3M introduces Live Face Identification System

September 21, 2016 - 

3M has introduced 3M Live Face Identification System, a facial recognition system designed to support public and private security teams tasked with keeping individuals safe.

The system, which is both scalable and easily configurable, uses live video to match identities in real time. It automatically recognizes multiple faces simultaneously from live or imported footage in order to identify individual people from dynamic, uncontrolled environments.

When the system finds a facial match in the database it immediately notifies any connected desktop PC or mobile device, allowing security and law enforcement officers to take action quickly and help prevent an issue before it occurs.

“Developed through years of thoughtful research, Live Face Identification System increases the accuracy of matches and the likelihood of a successful ID by utilizing a several-to-many comparison,” said Christopher Ede, global business manager for 3M Cogent. “Knowing the challenges that law enforcement and border patrol agents are faced with when providing security for uncontrolled environments, 3M’s new software is truly an effective yet practical solution for proactive security.”

Designed with ease of use and integration in mind, the system enables users to select how they store and manage data with Live Face Identification System’s flexible server deployment.

The software also captures images from a wide range of compatible cameras that are connected to the server, ensuring no proprietary hardware is needed. In addition, the system can be scaled from a local to national level simply by connecting more devices.

“Biometric technology is changing the way we design security systems,” said Ede. “Facial recognition is the next step in increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of public safety programs, and the 3M Live Face Identification System provides a powerful and non-obtrusive solution for law enforcement and border agents.”

Aside from being of use to law enforcement and border management agencies, the technology can also be leveraged in the commercial and private security industry, such as securing spaces like casinos, sport stadiums, banks and cruise line boarding areas.

Other key features of the system include a dashboard watch list that allows users to enroll and categorize over one million faces as “cleared” or “not cleared” in a customized watch list, investigation support whereby users can import live footage and still images from a range of cameras not connected to the system, and a customizable software developer’s kit with capture-and-match algorithms enabling users to integrate one-to-one matching via 3M document readers to build a custom security solution.

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