Hotel selfie check-in showcased at Singapore Tourism Board conference

A mobile app enabling hotel guests to check-in through an automated process including authentication with a selfie was among eight innovations shared with attendees of the annual Singapore Tourism Board (STB) conference on Thursday, The Straights Times reports. The selfie check-in system showcased was provided by AI firm GTRIIP. The STB also announced a plan to create a guide to help hotels identify and adopt technologies, such as facial recognition and e-payments, which can help them address changing consumer attitudes

Startup uses facial recognition software to improve event check-ins

Houston startup Zenus is using cloud-based facial recognition software to automate steps in the event check-in process. According to a report in Xconomy, the solution works by having pre-registered event attendees upload a photo and then, when on-site at the conference, a camera scans that person’s face to verify identity and completes the check-in process digitally. The company’s core business model is software-as-a-service, where customers pay fees to license and use the company’s digital tools. According to Panos Moutafis, co-founder

Oracle research reveals biometrics will play key role in hospitality industry

Oracle revealed the findings of two research initiatives aimed at identifying consumer attitudes to new technologies and how their implementation will affect consumer behavior in the future, which showed that biometrics will play a significant role in the hospitality industry. Insights from both the Oracle Hotel 2025 and Oracle Restaurant 2025 reports highlight that consumers are most willing to engage brands with new technology as long as they feel that they are in control of their experience. The research findings

Biometrics market research: law enforcement, hospitality, fingerprint sensors and China

A handful of analyst firms have recently published reports exploring various areas of the biometrics industry, including the global biometrics market in the hospitality sector, China’s biometrics monitoring systems, biometrics in law enforcement, and capacitive fingerprint sensors. TechNavio published the report, “Global Biometrics Market in Hospitality Sector 2016-2020”, which explores the global biometrics market in the hospitality sector by technology (fingerprint, facial, and vein). The report outlines the market shares for key regions including APAC, Europe, Latin America, MEA, and

Iris recognition market to reach $167.9M by 2019: report

A Frost & Sullivan report entitled “5-year Opportunity Analysis of the Global Iris Recognition Market”, finds that the iris recognition market will increase revenues from $142.9 million in 2014 to reach $167.9 million in 2019. The report finds that iris recognition will experience strong growth in the hospitality, healthcare and finance sectors over the long term as prices decline. “Global security threats and fraudulent activities heighten the need for iris recognition systems,” said Ram Ravi, Frost & Sullivan measurement and

NEC keynote to address facial recognition for hotel security

NEC will open the first ever TecSec Summit on September 28 as part of The Hotel Show Dubai, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The long-standing Dubai event, now in its 16th year, will introduce a new technology and security forum this year. Several hotels currently have NEC’s facial recognition systems installed throughout their property to recognize the faces of guests, check registered guest information, identify guests and alert hotel staff of VIP or undesirable visitors. “In the Middle

Japanese hotel uses facial and voice recognition technology

A new hotel in Japan has been equipped with a facial recognition access control system, a voice recognition system that controls room lighting, and a staff of talking robots to make the accommodations more cost-effective and efficient for guests, according to a report by the Weekly Observer. The Henn-na Hotel, which translates to Weird Hotel, is an extension of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park. The hotel has installed a facial recognition system that enables guests to unlock their room

NEC launches biometrics solution for hospitality industry

NEC Corporation has launched NEC Smart Hospitality Solutions, an integrated portfolio of solutions for the international hospitality industry that includes communications platforms, unified communications (UC) applications, property management systems (PMS), facial recognition systems, digital signage and guest room management systems. Based on a modular and seamlessly integrated approach, the hospitality solutions enable customer data to be easily shared throughout the portfolio to provide hotel owners and operators with highly value-added guest services and improve the productivity of hotel staff. For

GTRIIP provides biometric identification solution for hotel check-in

Singaporean biometric solutions startup GTRIIP has developed a TouchID-integrated biometric identification solution to ensure a more seamless and convenient hotel guest check-in experience, according to a report by Tnooz. By combining specific data entries to a traveler’s fingerprint, GTRIIP’s solution eliminates the need for travellers to present their ID to the front desk clerk. The integration with TouchID also eliminates the need to provide a credit card for incidentals, maintaining the stored credit card information on the phone itself. GTRIIP’s

NEC launches two new facial recognition tools for hospitality industry

NEC is set to introduce a new biometrics-based solution for the hospitality industry, during the Hospitality Industry Technology Expo & Conference, taking place this week in Minneapolis. According to the company, NEC will be demonstrating two systems, both aimed at customer engagement. First, the company will show off its new VIP gues recognition system, which uses the company’s popular NeoFace facial recognition suite to identify VIPs as soon as they walk in the door. “Being able to identify VIP guests immediately