Herta awarded for facial recognition system securing Uruguay football stadiums

The Latin American Security Association (ALAS) awarded Herta with the 2018 Best Security Project in the region. This year’s edition saw 49 projects participating.

Projects evaluated and selected by the jury best contribute to the safety of people, property and properties in Latin America and the Caribbean. Herta was selected as the winner of “Best Latin American Security Project” with its “Videosurveillance System with Facial Recognition in Uruguayan football.”

Three of the most significant stadiums in Uruguay football have deployed Herta facial recognition technology to increase the level of security and identify unauthorized persons accessing football matches. The project has been running since April 2017 with the goal to control violence in sporting venues. In addition to access control the system can also make a complete scan of attendees in the stands. The solution, integrated by CDT Latam, includes Wavestore as VMS, Axis Cameras and Huawei Networking.

Herta’s US CTO, Alex Collado-Castells, designed the system to make it possible to detect and identify multiple faces simultaneously. “The environment was a challenge for us – the cameras located at the stadium entrances had to perform very well against background lighting and extremely bright scenarios due to the sun light,” explained Collado-Castells. “Our software was able to detect and identify 99% of the subjects in the database with none false positives. We are very proud of our performance and to be able to protect people and families at football matches.”

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