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Net One Partners to build RealNetworks facial biometrics into applications for Japanese market


RealNetworks has reached a strategic partnership agreement to enable Net One Partners Co to develop, market, and distribute solutions built with RealNetworks AI-based SAFR platform and facial recognition technology to new market verticals in Japan.

Net One Partners will provide SAFR to ICT infrastructure providers that develop industry-specific applications. The deal allows SAFR’s highly accurate facial recognition to be applied to a wide variety of use cases, according to the announcement, with support for multifactor access management and combinations of facial recognition with other authentication methods, such as an AprilTag sent to the user’s mobile device. SAFR encrypts all facial images and facial signatures, and is designed to run on Widnows, Android, macOS, iOS, and Linux. It supports cloud or local storage, as well as demographic analytics for real-time promotional marketing.

“The futuristic technology of biometric authentication through facial recognition will soon find applicability in a wide variety of environments and locales,” says RealNeworks Vice President of Asia Pacific Noriaki Takamura. “Personal authentication using facial recognition enables a new class of applications that replace key cards, badges, and fobs, allowing physical or digital entry through facial identity. I believe that the applications for facial recognition are unlimited, and can contribute to the improvement of social productivity and the creation of a safe society. I am very pleased that RealNetworks has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Net One Partners, who has renowned familiarity with the Japanese IT market.”

Physical security solutions from Net One Partners combine IP cameras, surveillance cameras, video management software, servers, storage, network, and virtualization software from multiple vendors.

“The face authentication function of RealNetworks’ SAFR is highly accurate and open, it has a very high affinity with our multi-vendor solution and can create great added value,” comments Net One Partners President and Representative Director Takuya Tanaka. “The face authentication market in Japan is nascent. We will contribute to the expansion of SAFR by application and vertical market with partner companies to drive social acceptance and demand for face authentication, which is expected to increase exponentially.”

RealNetworks also recently signed distribution deals to expand the reach of its technology in Latin America and India.

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