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Innovations in mobile biometrics: MWC 2018 news roundup continues


The second day of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona saw a series of announcements of mobile biometric products and technologies. Advances in AI and imaging technology have been a major theme at the event, while companies are also showcasing under-display fingerprint sensors and biometric payment cards.

FotoNation introduces 3D facial recognition

Xperi Corporation’s imaging subsidiary FotoNation has introduced its new FaceSafe depth sensing facial recognition solution for mobile devicesat MWC. FaceSafe includes neural network technology and liveness detection, and delivers a false acceptance rate of one in a million in less than 150 milliseconds, according to the company. It has a small memory footprint for power and system cost savings, and works with occlusions like sunglasses and in difficult lighting conditions.

Sensory adds IR and 3D support to TrulySecure

Sensory’s TrulySecure face and voice recognition technology now supports IR and 3D image data from Time-of-Flight camera systems, enabling use in dark conditions and enhanced spoof prevention, the company announced at MWC. The IR and 3D capability can be used alone, turned off, or used in combination with RGB 2D camera data as an additional security layer. TrulySecure’s anti-spoofing algorithms can use IR and 3D data to detect the difference between actual users and high-quality photo or video attacks.

The updated version of TrulySecure will be available in the second half of 2018, and Sensory will team up with Time-of-Flight sensor makers to offer it to manufacturers of devices including smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Goodix under-display fingerprint sensor

Goodix Technologies is demonstrating its optical second-generation under-display fingerprint sensor, which the company says delivers enhanced performance for use in high-end mobile devices. While no partner has been announced yet, Android Headlines reports it is expected to be ready for commercial mass production later this year. The sensor is being shown on demo-phones at Goodix’ MWC booth.

IDEX contactless biometric payment card

IDEX is showcasing its battery-less contactless biometric payment card and its recently launched remote enrollment solution at MWC. The company says it will be hosting meetings with major customers and industry partners at the event, as it attempts to bring the technology to the mass market.

Huawei drives Porsche with smartphone

Huawei used the AI-powered object recognition capabilities of its flagship Mate 10 smartphone to drive a Porsche Panamera car in a MWC presentation. The car steered around obstacles such as a dog and a bike, and a company representative said Huawei’s AI can differentiate between thousands of objects, having been trained to recognize the road and things that might be in its path.

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