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Kairos launches self-hosted facial recognition API amid legal turmoil


Kairos has announced the launch of a self-hosted version of its facial recognition API to meet enterprise privacy and security needs.

Customers preferring to keep their deep learning-based facial recognition software in-house for privacy, security, or latency reasons can run Kairos’ On-Premise API, and the company says its ultra-scalable architecture enables large-scale roll outs, as customers can search millions of faces in roughly the same time as it takes to search for one face.

“As we’ve matured as a company, so has the market, and our customers’ needs have evolved too.” said Cole Calistra, CTO of Kairos. “In response we began work earlier this year on the biggest ever project at Kairos. Taking our popular cloud service and ‘containerizing’ it, enabling businesses to install a private version of Kairos in their own datacenter or cloud account.”

The on-premise edition of Kairos’ technology provides a range of possible applications for fraud prevention, digital security, and identity verification, according to the announcement.

“With the growing adoption of commercial face recognition technology this is a great time to address a more acute need in the market— the demand for greater accuracy, privacy, and performance aligns perfectly with the ongoing improvements to our algorithms.” added interim CEO, Melissa Doval “We will also continue to honor our commitment to removing biases in AI, by creating a truly inclusive and respectful technology.”

Dovall replaced Kairos founder Brian Brackeen as CEO when he was pushed out of the company in late September, and on October 10 the company filed a suit against Brackeen, alleging expense violations, breach of fiduciary responsibility, and interference in company affairs following his dismissal.

For his part, Brackeen told Biometric Update that he intends to address the matter in court and return to his position.

“It’s my intention to return to the company as the founder in a period of weeks and to fight this through the regular board channels,” he said in a telephone interview.

Brackeen says that Dovall, who joined the company in May, and Mary Wolff, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer in July, are attempting to orchestrate a “classic coup.”

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