Home Office plans to invest $6.4m to provide police with facial recognition technology

The Home Office is planning to invest £5 million (US$6.4 million) on facial-recognition software to be initially used by law enforcement and eventually other public sector organizations, according to a report by Public Technology. The department has posted a contract notice looking for interested technology suppliers for a five-year term to provide biometric matcher engine software (MES) that can identify people via facial imagery. In addition to the technology itself, the supplier or suppliers will need to provide a range

Qualcomm, Xiaomi developing 3D facial recognition for new smartphones

Following Apple’s lead, Qualcomm and Xiaomi are also developing their own facial recognition technology for their upcoming flagship smartphones, according to a report by Gizmochina. Xiaomi’s facial technology technology is expected to be introduced in the fourth quarter, just in time for it to be integrated into its expected flagship Mi Mix 2. Apple’s recently published patents revealed that the company’s facial recognition technology will support 3D sensors and can achieve facial recognition in just milliseconds. The recent trend of

NEC sees increasing demand for its face recognition technology

NEC Corp. is focusing its efforts on further developing and distributing its facial recognition technology to meet increasing demand for such safety measures to be implemented during sports events and high-profile public events, according to a report by The Ahsai Shimbun. “Our system allows individuals on a watch list to be identified on the spot in images of a camera that is monitoring a crowd,” an NEC official said at Interpol World 2017 in Singapore in early July. The official

Qualcomm update to better support face, image recognition for smartphones

Qualcomm’s upcoming update to its image signal processor (ISP) will better support features like face recognition and mixed reality, according to a report by Tom’s Guide. Spectra ISP is a part of the Snapdragon system on chip that’s a widely deployed mobile processor platform for Android smartphones. The next major Snapdragon update isn’t expected to be released until next year, however, the planned updates for the Spectra ISP will significantly improve the cameras on 2018 Android phones and virtual- and

Aruba Airport Authority, Vision-Box to further evolve Aruba Happy Flow

Aruba Airport Authority, manager and operator of Queen Beatrix International Airport, and Vision-Box have partnered to further evolve the Aruba Happy Flow biometrics-based passenger processing system. “The Aruba Happy Flow Proof of Concept has exceeded our expectations during these two years, paving the way for a new direction for the airport,” said James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority. “On the other hand, with this new partnership with Vision-Box, we are now very excited to get the opportunity to establish

New immigration bill could increase use of biometric data at border

A new immigration bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which is currently posted on his website, would significantly expand surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and potentially increase the use of biometric data and drones, according to a report by The Hill. Released last week, the bill includes several provisions that would alter the country’s existing border security policy. One of the provisions calls for the implementation of a “biometric exit data system” at the nation’s 15 busiest international airports

Ping An to invest $1b on technology R&D with focus on AI

Chinese financial firm Ping An Insurance (Group) Co will make a more than 7.77 billion yuan ($1.16 billion) investment on technology R&D this year, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence (AI), according to a report by China Daily. “We want to build more platforms in finance and healthcare industries this year and in the near future,” said Ericson Chan, CEO of Ping An Technology, a subsidiary and technology arm of Ping An Group. “We will continue to focus on

iPhone 8 could contain face detection feature that mutes notifications

In the midst of investigating an Apple library file in hopes of uncovering strings and references that provide clues to future products and features, iOS developer Guilherme Rambo noticed that the next iPhone will have the ability to detect when the user is looking at the screen in order to silence notifications, according to a report by Techcrunch. The news comes a week after Apple accidentally released an early build of the firmware for its HomePod smart speaker contains several iPhone

Marinus Analytics releases facial recognition solution to combat human trafficking

Marinus Analytics, a Car­negie Mellon University spinoff startup known for creating anti-human trafficking tool TrafficJam, recently released a facial recognition solution that helps law enforcement find specific missing persons, according to a report by Trib Live. Using FaceSearch, law enforcement officials are able to link a photo of a missing person to an image of a potential victim that has been seen on the deep web — hidden areas of the internet that are not typically indexed by Google and

Security operative booking app secured by BioSSL biometric platform

BioSSL is delivering biometrics-based web security and mobile biometric verification to ArmourAgent, a global real-time security operative booking and logistics web application. ArmourAgent allows security operatives to register their resume, qualifications and locations and security agencies can post contracts or find security operatives. BioSSL’s biometrics-as-a-service solution secures ArmourAgent’s members’ sensitive information on the web platform with its face verification technology and allows agencies who are hiring security operatives to verify the identity of the member by using the BioSSL mobile