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NeoFace® Face Recognition Suite

NEC's NeoFace® Strengths

NEC NeoFace technology's strength lies in its tolerance of poor quality.  Highly compressed surveillance videos and images, previously considered of little to no value, are now usable evidence and leading to higher rates of positive identification.  With NeoFace's proven ability to match low resolution facial images, including images with low resolutions down to 24 pixels between the eyes, there is a large separation between NEC's NeoFace technology and all other face recognition systems matching accuracy in the market. While searching of latent (scene of crime) fingerprints is the norm, NEC's NeoFace facial recognition technology can now positively identify latent photos with high degree of accuracy.

Face Recognition

NEC's NeoFace® Face Recognition Suite

Face Recognition

In order to continue driving world class face recognition technology and solutions, NEC has launched the NeoFace® Face Recognition Suite. NeoFace® Watch is the first of the series to be launched, and will soon be followed by NeoFace® Smart ID, NeoFace® Reveal and NeoFace® Match - all cutting edge solutions that will revolutionize the use of face recognition for security and commercial purposes:

 

NeoFace® Watch - Designed for operational security users, NeoFace Watch integrates with existing video surveillance systems enhancing security by extracting faces in real time from surveillance or even web cameras and instantaneously matching them against a watchlist of individuals. Multiple alert options are available within NeoFace Watch.

NeoFace® Reveal - Dedicated for forensic application, NeoFace Reveal is a software application dedicated to solving crimes using facial recognition technology.  NeoFace Reveal allows for capture of “latent face”, either from photographs or crime scene videos. Latent faces are collected, enhanced and encoded for search against a facial gallery and through user-friendly applications are available for side-by-side viewing and verification. NeoFace Reveal is available as either a standalone solution or integrated with NEC biometric identification system.

NeoFace® Smart ID - Intended for field operations, NeoFace Smart ID is a smart phone and tablet-based solution that enables collection and identification of fingerprint, face, voice, demographic and other source data. NeoFace Smart ID can also be configured for submittal to a central database or with a local facial watch list allowing for on-the-spot identification prior to remote database search.

NeoFace® Match - Available to third-party system integrators as an “appliance” for integration in facial recognition solutions or existing identification systems, NeoFace Match includes NEC’s core facial recognition capabilities such as image processing, face detection, quality assessment, template encoding and matching.

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Security Application

NeoFace can be used in a variety of security applications and environments for everyday tasks that can be automated, authenticated or enhanced, providing people with a better quality of life and an improved level of security. Door access control, retail, hospitality, border control, immigration, CCTV surveillance and law enforcement are just some of the use cases for NeoFace worldwide.

Detecting persons of interest

Identifying individuals who pose a risk to security or are known trouble makers or offenders is essential for public safety. NeoFace constantly monitors the area of concern and compares against watchlists. Where a match is found, security personnel can be alerted both on screen in the control room as well as by discreetly sending the information to the most appropriate personnel best placed to react, enabling a quick response to the potential threat.

Access control

Facial recognition can be used for access control solutions. This can include area perimeter or building entry where face recognition is used to allow or deny access and integrated with a door or turnstile. This may be used in combination with a second token such as an entry pass. A positive match in the database triggers the opening of the door or turnstile, allowing the individual entry. It can also be integrated into an automated registration kiosk for visitors.

Secure area monitoring

Secure area monitoring works in identifying individuals within a specific area. The solution monitors faces and positively matches them against a database which can include staff, contractors and visitors. In this application, if an individual is not matched in the database, they are identified as a potential risk or threat. Security personnel can be alerted both on screen in the control room as well as by discreetly sending the information to the most appropriate personnel best placed to react, enabling a quick response to the potential threat.

Commercial Application

Harnessing the benefits of facial recognition for non-security based uses can provide organisations with a number of benefits in terms of improving customer service and enhanced business intelligence, as well as offering a real competitive advantage. Many opportunities exist to use face recognition in the hospitality, leisure and retail markets to promote better and more personalised service levels to important customers as well as the prevention of undesirable visitors.

Customer loyalty

Customer loyalty is important, whether it is to simply alert personnel to the presence of an important customer or to automate access to a specific area to improve the customer experience. In other instances, the identification of a key customer in the database can trigger an alert or work process for personnel to perhaps provide some degree of special attention. The solution works by matching the captured image in the customer database. Alerts can then be sent to key personnel, along with enhanced data on the individual.

Queue monitoring

Queues are an annoyance, inefficient and a potential health and safety issue. NeoFace measures the movement of people between multiple points, providing information on queue length and waiting time. Alerts can then be triggered allowing staff to take remedial action such as opening new access or check points to help reduce queue lengths and times. Public areas can be monitored anonymously and real-time alerts generated when the area becomes too busy or overcrowded, reducing the risk to public safety.

Business intelligence

Facial recognition can also be used to monitor, measure and collect data about people in a specific area to gather priceless intelligence to improve business activities and operations. For example, this can include counting people, age, gender, facial expressions and time in the area. This data can be collated and analysed retrospectively or can even be used dynamically to trigger a real time event such as changing a message or content on digital signage. Understanding more about the people in a specific area can help organisations to tailor activities to gain both commercial and customer experience benefits.

Applications by Industry

Facial recognition technologies are being adopted by a range of industries to meet varied objectives. Below are some examples of various industry applications.

Retail

Prevent losses due to shoplifting and lawsuits.
Get alerted when pre-identified shoplifters / litigious personnel get into shopping malls / stores.
Recognize your potential and VIP customers; boost loyalty to improve shoppers' experience and increase sales.
Identify the typology of the clients of a certain business. Through collection of demographic data with the face to establish the profiles of habitual clients.
Monitor movements of everyone (including staff) to ensure no one is loitering / in an area that they are not authorized to be in.

Banking

Verify individual carrying out a financial transaction / operation.
Monitor number of people coming into bank / in the queue so as to better optimise resources and manpower.
Monitor movements of everyone (including staff) to ensure no one is loitering / in an area that they are not authorized to be in.

Transportation

Search of individual / criminals from worldwide watchlists / alert authorities among a crowd.
Monitor movements of everyone (including staff) to ensure no one is loitering / in an area that they are not authorized to be in.

Commercial / Residential

Protect your property and tenants; access given based on enrolled tenant database (Smart Home).
Get alerted when unauthorized personnel enter the premise.
Monitor movements of everyone (including staff) to ensure no one is loitering / in an area that they are not authorized to be in.
Flag individuals who has caused problem in the past

Gaming

Better Risk Management by spotting banned, unauthorized personnel at the entrance; raising alerts once unwanted personnel are spotted in premise.
Never miss spotting a VIP and make their stay a memorable one to increase loyalty and return visits.
Monitor movements of everyone (including staff) to ensure no one is loitering / in an area that they are not authorized to be in.

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