UK government delays publication of biometrics strategy

UK government ministers have once again delayed the publication of a strategy for police use of facial recognition technology which means, according to a Sky News report, police will continue to use the technology without any legal guidance. The chair of the science and technology committee, Norman Lamb MP, said that the now five-year delay was “intolerable” as watchdogs warn that the practice could potentially be illegal. Earlier this year, a Home Office review found that police agencies used more

Google improves smile recognition algorithm accuracy with demographic classifiers

Google researchers have discovered a way to improve the company’s smile detection algorithms across genders and races, which reaches a state-of-the-art 91 percent on the Faces of the World dataset, according to a research paper published on arXive (PDF). Technology Review reports that this represents a 1.5 percent improvement over the previous best accuracy. The researchers used four racial and two gender classifications to improve accuracy while preserving privacy, according to the paper. Their method involves utilizing transfer learning and

Phuket, Thailand to use Herta facial recognition for Safe City project

Facial recognition firm Herta has announced it will install solutions in Phuket, Thailand, as part of a Safe City project in partnership with Point IT. Pictures or videos will be taken of vehicle occupants entering the city by police with mobile phones at security checkpoints, and sent wirelessly to the network of Herta’s BioSurveillance NEXT system, according to the announcement. The mobile phones then receive an alarm if a blacklisted subject is detected. “We are very proud to provide leading

Australia to pilot city surveillance system that uses NEC’s biometrics tech

Australian cities will be the first to trial a ‘next-generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics, according to a Government News report. NEC Australia has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics firm CrowdOptic to develop the technology which NEC describes as a “ground-breaking intelligent live video streaming security system enabled by real-time analysis of footage captured from fixed cameras and mobile camera sensors in body cams, smartphones, and drones.” The technology uses internet-connected mobile cameras

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

Cognitec adds video investigation tools to FaceVACS-DBScan product

The latest release of Cognitec’s FaceVACS-DBScan product combines the company’s image database search technology with video inspection tools for a multitude of investigation use cases. According to a statement from the German face recognition company, FaceVACS-DBScan LE enables fast import of video footage and detailed investigations of extracted facial images allowing police to quickly narrow down suspect investigations. The investigation can reveal, for example, if a suspect was seen in various locations within a set time window, always with the

Onfido facial and document recognition onboarding platform launches to Salesforce AppExchange

Onfido has announced the launch of its remote onboarding platform on the Salesforce AppExchange to bring its document and facial verification tool to the CRM giant’s Financial Services Cloud and other customers. Onfido uses machine learning technology to enable users to confirm their identity with a photo of an identity documents and a “live” selfie, protecting access to online services. The technology performs automated checks on 600 documents from 192 countries, and is used by 1,500 customers globally, the company

Determining the best biometric reader for an application

This guest post was contributed by Anixter. Biometric physical access control is the most secure means for allowing access due to the unique physical characteristics of every individual. Biometric physical access control solutions provide stronger authentication methods than a PIN, access card or physical keys, which can be lost or stolen and facilitate an unauthorized entry. Biometrics is the only credential that positively authenticates the person before he or she accesses a secure area. There are multiple ways of using

Experts from 58 countries attend INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium

INTERPOL’s Fingerprints unit held the 1st INTERPOL Fingerprint and Face Symposium earlier this month, bringing together 125 experts on fingerprint examination and facial recognition from 58 countries. Stressing the growing recognition of biometrics as a critical tool against transnational crime, speakers at the symposium included the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, the UK ACRO Criminal Records Office and the Biometrics Institute. Member countries discussed the need to improve the quality of biometric data shared for more accurate identifications that can

Face-Six releases facial recognition software for drones

Face-Six has released FA6Drone, a face recognition software solution designed to recognize people from drones (UAV’s). The FFA6Drone software allows drones to identify people from any range, provided that faces are of decent quality and have a minimal size. “We are pleased to offer clients a very powerful tool for identifying people in the field and in the crowd. The new FA6Drone software can be helpful in the lookout for criminals and terrorists in the streets, in the search of