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  Allevate’s Cloud-hosted Face-Searcher face recognition service integrated with Facewatch’s digital crime reporting system to feature in UK Security Expo’s Securing Crowded Places Immersive Demonstrator. Nationally available in Brazil, UK launch imminent.   LONDON, UK 25th November 2016: Allevate and Facewatch today announce that Allevate’s Face-Searcher, a cloud-hosted face recognition service integrated with Facewatch’s online crime reporting system, will feature in the Securing Crowed Places Immersive Demonstrator at the UK Security Expo on the 30th November and 1st December 2016 at Olympia, London. After its successful Brazilian launch, the integrated offering is now due for imminent launch in the UK. […]

Combatting Crime and Protecting Crowded Places. Face Recognition in the ...


Integrated Offering Combines MXSERVER’s Proven Ability to Massively Scale the Processing of Vast Quantities of Video and Photographs with the NIST Demonstrated Accuracy of Toshiba’s Face Recognition Library       London, UK — 15 March 2016 – Allevate Limited today announced that, working cooperatively with Tygart Technology, it is now offering Toshiba’s Face Recognition Software Library as an integrated component of Tygart’s MXSERVER™ to enable European government, law enforcement and security agencies to further enhance public safety. MXSERVER is an algorithm-agnostic, cloud-enabled system that processes vast quantities of video and photo collections to transform these digital assets into searchable resources by […]

Allevate Now Offering Toshiba’s Face Recognition Integrated with the MXSERVER ...


  Allevate Presents MXSERVER from Tygart Technology Security concerns are increasing. Incidents of public disorder and organized crime are on the rise. The challenges for security services grow more complex. The 7/7 and Boston bombings vividly illustrated the impact of smaller, less sophisticated and more fragmented extremist activities. Simultaneously, Governments are implementing the most severe budget cuts of recent times. In this landscape, technology can play an increasingly vital role in more efficiently enhancing public safety. Our security services are faced with a relentless increase in digital media – from police body cameras , online sources such as Facebook and […]

Video:Enhancing Public Safety with Automated Media Analysis



… in the Practical Counter Terrorism Conference, Day 2, 301th April, 2014   Countering the Terrorist Threat via Digital Media Analysis Exploiting digital media to enhance public safety whilst reducing operational budgets Easy and cost-effective routes to access the intelligence in digital media held by law enforcement and intelligence agencies Using face recognition technology to depict individuals of interest http://www.counterterrorexpo.com/page.cfm/Link=294/nocache=18122013  

Allevate is Pleased to be Presenting at the 2014 Counter ...



Allevate’s Carl Gohringer is pleased to be participating as a panellist at this week’s debate at Biometrics 2013 on privacy within the context of biometrics. Tuesday 15th October, 1600, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London, UK http://www.biometrics2013.com/programme.asp   Privacy at the cross road: A debate on frameworks As biometrics become part of our daily lives, the issue of privacy and the protection of personal identifiable information (PII) such as biometric data is beginning to take centre stage. There will be an exciting opportunity for anonymous audience participation via mobile devices. This debate will review the pressing issues with respect to […]

Biometrics 2013: Privacy at the cross road: A debate on ...



You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. Governments are implementing the most severe budget cuts of recent times. Against this backdrop, threats from terrorism, organised crime and public disorder continue to rise. Yet recent statistics in the UK demonstrate that authorities can remain resilient and still ensure law-and-order. The targeted application of technology can further increase resilience and the readiness to respond to major events. The relentless advance in the accuracy of face recognition technology, increase in the availability of digital media and mass availability of cheap computing power now provide unique opportunities to […]

Article: Intelligence and Efficiency through On-Demand Media Analysis using Face ...


When tragic events or social disorder occur, forensic investigators have a long and daunting task of reviewing countless hours of CCTV footage. Increasingly, especially at public events attended by large numbers of people carrying mobile phones with HD cameras, authorities rely on  members of the public to turn in photographs and videos they have taken in the hope that they will contain useful intelligence. Much of this media is already uploaded to public sites such as Facebook and YouTube, providing another rich source of information. Additionally, police have to review countless hours of media obtained from confiscated computer hard drives, […]

Find People Fast in Media using Cloud-Based Face Recognition during ...




The horror of the events at the marathon in Boston 2 days ago is still very raw. People are united in their sympathy for the victims and their families, their revulsion of these despicable acts and their solidarity in not succumbing to terror. The FBI vows to “…go to the ends of the Earth to find the bomber” with President Obama openly stating the “…heinous and cowardly…” event to be “…and act of terror”. The investigation into the bombing is in its nascent phases, with the Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis admitting that they are dealing with the “…most complex crime scene […]

Could Automating Media Processing Aid the Forensic Investigation into the ...


