New ams/MEGVII Partnership for Plug-and-play solutions Enabling 3D Face Recognition in Any Smart Device – Businesswire

What happened: Chinese AI surveillance company Megvii will join forces with Austrian sensor manufacturer Ams AG to make what it claims will be the first off-the-shelf facial recognition solutions that don’t rely on smartphones. The standalone plug-and-play 3D suite, featuring Ams AG’s laser technology with Megvii’s facial algorithms, will focus on smart home, retail, security applications.

Why it’s important: Once referred to as “China’s rising AI star,” Megvii, which reached a $4 billion valuation in May, has recently entered choppier waters. The firm’s role in China’s state-level surveillance has attracted criticism from abroad since a March report stated Megvii was seeking an $800 million IPO listing. Many speculate that China’s surveillance players could soon face a US administration ban similar to that of Huawei. As a result, anonymous insider sources claim it is rethinking its listing altogether. Despite the turmoil, Megvii appears committed to partnerships and product development, this time with a European partner.

Eliza was TechNode's blockchain and fintech reporter until July 2021, when she moved to CoinDesk to cover crypto in Asia. Get in touch with her via email or Twitter.

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