Facial recognition tech is allowing stores to reward customers May 2, 2016

At first, the footage from the camera mounted over the grocery store entrance in Philadelphia looks as mundane as you'd expect; a steady stream of nondescript customers flows in.

But as each shopper walks by, a circle appears around their face on the monitor we're watching almost 4,000 kilometres away.

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Forget Security Cameras. Stores Are Using Face Recognition to See If You’re a Shoplifter. December 23, 2015

An in-depth piece by the BBC finds that retail stores are increasingly using cameras with face-recognition technology to identify shoplifters—and, in some cases, big spenders.The cameras snap your picture as you walk in or browse the selves, then send it to a database of known shoplifters, often provided by local police. If there's a match, the store's managers or security guards will get a notification on their phone. What they do next—kick you out, follow you around, simply take note of your presence—is up to them. In one pilot program, the doors to a fancy jewelry store in Rotterdam, Netherlands, would actually lock when a suspected shoplifter approached.

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FINDBiometrics - Interview with Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO FaceFirst December 1, 2015

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently had the chance to speak with Joe Rosenkantz, CEO of FaceFirst. The facial recognition company had an excellent 2015, and with the year coming to a close, O’Neill got the CEO’s perspective on what has been driving this success. The conversation spans a range of topics: biometrics in law enforcement and retail; the opportunities presented for facial recognition in marketing applications; and the current state of privacy concerns when it comes to the modality.

Read more: http://findbiometrics.com/interview-ceo-facefirst-212010/

BBC Future Article - Catching a Thief by their Face November 20, 2015

Retail stores are turning to facial recognition technology and customer tracking tools to fight against shoplifters.  BBC Future Investigates.

By:  Jonathan Keane

Read More: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20151120-catching-a-thief-by-their-face


FaceFirst Appoints Tom Melzl as Vice President of Worldwide Sales October 8, 2015

FaceFirst, the leader in facial recognition technology, today announced the appointment of Tom Melzl as vice president of worldwide sales.  Melzl has more than 20 years of enterprise sales experience including his last two positions at high groth software companies, StackIQ and InQuire (acquired by Oracle)...

Read More:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/facefirst-appoints-tom-melzl-vice-130500322.html

Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police August 12, 2015

SAN DIEGO - Facial recognition software, which American military and intelligence agencies used for years in Iraq and Afghanistan to identify potential terrorists, is being eagerly adopted by dozens of police departments around the country to pursue drug dealers, prostitutes and other conventional criminal susptects.

Read More: http://nyti.ms/1J4Y1lr

NBC New York - News Story on Facial Recognition - Featuring Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO June 24, 2015

NBC New York - News Story on Facial Recognition - Featuring Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst,

Watch news report: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Facial-Recognition-NYPD-Technology-Video-Camera-Police-Arrest-Surveillance-309359581.html

FaceFirst makes debut at XVIII International Fair in Sao Paulo Brazil May 14, 2015

Watch Video: http://www.tvgazeta.com.br/?videos=feira-apresenta-novidades-na-area-de-seguranca-2

Facial recognition to be deployed in Estado Beira-Rio, Brazil - by the end of 2015. April 7, 2015

Facial recognition will be deployed in Estado Beira-Rio by the end of 2015.

Read more:  http://zh.clicrbs.com.br/rs/esportes/inter/noticia/2015/04/reconhecimento-facial-pode-funcionar-em-definitivo-no-beira-rio-ate-o-final-do-ano-4734505.html

FaceFirst Installation of Facial Recognition Screening System for Bogota Transmilenio March 26, 2015

Transmilenio is a bus rapid transit (BRT) system that serves Botota, the capital of Colombia.  The system opened to the public in December 2000, covering Av. Caracas and Calle 80. Other lines have been added gradually over the next several years, and as fo 2012, 12 lines totaling 112 km (70 mi) [2] run throughout the city becoiming the world's largest system of bus rapid transit.

Watch video:  https://vimeo.com/123369789

Bangalore, India - City Cops to use Face Recognition Tool March 23, 2015

City Cops to use FaceRecognition Toolb

By:  Merlin Francis

BENGALURU: The city police will soon rely on a tech tool, and not just fingerprints, to ascertain if a suspected person is a criminal.

Using a facial recognition application, photographs, sketches and images from CCTV footages will be matched with the photographs of the criminals that are already updated in the police’s criminal database.

Read More: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/City-Cops-to-use-Face-Recognition-Tool/2015/03/23/article2725803.ece


Bogotá Mass Transit System to Test Biometric Security Solution March 20, 2015

Botota mass transit system to test biometic security solution.

March 20, 2015 - Botota, Colombia will begin trialing an integrated video surveillance system, featuring biometrics and facial recognition cameras, in the city's TransMilenio (Sivit) transit system, according to a report by El Tiempo.

Read more:  http://www.biometricupdate.com/201503/bogota-mass-transit-system-to-test-biometric-security-solution

FaceFirst featured on BBC News February 14, 2015

FaceFirst featured on BBC News "click" on February 14, 2015

Watch Video: http://youtu.be/nG1fV93hvLE

Is Facial Recognition The Next Privacy Battleground? | Fast Company | Business + Innovation January 26, 2015

Technology can now link your face with data about you a powerful tool that has privacy experts concerned.

Read more...  http://www.fastcompany.com/3040375/is-facial-recognition-the-next-privacy-battleground

Innovation Nation - Enhancing Shopping with Facial Recognition January 19, 2015

See how stores use of Facial Recognition Software is being used to target big ticket shoppers.

Read more...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxpru5-r19o


Enhanced shopping by Face or by Mook

As retailers struggle against the growing influence of online ecommerce, they continue to seek new and innovative ways to gain a customer’s trust, loyalty and shopping dollar. Two techniques that are making waves are facial recognition systems and Mook status.

Read More: http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/12/facefirst-facial-recognition-technology/

BBC - Facial recognition: Shop where everybody knows your name December 8, 2014

Imagine walking into a shop you've never been in before, to be greeted by name by a sales assistant you don't know.
If you're David Beckham or Lily Allen you may be used to this type of VIP treatment, but if your fame is more limited, or even non-existent then you might find this attention rather disconcerting.

Petro proposed change to improve operational safety Police December 4, 2014

... Petro said that to achieve this purpose he must implement key actions as ensuring more lighting in places of population flow, install HD cameras that can automatically detect faces of suspects and increase police presence.

Read More: http://www.eltiempo.com/bogota/bogota-como-vamos/14926507

Find Biometrics - Interview with Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst September 22, 2014

FaceFirst is a facial recognition company that supplies biometric solutions to international airports, law enforcement, retail, gaming and commercial customers on a global level.  Recently, FindBiometrics reported on a deployment of FaceFirst technology in Panama's Tocumen International Airport will be spreading into the facility's north terminal as part of a $936 million airport expansion.

Read More: http://findbiometrics.com/interview-joseph-rosenkrantz-ceo-of-facefirst/

FaceFirst Expands its Existing Facial Recognition Services in Panama Airport - Reuters September 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17, 2014/PRNewswire/ --FaceFirst, a facial recognition software system, continues its growth in International airports with the expansion of services into the North Terminal (Terminal Muelle Norte), at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama. FaceFirst has demonstrated great success in securing the Panama Airport and multiple Panama border crossings since its implementation at the Tocumen Airport in 2011. 

Read More: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/facefirst-expands-its-existing-facial-recognition-services-in-panama-airport-275483101.html