ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI

ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Clearview AI Inc £7,552,800 for using images of people in the UK, and elsewhere, that were collected from the web and social media to create a global online database that could be used for facial recognition.

The ICO has also issued an enforcement notice, ordering the company to stop obtaining and using the personal data of UK residents that is publicly available on the internet, and to delete the data of UK residents from its systems.

The ICO enforcement action comes after a joint investigation with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), which focused on Clearview AI Inc’s use of people’s images, data scraping from the internet and the use of biometric data for facial recognition.

Clearview AI Inc has collected more than 20 billion images of people’s faces and data from publicly available information on the internet and social media platforms all over the world to create an online database. People were not informed that their images were being collected or used in this way.

The company provides a service that allows customers, including the police, to upload an image of a person to the company’s app, which is then checked for a match against all the images in the database.

The app then provides a list of images that have similar characteristics with the photo provided by the customer, with a link to the websites from where those images came from.

Given the high number of UK internet and social media users, Clearview AI Inc’s database is likely to include a substantial amount of data from UK residents, which has been gathered without their knowledge.

Although Clearview AI Inc no longer offers its services to UK organisations, the company has customers in other countries, so the company is still using personal data of UK residents.

John Edwards, UK Information Commissioner, said:

“Clearview AI Inc has collected multiple images of people all over the world, including in the UK, from a variety of websites and social media platforms, creating a database with more than 20 billion images. The company not only enables identification of those people, but effectively monitors their behaviour and offers it as a commercial service. That is unacceptable. That is why we have acted to protect people in the UK by both fining the company and issuing an enforcement notice.

“People expect that their personal information will be respected, regardless of where in the world their data is being used. That is why global companies need international enforcement. Working with colleagues around the world helped us take this action and protect people from such intrusive activity.

“This international cooperation is essential to protect people’s privacy rights in 2022. That means working with regulators in other countries, as we did in this case with our Australian colleagues. And it means working with regulators in Europe, which is why I am meeting them in Brussels this week so we can collaborate to tackle global privacy harms.”

Details of the contraventions
The ICO found that Clearview AI Inc breached UK data protection laws by:

failing to use the information of people in the UK in a way that is fair and transparent, given that individuals are not made aware or would not reasonably expect their personal data to be used in this way;
failing to have a lawful reason for collecting people’s information;
failing to have a process in place to stop the data being retained indefinitely;
failing to meet the higher data protection standards required for biometric data (classed as ‘special category data’ under the GDPR and UK GDPR);
asking for additional personal information, including photos, when asked by members of the public if they are on their database. This may have acted as a disincentive to individuals who wish to object to their data being collected and used.
The joint investigation was conducted in accordance with the Australian Privacy Act and the UK Data Protection Act 2018. It was also conducted under the Global Privacy Assembly’s Global Cross Border Enforcement Cooperation Arrangement and the MOU between the ICO and the OAIC.

BioRugged announces MOSIP compliance across a wide range of devices

BioRugged announces MOSIP compliance across a wide range of devices

BioRugged is pleased to announce that its Face Camera system is now supporting the MOSIP framework for the biometric enrolment.

“Our Facial Camera system is currently used in a wide range of our devices,” says Hof Retief, COO of BioRugged. “The availability of the BioRugged Facial Camera SBI for MOSIP also means that our complete Mark and Marque range of products is now fully MOSIP compliant.”

BioRugged works closely with its biometric partners and the MOSIP development community.

“We strongly support and endorse the MOSIP initiative. India has proven how beneficial an Identity Platform can be for a country. MOSIP is taking the approach to the next level and makes a vendor independent ID platform available for many countries.”, adds Arnd Langguth, CEO of BioRugged. “While governments can invest in a sustainable platform without fearing a vendor lock-in, the platform still allows 3rd party solutions to easily link into the platform.”

Spirit introduces self-bag drop experience at ATL

Spirit introduces self-bag drop experience at ATL

Spirit Airlines has unveiled the “Best Airport Innovation” of 2021 is now in operation at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and is already streamlining the check-in experience.

Spirit’s Guests at ATL are seeing shorter check-in times thanks to Spirit’s automated self-bag drop with biometric photo-matching system, which represents a new paradigm for the U.S. airline industry. “Self-bag drop” systems allow for self-service so Guests can check bags directly without working with an agent.

These systems are widely used at major international airports and have been growing in acceptance in the U.S. The machines are equipped with a biometric photo-matching system that compares a scan of government-issued identification with a photo of the Guest for verification.

Following an initial testing period at ATL with both manual ID check and biometric opt-in, the solution will eliminate the need to hand government-issued identification to an agent when checking baggage.

Spirit developed the nation’s first biometric photo-matching solution for domestic air travel in 2019 with its partner Materna Intelligent Passenger Solutions (IPS) North America. Spirit was also the first to pursue combining it with automated self-bag drop capabilities to reduce face-to-face interaction.

