A new technology has been developed that allows entrance with a “face pass” even at event venues and office entrances where many people gather.

It is expected that this technology, which performs facial recognition for many people at the same time, will help alleviate congestion.

This technology developed by NEC has made it possible to simultaneously perform facial recognition for a large number of people with a single camera.

It is said that there is no need to face the camera or stop at the entrance of the event venue or office, which will help alleviate congestion.

After recognizing the person's clothing, the system tracks the person's movement while predicting their walking direction, etc., and authenticates them the moment they see their face.

In the public demonstration, face recognition is performed on 15 people wearing masks at the same time, and when an unregistered person tries to pass by, the overhead display and footlights will turn red to warn them. was

It means that more than 100 people can be authenticated per minute.

Face recognition technology is being put to practical use at various levels, from familiar things such as unlocking smartphones to advanced security authentication combined with iris recognition, etc. However, in companies, it is necessary to authenticate many people at the same time. As a new application, we aim to put it into practical use in the year after next.

Shinya Miyagawa, Director of NEC Biometrics Research Laboratories, said, "As the coronavirus converges, congestion will become a problem. We are aiming for stress-free biometric authentication that does not block the flow of people in places where many people enter at the same time. There is."

Face recognition technology Already used in airports, etc.

Face recognition technology is already being used in a variety of situations.

NEC's facial recognition has been introduced at airports in Germany for identity verification at security checkpoints and boarding gates. will also be introduced.

Face recognition data is registered with the consent of the individual, but there are moves to strengthen regulations in the United States and Europe, as it may lead to the risk of a surveillance society.

NEC does not acquire face photos as they are, but extracts only facial feature data, encrypts it, and manages it.

On the other hand, in September, we started joint research with a university on how to use face recognition technology in society while considering privacy and human rights.