Soberlink adds adaptive facial recognition to alcohol monitoring system

January 14, 2014 - 

SoberLink has announced that it’s set to include an adaptive facial recognition system to its alcohol monitoring system, having just signed an agreement with an unnamed facial recognition software provider.

According to the company, it spent several months Beta testing with various biometric companies, before landing on one with “nearly 20 years of experience developing facial recognition software for security sensitive agencies and has over 2,000 customers and services in more than 100 countries.”

“The facial recognition feature is the final step in making our system completely automated,” Casey Hanrahan, VP of Design said. “This is just one more addition in a long line of industry leading features that will ensure Soberlink continues to be the most convenient and effective alcohol monitoring technology on the market.”

The way the system works is by embedding a high-resolution camera into the device that takes a picture of the user during a test. The point-in-time photograph is then spatially analyzed by the software in comparison to an adaptive template of a group of photos of the participant.

The global facial recognition market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 24.5 between 2012-2016, according to a newly-published report.

BiometricUpdate recently took an extended look at facial recognition as a modality, including market-sizing and recent implementations of the technology. Read the full feature in the BiometricUpdate digital magazine, available for free online.

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