Feb 20, 2021
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Among the insights contained in the conversation is that the power of AI and the energy efficiency of edge computing are both needed to bring out the IoT’s potential.
A pair of partnerships have been formed to implement facial recognition at the edge. Vsblty and Ability Enterprise have produced a high-resolution camera capable of running multiple Intel algorithms simultaneously for the retail and smart city markets, while CyberLink’s FaceMe Security has been integrated into Network Optix’ video management platform Nx Meta for the same markets, as well as industrial and foodservice operations.
The Line, a 170 kilometer-long smart city planned for Saudi Arabia with no cars, 100 percent renewable energy, and ubiquitous facial recognition is expected to be ready for occupancy by 2030, ZDNet reports. Billions of dollars are being invested in a city that is intended to one day be home to hundreds of thousands, though attracting residents may be the challenge.
An AnyVision patent describes drones adjusting their position to perform facial recognition matches while airborne, for possible future use in identifying intended delivery recipients. An activist group has published a list of occasions when UK police used drones for surveillance of protests, while drones and facial recognition are both in NATO’s plans, but not necessarily in combination.
North America is one of the largest markets for rugged biometric devices, Laxton Group CEO Lyle Charles Laxton tells Biometric Update in an interview, and opportunities to support elections and national IDs in Africa can also yield hardware development benefits to bring to that market. Laxton also advises that although his firm sells technology for elections across Africa, ballots should remain manual on the continent for the time being.