Real-time facial biometrics for COVID-19 response piloted at NEC headquarters and launched by Herta

facial recognition can identify people wearing masks

NEC is using its own biometric facial recognition technology with mask detection and infrared body temperature scanning as part of its measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19 at its headquarters in Tokyo, The Mainichi writes.

The technology is being used in a pilot project targeting 100,000 employees of NEC and its group of companies, who will be identified for access to employee areas without carrying employee badges. Several people can be accurately identified at once by the technology, according to the report. Facial recognition will also enable employees to log into their computers, operate the photocopier, and buy items from vending machines and stores located at offices.

Consenting employees join the program by enrolling their facial biometrics with a smartphone app.

The system also includes alerts about compliance with mask-wearing rules, information about foot traffic in certain areas, and contact-tracing capabilities.

Herta Security has launched a range of new video analytics solutions to help businesses safely return to work.

New applications for social distancing, occupancy control, mask detection, and facial recognition with partially occluded faces are now available from Herta. The company announced in March that it had upgraded its facial recognition to work with masks.

Herta was also awarded with the COVID-19 Response Seal of Excellence by the European Commission for its AWARE system in June.

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