The system is also operating at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), and it was recently recognized for two prestigious awards: The “2021 Best Airport Innovation” by the APEX/IFSA Awards, and also a Gold Stevie Award winner for The Best New Transportation Product or Service in The 2021 American Business Awards.

Here’s how the solution works:

• Guests start by tagging their own checked bags after checking in at the kiosk and then proceed to the self-bag drops.

• Guests are advised of the biometric option after scanning their boarding pass at the self-bag drop unit. They may either opt in and continue unassisted or opt out for agent-assisted service.

• Once the Guest opts in, the unit instructs them to scan their ID on the built-in hardware. • The unit compares its scan of the photo on the ID with a facial scan captured by its on-board camera, along with comparing ID information with the Guest’s reservation details. None of the data is transmitted to any government agency.

• A successful match initiates the rest of the bag check-in process. Guests are instructed to place their bags on the conveyor belt attached to the unit, which then scans the bags, weighs them, accepts payment for any additional services, and sends them straight into their airport’s checked baggage system without further action from the Guest.

“We’re on a mission to find innovative opportunities to continue improving every facet of the Guest experience, to include this investment in self-service so Guests spend less time in lobbies,” said Mike Byrom, Vice President of Airport Services for Spirit Airlines. “Our Guests are tech-savvy, and they appreciate options for controlling their travel journey. Another reason why the technology is advantageous for Guests is because it complements our staffing and helps preserve consistency of service.”

“Hartsfield-Jackson prides itself on its efficiency and safety,” said ATL general manager Balram Bheodari. “Through advances in innovation, this project is designed to increase both, and we welcome such efforts.” Spirit Guests currently check an annual daily average of about 1,000 bags at ATL, and each of which represents a face-to-face interaction that can be streamlined. Testing data shows the new procedure drops average processing time to just 70 seconds per Guest, reducing time spent at bag check by 30 percent.

Additionally, Guests can take advantage of the time savings and reduction in interactions whether they’re travelling domestically or internationally. The self-bag drop system uses software capable of analyzing key physical features on more than 50,000 forms of ID from nearly 200 countries that a Guest could potentially use when travelling in the United States. Combined with the units’ scanning hardware, the software confirms the authenticity of an ID and rejects fraudulent documents as Guests check their baggage.

CBP expands facial biometrics to Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal

CBP expands facial biometrics to Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of Mobile, AL, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to revolutionize cruise travel.

“As we prepare for the increase in cruise travel around our nation’s ports, CBP is working closely with the cruise industry to make travel safer and more efficient, while also supporting travel recovery efforts,” said Steven Stavinoha, Director, Field Operations for CBP’s Gulf Coast Field Office. “The biometric facial comparison process adds an extra layer of security and streamlines travel into the United States by replacing the manual inspection of travel documents with a secure, touchless process.”

When debarking the cruise vessel at a U.S. seaport, passengers will pause for a photo that will be compared to the traveler’s existing passport or visa photo in secure DHS systems to biometrically verify their identity. Upon an efficient match, passengers are allowed to proceed through inspections and exit the terminal. This innovative entry process further secures and enhances the customer experience while protecting the privacy of all travelers. The enhanced arrival process using facial biometrics verifies the traveler’s identity within two seconds and is more than 98% accurate.

U.S. travelers and select foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new biometric process can simply request a manual document check from a CBP Officer consistent with existing requirements for admission into the United States.

Already in use at major air and land ports of entry, facial biometrics in the cruise environment will strengthen CBP’s enforcement capabilities at several of the nation’s cruise ports while also enhancing the customer experience. Additionally, CBP and its cruise partners have expanded data sharing agreements to further strengthen security in cruise travel.

Currently, more than 146 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and sea ports of entry. Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 1,300 impostors using genuine travel documents from illegally entering the United States at air and land Ports of Entry. More information on CBP’s use of biometric facial comparison technology to secure and streamline the arrival and departure process can be found here.

FacePhi obtains ISO 30107-3 Level 2 certification

FacePhi obtains ISO 30107-3 Level 2 certification

FacePhi has obtained the ISO 30107-3 Level 2 certification, with which it demonstrates that its user digital identity verification technology meets the necessary requirements to prevent impersonation or identity fraud. To achieve this recognition, the company’s digital onboarding and authentication solutions have been subjected to phishing attacks using animation software, latex and resin masks, and 3D photography.

At all times, FacePhi’s sophisticated technology prevented fraudulent access to it, thus achieving the compliance report. The tests have been carried out by the iBeta Colorado laboratory (USA), certified by NIST NVLAP, a program offered by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and which accredits laboratories to carry out this audit.

“With this letter of compliance granted by iBeta, FacePhi demonstrates that its technology is strong and resistant to attacks, both level 1 and level 2 in accordance with ISO 30107-3”, said Jorge Félix, Quality & Systems Director of FacePhi. Felix has also recognized that “in this way, the company continues to work on its commitment to the highest quality standards in the industry that recognize us as a safe product for our customers and users”.

