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Welcome to the third PIDaaS newsletter! This report contains a review of the progresses of the project, the conferences that have been performed ultimately, the events that will be performed in the near future and lastest sector news.

PIDaaS is progressing...

Main points of the progress
In the recent months, our partners have been developing the PIDaaS mobile application for use it in the pilot tests. Nowadays we have a first version and we expect to finish the beta version of PIDaaS App with all requirements, security and usability measures implemented before starting the pilots.
What is next?
  • Complete technology integration in the App.
  • Validate and test the solution through pilots.
  • Identify usability of the PIDaaS system
  • Get to know the opinion of Pilot tests' users.
BiometricUpdate website introduce the PIDaaS project
The website BiometricUpdate, that provides daily news, opinion and information about the biometrics industry, has published a Q&A, in which Ricoh Spain explains how PIDaaS works, its main benefits and some key applications.
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Last sector news

Canada will use test facial recognition screening for border security
The Canadian government is testing out facial recognition for border security screening.

The work is being led by the Canadian Border Services Agency in collaboration with the University of Quebec. This system has been designed to scan the faces of travelers, which have been captured on video cameras, and compare them against criminal and terrorist databases. The aim is to immediately and automatically identify individuals who could pose a security threat.

So far, the system is being tested only in controlled environments, but as Radio Canada International reports, a federal privacy watchdog has already cautioned the CBSA (Canada Border Security Agency) about potential risks entailed in such a system, including the possibility that it may inaccurately link innocent travelers to suspected threats. It’s a concern that has been echoed in countries like Canada’s neighbor, the US, whose national border security agency has been testing out similar technology.

While such concerns will need to be taken seriously, worldwide trends suggest that this kind of biometric border screening is going to grow increasingly popular as an important security layer in the following years.


Last consortium actions

PIDaaS Project attended at 6th CENTAC Congress
Last 5th and 6th of November, National Center for Technology Accessibility (CENTAC) organized the 6th congress in Bilbao (Spain), in that event, it was focused the intelligent communication and issues of maximum trend in technology, as Open Data, Robotics, Wearables or Connected Home. More than 70 speakers presented their projects on Social 3D printing, Smart Cities, Development Affordable, Serious Games and Biometrics.

One of out partners (BANTEC) took the opportunity to introduce the project to the public. The presentation focused on the involved technologies, pilot tests that we will be performed, the progresses of the project and impacts in the society.
PIDaaS Project at Jornada MAPA en tendències en TIC i Salut
Last 18th December, TicSalut organized an event called Jornada MAPA en tendències en TIC i Salut 2015 in Mataró (Barcelona, Spain). This dissemination session was very focused on the results of e-Health projects carried out by TicSalut. They discussed about applications in health and wellness plan mHealth, mobile...

On breaks, Ricoh, with the collaboration of TicSalut, introduced the PIDaaS project to an expert public in the health field. Many attendees were very interested in the project, especially in the e-Health pilot test that we will organize in February 2016.


Next events

Next month Pilot tests will start. Moreover, one of our partner (Eurecat) will attend to Mobile World Congress, where there will have a big opportunity to show and share the PIDaaS project.
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