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To strengthen public safety capabilities in Malaysia, NEC Corporation of Malaysia recently introduced a very promising product.

NeoFace, a facial recognition solution was unveiled for the first time as part of public safety capabilities. This new technology is introduced during the Public Safety & Internal Security Asia 2014 held at the Grand Millennium at Kuala Lumpur from 12 – 14 August 2014.

NEC’s NeoFace is the world’s fastest and most accurate facial matching product. This technology has been adopted by organizations in more than 20 countries throughout the world, including police forces, immigration offices and amusement facilities.

Image Credit: NEC
Image Credit: NEC

Reveal and Watch

NeoFace is categorized to two; namely NeoFace Reveal and NeoFace Watch. NeoFace Reveal is a software for a forensic application that captures facial images from photographs and crime scenes. These images are then enhanced and encoded for matching against a mugshot repository from a variety sourced database.

Whereas NeoFace Watch is designed for operational security users. NeoFace Watch integrates with existing video surveillance systems and works by extracting faces in real-time from cameras, simultaneously matching them against a watch list of individuals to trigger an alert.

Image Credit: NEC
Image Credit: NEC

The Facial Recognition Technology

The technology adopts a modified Generalized Learning Vector Quantization (GLVQ) algorithm which enables high speed and accuracy in facial detection and features extraction. CCTV surveillance, border control, law enforcement, immigration and likewise utilizes GLVQ for security purposes.

NEC’s face recognition has achieved the highest performance evaluation in the recent Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2014 performed by the U.S National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Test results on one-to-many searching in various circumstances showed that the search accuracy and face recognition algorithm’s speed for image search surpasses significantly than competitors.

According to account manager for Biometrics Solutions division of NEC Corporation of America, Keith Raderschadt to The Star, NeoFace Reveal is able to create a 3D model of a face by combining video frames from various angles. It is essential due to the fact that most of the database usually contain front view images of the people. NeoFace can even function with low resolution images.

Image Credit: YouTube
Image Credit: YouTube

NEC’s Voice 

“NEC Corporation of Malaysia is committed to developing innovative public safety solutions that will contribute towards the public sector and related industries in Malaysia. Our expertise and experience includes successful deployment of facial recognition and biometric technologies for governments and businesses globally. Through our sophisticated technologies that can provide the needed intelligence to counter security threats, we look forward to working with security and government agencies to ensure the safety of the individual and community,” said Andrew Lee, Managing Director of NEC Corporation of Malaysia.

NEC Corporation of Malaysia’s public safety capabilities in Malaysia includes solutions for law enforcement, immigration control, public administration services as well as inter-agency collaboration in order to strengthen the safety of governments and businesses in Malaysia.

Lee adds that the ­company is currently in discussion with local enforcement authorities and private companies in view to incorporate NeoFace into their systems. He informs that the pricing is dependent on the type of ­integration required and the effort involved in setting up the system.

Well, I guess NeoFace solves most of my miseries on wondering how Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) works in matching faces of a suspect to a database in the computer within a split second (*cue CSI soundtrack: Who are you? Who, who, who, who?).

Get a sneak peak into NeoFace here:


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