While billions of people around the world wear masks every day to protect themselves from the coronavirus, traditional facial recognition systems are struggling to function. However, the Japanese company NEC claims it has succeeded in developing a new facial recognition system for which the mask is not a problem Reuters.
NEC presents its new detection system
In Japan, residents didn’t wait for the Covid-19 health crisis to wear masks. On the contrary, for the citizens of the Land of the Rising Sun, it was even a habit that has long been established in their daily lives, and especially with allergies. Because of this, NEC has been working on the development of for some timea facial recognition system that can identify people even if they are wearing masks.
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Mission accomplished. The Japanese company has been marketing its promised mask-proof facial recognition system since October 2020 99.9% reliable. The system initially determines for operation whether a person wears a mask or not. If that’s the case, it then focuses on the uncovered parts of the face (e.g. eyes) to verify the identity of the person being analyzed. Note that the user must have previously captured a photo of their face in it for the tool to work.
When asked by our colleagues at Reuters, Shinya Takashima, assistant director of NEC’s digital platforms division, said: “The need for such technology has increased dramatically due to the context created by the coronavirus. We have therefore decided to bring this technology to the market. “.
Currently, this facial recognition system developed by NEC can be used on the security doors of buildings, offices and other such facilities. Airlines Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines have already received it.. Also note that the Japanese company is currently testing its automated payments technology in a store in Tokyo.
A system that respects the hygiene regulations more?
For Shinya Takashima, facial recognition has several advantages. First, no physical hardware is required to be lost as the user’s face is key to security. At the time of Covid-19, it is a technology that does not require contact, which allows better compliance with health regulations and, consequently, limits contamination.
At the time, NEC did not want to disclose the price of its system. On the other hand, The company is targeting sales of 100 billion yen (around $ 970 million) in 2021, thanks in part to its biometrics and video analytics business.