Safran releases new version of its Selfie-Check SDK

In an effort to increase the accuracy and security of its biometric facial authentication solution for mobile devices, Safran Identity & Security has upgraded its Selfie-Check SDK with enhanced liveness detection. Now when users take a selfie for authentication, they will be asked randomly to turn their head to the right, the left or downwards, or a combination of all of these to determine that the user is a real and a live person. The ability to recognize a living

Hitachi releases new video analytics software for smart cities and digital enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi Ltd.’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) unit, released new video analytics software to improve and expand on its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Through a combination of computer vision and advanced analytics, Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) is able to obtain key insights and create real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational and business intelligence, smarter transportation, traffic and parking management, and more

BioID releases source code for its Android and iOS facial recognition app

Cloud biometrics developer BioID has released the Android version of its face recognition authenticator and announced the availability of the source code for both the Android and iOS versions of the app. The mobile app source code allows developers to quickly integrate biometric authentication directly into their apps on the two platforms. Since authentication requires both possession of the registered mobile device and the user’s physical presence verified through face recognition, mobile developers can offer their end users multifactor authentication

Facial recognition trial completed at South Korea government complex

South Korea’s Government Buildings Management Office is ramping up security at public buildings with a facial recognition system following a high-profile illegal entry at one of its offices last year. According to a Korea Bizwire report, the system, developed by local IT company SysOne, so far covers 186 gates at four complexes and is responsible for monitoring some 32,000 employees and 6,000 daily visitors. The Government Buildings Management Office is officially implementing the access control system after the success of

Dubai Police turn to AI and biometrics for crime prevention

The Dubai Police are deploying artificial intelligence and facial recognition software to help predict and prevent crimes in areas of the city known to police, according to a Gulf News report. The Director of the Dubai Police Operations Department, Brigadier Kamil Butti Al Suwaidi, explained that the police command room will use a smart security system using sophisticated biometric software to compare images from CCTV cameras installed in public places to a database of face photos of known or wanted

Nigeria capturing biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s Federal Commisioner of the National Population Commission (NPC) has revealed that biometric system technology will be deployed during the 2018 census to capture facial impressions and fingerprints of citizens, according to a report in Leadership. The NPC is determined to use biometrics in the census to prevent people from gaining advantage through manipulation of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) as only persons physically seen will be counted and biometrics taken. “To us in the Commission, the significance of the

Apple acquires Israeli facial recognition firm

Apple has acquired an Israeli cybersecurity startup Realface whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. According to a TechTimes report, the technology is said to be capable of learning facial features. Israeli financial website Calcalist reported yesterday that this deal, Apple’s fourth acquisition in Israel, is estimated to be worth a couple of million of dollars. The Times of Israel reported that Realface had raised $1 million prior to the acquisition and employs up to 10 people,

Civil liberties group warns Aadhaar becoming mandatory

The Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties (CFCL) has complained that despite repeated reminders from Indian courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue. According to an article by The Wire, the organization has determined that “in blatant disregard of the Supreme Court’s directions, the finance ministry has communicated a ‘common strategy’ to be adopted by banks to achieve specific targets under Aadhaar” despite the fact that Aadhaar enrolment is supposed to be “free and voluntary”. Aadhaar is the

Researchers develop all-in-one authentication solution

Researchers at the University of Surrey have developed an ‘all in one’ authentication system that will allow users to verify identity using their face, eyes or fingerprints — either in combination with or instead of word-based systems — on their computers. Pass∞, developed by the Department of Computer Science’s Dr Shujun Li and PhD student Miss Nouf Aljaffan, is backward-compatible with existing computer systems enabling it to be easily added to all systems immediately with little or no alterations made

Biometric technology leveraged to improve safety in Kazakhstan

A partnership has been established to share information on how NEC’s public safety products and solutions, including facial recognition and behavioral analysis, can contribute to improving the safety and security of Kazakhstan. NEC Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the trading company for the Toyota Group, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kazakhstan Ministry for Investments and Development (KAZNEX INVEST) to form a partnership that will explore the provision of security solutions that will help promote favorable