Biometric Summit New York 2019

Last week I attended the 2nd Annual Biometric Summit in New York City. It was hosted at a cool co-working space called “Rise” that’s sponsored by Barclays Bank and TechStars incubator. It was one of the smaller summits I have attended, with a single track and about 100 attendees—ranging from biometric vendors and end-users to analysts (? Alan Goode) and investors.

 

Personally, I appreciated the coziness, which made for some insightful networking opportunities and high-quality sessions. I left with plenty to think about on my trip back to Boston, so here are my takeaways from the Biometric Summit 2019:

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Illustration of people using a self-service retail kiosk with face verification

As Kairos’ Director of Product Integration, I’m on the front lines when it comes to customer inquiries. From pet detection to weight detection, I’ve heard it all. While some ideas are more far-fetched than others, the common trends cannot be ignored—and these represent innovations that are happening NOW.

 

One that caught my eye recently is 'facial recognition enabled kiosks'—I’ve been getting allsorts of inquiries about this, and I've learned a bunch from helping software developers successfully integrate our technology into their kiosk products. Yes, sometimes that means keeping their imagination grounded too, unfortunately computer vision cannot guess someone’s favorite snack from a selfie (yet ?).

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Kairos Face Recognition logo and Postman logo

From getting the latest TechCrunch headlines on your phone, to booking a Lyft to your office—APIs are powering most of the products and services we all take for granted each day. They make the world move.

 

Now, if you’re a software developer this probably won’t be news to you. In fact, maybe you’re working for a company (or founding one) whose products contribute to the digital economy of today.

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Pattern of Heart Eyes and Monocle Emojis

Online dating is big business, but it also has some big problems with identity verification practices—made even more real by this month’s concerning reports about child abuse and exploitation happening on some of the world’s biggest dating platforms.

 

Governments are getting involved, poised to crack down and introduce legislation for customer onboarding and security standards—primarily, age checks.

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