Fujitsu featuring breakthroughs in biometric customer authentication at NRF 2018

Fujitsu Frontech North America will feature its latest breakthroughs in PalmSecure biometrics and washable/wearable RFID at next week’s NRF 2018 show in New York City. Fujitsu will be demonstrating the F-Pro palm vein biometric sensor and the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 ruggedized tablet with embedded F-Pro sensor for authentication in a fixed or mobile retail environment. The F-Pro features the latest and smallest palm vein biometric sensor to date based on PalmSecure technology. “Fujitsu is extremely excited about the release of

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 –

Alibaba demonstrates face recognition system at cashier-less concept café

Alibaba Group demonstrated a facial recognition-powered, cashier-less coffee shop earlier this month at its second Taobao Maker Festival, according to a report by Technode. Using Alibaba’s AI and data technologies, Tao Café invited customers to shop at the offline store without having to wait in queues to pay for drinks or food. The café had a few employees on hand to prepare the food and drinks, however, no cashiers were required as all transactions were done digitally. A customer could

Australian surveillance group head says retail stores should install facial recognition

Professor Brian C. Lovell, Director of the Advanced Surveillance Group in the School of ITEE at the University of Queensland in Australia, suggests that face recognition technology be implemented at retails stores to locate lost children, detect persons of interest or provide marketing data to retailers, according to a report by Brisbane Times. Speaking at the annual Safe Cities Conference in Brisbane, Professor Lovell said he wanted to implement face recognition technology in situations where individuals are unaware that they

BingoBox’s AI-powered convenience store raises $14.7M in funding

BingoBox, a Chinese chain of artificial intelligence-powered, self-service convenience stores, has raised over 100 million yuan ($14.7 million) in its first round of funding, led by technology investment firm GGV Capital, according to a report by Sixth Tone. Powered by AI and other innovative technologies, the self-service convenience stores aim to reduce costs on staff. The retail stores are slowly expanding in big cities across China, drawing the attention of both customers and investors in the process. BingBox partnered with

RichRelevance study finds younger US millennials welcome biometrics

RichRelevance has released its third annual “Creepy or Cool” international survey that found that younger US millennials (age 18-29) responded much more positively to advanced technologies such as facial recognition, robots and VR glasses than older generations. The survey offers insight into consumer preferences and opinions regarding the latest technologies designed to improve the retail customer experience. Overall, the research showed that while consumers are willing to share more data for a better experience, there is no fast and easy

Allevate teams with Facewatch to provide Brazilian retail security offering

Allevate recently announced the launch of its “Face-Searcher service”, designed to enable both small and larger organizations to utilize facial recognition as a hosted cloud service. The company claims its new service requires minimal capital outlay, incorporates advanced, world-class face recognition technology and eliminates the need to install or maintain a complicated software infrastructure or related compute platform on premise. The Face-Searcher service can detect and crop faces from retail-class CCTV cameras and submit them to the cloud-service for matching.

NEC combines facial recognition technologies with Azure IoT technology

NEC Corporation of America announced it is demonstrating its biometric recognition solutions, which uses Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) technology, at the Hannover Messe 2016 trade fair held April 25 – 29 in Hannover, Germany. The manufacturing solution combines NEC face recognition technologies and Factory Energy Management System (FEMS) with Azure IoT technology to create a complete end-to-end solution for factory maintenance, repair, and operation. NEC’s solution integrates factory operational data with employee identification and the case management system

Digital Signal demonstrates facial recognition at middle eastern security conference

Digital Signal Corporation (DSC) and its partner International Golden Group (IGG) demonstrated its portfolio of security solutions at this month`s International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience 2016 (ISNR) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. During the show, the company demonstrated its DSC software suite which, combined with its proprietary true 3D imaging technology, enables governments and commercial businesses to perform facial recognition with the highest accuracy available. They also demonstrated its CES system, a facial recognition solution that utilizes

Retailers use of facial recognition technology raises concerns

Consumers and privacy experts are raising concerns about the extent of surveillance in some high-end retail stores and what is being done with the data being collected, according to a report by CTV News. The CTV report references a recent Guardian report which notes that luxury department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue, which recently opened its first Canadian store in Toronto, is using some of the world’s most aggressive security and customer surveillance. The surveillance technology, which includes software able