Face recognition aims to get smarter

JUNE 15, 2009--Face-recognition technology is set to enhance CCTV systems as a result of a GBP1.5 million partnership between BAE Systems and Surrey-based OmniPerception.

JUNE 15, 2009--Face-recognition technology is set to enhance CCTV systems as a result of a GBP1.5 million partnership between BAE Systems and Surrey-based OmniPerception.

The team's groundbreaking research is set to transform the development of biometric recognition technology worldwide, adding lip movement and speech pattern recognition to existing face-recognition technology. Combined with behavioral biometric analysis, the work will offer law enforcers new ways of securing valuable evidence about a suspect's identity from CCTV--faster and more accurately than has ever been possible before. The research will also forward new advanced face finding and tracking technology for use with CCTV footage; and improved automatic detection and understanding of behavior and events for multicamera systems. It's hoped it will improve security in public places such as airports and train stations.

The initiative forms part of BAE's Investment in Innovation program, set up in 2008. The program aims to encourage and support innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the development and delivery of technology to improve security, in the UK and worldwide. The face-recognition and behavioral biometric work with OmniPerception is one of the program's first projects.

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