Launched The Japanese company NEC system For facial recognition Able to identify people even when wearing masks, and adapts to the new normal, where face coverings have become an essential form of protection against the spread of the Coronavirus.
The tech company was working on a system to meet the needs of allergy sufferers who wear masks when the coronavirus pandemic prompted it to speed up development.
“Shinya Takashima, assistant director of digital platforms division at NEC,” said Agency Reuters: The needs have grown further due to the Coronavirus as the state of emergency lasted for a long time last year, and so we have brought this technology to the market.
The system determines that the person is wearing a mask and polishes the parts that are not covered, such as: the eyes and their surroundings, to verify the identity of the person, and users record a picture of their face previously.
NEC says verification takes less than one second, and claims the accuracy rate is over 99.9 percent. The system can be used at security gates in office buildings and other facilities.
NEC declined to disclose the price of the system, and is targeting 100 billion yen ($ 970 million) in sales in fiscal 2021 for its biometrics and video analysis business, which includes facial technology systems.
Takashima said: The new system went on sale in October, and among customers (Lufthansa) and Swiss International Airlines.
Takashima explained that facial recognition technology means not having to show the security card, which can be lost or stolen, and the technology also helps people avoid touching surfaces in a range of situations.
He said: Contactless verification has become critical due to the impact of the Coronavirus, and we hope to contribute to achieving safety and peace of mind by strengthening efforts in this area.
The British Metropolitan Police is using NEC’s NeoFace live facial recognition technology to compare faces in a crowd with those on their watchlist.
Facial recognition algorithms failed to identify between 20 and 50 percent of photos of people wearing face masks before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, but accuracy improved greatly by the end of 2020.