Airport Authority Hong Kong investing in biometrics and big data to improve efficiency

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will be investing in several technologies including biometrics and big data at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to improve efficiency across the airport, according to a report by Future Travel Experience. Andy Bien, chief information officer of AAHK, said that he and his team are focusing on biometrics projects. “First of all, we want to trial eGates, following the IATA seamless travel initiative,” Bien said. “We’re studying the use of the face as a token

CMU creates new AI initiative to attract more startups and investors

Carnegie Mellon University’s new CMU AI initiative will bring together its various areas of artificial intelligence research under one large group and potentially attract more startups and investors to the university and region, according to a report by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There are multiple parts to [AI]. One of the strengths of Carnegie Mellon is that we are experts in all of those parts,” said Andrew Moore, dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science. “As we have grown, we have focused

Microsoft Azure Government now includes facial and emotion recognition feature

Microsoft’s Azure Government now includes Cognitive Services, which adds facial and emotion recognition features to the company’s cloud platform, according to a report by The Inquirer. Announced during its Tech Summit event in Washington earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft Cognitive Services is now available in Azure Government. Cognitive Services includes a series of machine based language, vision, search and knowledge of API to help developers to build apps more effectively and significantly faster. “We have enabled scenarios such

Allevate launches face recognition service that integrates with Facewatch

Allevate has launched its Face-Searcher service, which enables organizations to use facial recognition as a hosted cloud service. Face-Searcher is built on Tygart Technology’s MXSERVER biometric search engine platform, which enables the product to perform automated facial detection and recognition. MXSERVER is designed to handle Big Data by leveraging a cloud-based architecture for faster parallel processing of services. “The best face-recognition technology in the world is useless unless businesses have accurate and reliable subject matter to match against,” said Carl

Facial recognition startup to cover Moscow’s CCTV network

The Guardian reports that Russian facial recognition company FindFace is finalizing a deal with Moscow city government covering the city’s network of 150,000 CCTV cameras. If a crime is committed, the mugshots of anyone in the area can be fed into the system and matched with photographs of wanted lists, court records, and even social networks. FindFace launched in March and has about 500,000 users. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and

Russian photographer uses facial recognition in social media experiment

A recent project entitled ‘Your face is big data’ saw an art school student photograph people who happened to sit across from him on the subway and then he used FindFace, a facial recognition app that taps neural-network technology, to track them down on Russian social media site VK. The FindFace service was designed for users of the largest Russian social network “Vkontakte” and is based on face recognition technology developed by N-Tech.Lab. According to a report by PC World,

Pentagon establishes Defense Innovation Advisory Board

The Pentagon has established a new “Defense Innovation Advisory Board” in order to import technological innovation and best practices from Silicon Valley. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the panel, modeled on the Defense Business Board, would facilitate the Pentagon becoming more “innovative and adaptive”. The board’s mandate will be to provide leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense with independent advice on innovative and adaptive means to address future organizational and cultural challenges. “Just as the Defense Business Board

Unisys appoints FBI vet to lead new initiative

Unisys Corporation has appointed a 20-year veteran of the FBI to lead its newly formed Justice, Law Enforcement and Border Security initiative. William Searcy III will lead a law enforcement technology portfolio that includes LEIDA (Library of Electronic ID Artifacts), a development framework for identity solutions, an advanced digital facial recognition solution and a risk assessment system using advanced data analytics that is used by US Customs and Border Protection. This new initiative will help governments efficiently process public safety

AiCure wins venture capital funding for medication adherence platform

AiCure recently closed a Series A fundraising round of US$12.25 million from a venture capital consortium led by New Leaf Venture Partners, with additional participation from Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Tribeca Venture Partners, and Biomatics Capital, established by Boris Nikolic, former Chief Advisor for Science and Technology to Bill Gates. AiCure is an artificial intelligence company claiming to connect the world’s patients to better treatments, in turn, improving health. The firm takes advantage of the imaging and computing power of

World’s largest biometrics database leverages Big Data architecture

A recent news report in Forbes has revealed that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) uses MapR products to build, manage and maintain India’s Aadhaar citizen registry. MapR-DB is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database in Hadoop that allows enterprises to run operational and analytical workloads together in a single cluster. Hadoop is an open-source software framework written in Java for distributed storage and distributed processing of very large data sets on computer clusters built from commodity hardware. All the modules