AI-powered face recognition system a boost to security

Smart glasses with mobile face recognition software deployed for security ops

The smart glasses allow wearers to discretely scan faces in a crowd and compare them against an offline database of violators, missing people and suspects.
The smart glasses allow wearers to discretely scan faces in a crowd and compare them against an offline database of violators, missing people and suspects.

Dubai-based software developer and solutions provider NNTC has partnered with American firm Vuzix to supply security personnel in the UAE with AI-powered face recognition system, NNTC’s iFalcon Face Control Mobile.

Fifty Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, powered by NNTC’s technology, have been delivered to security services in the region, the company says.

The smart glasses are engineered for law enforcement officers and security personnel, allowing wearers to discretely scan faces in a crowd and compare them against an offline database of violators, missing people and suspects.

“Our software employs a face recognition algorithm that has been ranked very highly in terms of its quality. After years of dedication and hard work, we’ve managed to achieve a level of accuracy that is practically unparalleled. The objective of this technology is to channel the potential of artificial intelligence and augmented reality to assist in law enforcement procedures,” commented Dmitry Doshaniy, general manager at NNTC.

The independent Face Recognition Vendor Test conducted by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recorded a True Positive Rating (TPR) of 97.45%, indicating a high percentage of accurate matches, and a False Positive Rating (FPR) of only 0.1% on a test database of over one million faces for NNTC’s face recognition algorithm, the company says.

Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, which resemble off-the-shelf sunglasses, are embedded with an eight-megapixel camera. The glasses leverage the iFalcon software to detect up to 15 faces per video frame. The software is capable of identifying an individual in less than a second, and notifications regarding positive matches are sent to the see-through display embedded within the lens.

iFalcon Face Control also allows its wearers mobility: no data connectivity is required for the software to function; users can carry or wear a portable base station which connects to the glasses and stores a database of ‘watch-listed’ individuals. Meanwhile, notifications sent to the built-in display frees up the wearer to interact with people or perform alternative tasks.

“We are eager to see how the software assists in maintaining the safety of law-abiding citizens. This innovative technology can significantly boost the safety of the general public, particularly in crowded venues, and can identify potential threats. So far the response from our customers and the market overall has been extremely positive,” added Doshaniy.

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