1. Live facial identification system inspired by biology
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    Live facial identification system inspired by biology

    October 19, 2016
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    Live facial identification system inspired by biology

    Humans might be good at remembering faces, but statistically, computers are now more accurate.

    Live facial identification system inspired by biology

    Humans might be good at remembering faces, but statistically, computers are now more accurate.

    Live facial identification system inspired by biology

    Humans might be good at remembering faces, but statistically, computers are now more accurate.

    • Facial recognition

      In the same way that the human brain has evolved over millions of years to focus on people’s faces and match them to stored memories, computers have to be taught to look for those characteristics and process the data.

      Faces are complex with characteristics that constantly change and cameras capture facial images from different angles and under different light conditions, making it even more confusing for software algorithms.

      However, technology has evolved to the point that facial changes are no longer the obstacle they once were and the software, which is biologically inspired, has been taught to ‘learn’ the best landmarks so it can still recognise features whether someone is smiling or frowning.

      3M Cogent has worked at the cutting edge of biometric systems for more than 20 years. The new 3M™ Live Face Identification System is a facial recognition software system that processes video and camera images to identify people in real time, with an accuracy rate of 95 per cent.

      The system is designed to allow or deny access to individuals by capturing their image and matching it to image files stored in the back-end face matching engine in seconds.

      Said 3M senior segment marketing manager for Law Enforcement and Public Security, Claire Fletcher: “Our Live Face Identification System is flexible and scalable and can be connected to multiple networked cameras or mobile devices as well as to CCTV cameras.

      “It is more accurate than regular face-matching systems as it matches several images of one person against many images of known people and an integrated watch-list enables system managers to upload up to one million faces and divide them into groups allowed or denied access.”

      A mobile and tablet app for three-way passport matching of a live face to a passport facial chip image and a passport photo is also available.

      Added Claire: “We see multiple applications for the system in areas such as border and law enforcement as well as crowd security, for example to control entrance to major sports events. The beauty of our system is that it can accurately identify individuals in seconds in a single-step process without the need for human intervention.”

      The 3M Live Face Identification System will be showcased at the UK Security Expo 2016, to be held at Olympia, London, from 30 November - 1 December.

      Live demonstrations will be held throughout the event, so come and visit 3M on stand number H62.

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