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

China planning $2.1 billion research campus to become world AI leader

China is planning to build a 13.8 billion-yuan ($2.1 billion) research park dedicated to AI development to further its goal of becoming a world leader in the technology by 2030, CNBC reports. The campus is planned for the Beijing suburb of Mentougou, where it will cover just under 55 hectares, and will be completed within five years. It will then house roughly 400 businesses, and produce an expected 50 billion yuan annually from technologies for uses including biometrics, big data,

China expands biometric collection program in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are gathering DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans and blood types from all residents between ages 12 and 65, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Some of the data is being collected under a program “Physicals for All,” which provides free annual medical examinations. Biometric data is also being collecting from those considered a threat to stability, known as “focus personnel,” and their families, regardless of their age. Previously, all passport applicants in the region have been

Yitu Technologies’ AI powers massive facial recognition capabilities

Yitu Technologies’ Dragonfly Eye facial recognition platform has logged 1.8 billion photographs stored in a government database, including Chinese nationals and visitors to the country, the South China Morning Post reports in an article on the company’s powerful artificial intelligence systems. Dragonfly Eye is used by more than 20 provincial security departments, and more than 150 municipal security systems across the country. It enabled the capture of 567 suspected criminals in its first three months of deployment in Shanghai’s Metro

China’s semiconductor strategy is bad news for foreign companies

This is a guest post by Anthony Kimery, former Editor-in-Chief, Homeland Security Today. China’s government seems to be taking off the gloves when it comes to competition in the global market for semiconductors and related technology. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of mobile devices and consumer electronics, China imported US$227 billion of chips in 2016, almost double oil imports, according to data from China’s customs agency. In 2014, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology created a fund to

Global Iris Recognition Summit 2018

Global Iris Recognition Summit 2018 March 12 – 13 2018 Beijing, China Using biometrics for authentication and human-computer interaction has become an important market trend. Compared to the popular fingerprint recognition and face recognition, iris recognition has prominent advantage in accuracy, stability, reproducibility, living detection and other safety performance. Iris recognition technology began to be widely used in finance, healthcare, security, access control, industrial control and even kids anti-lost. Global Iris Recognition Summit 2018 is the only event focused on

AI facial recognition firm CloudWalk Technology raises $75M in Series B funding

China-based CloudWalk Technology has raised 500 million yuan ($75 million) in Series B funding as it rapidly expands its operations, China Money Network reports. The funding round was led by Shunwei Capital, Oriza Holdings and Puhua Capital, with participation from Yuexiu Financial Holdings Group, Shenzhen Qianhai Xingwang Investment Co. and a fund co-invested by Galaxy Holding and Zhangjiang Group, according to the report. The company also confirmed that in late 2016, it received 2 billion yuan ($301 million) from the

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,

Global Biometrics & AI Congress 2018

Global Biometrics & AI Congress 2018 May 2018 – exact dates TBD Beijing, China Global Biometrics & AI Congress 2018 will be held in May 2018 in Beijing, China. It will gather global industry leaders and experts to talk and discuss about most advanced biometric technologies and AI applications. Sincerely invite you to join us! In 2016 and 2017, China has introduced the “three-year implementation and action program of Internet + AI” and “a new generation of AI development plan”.

Fingerprint Cards joins Internet Finance Authentication Alliance

Fingerprint Cards has been accepted as a member of the China-focused Internet Finance Authentication Alliance (IFAA). According to a statement from the Swedish biometrics company, the IFAA aims to achieve a more simple, more accurate way to verify the identity of humans based on fingerprint, face, iris biometric authentication methods. IFAA cooperates with device vendors, chipset vendors, algorithm vendors, security vendors, standard institution, certification organizations to together create a verification technology ecosystem, mutual benefit and common innovation, and jointly promote