SAFR will be assisting the Japanese government with its digital transformation. The company will be supplying facial recognition technology that will be used to verify the identities of those with My Number insurance cards.
The My Number program is geared toward the healthcare industry, and is supposed to reduce the number physical documents that Japanese residents need to carry with them. Each card comes with a built-in IC chip that contains the user’s facial recognition template. That template will then be extracted when the user presents the card at a My Number Card Reader, and the reader will perform a facial recognition scan to confirm the match.
The system will automatically bring up a patient’s medical records once their identity has been verified. As a result, My Number will make Japan’s national healthcare system more efficient, and mitigate the risk of error when people are receiving care.
SAFR’s solution can identify people who are wearing masks. The facial recognition algorithm will be deployed in My Number Card Readers, with Nextware acting as the system integrator for the project. The readers themselves will be installed at hundreds of thousands of hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies in the next few years, thereby making it easier for people to gain access to Japan’s national healthcare system. Nextware, meanwhile, cited SAFR’s matching speed and low bias as primary factors when choosing a provider.
“SAFR enables high-precision face recognition with little variation in authentication accuracy across gender, age and race,” said Nextware President and CEO Takayoshi Toyoda. “The availability of a device-embedded development kit enabled rapid development of the product.”
The news comes shortly after NTT DOCOMO agreed to act as a SAFR reseller in the Japanese market. SAFR is a subsidiary of RealNetworks, which recently introduced new mask detection kiosks to encourage people to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols.
November 1, 2021 – by Eric Weiss