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Allevate, Tygart offering Toshiba’s face recognition software library as part of MXSERVER


Allevate Limited has partnered with Tygart Technology to offer Toshiba’s face recognition software library as an integrated component of Tygart’s MXSERVER to enable European government, law enforcement and security agencies to further improve public security.

MXSERVER is an algorithm-agnostic, cloud-enabled system that processes large quantities of video and photo collections to convert these digital assets into searchable resources by using face recognition technology.

The agnostic approach of Tygart’s MXSERVER enables it to be deployed with multiple commercially available face recognition algorithms (COTS) or government developed face recognition algorithms (GOTS), according to Allevate.

As a result, Allevate can work alongside end-user and algorithm vendors to choose the most appropriate selection of algorithm to meet the exact needs of each client.

Clients are also given the flexibility to continually improve performance by using the best available algorithm over the entire project lifecycle as requirements change.

“Toshiba is one of the leading providers of face recognition technology and continues to be one of the top performers as demonstrated by independent testing by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),” said an Allevate spokesperson. “We are very pleased to offer our clients further flexibility with the provision of Tygart’s MXSERVER with a Toshiba-inside option.”

In the past, clients that purchased an entire turn-key platform from a specific face recognition algorithm vendor would have to eat the cost of their investment if they decided to change the underlying algorithms for any reason.

MXSERVER enables clients to leverage their investment in a scalable enterprise-grade technology platform by only swapping out the underlying algorithm components.

Toshiba’s face recognition software library is a software development kit (SDK) that provides several facial recognition capabilities, including automated face detection and tracking in videos and photos, face recognition matching and photograph quality assessment.

By combining the SDK with MXSERVER, government, law enforcement and security agencies will have access to enhanced surveillance, monitoring and forensic analysis capabilities.

“We are very proud of the accuracy and price performance ratio of Toshiba’s enterprise-grade software algorithms, based on the result of FRV2013 by NIST,” said Nobuyoshi Enomoto, deputy senior manager of Toshiba. “Integration with the MXSERVER cloud-enabled platform strengthens our offering with a scalable search and index capability to support real-time surveillance and monitoring for public security and post-event forensic analysis.” He continues “We are pleased to be working with Allevate to make this joint offering available to Europe’s law-enforcement, intelligence and security agencies.”

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