NEC develops automatic optimization technology for deep learning

In an effort to facilitate improvements in recognition accuracy, NEC has developed automatic optimization technology for deep learning. In a statement, the company explains that if deep learning systems become excessively familiar with data, they become unable to accurately recognize data that they have not learned. This “overtraining” results in degradation of recognition accuracy when dealing with data that was not used in the learning process. To prevent overtraining, “regularization” technology is commonly used, which regulates the extent of learning

Callsign raises $35M for deep learning authentication platform

Callsign has closed a $35 million Series A funding round, led by Accel and early stage investor PTB Ventures, for a deep learning-based authentication platform which provides adaptive access control for enterprises, according to a report by Techcrunch. Founded in 2012, the company’s Intelligence Driven Authentication (IDA) platform is able to verify the authorized owner of the device from a swipe on the touchscreen. Other investors that participated in the funding round include Allegis Capital and David DeWalt’s NightDragon Security.

Qualcomm releases deep learning SDK for mobile platforms

Qualcomm Technologies announced the immediate availability of the Qualcomm Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software development kit (SDK) on Qualcomm Developer Network. The Snapdragon NPE marks the first deep learning software framework designed for Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, providing developers with tools to accelerate deep neural network workloads on mobile and other edge devices powered by Snapdragon processors. Developers can select any optimal Snapdragon core for the desired user experience, including Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Adreno GPU or Qualcomm Hexagon DSP.

BingoBox’s AI-powered convenience store raises $14.7M in funding

BingoBox, a Chinese chain of artificial intelligence-powered, self-service convenience stores, has raised over 100 million yuan ($14.7 million) in its first round of funding, led by technology investment firm GGV Capital, according to a report by Sixth Tone. Powered by AI and other innovative technologies, the self-service convenience stores aim to reduce costs on staff. The retail stores are slowly expanding in big cities across China, drawing the attention of both customers and investors in the process. BingBox partnered with

Sensory integrates AI into TrulyNatural speech recognition solutions

Sensory has integrated artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its TrulyNatural line of embedded natural language speech recognition engines. TrulyNatural is now embedded with a range of neural net deep learning methods such as wake word technology for Alexa and other cloud engines, natural language voice interfaces, biometrics, and computer vision. The company’s AI technology lineup includes TrulyHandsfree, wake words and small vocabulary low power solutions; TrulySecure, biometric authentication with face and/or voice; and TrulyNatural, an embedded natural language large vocabulary

Startup develops voice imitation software

Montreal-based technology startup Lyrebird has developed software that the company says can imitate any individual’s voice and make it say anything, as well as reflect the desired emotion, stress and intonation, according to a report by Scientific American. Based on a 60-second sample of the person’s voice recording, Lyrebird’s “voice imitation algorithm” will have all the information it needs to impersonate the voice. The company’s website offers three samples of audio recordings generated by the software impersonating Donald Trump, Barack

FST adds deep learning algorithms to its biometrics-based visual identification solution

FST Biometrics will introduce strategic elements of IMID Access 4.0, its biometric visual identification solution that incorporates deep learning to enhance flexibility, accuracy, fraud prevention and user experience at next week’s ISC West in Las Vegas. IMID Access 4.0, which is commercially available this month, uses a fusion of biometrics-based technologies for identification-oriented applications, including access control, employee time-and-attendance and retail consumer experience. “The customer relationships we’ve developed with our existing visual identification platform have helped us to take our

Callsign integrates IDA technology with ForgeRock identity platform

Callsign Inc. has integrated its Intelligence Driven Authentication (IDA) technology with the ForgeRock identity platform, which will enable the enterprises to deliver authentication capabilities to devices and individuals in new ways. The combined authentication and identity management solution will benefit enterprises in banking, retail, media, utilities, Internet of Things (IoT) and healthcare. The initial integration is available across ForgeRock Identity Platform’s access management and identity management modules, enabling strong, contextual authentication for individuals and devices. “Our Intelligence Driven Authentication technology

ZTE achieves facial recognition breakthrough with deep learning

ZTE has achieved a breakthrough in deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNN), working with Intel, which could enable new cloud applications performing picture search and matching, according to a Tuesday announcement. The companies say many others researching Internet search and artificial intelligence have been trying to reach the performance and accuracy benchmark. ZTE engineers in Nanjing City, China, used Intel’s mid-range Arria 10 FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) for a cloud inferencing application using a CNN algorithm, and reached

Remark Media to provide AI technologies to Alibaba Cloud’s developer network

Remark Media has been chosen by Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, to provide its artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to Alibaba Cloud’s developer network. As part of the partnership, Remark Media will provide its advanced facial recognition and image classification services, leveraging its proprietary KanKan Data Intelligence Platform, to Alibaba Cloud’s “AI-based Robotic Vision Ecosystem Union.” “We are excited to expand our relationship with Alibaba Group by becoming a close technology partner with Alibaba Cloud,” commented Kai-Shing