE to protect personal data on new drivers’ license smartcards

Brazil has adopted CIPURSE, the OSPT Alliance’s non-proprietary, open standard for secure transaction solutions, to protect personal data including fingerprints and face photos on new drivers’ license cards. Under the new scheme, the cards will be readable by law enforcement officers with an NFC smartphone app, and card-holders can access financial services with fingerprint authentication. The card also allows for public transportation implementations. “CIPURSE was selected as it is a fast, easy to program, open and non-proprietary standard which is

Balabit launches new privileged access management solution

Balabit has announced the launch of its new Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution, which integrates its Privileged Session Management (PSM) technology and its Privileged Account Analytics (PAA) behavior analytics software. The new software is offered as a turnkey solution for large enterprises. It records privileged sessions in granular detail, according to the announcement, and monitors and authenticates users in real-time with sophisticated analytics to reinforce traditional security measures like password management. “Up until now, password management has been the first

Onfido facial and document recognition onboarding platform launches to Salesforce AppExchange

Onfido has announced the launch of its remote onboarding platform on the Salesforce AppExchange to bring its document and facial verification tool to the CRM giant’s Financial Services Cloud and other customers. Onfido uses machine learning technology to enable users to confirm their identity with a photo of an identity documents and a “live” selfie, protecting access to online services. The technology performs automated checks on 600 documents from 192 countries, and is used by 1,500 customers globally, the company