The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation

Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology has finally begun to enter the science fiction landscape we had all dreamt it would soon do. Thus, today we’re witnessing a rapid change and growth in its innovation and implementation. This change in pace is attributed to the significant advances in machine learning, resilient ODM (original design manufacturer) competition and increases in processing power that will forever democratize and commoditize facial recognition technology.

When we consider the applications of this core technology, it is essential also to understand the positive consequences of implementing facial recognition for non-conspicuous use cases. To get further insights on this matter, I sat down with Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni the founders of TrueFace.ai.

With such technical advancements in facial recognition has its integration into products become more straightforward?

Shaun: Unfortunately face recognition is still not easy to implement in a more extensive product offering. One solution we’ve found is that by offering a specialized set of tools that simplify facial recognition, we can enable it for a variety of use cases in a broader landscape, allowing businesses to integrate faster and more efficiently. We expect implementation to continue to ease as more tools are developed, and as an industry, we work together to solve the growing challenges. In the end, we focus on building tools and solutions utilizing a more holistic approach by directly owning our core technology.

When a business is technically ready to start implementing facial recognition technology what can Trueface.ai provide them?

Shaun: First and foremost we made our Trueface.ai solutions to be ready out of the box. We made it simple and easy for any business of any size. Which is why we offer an API, mobile SDKs, and HTML widgets to simplify integrations. They can sign up on our site and view the documentation or sign up and schedule a demo.

Nezare: As a business gets started, they can choose from our state-of-the-art facial recognition that can be used via Trueface.ai’s web and mobile applications without writing one line of code. Additionally, they can also begin working with our proprietary spoof detection that works on single static images (ensuring proof of possession and presence), document verification from over 150 countries, AML/PEP sanction checks and web verification, which can source public social media information and generate challenge questions to be asked to the individual. We want to add as much security as we can while allowing the technology not to be a burden on a businesses day-to-day. This is why we’re already seeing customers from by online notaries, FinTech startups, e-learning firms and rental companies utilizing our solutions.

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What role will Trueface.ai play for businesses looking to get started with facial recognition technology?

Nezare: At Trueface.ai we act as the connection for business who want to innovative and secure identity management. We’ve recently launched our new identity verification solution to increase the security and safety of global businesses. We find that as more of our critical information and essential transactions continue to shift online, there will be a growing demand for trusted digital identity verification solutions. Today we offer both an API and a code-free solution so business can get started immediately. Also, the service will simplify physical and remote identity verification for use cases that can include account openings, securing high-value transactions, proctoring, e-learning and more.

How safe is facial recognition technology today?

Shaun: When considering the alternatives, passwords, keycards, fobs, all things that can be very easily stolen or transferred, we believe it is the most secure form in the present day of identity management.

Will facial recognition technology help prevent online identity fraud?

Nezare: Facial recognition is already actively preventing online identity fraud. We focused on spoof detection back in 2013 which we are now the only market available technology that can detect a spoof attempt in a 2D static image. This ensures proof of possession and presence.

What is the most significant hurdle for facial recognition technology aside from integration?

Nezare: Education. We need to do a better job educating the public on the cost and benefit to face recognition and why it is a better solution than the alternatives for security, convenience, and efficiency.

What do you see happening next for facial recognition technology as more data is collected and machine learning gets smarter?

Shaun: The technology will continue to improve at an unprecedented rate. When we look at what is happening over in China, we see a glimpse into our future. SenseTime has processed 500m identities for facial recognition which significantly improves their technology enabling use cases in everyday life.

Disclaimer: Trueface.Ai and parent company, Chui are an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. Kyle Ellicott is also an advisor to the company.

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KraussMaffei: Keeping pace with manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 ambitions

KraussMaffei: Keeping pace with manufacturers’ Industry 4.0 ambitions

Internet of Business speaks with Malte Manke, CIO at industrial equipment maker KraussMaffei Group, about emerging needs and expectations among digitally savvy manufacturing companies.

“Don’t underestimate the readiness of manufacturing companies to implement IoT and digital technologies). Many are further down the road than you might imagine.”

That’s the message from Malte Manke, CIO at KraussMaffei Group, one of the leading manufacturers of plastic machines in the world.

Appointed to the role four months ago, Manke splits his time 50/50 between the traditional responsibilities of the head of IT and the newer demands of being a digital transformation pioneer at the company, assisting in the identification and development of new business models for KraussMaffei.

These new business models focus not just on making the company’s products more connected, but also building new services around the data that they produce. And customers are more than ready for them, according to Manke.

