DENSO using FotoNation image recognition to improve vehicle safety feature

Automotive technology firm DENSO Corporation will begin using FotoNation’s image recognition technology to significantly improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, a safety feature used in commercial vehicles. FotoNation’s facial image recognition technologies will help accelerate DENSO’s development of next-generation products to be used in passenger vehicles, including a system to help drivers return to driving mode during Level 3 of autonomous drive. The partnership will combine DENSO’s accumulated experience in improving the robustness of cabin sensing technologies and

Hitachi releases new video analytics software for smart cities and digital enterprises

Hitachi Insight Group, Hitachi Ltd.’s global unified internet of things (IoT) business and go-to-market (GTM) unit, released new video analytics software to improve and expand on its Smart City and Public Safety solutions portfolio. Through a combination of computer vision and advanced analytics, Hitachi Video Analytics (HVA) is able to obtain key insights and create real-time alerts that can provide cities, airports, campuses, transportation agencies, and businesses with operational and business intelligence, smarter transportation, traffic and parking management, and more

Biometrics technology tops round in CHIME National Patient ID challenge

Healthcare IT News is reporting that CHIME has named two winners of the “Concept Blitz Round” of the National Patient ID Challenge it launched with HeroX. Launched in January, the CHIME/HeroX challenge seeks innovative ways to help U.S. providers reliably, accurately, privately and safely identify patients. A panel of five independent judges narrowed the 113 entrants down to 23 semifinalists and then eight finalists. The $30,000 winners of the “Concept Blitz Round” were Michael Braithwaite and Mark Schroeder. Braithwaite devised

Lyft and Uber to pause operations in Austin following fingerprint checks vote

Lyft and Uber will temporarily cease operations in Austin, Texas, following a city vote that rejected a ballot measure that would have reversed a city requirement for drivers to go through fingerprint-based background check. according to a report by BuzzFeed News. The move comes a few months after Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen began pushing for changes to be made to transportation network companies (TNC) regulations which would enforce Lyft and Uber drivers to undergo fingerprint-based background checks. Both

Uber to use facial recognition on drivers in China to verify identity

In an effort to counter fraud, prevent identity theft and ensure the safety of its riders, Uber is launching facial recognition verification for drivers in China. According to a report by The Verge, Uber is increasing its safety standards by using live face checks via a selfie when drivers sign up as well as for occasional spot checks while the driver is online. “The realtime ID check is a safety feature we are rolling out that helps ensure the driver

Portable medication dispenser uses biometrics and cloud technology to prevent prescription drug abuse

Intent Solutions, a health technology and data company, introduced new medical device technology called TAD, “Take As Directed”, at this month’s National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit. The mobile medication dispenser incorporates fingerprint recognition, cloud-based data storage and Bluetooth technology. The idea is to deter overdoses, thwart illegal prescription drug sales and help elderly patients remember to take their meds. According to the company, TAD is built around a portable dispenser containing a disposable vial filled with medication attached

MedixSafe introduces narcotic safe with facial recognition

At last month’s Long Island Fire, Rescue & EMS Mega Show, MedixSafe unveiled its newest medicine safe model that incorporates face detection and a photo capture of every user each time the safe is opened. The official release date of this new model is planned for April 2016. MedixSafe high tech narcotic cabinets provide medical workers with the safeguarding required for patient safety. The MedixSafe M-series incorporates biometrics, proximity card readers and PIN pads. The S-series has two separate compartments,

Fingerprint background checks begin for cab drivers in Boston

The Boston Police Department (BPD) announced that it has begun fingerprinting all licensed cab drivers in the city as part of its background check process, according to a report by Boston.com. According to the BPD, cab drivers will be required to submit fingerprints as part of an annual license renewal process. Fingerprinting has been a contentious issue in the debate over how to best regulate ride-share competitors like Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft say their drivers should not be

Ride-share programs oppose fingerprint background checks in Austin

Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft are fighting it out with Austin city council over fingerprint background checks. Last week, the city of Austin approved the creation of a “public-private partnership” called Thumbs up!, an opt-in program for ride-share drivers who want to pass a fingerprint background check to verify to potential clients that they have a clean history, according to a report by Re/code. With the new program, drivers and riders can have a fingerprint background check to verify

Biometrics firm Credence ID expands its leadership team

Biometrics firm Credence ID has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Robert Garrigan as its new Vice President of Sales and Business Development for the Americas. “We’ve seen steep increases in demand from our partner network for our mobile identity solutions for many applications throughout North, Central and South America. Refugee screening programs, law enforcement, voter ID, banking, insurance and healthcare have been particularly active in the Western Hemisphere and Rob brings a wealth of experience to the