Alarm systems upgraded with Facewatch biometric facial recognition for workplace security

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Monitor Computer Systems has partnered with Facewatch to provide the Sentinel alarm monitoring system with facial biometrics to strengthen workplace security, the company announced.

Sentinel is present in the UK market, where nearly 600,000 systems are monitored with software developed by Monitor Computer Systems.

Facewatch facial recognition technology is GDPR compliant, the company says, and was developed for companies operating in retail and hospitality to automate responses such as audio announcements for remote incident management.

According to Michael Askew, CEO of Monitor Computer Systems, Facewatch biometric facial recognition helps reduce loss by predicting and preventing shoplifting, proving a great solution for Eight ‘Til Late stores.

“By immediately alerting store managers and security guards of the entrance of a suspicious person, a low-key response can deter would-be thieves,” Askew said in a prepared statement. “Where staff are unable to respond to potential theft or anti-social behavior, the Facewatch system can transmit notifications to a Sentinel alarm receiving center, where the operators can respond by issuing audible warnings over the store PA system.”

“Facial recognition is fast becoming the ‘go to crime deterrent’ for the retail sector and as we come out of lockdown and enter a tough period of high unemployment and a long recession crime and anti-social behavior, which is already showing a huge spike, will only get worse,” Nick Fisher, Facewatch CEO, said in a prepared statement. “The Facewatch/Sentinel integration can be installed at a customer’s premises in less than a day by any Facewatch accredited partner and automatically links to the customers designated monitoring station. It’s a ground-breaking solution.”

In May, Facewatch upgraded its facial recognition technology with a periocular algorithm that works on any camera to detect and identify individuals based on the eye and eyebrow region of the face.

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