Chinese government uses facial recognition to alert authorities to individual’s movements

The Chinese government has begun using facial recognition to alert authorities when specified individuals in restive Xinjiang leave “safe areas” designated for them, Bloomberg reports. State-run defense contractor China Electronics Technology Group is leading the project, which is focussed on the southern part of the region, a source told Bloomberg, as part of the two-year old domestic surveillance campaign, Xue Liang. The alerts are triggered when individuals travel more than 300 meters beyond an area made up of their homes

NEC biometric security trials with Singapore government completed successfully

NEC Asia Pacific has announced the successful completion of three safety and security test bed projects with Singapore’s government, in collaboration with JTC and under the mandate of the Safety and Security Industry Programme (SSIP) 2020. The first trial used NEC’s NeoFace Facial Recognition software, and correlation of audio and video analytics by the Intelligent Complex Event Processing engine to test early detection of suspicious behavior, identify Persons of Interest (POI) in both indoor and outdoor environments. The second trial

Intersec 2018 to feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries

Intersec will open for the 20th time in Dubai next week and will feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries. The three-day event will span 60,000sqm of exhibition space across 13 halls, and features 19 of the world’s top 20 commercial security solutions providers. More than 32,000 attendees are expected from 129 countries. The show is divided into seven sections including Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information & Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building

UK planning to consolidate biometric databases, consider expanding Surveillance Camera Code application

The UK’s Home Office is planning to consolidate its IDENT 1 and IABS biometric databases into one central platform for fingerprint, DNA, and facial image data by spring of 2019, UKAuthority reports. The contracts for IDENT 1 and the Asylum Biometric System (IABS) expire in March and April of next year, and rather than renew them, they will be combined as part of the Home Office Biometric (HOB) Programme. A previously posted information notice suggests the new contract could run

Report questions necessity, effectiveness of Homeland Security biometric exit program’s facial scans

A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology casts doubt on the propriety and accuracy of a Department of Homeland Security pilot program to gather facial recognition scans from passengers taking foreign flights. DHS installed the system at nine airports under its biometric exit program without undergoing the required federal process for rule-making, according to the report, which calls the system an invasive surveillance tool. The report says the system has high error rates, and often fails

Russian authorities seek access to biometric data as law enforcement surveillance increases

A draft bill to require Russia’s state telecom to provide the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) with bank customers’ biometric data without their consent is being considered by the State Duma, The Moscow Times reports. The proposal coincides with the expansion of a municipal surveillance program powered by facial recognition in Moscow. Rostelecom is operating a project by Russia’s Communications Ministry and Central Bank to remotely verify bank account applications with personal biometrics, including facial images and voice

Australia to pilot city surveillance system that uses NEC’s biometrics tech

Australian cities will be the first to trial a ‘next-generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics, according to a Government News report. NEC Australia has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics firm CrowdOptic to develop the technology which NEC describes as a “ground-breaking intelligent live video streaming security system enabled by real-time analysis of footage captured from fixed cameras and mobile camera sensors in body cams, smartphones, and drones.” The technology uses internet-connected mobile cameras

Human Rights Watch calls on China to shut down “Police Cloud”

The Chinese government is using a “Police Cloud” of big data platforms to aggregate and analyze citizen’s personal information on a grand scale, and Human Rights Watch (HRW) is calling on it to discontinue the practice, according to a Sunday announcement. HRW examined official announcements, tender documents, press reports and other sources to compile an overall picture of the ambitious surveillance program. The system attempts to track and predict the activities of those considered threatening to the regime, including activists,

Singapore trialing NEC facial recognition tech to fight crime more efficiently

The Singapore government is working with NEC to fight crime more efficiently and effectively, according to a report in The Straits Times. Concept trials began this year using NEC’s Neoface facial recognition technology. “… we are looking at an integrated approach that can give us a situation picture (using) video surveillance and that can help enhance our officers’ sense-making and decision-making,” explained Lawrence Tham, deputy director of strategy and concept generation under the Ministry of Home Affairs’ ops-tech group. “That

BrainChip to deliver AI object search and facial recognition for municipal project

BrainChip Holdings has been chosen to provide its AI-powered object search and facial recognition technology in a new large municipal deployment of video surveillance and video analytics. BrainChip Studio’s object search and facial recognition capabilities will initially be deployed in 11 pilot locations during Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, with broader deployments scheduled later in 2018. The project, which has a potential value of more than US$1.2 million, comprises of over 4,000 cameras across several towns and cities in France.