Companies couple facial recognition with more capabilities

Companies couple facial recognition with more capabilities
Surveillance cameras embedded with advanced technologies such as facial recognition and people counting are trending at Secutech Taipei 2019 as multiple exhibitors showcase such solutions.
 
Tyco, a Johnson Controls company, is showing several access control solutions embedded with facial recognition, people counting, as well as object, color and moving direction detection abilities.
 
The application of facial recognition is growing, according to June Wang, Marketing Communications Manager for China and North Asia at Johnson Controls. “There is a demand for access control systems with facial recognition among Chinese companies,” she said.
 
Tyco showcased an all-in-one access control system at Secutech that allows for facial recognition, card entry and pin code access.
 
The company’s solution mainly targets transportation, banking and smart building verticals. Over 300 airports around the world are using Johnson Control’s access control solutions in places like security checkpoints. We have arrived at the time when “face is the key,” Wang said. It is a safer verification mechanism and is also convenient, since facial recognition can be performed at a distance.
 
As a total solution provider, Tyco now integrates video, access control and intrusion alarm into one system. As such, scanning a card at the entrance can activate facial recognition, and sounding the alarm can activate video surveillance to verify if it was a false alarm.
 
All the video data is stored and analyzed in the cloud. This saves costs as no storage device is required and also, cloud can be deployed more easily and quickly, Wang noted. 

Facial recognition still very new

South Korea-based Inodic recently introduced its first facial recognition solution. It was released at the end of 2018, and the company “is still developing” the technology, according to the company’s representative on the trade floor.
 
Inodic is constantly making improvement on its object or facial recognition ability, by feeding the backend system with more pictures of license plate, people, etc., in order to make the recognition more accurate.
 
Inodic’s clients consist of mostly system integrators in South Korea and Japan. It is looking for clients from Southeast Asia at Secutech 2019.
 
Taiwan-based Shany Electronic has come up with a similar innovative solution. The company’s thermal camera can detect temperatures on multiple points in an object. Its camera is integrated with facial recognition provided by Japanese company NEC. As a result, the facial recognition will work only on real faces that have normal human temperatures. Fake faces made of plastic will not pass the screening.

Camera with people counting 

ACTi Corp., another Taiwanese company that specializes in video technologies, demonstrated an access control system that integrates facial recognition with people counting ability. The purpose is to detect if there are multiple people entering a space even though the entry was granted just once. Should this happen, alert notifications will be automatically sent.
 
“This is useful for places like labs or server rooms, where entry needs to be strictly controlled,” said Alison Fan, Sales Account Manager at ACTi.
 
ACTi also introduced a retailer solution with people counting, age group identification, customer gender analysis, purchase ratio and heat mapping capabilities.
 
Using heat matting, retailers can identify places in a store with higher foot traffic. Retailers may then place merchandise in those places to get higher exposure. Retailers may also review locations with less visitor traffic, and make layout adjustments accordingly.
 
With greater viewing angles, ACTi’s 3D camera can establish a people counting accuracy of as high as 95%-98%, compared with average fisheye camera’s 80-90%, Fan said.
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