Russia allows to make any tractor unmanned and settle the café bill via face recognition system
Russian tax services be able to officially control citizens’ all bank cards? Why are cinemas testing computer vision technology? Discover these and many other issues in the news digest for the week.
Russia to launch purchase payment service using face identification system
This summer, some food outlets in Moscow and St. Petersburg will allow customers to settle their bills using face recognition technology. VisionLabs is developing and testing the SelfieToPay service based on the SWiP contactless payment system.
A payment will be conducted via the downloaded and installed app where users add the number of their card and photo. Developers assure that the system is totally safe: it is integrated with Liveness technology determining the identity of a person showed on camera. In other words, it is impossible to use somebody’s photo for the fraud purposes.
Any Russian agricultural equipment can be turned into UAV
Russia’s all tractors and harvesters can be shifted to unmanned control. The comprehensive system, which can be connected to any agricultural vehicle, was developed by Cognitive Technologies. The agro-droid is based on the deep learning neural network, transforming any machine into the smart one.
C2-A2 “computer brain” can be synchronized with various agricultural machinery units without ordering certain devices for each one. Final testing will be conducted in the field this summer. ultimate cost of C2-A2 Cognitive Technologies is estimated at approximately 3,000 dollars.
Russian cinemas to integrate face reading system
largest Russian cinema chains – Cinema Park, Formula Kino, and Karo – are testing computer vision technology. Face reading technology will allow to target advertising and analyze cinema programs.
the video analysis system will calculate the amount of visitors, their age, and other characteristics. It will help to better understand the audience and increase the return rate. Moreover, the face recognition system will allow cinemas to control the attendance and determine unrecorded cinemagoers. Currently, one is testing a pilot version of the system.
Russian Tax Service won’t automatically check all transactions of citizens’ cards
Despite the information disseminated by mass media, Russian banks won’t automatically send data on users’ card transactions to tax services since July 2018. It was expected that such global monitoring would demand citizens’ reports on their money transfers.
fact, the amendment to the article No. 86, regulating the new rule, refers to metal accounts (required to purchase precious metals). Since June 2018, banks have been providing information about such accounts directly to the Federal Tax Service. The rest data are provided to the tax service only upon the direct request, but not automatically.
USA-based Hetz to launch its service in Russia again
US firm providing car rental services is returning to the Russian market. After a year’s break, Hetz has started its operations using a new master franchise called Premium Mobility Group.
Hetz offers customers to use its services at Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports as well as in St. Petersburg. They provide customers with a wide range of various class cars. The amount of cars in the park is not specified. However, there were 350 vehicles previous year as of the time of closedown.