Allevate facial recognition update launched to UK G-Cloud for forensic, live surveillance applications
Allevate has launched an update of its biometric facial recognition solution to availability on the UK’s G-Cloud 12 to provide forensic capabilities and “ubiquitous identification” capabilities to government, police and intelligence agencies.
Release 3.0 of Allevate’s Face-Searcher EDGE face detection capability, along with Tygart’s MXSERVER, can be purchased through the UK Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 12 framework.
Allevate and Tygart’s facial recognition partnership dates back to 2016.
The service must be hosted in the cloud by partners approved for ‘Official Sensitive’ or Tier 2 applications by UKCloud’s UKCloudX division, and is deployed under a flexible monthly commercial model, according to the announcement. Fees for Allevate’s facial biometrics technology can be based on server footprint or per live surveillance camera.
Sungard Availability Services is suggested as an optional provider of Secure Managed Cloud services running on AWS up to Official Sensitive status.
Allevate says its unique Face-Searcher architecture with MXSERVER can enable UK public sector organizations to perform forensic analysis of large volumes of digital media, maintain and manage biometrically-enabled watchlists, and perhaps most controversially to implement live facial recognition surveillance services on geographically dispersed cameras from a central application. All of the above are performed on a centralized cloud infrastructure with Edge Detection over low-bandwidth networks.
The use of live facial recognition by South Wales Police was ruled unlawful on appeal in August.