Amazon testing grocery service based on computer vision and deep learning technology

Amazon has been private beta testing in Seattle its new “Amazon Go” grocery shopping service, which uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms to intuitively provide consumers with the items they want without having to wait in queues, according to a report by Visions Systems Design. Scheduled to open to the public early this year, the Amazon Go app uses computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning technologies to enable consumers to walk into the store, shop for products, and

NYC to deploy facial recognition technology, license plate readers

New York City will soon deploy facial recognition software and equipment to track all drivers and passengers entering and leaving the city, as well as where cabs and ride-hailing services pick up and drop off customers, according to a report by CNBC. “At each crossing, and at structurally sensitive points on bridges and tunnels, advanced cameras and sensors will be installed to read license plates and test emerging facial recognition software and equipment,” reads the New York State’s website. “These

Austin police deploy Hitachi facial recognition software

The Austin, Texas police department has deployed a sensor aggregation platform from Hitachi Data Systems Federal, in an effort to conduct criminal investigations more efficiently, according to a report by Government Video. The Hitachi Visualization Suite includes several third-party plugins, such as camera sources, a range of map types, crime analytics, license plate readers, facial recognition software and drone detection tools, all in a unified web interface. “Our organization uses the Hitachi Visualization Suite to gain greater intelligence of what

Bharti Airtel launches Aadhar-based digital banking service in India

Indian telecommunications firm Bharti Airtel officially launched Airtel Payments Bank last week in India, following a series of successful pilot programs in Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, according to a report by Asian News International. Airtel Payments Bank takes a paperless banking approach through Aadhaar-based e-KYC, enabling any individual with an Aadhaar card, PAN card or smartphone with Internet connectivity to access the digital banking service. The company has also updated its My Airtel app with a Payments Bank option

Australian conservative party pushing for national biometric ID card

A new plan by Australian conservative political party One Nation is calling for a fingerprint-enabled national ID card for all citizens in an effort to curb welfare fraud, according to a report by The Courier Mail. Pauline Hanson, the leader of One Nation, is trying to persuade the Turnbull government to adopt the policy, which she says is a necessary tool to eliminate welfare overpayments and fraud. Senator Hanson said the voluntary biometric-enabled card would be essential if citizens wanted

Precise Biometrics’ fingerprint recognition technology in two more Taiwanese smartphones

Precise Biometrics announced on Friday that its algorithm solution for ‎fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile, has been integrated in two Taiwanese smartphones through its relationship with Fingerprint Cards. Precise BioMatch Mobile is an algorithm solution for fingerprint recognition on smartphones and tablets. The patented hybrid algorithm solution is optimized for small fingerprint sensors and platforms with limited processing power and memory space. Another unnamed Taiwanese OEM launched a smartphone model last November featuring Precise Biometrics and Fingerprint Cards

Tascent launches dual iris and face recognition systems

Tascent introduced its InSight One high-throughput dual iris and face recognition system on Thursday. The InSight One’s performance, compact size, and human-centric design and usability overcomes traditional barriers to biometric use and enables a wide range of next-generation applications, according to the company. Intended for use in consumer travel, border control, access management, financial services, and identity management, the InSight One builds on the capabilities of the InSight Duo, which is used at airports including Dubai GDRFA and London Gatwick.

Biometrics, AI, wearables can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences

In a new article, Future Travel Experience highlighted several new and emerging technologies including biometrics, AI, blockchain, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT) that can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences. Biometrics is one of the leading technologies being tested and implemented by airports and airlines, including the use of biometric-enabled single passenger tokens, as well as fingerprint, iris, and facial recognition. FTE highlights Air New Zealand’s introduction of the biometric-enabled bag drop, Alaska Airlines’ biometric boarding passes

Windows Hello supporting about 100 biometric-enabled devices and accessories

Microsoft recently noted in a blog post that there are as many as 100 Windows devices and accessories across all platforms starting from laptops, all-in-ones, 2-in-1s, tablets, phones to peripheral devices use Windows Hello. Windows Hello, a key biometric authentication feature of Windows 10, enables people to use their face, iris or fingerprint biometrics to unlock and gain access to Windows 10 devices. So all you need to do is just look or touch to sign into the Windows device

NIST updates cybersecurity framework

This week, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an update to its Cybersecurity Framework. The Cybersecurity Framework emerged in February 2014 as a response to a Presidential Executive Order. The goal of the framework is to minimize risks to critical infrastructure in the United States, such as in the transportation, banking, water and energy sectors. The executive order directed NIST to work with stakeholders across the country to develop the voluntary framework based on existing cybersecurity