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• Every international gate at Orlando’s main airport will soon use facial recognition to verify all travelers’ identities, including U.S. citizens. Orlando International Airport will spend around $4 million for 30 facial I.D. kiosks that use U.S. Customs and Border Protection algorithms to identify passengers from a database of millions of government-issued image sources like passports, visas and drivers’ licenses. Security agencies say facial recognition is more convenient than other biometric identifiers because it doesn’t require physical contact, like fingerprint scanners. But convenience could come at the cost of accuracy. A 2017 report from the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology says the Department of Homeland Security’s airport facial recognition systems erroneously reject as many as one in 25 travelers with … Read More »
• Amazon’s facial recognition technology isn’t the only tool that Orlando is considering in its efforts to monitor the public using street cameras – the University of Central Florida has also developed a mass surveillance system for the city. UCF researchers have installed an artificial intelligence-powered software that can recognize facial characteristics and body movements to detect assaults, robberies and even explosions in real time. Orlando was the subject of blistering criticism last year after reports revealed that the police department was piloting Amazon’s Rekognition, a facial-recognition technology that plugs into security cameras to identify and track people of interest as they walk down the street. But by early 2016, students and professors from UCF’s Center for Research in Computer Vision … Read More »