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Digital Barriers announces new partnership and successful facial recognition trials at major events


Facial recognition technology from Digital Barriers was used at the UK’s National Television Awards in January and The BRIT Awards in February to screen guests at multiple entrances, in partnership with human investigation company Super Recognisers International (SRI). Both events were held at The O2 in London.

SRI employs individuals who can remember 80 percent of the faces they see, a trait shared by an estimated 1 to 2 percent of all people. The firm recently assisted in the police investigation into Novichok poisoning in Salisbury. Following the successful partnership, SRI Co-founder and COO Kenny Long has agreed to join Digital Barriers, and the two companies have reached an agreement to partner on future projects requiring specialist operators to supplement automated facial recognition.

“As an expert in people identification I’ve seen every solution on the market,” says Long. “Digital Barriers has the best facial recognition technology of any I’ve seen, and I’m excited to join.”

“There are multiple companies in the facial recognition field making claims as to what their technologies can do in the real-world – most have never deployed at scale successfully and rely instead on exaggerated marketing,” said Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers. “We work with government agencies around the world. Our technology is field-proven in the hardest operating environments. We are delighted with the successful deployments at The O2 and that Kenny Long is joining us. Both attest to the world-class quality of our technology.”

Facial recognition is securing an ever-increasing number of high-security events, including the recent anniversary celebration for Japan’s Emperor.

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