Safran technology to verify and authenticate voters in Kenya election

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has appointed Safran Identity & Security to provide the biometric technology needed to power the Kenya Integrated Elections Management System (KIEMS) for the August general elections that will feature six major elections, including for president. Safran Identity & Security will provide the IEBC with its secure biometric tablets. More than 45,000 MorphoTablet’s will be used to verify the voters list before the election and to authenticate the voters with their fingerprints and photo

Vocord presenting new facial recognition solutions at connect:ID

Vocord Company will demonstrate a new face recognition solution for mobile biometric identification, built-in face recognition solutions and recognition as a cloud service at next week’s connect:ID. Vocord on-the-go recognition product detects faces in the crowd, and matches them against an enrollment database in a fraction of a second. The database doesn’t store any personal data, just a biometric template and an ID of a person, preventing illegitimate access to personal data and illegal data collection. The recognition for mobile

Jumio sets record Q1 2017 financial results with 47 percent growth

Jumio has issued its financial results for Q1 2017, which showed 47 percent growth in annual recurring revenue (ARR) year-over-year. The company attributes the net new growth to a surge of enterprise accounts, setting records for the most enterprise accounts in a given quarter and in daily transaction volume. Meanwhile, Jumio’s customer base continues to expand as a result of its comprehensive identity verification solutions, which include Netverify Trusted Identity as a Service, ID verification, identity verification and document verification.

Royal Society study finds UK public mostly optimistic about machine learning

The Royal Society has published a new study that finds that the UK public are mostly optimistic about artificial intelligence technology, according to a report by The Guardian. The research, which was conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the Royal Society, provides insight into the potential of machine learning over the next five to 10 years, as well as how the technology can be developed in a manner that benefits everyone. Nearly one-third of survey respondents believe that the

Samsung’s facial recognition not ready for mobile payment, insiders say

Sources from Samsung and industry insiders claim that Samsung’s facial recognition technology requires more than four years to be solely used to authenticate mobile payments, according to a report by The Investor. Samsung announced last month that the Galaxy S8 will feature facial recognition technology, in addition to iris and fingerprint, to deliver improved security for mobile banking and other sensitive applications. In addition, the technology is expected to be used for Apple’s iPhone 8 which will be released later

Zimbabwe evaluating biometric voter registration kits

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is conducting field tests of biometric voter registration (BVR) kits from the two companies bidding for the contract ahead of next year’s elections, according to a report by The Herald. The companies bidding to supply the BVR kits are Germany’s Dermalog and China’s Laxton Group. They were reportedly selected by an evaluation team comprising of officials from ZEC and the United Nations Development Programme. Ten officials have been trained to operate the BVR kits as

Smartmatic app uses facial recognition to make voting more accessible

Smartmatic has developed a facial recognition-based app that allows people to register for elections and vote by taking a selfie from any location, according to a report by the BBC. The voting technology combines facial biometric data with a government-issued ID card to establish a digital identity, which prevents would-be fraudsters from logging onto another individual’s smartphone to cast a vote. The app developer claims the technology is more secure than standard online banking or retail systems. “There’s huge potential,

TrendForce forecasts that IR sensors for smartphones market to reach US$145M this year

TrendForce estimates that the infrared (IR) sensor modules for mobile devices global market will reach US$145 million in 2017, driven by the proliferation of high-end smartphones adopting 3D sensing technology. A 3D sensing solution comprises of an RGB camera module, infrared (IR) sensor technology that uses VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) as a light source. Several upcoming smartphones are expected to feature facial recognition capabilities based on 3D sensing technology, including Apple’s iPhone 8. “Acquiring and processing data of 3D models

Privacy group wants Australia to appoint a biometrics commissioner

The Australian Attorney General’s Department is planning to add up to 12 million passport photographs to its Face Verification Service this year, which has prompted recommendations from a privacy rights organization to appoint a biometric commissioner to protect the privacy of Australians, according to a report by Innovation Aus. Unveiled last November, the Face Verification Service (FVS) initially held only the citizenship images of those individuals born overseas who are applying for Australian citizenship. The image is provided as part

NEC software uses facial recognition to verify mobile service users

NEC Corporation has launched NC7000-3A, a data utilization platform software that leverages facial recognition to confirm the identity of mobile service users for organizations such as financial institutions and telecommunication operators. NC7000-3A is ideal for organizations that require ID management and authentication functions to ensure the safety and security of their mobile web services. This software includes a mobile services-oriented authentication engine that leverages “NeoFace,” a facial recognition artificial intelligence (AI) engine that is part of NEC’s portfolio of AI