Ntechlab wins two categories at Face Recognition Prize Challenge

Russian facial recognition firm Ntechlab took first place in two of three categories at the first Face Recognition Prize Challenge (FRPC), hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The Face Recognition Prize Challenge was organized by IARPA in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The aim of the competition was to find the most effective facial recognition algorithms and increase the accuracy of recognition, regardless of the quality of the image.

Ntechlab won in the “Identification Speed” and “Verification Accuracy” categories. The third category, “Identification accuracy”, was won by Chinese company Yitu, with Ntechlab’s algorithm coming in second.

In a report this past summer, NTechLab CEO Mikhail Ivanov said that society needs to maintain an ongoing dialogue about when and where to apply facial recognition technology.

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