NEC‘s facial recognition technology has now been deployed at the 29th Universiade, a sports facility in Taipei, Taiwan.
The system allows for near-passive authentication of stadium employees. While they are still required to scan their ID cards over a reader, their faces are scanned by NEC’s system as they approach the gate, with no need to pose specifically for facial recognition.
The system is based on NEC’s NeoFace engine, which attained the top ranking in the NIST’s Face in Video Evaluation earlier this year. Even before that achievement, NeoFace received industry accolades, with Frost & Sullivan having bestowed NEC with its 2016 North American Face Recognition Technology for Government and Public Sectors Company of the Year Award.
Since then, NeoFace has seen some high-profile deployments. Authorities in the country of Georgia deployed the technology to surveil major cities across the country this year, and South Wales Police integrated it into police vehicles, enabling them to automatically scan pedestrian traffic for wanted criminals.
In a statement announcing this latest deployment, NEC Taiwan President Henry Lee asserted that the company’s facial recognition technology has now been used in “more than 100 systems” across 40 countries.
November 2, 2017 – by Alex Perala