Corsight AI is celebrating its strong performance in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2020 Biometric Technology Rally. The latest Rally was carried out by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), and specifically looked at 10 leading facial recognition solutions to gauge their ability to identify people who are and are not wearing masks.
Corsight’s algorithm performed extremely well in both categories. The company’s solution took the top spot in the unmasked category, and was a close second when masks were involved. The algorithm was 99.65 percent accurate in the former instance, and 92.53 percent in the latter.
The evaluation itself was conducted over the course of 10 days, with the help of a diverse pool of 582 volunteers from 60 different countries. In total, the Science & Technology Directorate examined 60 unique facial configurations, using six face and/or iris capture systems and 10 matching algorithms. The final scores accounted for processing time in addition to matching accuracy and a solution’s reliability when capturing facial images.
Corsight also performed well in a recent round of NIST testing. The company was the highest-ranking Western-based facial recognition provider.
“We are thrilled with the results of the 2020 Biometric Technology Rally as they underscore Corsight’s ability to accurately identify individuals even under the most challenging conditions,” said Corsight AI CEO Rob Watts. “Reducing the need to remove a mask to accurately identify individuals is one step in helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to continuing to work with government and law enforcement agencies, transportation organizations, and customers in other verticals that benefit from using facial recognition.”
Corsight released the updated version of its facial recognition solution in November, several months after Awz ventures gave the company $5 million to develop technology that could identify people wearing masks. The company has since brought on Tony Porter as its new Chief Privacy Officer. Porter formerly served as the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in the UK, and has asked the country to develop clearer laws for the police use of the technology.
February 10, 2021 – by Eric Weiss