Panasonic to Launch Server-Based Facial Recognition System This Summer

“Panasonic says that the solution can register 10,000 to 20,000 faces, while an expanded version can register up to 30,000 faces…”

Panasonic is preparing to launch server-based facial recognition software this summer.Panasonic to Launch Server-Based Facial Recognition System This Summer

The company’s facial recognition technology has already received considerable marks of validation. It attained the best performance in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s IJB-A face challenge last spring, and has been deployed by government authorities in Japan as part of a biometric border screening pilot project at Tokyo International Airport. Panasonic says the software can recognize faces even if they’re turned 45 degrees to the left or right, or 30 degrees up or down, and that it’s even effective when subjects are wearing sunglasses.

The system’s performance can be further improved when paired with Panasonic’s iPro Extreme network cameras, which employ software designed to assess pictures on the cameras themselves, looking for the best shots to upload to the server. That, in turn, can significantly reduce the network burden and associated costs.

Panasonic says that the solution can register 10,000 to 20,000 faces, while an expanded version can register up to 30,000 faces; and that it’s currently developing a capability that will allow it to identify faces partially obscured by a surgical mask, which it expects to complete by the end of this year. In a statement, Panasonic said it will launch the solution in Japan in August of this year, and that there will be a July launch of the system “outside Japan”, though the company did not elaborate on which markets will see that early release.

February 22, 2018 – by Alex Perala