If you’re lucky enough to have upgraded to an iPhone X by now you’re probably enjoying the facial recognition part of the phone. What looked like a novelty of sorts on the stage as Apple unveiled the iPhone X, has turned into a really convenient way of waking up your phone. It seems to unlock much easier and much quicker while driving or while you’re pre-occupied with other activities, than using a thumb print or a passcode. But the facial recognition technology in the iPhone X still requires that you basically look directly at the phone.
Having to look head on at a camera isn’t an ideal way to do facial recognition in any scenario. When we think facial recognition we think the same kind of technology used in TV shows like Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, and Scandal. We want facial recognition that can sweep a crowd and pull a face out, or can recognize a face, precisely, even while a person is moving. Think access control at a hospital. As a doctor, if you’re wheeling a severely injured person down an emergency room hallway you want to activate the hospital’s access control, without having to stop and look at a sensor. It saves valuable time.
Dutch startup 20Face has created next generation facial recognition technology specifically for situations described above. When 20Face’s technology is incorporated to access control, no one needs to stop to get validation or access, but the software is still extremely accurate. It can even log who entered and exited and at what time, even if there are multiple people moving about.
20Face is developing the facial recognition technology that we’ve been groomed to expect through television and science fiction.
20Face has developed their technology to work in uncontrolled situations where there are extreme pose variations, partial face occlusions, illumination variation and even very low resolution images. It’s also extremely light weight, and not memory intensive. 20Face can process video streams in real time and can even be ported into video cameras and smartphones.
Some of the ways 20Face technology can be used include:
- Surveillance cameras and systems
- Smart home cameras
- Smart home access control
- Regulated access control like hospitals and banks
- Forensic applications
- Public safety
As video sensors and cameras get better, 20Face continues to innovate in the world of facial recognition. They’ve created a technology that a wide variety of industries can quickly deploy to get much better, more accurate facial recognition.
See it in action at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #51522 and online at 20face.com