Hitachi releases new video analytics software for smart cities and digital enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi Ltd.’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) unit, released new video analytics software to improve and expand on its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Through a combination of computer vision and advanced analytics, Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) is able to obtain key insights and create real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational and business intelligence, smarter transportation, traffic and parking management, and more

BioID releases source code for its Android and iOS facial recognition app

Cloud biometrics developer BioID has released the Android version of its face recognition authenticator and announced the availability of the source code for both the Android and iOS versions of the app. The mobile app source code allows developers to quickly integrate biometric authentication directly into their apps on the two platforms. Since authentication requires both possession of the registered mobile device and the user’s physical presence verified through face recognition, mobile developers can offer their end users multifactor authentication

Facial recognition trial completed at South Korea government complex

South Korea’s Government Buildings Management Office is ramping up security at public buildings with a facial recognition system following a high-profile illegal entry at one of its offices last year. According to a Korea Bizwire report, the system, developed by local IT company SysOne, so far covers 186 gates at four complexes and is responsible for monitoring some 32,000 employees and 6,000 daily visitors. The Government Buildings Management Office is officially implementing the access control system after the success of

Dubai Police turn to AI and biometrics for crime prevention

The Dubai Police are deploying artificial intelligence and facial recognition software to help predict and prevent crimes in areas of the city known to police, according to a Gulf News report. The Director of the Dubai Police Operations Department, Brigadier Kamil Butti Al Suwaidi, explained that the police command room will use a smart security system using sophisticated biometric software to compare images from CCTV cameras installed in public places to a database of face photos of known or wanted

IDscan granted patent for technology to verify faces on a passport or ID card

IDScan, a GBG company, has been granted a U.S. patent for Visage, which verifes the facial component of a passport or ID card by checking against a databank of faces acquired from proven fake, forged or altered documents. “The production of fake documents is an industry all of its own now,” commented Tamlyn Thompson, managing director of IDscan. “IDscan has always strived to stay one step ahead of the criminals to ensure that our global customers are properly protected. Our

Apple acquires Israeli facial recognition firm

Apple has acquired an Israeli cybersecurity startup Realface whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. According to a TechTimes report, the technology is said to be capable of learning facial features. Israeli financial website Calcalist reported yesterday that this deal, Apple’s fourth acquisition in Israel, is estimated to be worth a couple of million of dollars. The Times of Israel reported that Realface had raised $1 million prior to the acquisition and employs up to 10 people,

Biometric technology leveraged to improve safety in Kazakhstan

A partnership has been established to share information on how NEC’s public safety products and solutions, including facial recognition and behavioral analysis, can contribute to improving the safety and security of Kazakhstan. NEC Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading company for the Toyota Group, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kazakhstan Ministry for Investments and Development (KAZNEX INVEST) to form a partnership that will explore the provision of security solutions that will help promote favorable

EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

Technavio report forecasts global automotive biometric market 2017-2021

Technavio published a new report titled “Global Biometric Market in the Automotive Sector, 2017-2021”, which forecasts that the market will grow steadily during the next four years and see a CAGR increase of more than 19 percent by 2021. The report states that one of the main growth drivers of the market is the vulnerability in existing keyless entry systems in which criminals use hacking devices to break into vehicles. To combat this, automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, and

Eurostar pilots biometric border control solution at French rail station

In an effort to maximize the speed and efficiency of the immigration clearance process for passengers travelling from the UK into continental Europe and the Schengen zone, Eurostar selected Vision-Box to deploy a facial recognition-based automated border control solution at St Pancras International rail station, located at the French border. The Vision-Box’s vb i-match ABC eGates solution has been deployed for use by all passengers from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland over 18 years old and holding a valid