Why usability matters

This is a guest post by Joey Pritikin, VP Sales and Marketing at Tascent. Showing your ID at the airport is one thing. But using your eye as your passport? It might feel like a big step. Nevertheless, iris scanning and other forms of biometrics will soon be common sights at airports around the world. Airports all over the world are installing biometrics to streamline the traveler journey, from airplane entry gates to baggage pickup. The Australian government plans to

STC Group contributes to university biometric and forensic laboratory

STC Group, in collaboration with the American University of Science & Technology (AUST) and SITE Technology have opened a biometric and forensic laboratory for 40 workplaces in Lebanon. The grand opening of the STC laboratory and introduction of the education program for students with a degree in forensics took place on June 2. Representatives from the University and Site Technology, counselors of the Russian Embassy and experts from STC came together for a roundtable discussion concerning current market conditions, the

Biowatch introducing wearable prototype at VivaTechnology

Swiss startup Biowatch SA has developed and tested the world’s first fully functioning prototype for a wearable device secured by wrist vein patterns that can be used for payments, access control, ticketing, ID management, environment personalization, and more. The company said the new prototype is the “result of a disruptive technology whose time has come coupled with our continued focus on the miniaturization of technology for convenience, and the maximization of biometric performance.” “At Biowatch we are convinced that such

UWE Bristol, Customer Clever to develop 3-D facial recognition system

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has partnered with British facial recognition firm Customer Clever to develop a 3-D facial recognition system for high security commercial applications, according to a report in Phys.org. Customer Clever is already successfully providing its line of face recognition solutions — CleverIntel, CleverID, CleverAccess and CleverPod — for customers in a range of sectors, including retail. Innovate UK has allocated joint funding of £170,000 (US$217,657) for the two-year project in an effort

CLEAR allowed U.S. patent for biometric boarding pass technologies

CLEAR has been issued a Notice of Allowance for a U.S. patent application relating to its biometrics-based boarding pass technologies. The patent application covers biometric technology enabling end-to-end access throughout an airport without showing ID or boarding pass information. “We are very excited about this patent and the technology we are bringing to the marketplace. CLEAR piloted this solution in 2015 at San Jose International Airport (SJC) and received extremely positive customer feedback,” said Caryn Seidman Becker, CLEAR’s CEO. “We

Sensory integrates AI into TrulyNatural speech recognition solutions

Sensory has integrated artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its TrulyNatural line of embedded natural language speech recognition engines. TrulyNatural is now embedded with a range of neural net deep learning methods such as wake word technology for Alexa and other cloud engines, natural language voice interfaces, biometrics, and computer vision. The company’s AI technology lineup includes TrulyHandsfree, wake words and small vocabulary low power solutions; TrulySecure, biometric authentication with face and/or voice; and TrulyNatural, an embedded natural language large vocabulary

Researchers develop prototype app that blocks voice hacking attacks

A new study by the University of Buffalo’s (UB) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has found that voice-based smartphone apps such as Siri and WeChat can expose make you vulnerable to the growing security threat of voice hacking, according to a report on Phys.Org. Using only a few minutes of audio samples, attackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people and advanced digital security systems to steal money from your bank account. A UB team of engineers

CSIR working on improving biometric ID techniques for minors

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an African research and development organization, is developing a biometric identification system that can obtain biometric data from children with greater accuracy. In a new video, CSIR detailed the Department of Science and Technology-funded, two-year project in which researchers will be collecting ear, iris and fingerprint biometric samples. Using this data, the organization aims to develop a system that can determine or verify the identities of minors throughout their childhood using reference

Apple developing a processor to improve the way devices handle AI tasks

Apple Inc. is developing a processor that will improve the way the company’s devices handle artificial intelligence (AI)-related tasks, such as facial recognition and speech recognition, according to a report by Bloomberg that cited an individual familiar with the matter. Apple Neural Engine is designed to make significant improvements to Apple’s hardware over time, and will eventually be integrated into the iPhone, iPad and other devices, according to the source. The company has already tested the chip with prototypes of

Applied Recognition issued US patent for face detection and recognition technology

Applied Recognition has been awarded a patent for face detection and recognition technology that applies to advertising, entertainment and social networks, enabling companies to create personalized marketing messages. Patent #9,639,740 covers an exclusive technology for detecting and using faces in images for personalized advertising, personalized computer game faces, missing-person searches, and immersive animations and movies. Originally filed on November 12, 2013 and published on May 2, 2017, the patent is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application #811,240 entitled “Method, System,