One of the top priorities of any government is keeping its citizens and visitors safe. Due to increased security concerns around the world, many governments are investing in video surveillance technologies that can increase safety. One example is facial recognition, one of the least invasive biometrics since data capture does not involve user interaction.
The facial recognition market was valued at USD 4.51 billion in 2018, and expected to grow to USD 9.06 billion by 2024, resulting in a compound annual growth rate of 12.5%.¹ Governments across the world have been investing significant resources in this technology. In the United States, the FBI’s ID system maintains a facial recognition database with images of more than 117 million Americans, and conducts, on average, 4,055 searches every month to identify individuals.² However, the application of video surveillance is not restricted to governments alone, and includes industries such as transportation, banking, retail and sports.
Herta Security is a world leader in the development of cutting-edge facial recognition solutions. Based in Barcelona and with offices in Madrid, London and Los Angeles, the company offers fast, accurate, robust, end-customer oriented solutions for video surveillance, access control, and marketing requirements. Herta’s video surveillance solution, BioSurveillance, detects multiple faces in real-time, incorporates rapid video enrollment of faces into a database, identifies previously trained individuals, and facilitates run-time management of alarms and individuals. BioSurveillance is unique given its speed, accuracy and ease of use.
As a member of the Intel® AI Builders Program, Herta was able to work with Intel engineers to maximize the inference performance of their neural network model on Intel Core processors, utilizing the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit.
Commenting on the results, Herta’s CTO, Carles Fernandez explained: “Working with Intel on the OpenVINO toolkit’s integration into our solution enables us to optimize performance for face detection and identification on Intel CPUs, reduces our reliance on GPU, and gives us more ways to meet the performance, power, and price requirements of our customers.”
Herta continues to innovate their technology and adapt to new security challenges. An example of this is a new version of its facial recognition algorithms that can correctly identify people who wear facial masks following the worldwide outbreak of Covid19. This will help identification in automatic passenger control systems, such as airport border controls, where it will not be necessary for the person to remove their mask, avoiding possible contagion or long waiting times. Its application, in general, extends to any type of access control or identity verification system.
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Laura Blanc Pedregal is the Chief Marketing Officer at Herta, where she seeks to help cities and businesses create a safer world by promoting the use of hi-tech facial recognition solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Barcelona, and a Master’s Degree, Executive Master in Marketing Management, from the EADA Business School.