FacePhi signs a contract with Hites

FacePhi signs a contract with Hites

FacePhi continues to consolidate its leadership position in Latin America. The technology firm has signed an agreement with Hites, a Chilean company dedicated to the retail industry and the fifth most important company in this sector in this Latin American country. This agreement supposes FacePhi’s consolidation in Chile, a country in which it entered for the first time in 2021.

The project is based on the adoption of FacePhi’s digital onboarding technology, with which Hites customers will be able to request their “hites card” credit card simply, securely and 100% online from anywhere.

To request this card, users must capture their identity document on both sides, which will be subjected to an exhaustive security validation. Then, they must take a selfie, with which the facial recognition of the person will be carried out. With the combination of both actions, it is possible to quickly and securely verify the user’s identity, assuring the company that identity fraud is not carried out and, in turn, providing the best consumer experience.

“It is a satisfaction to consolidate our presence in Chile hand in hand with a historical company such as Hites, whose initiative in the digitization process will mark the path of the financed retail industry for the coming years,” explains Jorge Sanz, CRO of FacePhi.

Empresas Hites has a history of more than 50 years of development in the financed retail business, which makes it a relevant player in the industry in Chile. Given the company’s mission, which focuses on satisfying the consumer and financial needs of the broad C3-D segment of the population, the company develops its activities serving this group of customers, for which it uses as its main channel of placement of funds the retail sale of various clothing products, accessories and household items through its 27 Multistores.

trinamiX earns international biometric security certificate

trinamiX earns international biometric security certificate

trinamiX Face Authentication fulfills the biometric security requirements defined by the International Internet Finance Authentication Alliance (IIFAA). After lately announcing the fulfilment of the FIDO Alliance and Android Biometric Security standards, the German tech company is now topping it off with their newest certification. trinamiX GmbH, a subsidiary of BASF SE, has thereby proven to be suited for integration in digital payment processes with particularly high security demands. Their solution is the first to pass these tests while the hardware is invisibly mounted behind OLED. IIFAA’s standard is adhered to by leading players in the FinTech industry and has the widest market coverage in China.

According to a study published by Statista in 2021, the transaction value of worldwide digital payments will grow to 10 trillion USD in 2025.1 While that number is continuously rising, trinamiX has set out to keep it safe. Their biometric solution was developed to better protect users during authentication, thus closing one of FinTech’s crucial security gaps. trinamiX recently gave proof of that as their face authentication was announced to be officially accredited for Android integration and to be certified in Android Biometric Class 3 and FIDO Level C (the respective top standards). On top of that, it has now proven to fulfill the particularly high demands of the finance sector, based on IIFAA’s leading industry standard. International players in the industry, e.g., Taobao, Alipay, Ant Fortune and Nanjing Bank, are already building their solutions upon the alliance’s specifications.

Raising users’ trust in digital financial services

trinamiX Face Authentication became the world’s first to pass all these tests and to provide “financial- level security”2 while all hardware was integrated behind a full-screen display. “We’ve finally received living proof of our capability to raise the bar of biometric security,” Stefan Metz, Director 3D Imaging Business at trinamiX, stated. “Our solution can mean a breakthrough to the world of digital payment, allowing users to better trust in and benefit from digital financial services.” The innovative strength of this solution unveils itself through a closer look into the underlying technology: trinamiX Face Authentication introduces a one-of-a-kind liveness check to the authentication process in order to tell whether the object in front of the camera is an actual human-being. In addition to checking the presented face for three-dimensional depth, it reliably detects skin versus other materials. Thanks to skin detection, not even a hyperrealistic replica of a user’s face can trick the system – while common biometric authentication solutions are still prone to these fraud attempts.

The latest test result of trinamiX Face Authentication, issued by IIFAA’s testing agency, certifies that the solution complies with the IIFAA Biometric Face Security Test Requirement, which is an established authentication standard for digital financial services.

ICO fines facial recognition database company Clearview AI

Ideal Innovations launches FaCE On Demand

As more and more places are restricting (or outright banning) the use of facial recognition systems, the need for a facial comparison is not diminishing. But what do you do if your agency doesn’t have anyone trained to do the comparison or if you need an expert on a difficult case? To answer this need, the Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) Face Center of Excellence (FaCE) is now offering On Demand comparison services exclusively for civilian and military law enforcement and intelligence communities.

“We see the need in the law enforcement and intelligence communities for having access to a group of experts who are trained in the discipline to conduct the facial comparisons. We’ve been leaders in the facial identification discipline for years and want to help the discipline continue to grow,” said Bob Kocher, I3 President and CEO.

FaCE On Demand provides access to I3’s internationally recognized Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to conduct facial comparisons for agencies that do not have trained staff in facial comparisons, that do not have adequate staffing to support verifications or adjudications of facial comparisons, or that need assistance from an expert on a difficult case. The SMEs will conduct the comparison utilizing the analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification (ACE-V) and the morphological analysis methodologies, which are the standards in the discipline. Users can choose from a yearly, monthly, or per transaction subscription. Subscribers can also choose from an investigative lead or forensic level comparison. Each report with have results of the comparison and the expert opinion clearly stated.

