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

NEC demonstrating biometrics solutions at Enterprise Connect 2016

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) will feature technology solutions that help companies “Discover the Power of the Smart Enterprise” at the Enterprise Connect 2016 conference this week in Orlando, Florida. The NEC booth is designed as a “Smart Enterprise”, representing different departments within a company and showcases NEC’s portfolio of communications, analytics, security, cloud, biometrics and technology solutions that can maximize the power of any communications network. NEC technology solutions to be showcased include: SMART Receptionist; SMART Data Center; SMART

Businesses oppose WA state bill to protect consumers’ biometric data

Businesses are opposing proposed legislation in Washington state that would ban commercial interests from collecting and selling personal biometric information without obtaining consent, says a Geekwire report. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jeff Morris, a Democratic legislator in the Washington House of Representatives, aims to prohibit capturing the biometric identifiers of an individual for a commercial purpose unless certain conditions are met. According to the report, the proposed bill would require a company or persons to obtain an individual’s specific