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

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

Visa launches biometrics-focused security roadmap

Visa has published a “Future of Security Roadmap” which emphasizes the use of biometrics, particularly with a mobile device, in its strategy for securing payments in Australia through 2020. The strategy rests on four pillars: devaluing data by removing sensitive data from the ecosystem; protecting data by implementing safeguards; harnessing data to increase confidence and identify potential fraud before it occurs; and empowering all stakeholders to take an active part in securing payments. Visa plans to achieve the data harnessing

Australia mulls piloting Facial Verification Service for businesses

Australia’s Attorney General’s Department is considering selling access to its national facial recognition database to private companies, The Guardian reports based on documents released under Freedom of Information laws. Major telecommunications companies are in discussions with the government to launch pilot projects in 2018 for private sector use of the Facial Verification Service, and financial institutions are also interested, according to partially redacted documents. The new system would be similar to an existing program which allows companies to pay the

CBA adds Face ID authentication option to mobile banking app

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has updated its mobile banking app to support Face ID, the facial authentication feature integrated in Apple’s new iPhone X, according to a report by ZDNet. “Our customers use secure fingerprint logins on the CommBank app about 30 million times a month,” CBA executive GM of Digital Pete Steel commented Friday. “Extending that functionality to Face ID is part of our ongoing work to provide a better banking experience to our customers through simple,

National Pharmacies intros facial recognition at Australian stores

National Pharmacies has integrated facial recognition capabilities into its in-store kiosks at approximately 100 branded pharmacies in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales to allow customers to conduct a range of transactions, according to a report by IT News. The kiosks are comprised of Samsung tablets running Oracle’s mobile cloud service (MCS). Any of the pharmacy group’s 350,000 registered customers can now authenticate themselves using facial recognition at an in-store kiosk. The tablet’s camera captures a photo of the

Australian airport to trial contactless biometric scanners for travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection will soon trial “contactless” biometric technology at Sydney and Canberra’s international airports in the coming weeks, according to a report by The Straits Times. The pilot, which is a part of the federal government’s “seamless traveler” initiative, will allow international visitors to walk directly to their baggage without having to display their passports. The biometric data — which are based on faces, irises and possibly fingerprints and gait — will be matched against

Australian startups want access to facial biometrics database

The Australian government’s initiative to allow law enforcement agencies to access facial recognition images stored on a national database has raised privacy and state surveillance concerns. However, the executive of E4 Australia is calling on the government to take the measure one step further by allowing the private sector to access the biometric images, according to a report by Business Insider. Earlier this month, the federal government signed an agreement with its state and territory counterparts to provide law enforcement agencies

Australian airports may trial iPhones to verify identity of overseas travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recommended outfitting Border Force officers at the country’s eight international airports with iPhones and attachable biometric devices to verify the identity of overseas travellers of interest in near real-time, according to a report by IT News. The department has tested the portable biometric scanners at Brisbane international airport with the intention of replacing the bulky scanners which officers have complained are inconvenient to carry. The Enhanced Biometrics at the Border (EBatB) technology

Showcase Australia 2017

Showcase Australia 2017 November 15, 2017 Hotel Realm, Canberra, Australia The Biometrics Institute is proud to present its flagship government event, Showcase Australia 2017. Since 2005, Showcase Australia has provided a unique and effective platform to connect biometric users from key government agencies with technology providers to share ideas on key developments. We seek to answer: “What does the future of securing identity look like”? “What needs to happen to make biometrics a trusted solution in government services”? At Showcase