Whether you need an investigative lead or a forensic level comparison, I3 is ready to serve you On Demand!

FacePhi obtains the ENS certification

FacePhi obtains the ENS certification

FacePhi has obtained a certification in accordance with the National Security Scheme (ENS), a mandatory recognition for all those technology companies that provide their services to public entities or to companies subcontracted by them. The ENS guarantees the protection of the information and data of Spanish citizens that are managed by electronic means, so that they cannot be intercepted, manipulated or eliminated by third parties.

The audit has verified that FacePhi’s digital onboarding technology development, maintenance and support services meet the required information security requirements. 

The National Security Scheme is based on five dimensions: confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity and data traceability. This new recognition is a boost for FacePhi’s technology to be considered one of the safest for the General State Administration, since it has the highest quality guarantee.

The​​Quality and Systems director of FacePhi, Jorge Félix, has indicated that through this mid-level certification the company adds a new compliance framework to its product line. Félix has assured that obtaining the ENS marks the strong commitment that the management is making to guarantee customers the highest standards in quality, safety and risk management.

In addition to the National Security Scheme, FacePhi also has other certifications that recognize the quality of its technology, such as ISO 30107-3 Level 1, ISO 27001, KISA K-NBTC and the recently obtained Pinakes certification.

Cognitec joins SALTO Group

Cognitec joins SALTO Group

With Cognitec Systems joining the SALTO Group, the face recognition company  will strengthen research, development and market reach for its established product portfolio while working  with SALTO on new technologies for expanding biometric markets. 

SALTO strategically selected Cognitec to meet market requests for adding face recognition and artificial  intelligence technologies to the company’s renowned electronic access control and ticketing solutions. In  addition, both companies appreciate a similar innovative work environment and corporate culture.  

“Working with Cognitec gives SALTO the opportunity to integrate emerging biometric and AI technologies  into our Group products and platforms to create new solutions and services that benefit all of our clients,”  said SALTO’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Marc Handels. 

Cognitec with its established brands will continue focusing on all business relations with its government  and commercial clients worldwide through offering the company’s reputable face recognition solutions and  customer support. The current office locations and experienced teams remain in Germany, the United  States, and Australia. 

Cognitec CEO Alfredo Herrera emphasized the importance of a partnership that brings advantages to both  companies, and to all existing and future customers. “Becoming part of the SALTO Group allows us to  extend our capabilities, market reach and business connections,” said Herrera. “Since our founding,  Cognitec has been the only company worldwide that has worked exclusively on face recognition  technologies. SALTO brings an equally focused and excellence-driven corporate history to this alliance. We  are ready to reap the mutual benefits of joining our innovative drive and long-standing expertise.” 

Construction biometrics firm announces new leadership

Construction biometrics firm announces new leadership

Biosite Systems Ltd (Biosite), the UK market leader in biometric access control and workforce management technology for construction, has announced the appointment of Mike Rimmington as Managing Director. Previously, Mike held the title of Chief Financial Officer, after joining the company in 2019.

Prior to his tenure at Biosite, Mike held senior positions in finance across the IT and engineering sectors, with a proven track record of delivering transformation programmes for businesses. During his time at Biosite, revenue has increased 27 per cent year on year.

Now, Mike will be focusing on international expansion and bringing Biosite’s unique offering to a wider audience. He comments: “My time at Biosite has been the most rewarding of my career so far and I’ve been inspired by the ingenuity and adaptability of the team and our ability to provide effective solutions for construction, which improve efficiency, safety and compliance on site. As well as performing consistently financially, we have also adapted to changing conditions and responded to the needs of the market – introducing facial recognition technology as a contactless method of access control, for example.

“We are proudly a leader in the UK but now is the time to take Biosite to the next level and I’m excited to bring our innovative proposition for technology-enabled solutions for construction to a much wider audience.”

The announcement follows the appointment of former Managing Director and Co-founder Li Wang to Vice President of Hospitality at ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group. Biosite was acquired by the global leader in access solutions in February 2020.

Li adds: “Since starting Biosite more than a decade ago, I have been passionate about our unique offering in biometric access control and as a solutions provider for construction. Our success to-date has been a result of our innovative approach, commitment and capabilities as a team.

“Mike has been instrumental in the progress the business has made in recent years and his financial acumen and tenacity – plus crucially his shared passion for the business and the team – make him ideally placed to champion Biosite on the next stage of the growth journey.”

Biosite recently expanded its production capabilities with a second facility in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire. The 9,582 sq ft site utilises 100 per cent renewable energy and is responsible for the production of Biosite access control hardware, including turnstiles, pods and cabins. Production of the rest of Biosite’s portfolio, including the Wireless Fire Alarm System, remains at the head office facility in Solihull, West Midlands.

BioRugged announces MOSIP compliance across a wide range of devices

FacePhi obtains the Pinakes certification

FacePhi has obtained the Pinakes certification, a recognition that distinguishes the company as an approved technology provider for any Spanish bank. In this way, FacePhi’s digital identity verification technology becomes part of the supply chain of the Center for Interbank Cooperation, a banking association that promotes and develops ideas of interest to the sector, and which reports to the Bank of Spain.

