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NtechLab plans activity detection product after second place finish in NIST prize challenge

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NtechLab has placed second in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Activity Extended Video (ActEV) Prize Challenge for its use of artificial intelligence for activity detection. The company plans to apply the technology to products for industrial, pharmaceutical, and smart city sectors, as well as security systems.

The Challenge is the first of its kind held by NIST, and ranked 39 algorithms that attempted to detect 18 types of actions, such as talking on a phone or moving a heavy object, from video feeds. Teams from the U.S., Australia, Russia, and China participated, with Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications taking the $25,000 first prize, and a team from City University of Hong Kong and JD AI Research placing third.

NtechLab won $15,000 for its second-place finish. The company says an activity detection solution is in development, and is expected to be ready within a year. Companies from the industrial and energy sectors have already expressed interest, according to the announcement.

“Literally in a few months we will present the update to our FindFace Security solution allowing to recognize not only faces, but also silhouettes of people. Recognition of actions will bring the solution to a fundamentally new level: it will provide an opportunity to use any camera, even with the lowest resolution, and detect the actions of those people whose faces are not visible. The need to use biometric data, even in an impersonal form, goes into the past,” says NtechLab CEO Alex Minin.

NtechLab’s FindFace facial recognition algorithm was recently integrated with Genetec Security Center.

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