CyberLink has updated its FaceMe facial recognition platform to improve its utility during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The engine can now identify people who are wearing masks, and can also ensure that those masks are being worn properly. FaceMe can then notify the proper personnel if it spots someone who is not wearing a mask in an area that requires them, or if the mask being worn does not fully cover the individual’s nose and mouth.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. It is now a fact of life, alongside the idea that wearing a mask in public is essential protection to fight the virus,” said CyberLink CEO Jau Huang. “FaceMe can help ensure that we are all doing our part and wearing a mask in public while also enabling key business-oriented contactless solutions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other diseases now, and in the future.”
The upgraded FaceMe can still be used for contactless authentication, access control, and other common applications of facial recognition. All of those systems will function when people are wearing masks, whether that mask is an N95 mask, a medical mask, or a simple mask made of cloth and fiber.
The mask capability is not the only upgrade that CyberLink has planned for the FaceMe engine. The company will soon introduce temperature detection and crowd counting capabilities to help monitor crowd density and spot people who may be running a fever. Both features should help contain the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
With the news, CyberLink becomes the latest facial recognition provider to emphasize its ability to recognize people wearing masks, joining a roster that already includes TrulySecure, Innovatrics, and NEC. The company has formed facial recognition partnerships with Advantech and ASA Computers in the past few weeks.
June 23, 2020 – by Eric Weiss