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Evolv Edge surpasses 1 million people scanned with facial recognition and threat detection technology


AI access control system Evolv Edge has scanned more than 1 million people as they pass through entrances at installations around the world, Evolv Technology said in an announcement of the company’s expansion.

Evolv, which was founded five years ago, has grown to 45 employees, with Evolve Edge distributors in the U.S. and 13 other countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Evolv Edge uses facial recognition and object recognition to screen people entering venues, events, or transportation locations without requiring them to stop or empty their pockets. Thirty pilots were completed using the technology in 2017, and it has also been tested at five different government labs.

“These are truly motivating and critical milestones for Evolv as we fulfill a vision of a world where seamless security is possible anywhere,” said Mike Ellenbogen, CEO and co-founder of Evolv Technology. “We can no longer wait for something to happen before we take action. We need to implement modern technology solutions that allow us to take a proactive approach to prevent the evolving threats facing today’s society, rather than reacting after the fact. Evolv Technology’s vision is to rethink physical security by providing smarter protection using high speed threat sensors, combined with biometrics like facial recognition and emerging technologies to screen more people, more quickly and more securely.”

Customer engagements with Evolv Edge include installations at the Oakland International Airport (OAK) and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and it has been tested by TNO, multiple international government counter-terrorism agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense. It has also received regulatory approvals and certifications to operate in a number of countries, including the U.S., and has been awarded a pair of new patents in 2018, for a total of more than 100 patents granted.

Evolv’s hiring and operations growth was funded in part by $18 million in funding raised in 2017.

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