Why usability matters

This is a guest post by Joey Pritikin, VP Sales and Marketing at Tascent. Showing your ID at the airport is one thing. But using your eye as your passport? It might feel like a big step. Nevertheless, iris scanning and other forms of biometrics will soon be common sights at airports around the world. Airports all over the world are installing biometrics to streamline the traveler journey, from airplane entry gates to baggage pickup. The Australian government plans to

TMR report forecasts growth in facial recognition market to meet security needs

Transparency Market Research has published a new report titled “Facial Recognition Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth, and Forecast 2017–2025,” which details the growing number of applications of facial recognition technology in visual surveillance systems and to corroborate other biometric systems in meeting a range of security needs. The report states how the rapidly emerging real-life applications of facial recognition technology in various areas related to public security is constantly driving growth of the facial recognition

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

Tascent wins award for its InSight One iris and face recognition system

Tascent has won the 2017 Good Design Australia award for its InSight One iris and face recognition system. A jury of more than 35 Australian and international design experts selected Tascent InSight One to win a Good Design Award in the category of Product Design, Commercial and Industrial. According to a company statement, InSight One is an iris and face recognition system designed for enrollment, identification and authentication of people in high-throughput environments. The product features a combination of human-centric

Privacy group raises concerns about use of airport biometric solutions

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has raised concerns about the use of facial recognition and fingerprints to reduce friction points for airline passengers. Last week, the TSA announced that it is launching a pilot program for new biometric checkpoint screening technology using fingerprints at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport and Delta and CBP announced they will be piloting facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta and New York airports. Delta also announced

Neurotechnology adds face recognition, tracking to video surveillance systems; researchers win competition

Neurotechnology has released SentiVeillance Server, a ready-to-use solution that integrates with surveillance video management systems (VMS). SentiVeillance Server is based on the company’s deep neural network technology for facial recognition from surveillance camera video, giving a VMS advanced capabilities, including the ability to quickly and accurately recognize faces in video streams and trigger analytical event notifications whenever the system detects an authorized, unauthorized or unknown individual. The new capabilities significantly improves the workflow of VMS operators so that they can

Korean institute develops lowest-power-consuming AI chips for facial recognition

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAST) has developed the “K-Eye” series chip, which it says is the world’s lowest-power-consuming artificial intelligence (AI) chip for facial recognition, according to a report by The Investor. The K-Eye series is available in two versions. The first version is a wearable device that resembles a necklace and can be connected to handsets via Bluetooth. The second version is a dongle unit that can be attached to smartphones similar to a portable USB

Selfie payments firm accepted into FCA’s ‘regulatory sandbox’

Two firms utilizing facial recognition in their solutions are among the 24 fintech companies selected to test their products on actual customers in the UK, according to a report by Banking Technology. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) accepted 24 firms including German face recognition payments firm Saffe and Swiss artificial intelligence firm nViso into its so-called “regulatory sandbox”. The program allows businesses with innovative technology to run trials with UK consumers that are strictly supervised by the FCA. Saffe provides

Delta, CBP to pilot facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta, New York airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Delta will test new biometric exit immigration procedures and technology supplied by Vision-Box at New York-JFK and NEC at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport, for international flights this summer . The pilot program is designed to improve CBP’s ability to record the departure of visitors by capturing customers’ biometrics upon exit of the United States at the same time they self-scan their boarding pass. Delta’s eGate tests, powered by Vision-Box at JFK and NEC Corporation of

Hitachi develops breath-alcohol detection device with facial recognition

Hitachi has developed a prototype system for a new breath-alcohol detection device with facial recognition capabilities. Since developing a prototype with Honda R&D Co. in March 2016, Hitachi has been conducting further research to increase the reliability of the sensor, reduce its size, and develop application software. In March 2017, Hitachi conducted field tests involving employees at three sales offices of Hitachi Capital Auto Lease to verify the practicality of the new breath-alcohol detection device — namely, to figure out