Australia adds drivers’ license photos to national facial recognition system

Data from drivers’ licenses will be added to the Australian government’s biometric databases after it reached an agreement with state and territory governments, the New Daily reports. The $21 million AUD ($16.7 million) national facial recognition system is meant to combat terrorism and secure commercial services, but University of Wollongong IT and law professor Katina Michael warns that the system could associate innocent individuals with serious criminal investigations because of the way it is set up. “(W)hat you get returned

Startup Bite offering automated kiosks with facial recognition for restaurants

U.S. fast-food chain Jack in the Box is considering deploying automated kiosks to replace human cashiers at its points-of-sale, CEO Leonard Comma said this week. The technology to do so is already available from startup Bite, which makes facial recognition kiosks for quick service restaurants, The Spoon reports. The kiosks consist of iPads with proprietary software and machine learning integrated, and use facial recognition to engage customers with loyalty programs, customized menus, and upselling opportunities. “We think facial recognition can

Sequrest to enhance Banking Systems solutions’ security with facial recognition

Cybersecurity firm Sequrest announced it has been selected for a strategic partnership by Banking Systems Ltd of Panama, to implement facial recognition for its NexorONE and Bansoft online banking solutions. Banking Systems chose Sequrest to minimize the risk of hacking and unauthorized account access, and enhance the security of its software, which is used by financial companies including banks, credit unions, eWallets, and payment platforms in 40 countries. “Our company mission is to strive to excel by delivering more than

NEC showcasing immersive retail experience that incorporates biometrics and AI at NRF 2018

NEC will showcase an immersive retail experience that incorporates NEC’s retail technologies, including POS hardware, software, biometrics, artificial intelligence, analytics and digital signage solutions next week at NRF 2018 in New York City. “NEC is a leading innovator in delivering retail technologies and solutions from the point of sale to the back office and beyond,” explained Matt Worley, VP of NEC Retail Solutions. “We firmly believe that leveraging data and analytics the same way online retailers have for years –

Researchers design inconspicuous eyeglasses that trick facial recognition systems

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a method of creating inconspicuous eyeglasses that can be used to thwart identification by facial recognition algorithms, according to their published findings (PDF). The researchers developed five pairs of “universal” glasses that “facilitate misclassification” through an adversarial generative nets (AGN) method, which involves using neural networks to produce designs with different colors and textures for glasses that can either evade correct identification or impersonate

OmniVision launches new sensor for infrared facial recognition

OmniVision Technologies has announced the launch of the 1/9”, 1.4-micron OV9738, a RGB-Ir sensor built with the company’s PureCel Plus technology. The OV9738 supports colour and IR imaging applications, and can deliver IR-based facial recognition, and gesture interfaces to a broad range of devices, including laptops and mobile devices, at a lower overall system cost, according to the announcement. “Notebook and mobile consumers are demanding facial recognition and other types of advanced biometric authentication to replace traditional login methods,” said

Google researchers create universal adversarial image patches to defeat AI object recognition

A team of Google researchers has developed a way to defeat AI-based image recognition systems with adversarial images that can be printed at home, and do not need to be tuned to the image they are attempting to mask, The Verge reports. In a paper (PDF) describing their method for creating “universal, robust, targeted adversarial image patches in the real world,” the researchers say that prior work in the area has largely focussed on small or imperceptible changes to the

Airport facial recognition trial sees significant time savings

SITA president for Asia Pacific Sumesh Patel says facial recognition trials at Australia’s Brisbane Airport have shown a 70 per cent reduction in passenger processing times for boarding and check-in, according to a report in Australian Aviation. Brisbane Airport began the pilot project in March in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand. Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the

Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff, media to be screened with NEC facial recognition

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will deploy NEC facial recognition technology at game venues to screen athletes, staff and journalists, the Japan Times reports. The technology is expected to increase security by preventing the use of ID cards which have been borrowed, stolen, or forged, and possibly also to reduce wait times. Unnamed sources told the Times that the entry process for spectators will be the same as previous Olympics. Between 300,000 and 400,000 people are expected to

Report questions necessity, effectiveness of Homeland Security biometric exit program’s facial scans

A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology casts doubt on the propriety and accuracy of a Department of Homeland Security pilot program to gather facial recognition scans from passengers taking foreign flights. DHS installed the system at nine airports under its biometric exit program without undergoing the required federal process for rule-making, according to the report, which calls the system an invasive surveillance tool. The report says the system has high error rates, and often fails