OmniVision launches new sensor for infrared facial recognition

OmniVision Technologies has announced the launch of the 1/9”, 1.4-micron OV9738, a RGB-Ir sensor built with the company’s PureCel Plus technology. The OV9738 supports colour and IR imaging applications, and can deliver IR-based facial recognition, and gesture interfaces to a broad range of devices, including laptops and mobile devices, at a lower overall system cost, according to the announcement. “Notebook and mobile consumers are demanding facial recognition and other types of advanced biometric authentication to replace traditional login methods,” said

Infineon launches tiny new 3D image sensor for smartphone integration

Infineon has developed a 3D image sensor which can be integrated in smartphone camera modules smaller than 12mm by 8mm, including VCSEL (Vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) illumination. The newest chip in Infineon’s REAL3 product family is based on Time-of-flight technology, and features 38,000 pixels, each of which utilizes “Suppression of Background Illumination” (SBI) circuitry. Time-of-flight offers advantages over other 3D sensor principles like stereoscopic light or structured light approaches in terms of performance, size and power consumption, according to the announcement.

Airport facial recognition trial sees significant time savings

SITA president for Asia Pacific Sumesh Patel says facial recognition trials at Australia’s Brisbane Airport have shown a 70 per cent reduction in passenger processing times for boarding and check-in, according to a report in Australian Aviation. Brisbane Airport began the pilot project in March in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand. Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the

Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff, media to be screened with NEC facial recognition

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will deploy NEC facial recognition technology at game venues to screen athletes, staff and journalists, the Japan Times reports. The technology is expected to increase security by preventing the use of ID cards which have been borrowed, stolen, or forged, and possibly also to reduce wait times. Unnamed sources told the Times that the entry process for spectators will be the same as previous Olympics. Between 300,000 and 400,000 people are expected to

Humaniq launches biometrics-powered fintech app in five African countries

Humaniq has announced the launch of its Android App to enable users in Africa to access to next-generation financial services with facial recognition. The application is designed for people currently excluded from financial services, and includes a mobile wallet with its own HMQ cryptocurrency and a messenger with end-to-end encryption. In addition to facial recognition, it also leverages behavioural biometrics. “Humaniq is a project with a strong social message,” says Kirill Goryunov, CPO, Humaniq. “The ecosystem we have created and

Japan selects Panasonic facial recognition tech for border security

Panasonic’s facial recognition gate has been chosen by Japan’s Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice to streamline immigration procedures at a major Japanese airport. Three Panasonic facial recognition gates have been operating at Tokyo International Airport’s immigration control Since October 18, 2017 to assist the immigration examination of Japanese travelers returning home. The system compares photographic data of the traveler’s face in the IC chip embedded in the person’s passport with a photo taken at the facial recognition gate

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

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

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

Cognitec adds video investigation tools to FaceVACS-DBScan product

The latest release of Cognitec’s FaceVACS-DBScan product combines the company’s image database search technology with video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases. According to a statement from the German face recognition company, FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of extracted facial images allowing police to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the