Allevate teams with Facewatch to provide Brazilian retail security offering

August 24, 2016 - 

Allevate recently announced the launch of its “Face-Searcher service”, designed to enable both small and larger organizations to utilize facial recognition as a hosted cloud service.

The company claims its new service requires minimal capital outlay, incorporates advanced, world-class face recognition technology and eliminates the need to install or maintain a complicated software infrastructure or related compute platform on premise.

The Face-Searcher service can detect and crop faces from retail-class CCTV cameras and submit them to the cloud-service for matching. Additionally, the Face-Searcher service has been integrated by Facewatch, a secure online crime reporting system, which is currently launching its security offerings in Brazil.

Utilizing Allevate’s technology, Facewatch subscribers can instantly and automatically share images of “subjects of interest” within Face-Searcher’s system, thereby creating real-time watch lists, which can send alerts to any device connected to Facewatch’s integrated alert management system. This integrated offering is designed to help businesses prevent crime by warning them if someone who enters their premises is on a watch list of known offenders.

Simon Gordon, ‎Chairman of Facewatch, said: “A major factor that has hindered the wide-scale adoption of face recognition by business has been the requirement to install and manage costly and complex software. Allevate’s cloud-hosted SaaS offering removes this headache and enables businesses to benefit from the accuracy of the industry’s best face recognition algorithms in a cloud-enabled shared-services environment with a simple easy to understand monthly subscription fee.”

Carl Gohringer, Founder and Director at Allevate, also noted: “The best face-recognition technology in the world is useless unless businesses have accurate and reliable subject matter to match against. Facewatch has already proven invaluable in enabling businesses to seamlessly interact with their local police. Now, they can co-operate by sharing this same imagery amongst their local business groups.”

Allevate’s Face-Searcher offering is built on an enterprise-grade MXSERVER platform enabling automated facial detection and recognition. Developed by Tygart Technology, Inc., MXSERVER claims to be the only biometric search engine on the market designed to handle Big Data algorithms by leveraging a cloud-based architecture for faster parallel processing of services.

MXSERVER has been employed by defence, intelligence and law enforcement organizations and has also been used to enhance security at major events, including the 2015 European Games, a major international sporting event.

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