The new European regulatory framework EBA/GL/2019/02 obliges European financial institutions to carry out security audits of all technology providers to whom they outsource critical tasks for the development of their operational and control functions. With the Pinakes certification, these providers go from having to carry out an audit per client to obtaining a single certification that is used by all Spanish banks.

In order to obtain this recognition, FacePhi’s security level has been evaluated in three aspects: integrity, confidentiality and availability, achieving a AAA rating, which means that the highest possible score has been achieved. Therefore, the financial entities that contract the company’s technology will have the reassurance that they are obtaining a higher level of compliance in information security and cybersecurity compared to other providers that do not have this distinction.

This certification provides facilitations in the application of the company’s solutions in all types of Spanish financial institutions, from the largest to the smallest, such as Saving Banks. A use that becomes easier thanks to the launch of FacePhi’s Digital Identity Platform that allows the implementation of its technology in all types of companies, regardless of their size.

iOS/MacOS users pass facial biometric checks faster

iOS/MacOS users pass facial biometric checks faster

Sumsub, an online verification platform that onboards tens of millions of users annually, is sharing data insights from its research on facial biometric checks. Otherwise known as “face authentication,” facial biometric checks are designed to protect online businesses from fraud by ensuring that users are truly present during remote verification. Face authentication is also a great step towards global digital equality as it lets honest users easily enter the online services they need regardless of their gender, nationality, income or digital skills.

Based on data collected globally in 2021, Sumsub analyzed the performance of facial biometric checks and differences across countries and devices, along with common failures and manipulation attempts. Here are the most interesting facts:

 

  • The average global pass rate for facial biometric checks is currently 95%, with some differentiation between countries. For comparison, ‘selfie with ID’ checks have an average pass rate of around 83%. This suggests that it’s more convenient for people to get authenticated by showing their face, rather than taking a selfie while holding their ID card. Though facial biometric checks can be used alone, they’re usually combined with ID document verification, which effectively replaces ‘selfie with ID’ checks.

 

  • In the UK, Japan, Canada, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Singapore and the EU, liveness checks usually take less than 35 seconds. In the US, they take about 45 seconds—whereas in Nigeria, Venezuela, Benin, Angola and Israel the average duration is 1.5 minutes. These disparities could be due to the check’s required facial movements being not as habitual for users in certain countries.

 

  • There are striking differences in the average amount of time needed to complete facial biometric checks for users on different operating systems. For Linux, Windows and Android users, the process takes more than 50 seconds; whereas applicants on MacOS and iOS (Apple) devices need less than 39 seconds. Again, this difference could be a sign that Apple users are more accustomed to face authentication.

 

  • 94% of failed facial biometric checks are due to improper conditions. Almost half of these (47%) are due to poor video quality or failure to perform the movements required to complete the check. There are also situations when the user’s face is too small (27%) or too large in the frame (16%). In 5% of cases, the applicant’s face is otherwise not properly visible.

 

  • Possible digital manipulation accounts for almost 6% of all errors occurring during facial biometric checks. Of these, the most common (70%) are bypass attempts such as screenshots, photo manipulation, physical/digital masks, or sophisticated deepfakes and 3D models. Other common attempts at defeating the face authentication system involve the use of different devices or people (16%). The remaining cases (<14%) have to do with forced verification and malevolent attempts with devices placed too close to the applicant’s face.

FacePhi and Valencia CF reach agreement

FacePhi and Valencia CF reach agreement

FacePhi and Valencia CF have reached a collaboration agreement whereby the Spanish football club will become a global ambassador for FacePhi technology, promoting innovative digital identity verification solutions with other entities with which the team have a relationship -both nationally and internationally.

Valencia CF will expose the technology solutions to companies in the field of sporting events. The largest football event of the year will be the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which will be held in Doha and feature the participation of 32 teams from around the world.

The strategic alliance was signed by Javier Mira, CEO and president of FacePhi, and Anil Murthy, president of Valencia CF. In 2021, FacePhi was selected to be part of the VCF Innovation Hub, within the club’s Fan Engagement category, thanks to its project to implement a biometric access system to Mestalla; a pioneering initiative in Spain that marked the company’s entry into the sports events industry.

Likewise, through this partnership, FacePhi becomes a sponsor to Valencia CF and a member of the VCF Business Club, which brings together a network of regional companies.

“Thanks to this collaboration with Valencia CF, our technology will be able to be present within any sporting entity worldwide, beyond the scope of Spanish football clubs. The signing of this agreement represents an excellent opportunity to reinforce our position within the sports events industry, working hand in hand with one of the biggest teams in Spanish football, and making clear that the application of our solutions improves the user experience in any industry -even in big sporting events,” said Mira, CEO and president of FacePhi.

