Eyedentify vehicle safety system leverages biometrics

Indian IoT startup Eyedentify is preparing to launch a vehicle occupant security product which leverages biometrics and applies algorithms to audio recordings to improve the safety of taxi and commercial vehicle drivers and passengers. Authorized drivers are biometrically enrolled, and the system verifies the driver’s identity before allowing the engine to start, The Economic Times reports. Other features include video recording and transmission, vehicle impact recognition, and strategically placed panic buttons. The company is currently running pilot projects, and says

Australian startups want access to facial biometrics database

The Australian government’s initiative to allow law enforcement agencies to access facial recognition images stored on a national database has raised privacy and state surveillance concerns. However, the executive of E4 Australia is calling on the government to take the measure one step further by allowing the private sector to access the biometric images, according to a report by Business Insider. Earlier this month, the federal government signed an agreement with its state and territory counterparts to provide law enforcement agencies

D-ID develops tools to address face recognition’s privacy issues

In an effort to address privacy issues related to the use of face recognition in public, startup D-ID has developed new solutions that process images to make them unrecognizable to face recognition algorithms, but still resemble the original photo, according to a report in TechCrunch. D-ID (its name stands for “de-identification”), which is currently involved in Y Combinator, was founded in 2016 by CEO Gil Perry, COO Sella Blondheim, and CTO Eliran Kuta. Perry and Blondheim both served in the

Israeli startup Unbotify uses behavioral biometrics to dupe hacker bots

Israeli tech startup Unbotify has developed a solution that analyzes human behavior patterns to differentiate between bots and humans in order to prevent online fraud, according to a report by The Times of Israel. Unbotify’s product leverage behavioral biometrics — such as how long keys are pressed, how a mouse is moved and how a device is held — to determine whether the user is a living, breathing human being or simply a bot. Last month, the company came in

CMU creates new AI initiative to attract more startups and investors

Carnegie Mellon University’s new CMU AI initiative will bring together its various areas of artificial intelligence research under one large group and potentially attract more startups and investors to the university and region, according to a report by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There are multiple parts to [AI]. One of the strengths of Carnegie Mellon is that we are experts in all of those parts,” said Andrew Moore, dean of CMU’s School of Computer Science. “As we have grown, we have focused

Startup develops voice imitation software

Montreal-based technology startup Lyrebird has developed software that the company says can imitate any individual’s voice and make it say anything, as well as reflect the desired emotion, stress and intonation, according to a report by Scientific American. Based on a 60-second sample of the person’s voice recording, Lyrebird’s “voice imitation algorithm” will have all the information it needs to impersonate the voice. The company’s website offers three samples of audio recordings generated by the software impersonating Donald Trump, Barack

Augmented reality startup Blippar integrates facial recognition into app

Augmented reality (AR) startup Blippar has integrated real-time facial recognition technology into its mobile app, which allows users to generate “AR Face Profiles,” according to a report by Business Insider. The facial recognition technology enables users to scan faces — either in-person, a printed photo, or television — via their smartphone cameras to unlock a “unique augmented reality experience for people who have a recognized face profile,” according to Blippar. The feature will only successfully unlock a profile if the

Startups leveraging Aadhaar system to develop database and payment solutions

India’s Aadhaar biometric authentication system has provided the foundation for at least nine startups, which are leveraging the system to develop various technologies including database and payment solutions, according to a report by Live Mint. OnGrid (Handy Online Solutions Pvt. Ltd.), which launched in May, is using Aadhaar-based authentication to check the backgrounds of blue-collar workers and ultimately create a database containing information on employee’s past job records, performance ratings, and salary details. “Blue-collar industry has the highest amount of

Startup UnifyID seeks to eliminate the password with implicit authentication technology

Digital authentication startup UnifyID is seeking to eliminate the password system all together with a new technology that combines machine learning, behavioural biometrics, and continuous authentication, according to a report by Techcrunch. UnifyID calls its approach ‘holistic implicit authentication’, which works to establish an understanding about who the user is, which devices they use, where they go, which sensors they interact with throughout the day, as well as the way they walk and how they type. As users begin to

Fintech startup Simpal developing payments device with iris recognition

Leveraging the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform, Fintech startup Simpal Mobile Payments and Information Services is developing a payment device that uses iris recognition, according to a report by The Economic Times. Simpal, founded by former merchant banker Vineet Toshniwal, is leveraging both UPI — launched last week by the National Payments Corporation of India — and Unique Identification Authority of India (Aadhaar). The startup has developed OctoPOS, an Android device that combines the capabilities of a smartphone and a