Demonstration test of an office using face recognition while wearing a mask 16:12 on July 13

As infections with the new coronavirus continue to spread, in order to protect the safety of workers, a verification test has begun to reduce contact with people at work by using face recognition at the entrances and exits of offices and shops.

In a verification test started by NEC at its headquarters in Minato-ku, Tokyo, it is not necessary to hold an employee ID card at the gate at the entrance and exit, and if you can confirm that you are the person who registered face data in advance, your name etc. will appear on the screen. It will be projected.

By improving the accuracy of the face recognition technology, it is possible to identify multiple people at the same time even wearing a mask and display the body temperature measured by an infrared camera.

We also plan to introduce a system for automatically contacting security guards regarding suspicious persons.

Also, at the shop inside the head office, you can identify the user with the camera at the entrance, pick up the product from the shelf, and go out of the store as it is, you can finish shopping, you can also deduct the payment from your salary I say I can.

In addition, vending machines and lockers that employees can use by simply holding their face over the camera were also shown.

As the new coronavirus infection continues to spread, the company is investigating ways to effectively reduce contact with people in order to reduce the risk of infection for those who come to work, and plans to sell it as a system in the future.

Tomohide Ota of NEC, who is in charge of the project, said, "We would like to contribute to a society without the threat and anxiety of the new coronavirus by providing high-quality products through demonstration experiments."

"Face recognition" Used in various fields

Face recognition technology is already being used in various fields of life.

For example, Apple smartphones in the United States use face recognition to unlock.

In addition, Panasonic and NEC's face recognition technology has been introduced as technology for confirming whether the person is the same as the photograph of the passport when a traveler enters or leaves at domestic or overseas airports.

In addition, NEC has introduced face authentication in hotels, restaurants, leisure facilities, etc. in Shirahama-cho, Wakayama Prefecture, and allows travelers who have registered their face pictures and credit card information in advance to check in and shop by hand. We are conducting a proof experiment.

At the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for next year, face recognition will be used for security checks at competition venues and at the villages of athletes.