Franco Segarra, Valencia CF’s director of innovation, highlighted the importance of this agreement. “FacePhi is a leader in digital identity. An innovative company from the Valencia region, it is present in the main financial institutions around the world. At the Valencia CF Innovation Hub, we identified FacePhi as a company that can help us to simplify digital procedures and facilitate technological processes for everyone (adults, children, and other fans). We always seek to improve the fan experience, making technology available to everyone. We are working together on projects that aim to add value to the entire fan community.”

BioRugged announces MOSIP compliance across a wide range of devices

Invixium expands touchless biometric portfolio

Invixium, a leader in biometric access control and workforce management solutions, is expanding its portfolio of touchless biometric offerings with IXM TFACE, a highly versatile dual-biometric device. This solution provides the high security, convenience, and functionality of face recognition and fingerprint along with mobile credentials at an affordable price point. Inspired by IXM TITAN, TFACE is the ideal solution for enterprises of all sizes.

“TFACE is our latest answer to today’s strict demands for workplace security,” said Shiraz Kapadia, CEO & President at Invixium. “Not every workforce demands the power of TITAN – TFACE is our response to this because it combines the security of face recognition with an affordable price point for first-time biometric installations or new installations that replace antiquated biometrics with face recognition.”

TFACE is designed to satisfy a variety of access control and workforce management needs with fast and accurate dual-biometric authentication. The performance of TFACE is the result of two SONY 8MP cameras (RGB and infrared) and a 500dpi optical fingerprint sensor which ensure reliable and accurate face recognition and fingerprint authentication in less than 1 second. The solution is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor and runs secure Android OS to expertly blend security for the business with ease of use for its staff. Other desirable features include high-speed touchless face recognition and mask detection, both of which are relevant to today’s ever-evolving mandates for touchless security and mask-wearing at worksites.

While TITAN is well suited for industrial applications, TFACE is better suited for enterprise applications. With a user capacity of up to 25,000 people for 1:N face recognition, TFACE is built with a 2.4” LCD touchscreen for tracking time or displaying notificiations, customizable LEDs for panel feedback, and up to four authentication factors (face + fingerprint + digital or RFID card + PIN) for a high level of security.

Additional features of IXM TFACE include:

  • Mobile credentials (digital card and dynamic QR code)
  • Mask detection
  • Liveness detection for anti-spoofing
  • Auto-on Time of Flight (ToF) sensor
  • PoE+ for ease of installation
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass LCD
  • Intercom for door communication
Neurotechnology launches latest MegaMatcher 12.3

Neurotechnology launches latest MegaMatcher 12.3

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of the new MegaMatcher 12.3 multi-biometric product line, including updates to the MegaMatcher software development kit (SDK) and to MegaMatcher Accelerator – a combined software and hardware solution that provides high-speed, high-volume biometric identification for national-scale projects. The latest versions include enhanced facial and iris recognition algorithms with improved liveness detection, a new voice recognition algorithm and a new inference engine that provides significantly better speed and performance across all biometric modalities.

“Every day our team aims to innovate technologies that make our products more accurate and robust while also being faster and less complex for our customers to use,” said Evaldas Borcovas, biometric research lead at Neurotechnology. “This latest version of MegaMatcher exemplifies these efforts, providing greater accuracy in verification and identification processes while enabling our customers’ systems to work faster.”

The MegaMatcher product line includes Neurotechnology’s top-ranked biometric algorithms providing high recognition and identification accuracy across fingerprint, face, iris, palm print and voice biometric modalities that can be used individually or in any combination.

The latest enhancements to the MegaMatcher 12.3 product line include:

A new Intel Inference Engine provides better all-around performance, particularly for extraction operations. Support for Mac M1 (ARM) with neural network framework is now significantly faster than any previous versions running on the macOS.

Fingerprint. The new fingerprint algorithm includes support for the latest NIST Fingerprint Image Quality (NFIQ) 2.1 biometric standard, offering a higher degree of compatibility and flexible application.
Passive Face Liveness Detection. Newly introduced passive face liveness algorithm (also known as Presentation Attack Detection – PAD) establishes a higher degree of fraud prevention in mobile and dynamic situations.
Face. Additional updates to the face algorithm include an improved face extraction algorithm, better face detection and significantly improved detection of specific facial attributes including: gender, beard, mustache, hat, blink, mouth open, smile, glasses and dark glasses. A new attribute for glasses with a heavy frame is also introduced.
Iris Liveness Detection. Upgraded iris liveness algorithm (PAD) brings new improvements to eye activity detection and potential deceit risks assessment.

Voice. An entirely new algorithm introduces Neurotechnology’s advanced capabilities for voice recognition with multiple times better EER results.

MegaMatcher Accelerator. In addition to the proprietary API, version 12.3 also adds support for gRPC API (HTTP 2.0), making it easier to add security, load balancers and enabling the product to be used with any language (including Python and PHP) without native C components.