Read more: Adding additive manufacturing to the smart factory set-up

Ready and waiting

“We have many, many customers that are already thinking in very advanced ways about digital. They’re very much aware of IoT, of big data analytics, of predictive maintenance, 3D printing and so on. And, in many cases, they are already exploring how to deploy such technologies in ways that might make sense for their businesses.”

In that respect, the challenge for any supplier of industrial machinery, as he sees it, is keeping pace with customer needs and expectations. And here, he says, these companies can learn a great deal from the automotive sector – an industry in which he himself worked for the best part of two decades.

For many years, automotive companies have increasingly thought of the automobile as a piece of connected machinery that represents the focal point for an ecosystem of data-driven services. In-car telematics, after all, have led to the creation and collection of data that help drivers get the most from their vehicle and brings them into closer contact with manufacturers and dealers for vehicle maintenance, for example. Today, makers of industrial equipment are starting to think the same way, says Manke.

For example, around 2,500 customers worldwide are already using KraussMaffei’s Advanced Process Control machine function software products, APC and APC Plus, to control injection molding machines, enable them to adjust to recycled materials and lower material wastage rates. “APC and APC Plus are already installed in many customer sites and taking tons of data from KraussMaffei machines in their environment, to boost productivity and create new efficiencies,” says Manke.

For KraussMaffei, then, along with countless other industrial machinery specialists, one of the key factors in the coming years will be to anticipate manufacturing companies’ needs and, wherever possible, be one step ahead. Says Manke: “It’s all about spotting new possibilities, new opportunities for customers and working alongside them to make them a reality.”


Malte Manke will be a speaker at the Internet of Manufacturing event to be held 6 & 7 February 2018 in Munich, Germany. Attendees will get the chance to learn more about how connected technologies open up new paths to increased productivity and profitability for industrial companies. 

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Hitachi’s Utility 3.0 will provide pace to the Smart City Project

Hitachi group of companies have brought up new innovations for realizing Utility 3.0 with the help of Lumada IoT platform that will be introduced at DistribuTECH 2018. Utility 3.0 aims at forming a smart society by advancing decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. Utility 1.0 was referred to the period of emergence of electricity industry which supported the economic growth. Currently, Utility 2.0 is in running where the electricity system is reforming the power generation and the competition in the retail sector. Realizing the Utility 3.0 will help present the concept of Society 5.0, which focuses on the solution to social problems with the economic development by the system, fusing together the virtual and the physical space.

With the help of “Realizing Utility 3.0”, Hitachi has rolled out innovations such as the distributed energy facilities and power distribution equipment known as Grid Edge. This device operates at locations close to the consumers to realize Utility 3.0 with the help of Lumada, Hitachi’s IoT Platform. Lumada integrates the cultivated Operational Technology (OT) in the power and energy fields to date and the advanced Information Technology (IT) which is represented by data analytics. Hitachi Group has teamed up with customers and partners in the energy sector worldwide. Also, the company is aiming to expand its presence in the global energy solution market.

A solution which had been previously implemented in Poland, stabilizes systems, controls the output of wind energy and battery energy storage systems by making use of advanced Japanese technologies. Hitachi’s smart grid business in the US aims at introducing alternative sources of energy and promote energy saving. Also, in Slovenia, the introduction of next-generation power grid and smart community business has helped in bringing cloud-based integrated distribution management system for the electricity distribution companies.

Hitachi has introduced Stadtwerke, a small-scale communal business entity responsible for energy and infrastructure services in Germany. It has also carried out the demonstration of Japan’s large-scale battery energy storage system. It has also incorporated the Predictive Diagnosis Solution in order to facilitate the productivity improvement with the help of renewable energy output. As a result, wind energy has been promoted in North America and India and issues like securing facility maintenance and safe operation are being addressed.

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Pace of IoT innovation adds to security woes, says survey

Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of senior IT professionals say that the pace of innovation in IoT and varying standards for security are making it hard to ensure that IoT devices and apps remain secure.

That’s according to a study sponsored by risk management consultancy Shared Assessments and conducted independently by research organization Ponemon Institute.

Ponemon Institute surveyed 553 individuals who had a role in the risk management process and are familiar with the use of IoT devices in their organizations. It was clear that these IT professionals were aware of the IoT security risks – with 94 percent of them stating that it was ‘very likely’, ‘somewhat likely’ or ‘likely’ that a security incident relating to unsecured IoT devices or applications could be “catastrophic”.

Read more: ENISA works with industry on IoT cybersecurity requirements

A question of priorities?

However, 42 percent of respondents said that their organisation found it difficult to manage the complexities of IoT platforms because of the number of vendors, while more than three-quarters (76 percent) said their company did not include the secure use of IoT devices in training or awareness programs and more than two-thirds (68 percent) said their business did not evaluate the IoT security risks as part of the on-boarding process for third parties.

