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SAFR facial biometrics integrated with 360-degree video system for next-generation video conferencing



SAFR facial recognition and computer vision technology by RealNetworks has been deployed to the BlueJay 360-degree intelligent video system from Katai to enable it to aim the camera to track who is speaking.

The BlueJay’s optical capabilities are built for artificial intelligence processing at the edge, the company says, and the device includes advanced features for Zoom, Microsoft’s Skype, Blue Jeans, and other video conferencing systems, and can act as a virtual camera-operator, focusing and zooming on meeting participants with minimal latency and unmatched performance, according to the announcement. The BlueJay is also being tested by Katai for retail and smart city applications. The integration of SAFR enabled developers to build compelling features such as user tracking, counting, auto-zoom, auto framing, and auto registration.

“SAFR’s world-class AI provides extraordinary performance and responsiveness. We’re excited to leverage the SAFR SDKs to unlock a much-improved experience for our customers. This is the ideal solution to power our intelligent 360 degree video offering,” says Perry LaForge, Executive Chairman, Katai.

The collaboration is made possible by the new SAFR SDKs, which enable near real-time AI-based computer vision for face and person detection, characterization and recognition for live video streams. The company says its technology is optimized to provide accuracy and speed at an efficient size in embedded systems and edge computing environments.

“SAFR is primarily known as a facial recognition platform, but we’re offering a broader suite of capabilities in our effort to bring live video-based intelligence to the edge. This deployment with Katai uses no personal identifiable information and solely uses person detection and tracking to create a completely secure, truly differentiated video-conferencing experience,” comments Dan Grimm, general manager of SAFR from RealNetworks.

Grimm recently spoke to Biometric Update about the growing use cases and international expansion plan of SAFR.

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