TECH5 face recognition technology (T5-Face) to be used in Chile

TECH5 face recognition technology (T5-Face) to be used in Chile

TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, and Solem, an international technology company that integrates process and business intelligence to its services to enhance high productivity, efficiency, and continuous transformation of its customers, announced their partnership and launched a biometric-based solution that links a person to their COVID-19 test results biometrically. The solution will help trace the virus, avoid impersonation, formalize consent, and facilitate appropriate quarantining of an infected person.

The solution has been tested on the first customer in Chile and proven its efficacy for biometric traceability. It will now be implemented for the active search of COVID-19 cases. Every worker will go through a weekly digital onboarding process to collect a facial image, test result and number associated with an antigen rapid test, as well as other data. The rapid test number and test result will be linked to a person’s biometrics, and using the biometric matching technology of TECH5, T5-Face, an employer will be able to verify a worker’s identity upon arrival to the worksite.

“The solution is fully inclusive even for those workers who do not have a smartphone, as onboarding can be done in the clinic prior to testing.” – comments Víctor Parra, Solem Product manager. “The same solution can be used in cases when symptoms are suspected to make sure that the person has taken a rapid test, avoiding in this way, the entry of a person with positive virus detection into a worksite.”- says Mr. Parra.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Solem. For TECH5 it is a great opportunity to introduce its technologies and solutions to a wider range of customers, as well as prove its effectiveness in various use cases across Latin America.”- comments Jeremy James, TECH5 Vice President Sales for Caribbean & Latin America.

In 2022, the partners are planning to develop other biometric solutions to help stop the spread of a deadly virus.

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport launches facial recognition trial

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport launches facial recognition trial

Aena, together with Vueling and the group of technology companies formed by Easier, IDEMIA, Indra, Materna-ips and Mobbeel, has launched a pilot boarding test through facial recognition at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. It is the first time that it has been carried out in Europe integrating in a single process all the steps to be carried out by a passenger at an airport, including the check-in of the suitcase as a novelty. The objective is that passengers can make the entire route to the plane without having to show identification documentation.

Based on an identification technology through the recognition of the physical and non-transferable characteristics of people, the biometric systems equipment has been located in the check-in area, allowing self-check-in luggage; at the access to the security filter and at the boarding gate, where the biometric data of the passenger, their facial features (image of their face) and documentation (ID or passport) will be validated. This makes it possible to streamline the process and increase security from the moment the traveler registers online at home until he catches his flight. The validation of documentation with biometric data is carried out only once during the pilot, provided that the passenger gives his consent for subsequent flights.

Currently Aena is the sole owner of the biometric database and, therefore, responsible for its management, and the information obtained is treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD) established in European Regulation 2016/679 regarding treatment of personal data and the free circulation of said data.

Joint project of Vueling and Aena

This collaboration project between Vueling and Aena began several months ago with airline passengers on the Barcelona-Malaga route. This is the most complete pilot test being carried out at an Aena airport, as it includes biometric technology in 4 travel processes: check-in, baggage check-in, security filter and boarding.  

In order to access the plane “by the face”, the passenger must access the Aena app, enter the “facial recognition” section and complete the form. The registration can also be carried out physically at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in two kiosks located in front of gate B35 and in the Vueling self-check-in area. 

Thus, passengers will be able to exclusively access both the security control filters and the boarding gate on the Barcelona-Malaga route and enjoy more agile access. In addition, they will have the option of leaving their suitcase at the agentless self-check-in belt (self bag drop), simply with facial recognition. 

Passengers can take part in this pilot program on a voluntary basis and travel in a more agile, efficient and contactless way. 

The Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Customer Experience and CGO of Aena , Amparo Brea, has pointed out that “this project, framed in Aena’s Strategic Innovation Plan, is the last step in a set of actions led by the company since the beginning of 2019 and aimed at testing the use of biometric systems at different points of the airport. We are convinced that this technology will significantly improve the passenger experience at our airports and these projects allow us to advance in its deployment. We provide passengers with tools that allow them to carry out part of the documentation checks that are currently being carried out in airport procedures, so that their passage through the airport is safer, more fluid and more comfortable ”.

According to Calum Laming, Vueling Chief Customer Officer , “being able to offer such a complete biometric experience confirms our desire to improve the experience of our customers at the airport, and also favors a much more agile and modern flow of customers. This is a project with a high technological component, a key element in Vueling Transform and in our digitization strategy to improve service and so that customers can manage their travel experience with greater autonomy and flexibility ”. In this way, Vueling has become the first airline in Europe to offer a complete contactless travel experience thanks to the use of biometric technology.

On the other hand, the companies in charge of developing, supplying and installing the necessary equipment to carry out the test have used automated systems that include advanced biometric and document validation technologies, which optimize performance in passenger access time. 

Indra  has been commissioned in this pilot of the platform that allows integrating the equipment and different systems that make up the solution. Thanks to it, it is possible to guarantee the collection of identification and biometric data at the enrollment kiosk and CUSS, filter and boarding gates for their treatment and integration with Aena systems, ensuring the perfect functioning of the complete solution. 

