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Rugged Laptop Computer with Facial Recognition for Military and First Responders Introduced by Panasonic (Military Aerospace, Jun 17, 2022)
Panasonic Connect North America in Newark, N.J., is introducing the TOUGHBOOK 40 rugged modular laptop computer for military users, mobile workers law enforcement, federal agencies, and utilities to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs.TOUGHBOOK 40 is more than a pound lighter than the previous generation. It has 14-inch FHD touchscreen display for increased readability for military personnel who need to decipher precise and intricate plans. The TOUGHBOOK 40 comes with 11th Gen Intel vPro processors, with optional AMD dedicated graphics or Intel Iris Xe Graphics boosting computing power to process large amounts of data, images, and video feeds in real-time. The TOUGHBOOK 40 also has a 5-megapixel webcam, privacy cover for security, and infrared capability to support Windows Hello facial recognition. It also has several cellular and connectivity options, including a 4G or 5G modem.

Cops Will Be Able to Scan Your Fingerprints With a Phone (News Azi, Jun 17, 2022)

For more than 100 years, recording people’s fingerprints has involved them pressing their fingertips against a surface. Originally this involved ink but has since moved to sensors embedded in scanners at airports and phone screens. The next stage of fingerprinting doesn’t involve touching anything at all. So-called contactless fingerprinting technology uses your phone’s camera and image processing algorithms to capture people’s fingerprints. Hold your hand in front of the camera lens and the software can identify and record all the lines and swirls on your fingertips. The technology, which has been in development for years, is ready to be more widely used in the real world. This includes use by police—a move that worries civil liberty and privacy groups.


Toyota Adopts CyberLink's AI Facial Recognition Engine (DigitTimes, Jun 17, 2022)

Japan-based systems integrator Itochu Techno-Solutions (CTC) has used CyberLink's AI facial recognition engine, FaceMe, to develop a "vehicle inspection information system" for adoption by Toyota to improve vehicle quality management. CyberLink said the vehicle inspection information system will help automakers ensure that only certified inspectors can inspect finished vehicles with zero-contact and high-precision facial recognition technology. Toyota assistant manager Toshimitsu Imai pointed out that the company chose to adopt FaceMe because of its ability to perform facial recognition even when users are wearing masks. He said FaceMe can perform properly under bright factory lighting and inside dimly lit vehicles.


UK Biometrics Commissioner Offers Praise, Caution After Gov’s Police Oversight Reversal (Biometric Update, Jun 17, 2022)

The UK Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner Fraser Sampson approves of the government’s decision to not delegate oversight of police use of biometrics to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), while saying more needs to be done. Sampson and others expressed disapproval of the government’s original plan to hand the oversight of police use of fingerprints and DNA biometrics to the ICO, which would have stripped the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner of some of the office’s authority and transferred it to the ICO. The UK reversed course, which Sampson says is a “sensible decision,” but suggests more needs to be done “on what they plan to do now with these particular important functions.”


Urgent Need for Guidelines Around Use of Facial Recognition Technology, Expert Says (RNZ.com, Jun 17, 2022)

Three major Australian retailers including Kmart and Bunnings who have branches in New Zealand have begun rolling out artificial intelligence-based facial recognition technology in their stores to monitor customers to prevent shoplifting. Similar tech is being used in New Zealand in casinos, airports and retailers, leading to some privacy concerns among experts. Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand chief executive Madeline Newman said it was fine if the technology was being used only to prevent shoplifting. However, the forum was concerned about the lack of official guidance and it wanted to work with the government to put some firm foundations in place so that New Zealanders could trust the systems. "At the moment there's probably a bit of a lack in guidelines for retailers and perhaps they might do things, for example, like share data between stores or move data round or potentially even sell it."


Identity Week America, October 4 - 5, 2022 (Terrapinn, Jun 17, 2022)
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