Corporate world following consumer market in biometric adoption

Biometric integrations in consumer electronics will drive the global biometrics market to nearly double in size on 14 percent CAGR, according to research from TechSci. Government projects such as e-passports will also contribute to the strong growth, while corporate security adoption of biometrics has been slower, IFSEC Global reports. The biometrics market for corporate security has huge potential, according to IFSEC Global, with technologies such as wearables with integrated biometric APIs largely offered as consumer products so far. There was

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

Lawyer recommends that companies consult biometric privacy experts to avoid lawsuits

In light of several class action lawsuits from employees accusing companies of illegally collecting and storing their biometric data, a Chicago attorney has recommended companies to be conscious of the litigation threat stemming from an increasing number of state laws protecting biometric privacy, according to a report by Cook County Record. “Companies should consult with their lawyers and… adopt policies and procedures to comply with these [and other] requirements,” said Steve Gold, an attorney with McguireWoods. “It is also important

Alibaba demonstrates face recognition system at cashier-less concept café

Alibaba Group demonstrated a facial recognition-powered, cashier-less coffee shop earlier this month at its second Taobao Maker Festival, according to a report by Technode. Using Alibaba’s AI and data technologies, Tao Café invited customers to shop at the offline store without having to wait in queues to pay for drinks or food. The café had a few employees on hand to prepare the food and drinks, however, no cashiers were required as all transactions were done digitally. A customer could

How government biometrics are moving into the private sector

This is a guest post by Ethan Ayer, CEO of Resilient Network Systems. Biometrics have been used in the government sector for many years, with fingerprint recognition being the first practical adoption of the technology. Over a century ago, law enforcement began fingerprinting criminals, recording them on paper cards which were stored in filing cabinets and warehouse repositories. Today, advances in computer and mobile technology allow a police officer to readily fingerprint a suspect using a biometrics app downloaded to

NTechLab facial recognition solution finds applications in retail, public safety

FindFace is finding applications in public safety, law enforcement and fraud prevention, according to a report by PYMNTS.com. Developed by Russian machine learning and artificial intelligence company NTechLab two years ago, the technology initially began as a tool for identifying people on Russian social media from pictures of faces taken with a smartphone camera. To address privacy concerns regarding the use of biometrics, NTechLab CEO Mikhail Ivanov said that society needs to maintain an ongoing dialogue about when and where

UWE Bristol, Customer Clever to develop 3-D facial recognition system

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has partnered with British facial recognition firm Customer Clever to develop a 3-D facial recognition system for high security commercial applications, according to a report in Phys.org. Customer Clever is already successfully providing its line of face recognition solutions — CleverIntel, CleverID, CleverAccess and CleverPod — for customers in a range of sectors, including retail. Innovate UK has allocated joint funding of £170,000 (US$217,657) for the two-year project in an effort

Washington state House approves bill to protect consumers’ biometric data

The Washington state House has approved a bill by Rep. Jeff Morris to protect consumers’ biometric data. The House of Representatives recently voted 81-17 to pass the consumer protection bill that would forbid businesses from obtaining or selling biometric information from individuals without their consent. The bill now goes to the state Senate where a similar bill died last year. Morris said laws on biometrics are needed now to head off future problems. “It’s important to get these rules in

Facebook claims it can collect user biometric data without consent

Ongoing advances in facial recognition technology enable companies to potentially profit from their user base’s biometric data, and privacy advocates have drawn a pattern in how Facebook and Google have sold users’ viewing histories for advertising, according to a report by Chicago Business. Both Facebook and Google state that collecting facial biometrics data isn’t against the law, even without the user’s consent. If judges side with Facebook and Google, the companies may be able to throw out any lawsuits filed

NTechlab launches facial recognition as a service for businesses

Russian facial recognition developer NTechlab has released FindFace.Pro, a facial recognition as a service that uses a deep learning approach, according to a report by Techcrunch. NTechlab’s new facial recognition system has performed well on the open and ongoing facial recognition challenge, MegaFace, and even outscored Google’s FaceNet. Earlier this year, the facial recognition system created a proof-of-concept service that let users match submitted faces to those found on social networking community VKontakte. FindFace.Pro also offers more practical applications, such