The research found that their approaches don’t take innovation into account. More than half (55 percent) of respondents considered IoT devices to be endpoints to their network or enterprise systems, but only 44 percent said their organizations monitored the risk of IoT devices used in the workplace.

In fact, only 16 percent of those surveyed said their organizations kept an inventory of managed IoT devices and applications. When asked why, the main reasons given were that there was no centralized control over IoT devices and applications used in the workplace (85 percent), there was a lack of resources to track IoT (56 percent), or that it simply wasn’t a priority (41 percent).

This suggests that many organisations are still relying on legacy security methods to protect their network from insecure IoT devices or applications. Traditional network firewalls (94 percent), anti-malware software (91 percent) and intrusion prevention systems (78 percent) were the top three ways respondents said their organizations protected their network from insecure IoT devices and apps. The report suggests that businesses needed to look at new IoT security innovations.

Read more: No more security through obscurity for IoT device makers

The four ‘v’s’ that equal vulnerability

There are numerous IoT management products available from the biggest vendors such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as start-ups, with an increasing number of new IoT products available on the market. However, despite the rise of internet-connected devices and innovation in products to manage these devices, Rob Bamforth, analyst at IT advisory company Quocirca, doesn’t believe that it is the pace of innovation that is making it difficult for enterprises to beef up their IoT security practices.

Instead, he suggests that enterprises have to contend with several different types of problems all at once, which make it tougher to ensure that their IoT devices and apps are secure.

This includes the volume of devices, the variety of applications, the velocity of data and the veracity of users.

“In big data, those four ‘v’s’ add up to ‘value’ – but in IoT they add up to ‘vulnerability,” he says.

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Smart farming and food production must accelerate rapidly to keep pace with population growth

Smart farming and food production must accelerate rapidly to keep pace with population growth

Beecham Research launches new report ‘Smart Farming: The sustainable way to food’.

Leading IoT analyst firm Beecham Research has launched a new, comprehensive report, highlighting the importance of harnessing new technologies to address the vital need for sustainable food production to support the current rate of population growth.

Saverio Romeo, Principal Analyst at Beecham Research and co-author of a new report, said:

“The United Nations Food and Agriculture Program has noted that global production of food, feed and fiber will need to increase by 70 percent by 2050 to meet the demands of a growing global population. This means that, to optimise crop yields and reduce waste, the agriculture and farming industries will need to rely heavily on IoT and M2M technologies moving forward.”

“GPS services, sensors and big data, will all become essential farming tools in the coming years and are clearly set to revolutionise agriculture,” added Romeo.

All this innovation goes under the generic name of precision agriculture, and the results can be game-changing. Greater precision leads to higher yields from the same or smaller resources, creating environmental sustainability. It also allows for much more reliable production and yields, which in turn enables greater management of demand. Although cost, unpredictable weather events and a demanding and changing legislative environment are some of the challenges facing agriculture, on the other hand economic, business and technological factors are driving adoption of smart farming.

“Whilst precision agriculture cannot solve all the problems, it can help farmers control aspects of farming better and optimise results, as well as provide real time information at a level of granularity not previously possible,” explained Dr Therese Cory, Senior Analyst at Beecham Research and co-author of the report. “This enables better, more accurate decisions to be made and results in less waste and maximum efficiency in operations. This particularly matters in an industry where margins can be tight, and savings of a few percent can amount to a great deal of money and precious resources.”

The report identifies some of the main challenges and activities where smart farming will have the most impact including: fleet management of farm vehicles, arable farming, monitoring livestock, indoor farming and greenhouses, fish farming, forestry, storage and water monitoring.

Beecham Research also sees sensor-based technologies and decision support systems playing a vital role in the postharvest supply chain. This includes the detection of food fraud, dealing with bacterial and other contamination, mitigating spoilage and food waste, cold chain monitoring and meeting the growing need for traceability from farm to the consumer.

“Precision agriculture can help reduce significant losses in farming, solve problems of data collection and monitoring and reduce the impacts of climate change. In the long term, we have no choice but to invest in the use of precision agriculture and smart farming because of the urgency of the problems the world faces,” concludes Saverio Romeo.

About the report:
The report examines the roles of the many suppliers in the value chain, including technology providers and farm equipment suppliers, as well as the programmes and test beds that are influencing government policies. It also offers detailed insights into the future of smart farming for strategic and technology planning relevant for mobile network operators, other connectivity providers, sensor manufacturers and software developers specialising in agricultural solutions. The report also examines supply chains and food traceability so will also be of interest to logistics providers, cold chain suppliers and supermarkets.
Follow this link for an executive summary and to purchase the report ‘Smart Farming: The Sustainable Way to Food’.

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