Digital Barriers (London, UK) has acquired Visimetrics (Prestwick, UK), including its subsidiary OmniPerception (Guildford, UK). Founded in 1996, Visimetrics develops and manufactures digital video recording, storage and management systems for video surveillance systems.
Its customers include law enforcement, criminal justice, defense and other public sector organizations. Its Guildford based subsidiary, OmniPerception -- with whom Visimetrics merged in April 2012 -- designs and develops facial recognition video systems and image processing systems.
OmniPerception's products include the Checkpoint and Checkpoint.S series of facial recognition cameras, the Colossus identity checking system and the Magellan image analysis and recognition system which is used for the automatic identification, monitoring and reporting of brand and logo exposure in TV, film and other image media.
Digital Barriers intends to develop biometrics and identity management as a fourth, core strategic technology area, adding to its video surveillance, standoff passive screening and unattended ground sensor technologies.
"We are seeing biometric identity recognition becoming an ever more important technology within the security and defense sectors, and we believe that OmniPerception has a genuinely unique standoff facial recognition solution. In combining this technology with other capabilities from across the Group, we can bring a range of new and differentiated solutions and capabilities to the marketplace," says Zak Doffman, Development Director of Digital Barriers.
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