Alibaba speech and facial recognition tech to be deployed in Shanghai subway system

Speech and facial recognition technologies developed by Alibaba will be deployed in Shanghai subway system, according to a report in the South China Morning Post. Alibaba and Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said this week that the Metro would install “far-field” speech recognition technology in ticket machines in all stations, as well as facial recognition systems at station entrances to verify commuters identities. According to Yan Zhijie, director of intelligent speech recognition at Alibaba’s Institute of Data and Science Technology, far-field

Hotel selfie check-in showcased at Singapore Tourism Board conference

A mobile app enabling hotel guests to check-in through an automated process including authentication with a selfie was among eight innovations shared with attendees of the annual Singapore Tourism Board (STB) conference on Thursday, The Straights Times reports. The selfie check-in system showcased was provided by AI firm GTRIIP. The STB also announced a plan to create a guide to help hotels identify and adopt technologies, such as facial recognition and e-payments, which can help them address changing consumer attitudes

UnionPay introduces facial recognition-based payment system

UnionPay unveiled its vision for the future of payments at last week’s Singapore FinTech Festival 2017. UnionPay FacePay enables users to pay for purchases using face recognition technology. Users can link their facial identity to their payment accounts, and make hands-free payments by taking a photo of their face using the FacePay-enabled system. The technology is being tested in partnership with LinkFace, and aims to soon be rolled out in Asia. According to a company statement, UnionPay FacePay can achieve

Yitu Technology setting up a research and development hub in Singapore

Chinese facial recognition software developer Yitu Technology will be setting up its first international research and development hub in Singapore. According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, the decision to open the R&D hub came after discussions were held between the AI company and Singapore officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Economic Development Board. “The AI vision for Singapore is that once it has started its AI development, there will be a ripple effect across other countries

BIO-key adds Fabian Shin to board, expands Asia presence

In an effort to expand its presence, experience and base of relationships in Asia, BIO-key International has appointed Hong Kong-based Mr. Fabian Shin to BIO-key’s board of directors, increasing the board to nine members with three directors in Asia, one in Europe and five in the U.S. “I am honored to join BIO-key’s Board at this exciting point in its transformation and growth,” commeted Shin. “I already see a range of potential opportunities to pursue on BIO-key’s behalf in Asia

Thai banks form group to address IT security and combat cyber threats

A consortium of Thailand financial institutions have formed an organization to address stability and security of IT systems and combat cyber threats, according to a report by The Nation. The Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA) established the Thailand Banking Sector Computer Emergency Response Team (TB-CERT), a group of 15 member banks which would work together to boost security at a time of innovative technologies in the financial services sector. The group is sponsored by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA), a

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Card integrators in Asia Pacific sampling IDEX biometric modules and sensors

IDEX revealed that several new card integrators in Asia Pacific are sampling its polymer smartcard sensors for access control and government ID applications. “Deployment of biometric authentication solutions for smart cards is accelerating globally, and we are receiving strong interest for our sensors from a range of large-scale end-customers and ecosystem partners,” explained Dr. Hemant Mardia. “Card integrators are giving consistent feedback that our sensors are uniquely ready for card mass production. Our priority is driving leadership in multiple large

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Facial recognition ATMs mandatory for mainland Mastercard, Visa cardholders in Macau

The Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) has made facial recognition technology a mandatory requirement for all mainland withdrawals made by Visa and Mastercard cardholders at automated teller machines (ATMs) starting in September, according to a report by Macau Daily Times. Currently, there are several ATMs in Macau that are using facial recognition technology for Union Pay customers in an effort to combat money laundering as well as the central government’s strategy to prevent capital outflows from the mainland. Now, these