The biometric system of self-check-in luggage (Self Bag Drop) of  Materna IPS  takes an image of the passenger and contrasts it in real time against the database of those enrolled in the biometric program. In this way, it is able to identify if that passenger is part of the program, allowing at that moment that it can proceed to check in its luggage by itself. Maternal IPS biometrics . 

Easier  has integrated biometric devices and their middleware for enrollment and verification at each control point by supplying dual equipment (common self-service kiosk and biometric registration in the same device), as well as electronic gates with detection of uniqueness of more accurate passengers from entering the security zone to boarding. 

For its part,  IDEMIA will  provide high-quality facial image capture at the registration kiosks, the electronic access gate to the air area and the electronic boarding gate. The identification of passengers will be carried out using IDEMIA’s biometric engine, recognized in the market as one of the best for its high precision.  

Mobbeel  provides the mobile application that allows travelers to enroll their biometrics and verify their identity through the scanning of a DNI or passport with NFC and a  selfie  with proof of life to verify that that person is who they say they are. Pioneers in mobile biometrics, the company has been offering digital identity verification solutions for more than 12 years.

FacePhi strengthens presence in Latin America

FacePhi strengthens presence in Latin America

FacePhi, a company specialising in identity verification solutions and a leader in the Latin American banking sector, continues to strengthen its position in the region thanks to an agreement, signed and announced last July, with Cencosud Scotiabank, Cencosud’s financial credit arm and one of the largest retail conglomerates in the continent. This agreement meant, in turn, entry into the Chilean market for the first time.   

The project developed by FacePhi and Cencosud Scotiabank is based on the adoption of digital onboarding technology, thanks to which customers of the financial services company Cencosud Scotiabank will be able to request a credit card in a process that is 100% online. This process will be carried out entirely from the user’s own mobile phone, requiring a photo of their identity document and a selfie. These two simple steps will be enough to apply for the card which, thanks to the combination of capturing the identity document through optical character reading with facial recognition, will quickly and securely verify the identity of the person who has requested the card.    

“It has been a very exciting and high-tech project so far, in which we have never lost focus on continually improving our customers’ experience, as well as keeping all their information secure and private. FacePhi has become a strategic ally for us, both for its advanced technology and for its team, with a high level of commitment and responsibility,” highlights Ariel Espinoza, Manager of Digital Factory Cencosud Scotiabank  

“It is an enormous satisfaction to have entered Chile with a company as emblematic as Cencosud Scotiabank, whose initiative in the digitisation process will blaze a trail in the sector for the next few years,” explains Jorge Sanz, CRO of FacePhi.    

“Since FacePhi began, we have focused on offering our technology to the banking and financial sector, two highly regulated areas that require high security standards and where the adoption of measures that facilitate and simplify accessibility for the client is essential. This experience allows us to adapt our identity verification solutions to industries that, without a doubt, are going to progressively incorporate this type of technology in their relationship with the consumer, as is now the case in the case of financial retail,” he stated.   

With this new agreement, FacePhi strengthened its presence in the Latin American region, where technology is a leading factor in the financial sector. Throughout this year, the company has earned the trust of large financial firms, operations to which it added its arrival in Chile, one of the few countries in the region where the company had not yet become established.   

Cencosud Scotiabank is a financial services company among the most prominent in Chile, in terms of its placement and number of clients. In the last period, it has worked hard to position itself as a digital frontrunner in the industry, making all financial and self-management services available to its clients through its website and mobile applications, with high security standards and continuously improving agility in the processes involved. 

  

MegaMatcher On Card 12 from Neurotechnology features new card algorithms

MegaMatcher On Card 12 from Neurotechnology features new card algorithms

 Neurotechnology, a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of the new MegaMatcher On Card software development kit (SDK). MegaMatcher On Card is an SDK for developing applications that feature biometric comparisons directly within the microcontroller of smart cards, and it includes optimized versions of the top ranked fingerprint, face and iris biometric algorithms from Neurotechnology.

The latest version of the SDK includes a new implementation of the face recognition algorithm with a biometric data template size lower than 256 bytes. This small size helps to save storage space on microcontrollers and enables the transmission of the face template to smart cards in a single data unit. This results in faster authentication speed and makes it easy to add support for face biometrics as a modality in third party smart card applications that were previously developed only for fingerprints.

MegaMatcher On Card 12 introduces the 1-to-N extension of the fingerprint library for the automatic recognition of multiple fingerprints on the same smart card, making it possible to verify the card owner directly through the use of any of the fingerprint data stored in the card. This is more convenient for end users and for system integrators who don’t have to implement complex mechanisms to require a specific fingerprint for verification.

“There are already more than 130 million smart cards and secure elements worldwide that include our MegaMatcher On Card technology,” said Antonello Mincone, business development manager for Neurotechnology. “We are constantly improving our on-card technology and adding value for its different uses, as we do with all our algorithms and related products across multiple platforms,” Mincone added.

MegaMatcher On Card 12 also includes support, through code samples and tutorials, for NXP® JCOP 4 smart cards with a fingerprint 1-to-1 library from Neurotechnology.