Airport Authority Hong Kong investing in biometrics and big data to improve efficiency

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will be investing in several technologies including biometrics and big data at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to improve efficiency across the airport, according to a report by Future Travel Experience. Andy Bien, chief information officer of AAHK, said that he and his team are focusing on biometrics projects. “First of all, we want to trial eGates, following the IATA seamless travel initiative,” Bien said. “We’re studying the use of the face as a token

Hong Kong International Airport rolls out face recognition-enabled departure for visitors

The Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced that Hong Kong International Airport has rolled out a face recognition-based self-service departure for visitors to Hong Kong, according to a report by Xinhua Net. The Hong Kong government first announced in January that it would introduce a facial biometrics-enabled electronic channel service at airport departure gates. Using face recognition technology for identity verification, Smart Departure is designed to provide greater travel convenience for visitors while improving the

Hong Kong airports to introduce facial recognition at departure gates

The Hong Kong government announced last week that it will introduce a facial biometrics-enabled electronic channel service at airport departure gates, according to a report by Today. Foreign visitors will be prompted to place their e-passport on the reader before entering the e-channel. They will then be required to look into a camera while the system compares the newly captured image with the photo stored in the chip of their e-passport. The visitor’s identity is successfully verified when the two

Hong Kong startup Neat approves prepaid cards through facial recognition

Hong Kong startup Neat recently launched prepaid credit cards that enable users to register instantly through facial recognition technology, according to a report by South China Morning Post. Launched in early December, Neat’s prepaid credit cards are designed specifically for students and first-time jobholders with limited or no credit history who can’t get approved for a credit card from traditional financial institutions. “We are targeting the millennial demographic, students or young professionals who … don’t necessarily qualify for a credit

Two Hong Kong banks to test emerging biometric technologies

Last week, Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Chief Executive Norman Chan said that the banking regulator received applications from two banks to test emerging biometric technologies under a new regulatory regime, according to a report in Reuters. The unnamed banks applied to test the use of biometric authentication of securities trading, Chan commented at the regulator’s first ever fintech day. “So far two banks have already made use of the sandbox to conduct private trials of their biometric authentication in

Hong Kong mobile banking startup using biometrics for identity verification

Neat is a mobile banking startup based in Hong Kong that blends biometric security with machine intelligence. The new bank, co-founded by former Citibank veteran David Rosa, is currently testing its technology and receiving guidance and mentorship as part of the territory’s SuperCharger fintech accelerator, which is backed by Standard Chartered and Baidu. Neat operates as mobile banking app with a companion card and uses facial recognition technology to authenticate customers at log-in. The company plans to apply AI technology

Hong Kong’s Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data updates biometrics guidelines

Hong Kong’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) has updated its guidelines regarding the collection and use of biometric data to address a “broader scope of biometric data”, according to a report by Data Guidance. The “Guidance on the Collection and Use of Biometric Data” (the Guidance) replaces the 2012 version and explicitly states when biometric data can be collected as well as the privacy measures that ensure that the data is correctly and safely processed. “This