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NEC facial recognition technology behind new biometric ATMs in Taiwan


NEC Corporation announced today that Taiwanese financial institution E. SUN Commercial Bank has deployed biometric ATMs featuring NEC’s facial recognition technology NeoFace. The ATMs have been deployed at five locations in Taiwan.

NeoFace is NEC’s flagship facial recognition artificial intelligence engine and belongs to the company’s portfolio of advanced biometric authentication technologies, Bio-IDiom.

For first time use of these new facial recognition equipped bank machines, users insert their bank cards and have a face photo taken by the ATM camera. Then, within 60 seconds, they have to correctly enter the one-time password sent to their mobile phones before their images are registered. Once registration is completed, users can only withdraw cash by facial recognition and PIN authentication.

NEC’s anti-spoofing technology uses AI to detect whether a subject is a real person to prevents fraudulent activities.

“NEC focuses on the Social Solutions Business, and we will make use of this achievement to realize a safe and secure society,” said Takashi Yoshida, general manager, Safer City Solutions Division, NEC Corporation. “NEC will continue proposing innovative new solutions using biometric technologies, both in Taiwan and around the world.”

Earlier this month Spanish financial services company CaixaBank also introduced ATM withdrawals using facial recognition.

NEC recently announced the development of what it calls “Person Re-identification Technology” that is capable of matching images of people whose figures are partially hidden from cameras, even if the image is taken from behind or from the side.

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