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NEC launches facial recognition software for videos

NEC has unveiled its NeoFace Image data mining software that uses artificial intelligence to quickly and accurately search video footage, such as those from CCTV cameras, for specific individuals. It is a technology applicable to a wide range of situations, such as criminal investigations, searching for lost children, and foot traffic analysis.

In addition to searching for subjects based on facial image data, the NeoFace Idm can also search for subjects who appear at specific times and locations, or who appear together with other specific individuals. When searching video where roughly one million individual instances of facial data appear, the software is capable of conducting searches in as fast as 10 seconds.

NeoFace Idm combines one of the world’s most accurate facial recognition technology with “Profiling Across Spatio-Temporal Data” technology, which creates groups of subjects based on their level of similarity and conducts high-speed searches for specific patterns.

“In recent years, there is growing demand for advanced analysis of camera footage for utilization in security and marketing applications,” said Noritaka Taguma, general manager, transportation and city infrastructure division, NEC Corporation. “NeoFace Idm meets this demand by providing high-speed, high-precision searches for persons who appear in specific patterns, which could not be achieved through manual searches or conventional technology.”