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NEC’s facial recognition technology to authenticate students during school exams


Melbourne firm Genix Ventures is working with NEC Australia to trial NEC‘s NeoFace facial recognition software platform to help prevent student examination fraud, CIO reports.

Genix has already trialled the biometric software at a tertiary institution in Melbourne and is now using it in a solution built for Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessments (CBLA), a subsidiary of Cambridge Assessments, the assessments branch of Cambridge University, which is also responsible for the Occupational English test (OET), an English language test for healthcare professionals.

The facial recognition technology is being used to authenticate a student at the start of an exam and also at random intervals during it to minimize the possibility of students swapping places. According to Genix Ventures CEO Steve Godinho the rates of attempted impersonation vary, but could be as high as two per cent in some countries.

NeoFace is accessible to businesses without the need for them to create, host and maintain the underlying infrastructure, and, according to Godinho, “As the number of users increases, so does the scale and flexibility of what NEC provides – we have found it to be one of the most capable and robust platforms in the world in terms of facial recognition.”

NEC recently published a set of core principles for the application of biometrics and artificial intelligence with respect for privacy and human rights, along with commitments to three initiatives to support its corporate responsibility efforts.

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