At Ifsec International 2017, pioneering facial recognition specialist Aurora unveiled its latest next-generation technology development: Facesentinel LR, a long range sensor that extends Aurora’s industry-leading near infrared capabilities to a wider range of distances, making it suitable for applications such as queue management, surveillance, and VIP identification.
The specialist biometric imaging and illumination technology is designed to work with the latest versions of Aurora’s deep learning-based facial recognition engines.
Aurora is established as a world leader in ‘near IR’-based facial recognition, and has logged millions of successful events in applications including time and attendance, airport passenger management and access control. Now Facesentinel LR uses high speed global shutter technology and a high brightness near IR ceramic flash to deliver a series of HDR still frames to Aurora’s facial recognition engine. Dynamic image analysis provides for adjustment of the illumination to optimise the clarity of a subject’s face in the next frame, repeatable at up to 40fps.
Facesentinel LR addresses the issues found in operating facial recognition with visible light CCTV images, a major stumbling block for accuracy in situations where the subject isn’t presenting their face directly to a camera.
Aurora will also show its Facesentinel Sensor integrated with the Fastlane Glassgate 300 turnstile, operating in both token-free “Identification” Mode (1:n), which allows registered users access simply by looking at the sensor, and in “Verification” Mode (1:1), which adds a biometric layer to the functionality of any access control system. In Verification mode, Facesentinel confirms the identity of a person holding a card or entering a PIN, before passing the details through to the access control system. Both authentication and verification happen in a second or less. Facesentinel is the world’s first biometric access control authentication product powered by deep learning; the system uses AI and infrared light to achieve unparalleled facial recognition speed, accuracy and reliability. Aurora’s facial recognition technology is – among other places – used throughout Heathrow Airport for boarding pass verification and in British Airways’ domestic self-boarding gates.