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RealNetworks launches product to integrate facial biometrics with video management systems


RealNetworks has launched a new product to integrate its SAFR biometric facial recognition live video platform with leading video management systems (VMSs) to give security professionals enhanced visibility and situational awareness, the company announced at ISC West.

The new SAFR for Security will be marketed to customers with large facilities such as hospitals, stadiums, corporate campuses, airports, and other enterprises to enable security professionals to maintain high awareness over a large area with many security cameras, and focus on key details to make accurate assessments.

“It’s been a challenge to maintain awareness of who is present at Shelby American, whether those are specific individuals of concern or aggregate demographics of museum visitors,” says Richard Sparkman, Director of Technology, Fleet & Facilities at Shelby American car museum in Las Vegas. “SAFR for Security makes it simple to maintain higher security in public and restricted areas in our facility and helps us understand who is moving through our museum by age, gender, and time of day – allowing us to better tailor our museum experience.”

SAFR for Security is available as a standalone solution or with market-leading VMSs, and can match millions of faces in real-time with 99.86 accuracy, according to the announcement. The integration provides video overlays within the VMS to identify employees, VIPs, strangers, threats, and other tagged individuals. Real-time alerts can be customized by security teams, and automated bookmarks can be generated for forensic analysis. Security professionals can also perform searches based on rich metadata, rather than sifting through large volumes of video footage to find a certain person.

RealNetworks has announced a partnership with Milestone Systems to integrate SAFR for Security’s facial recognition technology with Milestone’s XProtect VMS. SAFR for Security has also been integrated with the Genetec Security Center unified security platform.

“Security professionals are inundated with hours of raw footage, much of which must be evaluated in real time by a limited number of human eyes,” said Dan Grimm, Vice President and General Manager of Computer Vision at RealNetworks. “SAFR for Security helps these professionals maintain higher awareness by combining our highly accurate AI-based facial recognition service with the software they currently use.”

The SAFR platform supports deployments from a single PC to a distributed architecture hosted on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment, and all data is protected with AES 256 encryption.

RealNetworks recently reached a distribution agreement with global video surveillance company Digifort.

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