Driven by growing security concerns arising from increasing terrorist attacks, racial and ethnic disturbances, organised civil unrest, random violence, riots, burglary and physical assaults, the global market for the face and voice biometric technologies is projected to reach US$2.9 billion by the year 2018. Across Europe, governments and law enforcement agencies are increasingly impotent in their ability to combat a deterioration in public safety. The economic crisis that is increasingly fueling public disorder is also paralysing our police and intelligence agencies with draconian budget cuts. Having previously invested heavily in infrastructure, these agencies have at their disposal huge volumes of data in the form of media, but […]

Unlocking Intelligence from Multi-media




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You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. Though biometric technologies have typically been deployed by governments and law enforcement agencies to ensure public, transport and border safety, this improvement in accuracy has not gone unnoticed by retailers and other commercial organisations. Niche biometric companies are being snapped up by internet and social media behemoths to further their commercial interests, and retailers and other enterprises are experimenting with the technology to categorise customers, analyse trends and identify VIPs and repeat spenders. Whilst the benefits to business are clear […]

Article: Face Recognition: Profit, Ethics and Privacy


Interesting article in London’s Independent newspaper on CCTV surveillance and face biometrics. Especially interesting is the view of the combination of biometrics over CCTV with artificial intelligence and behavioral recognition, as this does appear to be the way things are moving. I agree that biometrics, and especially face recognition, can provide huge benefit to society. I also agree that there is a certain level of concern and distrust by large swathes of the population, some of it well-founded, and some of it based on misperception and incorrect knowledge. In either case, I think it is dangerous to simply dismiss these […]

“From grainy CCTV to a positive ID: Recognising the benefits ...


NEC Europe, leaders in biometric technology and SITA, the air transport IT specialist, announced an agreement to jointly provide an automated border control (ABC) gate solution. It incorporates sophisticated biometrics technology for use at immigration control points at airports in the European Union. The agreement comes as EU member states implement recommendations to move to self-service border control using ABC gates. The speed and accuracy of this SITA/NEC automated border control gate helps speed up passenger flows at border control checkpoints while improving security and resource management. It incorporates face recognition, and optionally fingerprint verification, against e-passport data. Passengers can […]

SITA and NEC announce automated border control partnership




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You can download a PDF copy of this article by clicking this link. The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. The top performing algorithm in independent evaluations by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now capable of providing reliable results in real-world environments; the technology is being deployed in airports today to enable everything from automated immigration processes, improved surveillance, security and seamless passenger travel, to the gathering of valuable statistical information pertaining to passenger movements. 1.0 The Business Environment Airports are complex environments involving multiple stakeholders with conflicting requirements: Government and border control. Police. Airport operators. […]

Article: Advances in Face Recognition Technology and its Application in ...


NEC Corporation of America announced that it has been awarded a multiyear contract with the Western Identification Network, Inc. (WIN) to modernize WIN’s multistate criminal identification system across 8 US states. WIN is a non-profit organisation that provides identification services to law enforcement in: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and California (as an interface member). WIN has been a long-standing customer of NEC America, and this contract was re-competed last year. The re-award of the contract to NEC is a testament to the skill and efforts of their team in Sacramento, and the quality of the NEC […]

Western Identification Network Selects NEC for Criminal AFIS Across 8 ...



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News that the Iris biometric gates at Manchester and Birmingham airports have been turned off has been widely reported. (BBC: Eye scanners at England airports turned off, Register: Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners) The comments that this represents a failure of biometric systems started to fly almost immediately. “Multi-million pound eye scanners, billed as a key tool in securing Britain’s borders, have been scrapped.” “…the technology has been beset by problems,…” … are typical of the comments and headlines making their rounds. I admit the gates were not perfect and did require some getting used to in order to […]

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Man using iris biometrics to authenticate to ATM
[polldaddy poll=5808478] Turkey, Brunei, Nigeria and Poland are just some of the countries that have already announced biometric ATMs, for example. The use of biometrics at the till for payment is also on the rise. Some cite the fact that there has not been a massive up-take in the use of biometrics in consumer facing applications as evidence that the technology does not yet function to an adequate level of performance. Every large biometric deployment deployment I have been involved in has entailed rigorous and exhaustive testing to clearly demonstrate accuracy performance against clearly and aggressively pre-defined test parameters, in real-world environments, […]

Biometrics in Banking




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Of late there have been repeated calls on Twitter for biometric suppliers to publicly release statistics pertaining to the performance of their biometric algorithms, specifically False Accept Rates (FAR) and False Reject Rates (FRR). Whilst not a response to those calls, this post is in part motivated by them. Those repeatedly calling for the release of these figures know in advance that their calls will not be heeded. As they are already well-versed in the technology, they already understand the reasons why. Yet I believe they persist so they can cite the non-responsiveness of suppliers as “evidence” that the technology […]

On Biometric Suppliers Publishing Accuracy Figures


The news last week that Brodie Clarke and Graeme Kyle were suspended from the UK Borders Agency following claims that identity checks were relaxed during busy periods at Heathrow raises some interesting questions. Without passing any judgement, I understand in part both why there may have been pressure to do so,  and the government’s decision to undertake suspensions.  The latter is easier to address. Whatever concerns may have existed, freedom to exercise authority cannot fly in the face of direct ministerial guidance.   Having said that, I’m sure the reasons for doing so were well intentioned, and may have resulted […]

UK BA Suspensions



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Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond Carl Gohringer December 03, 2003 Bond movies will always be associated with state-of-the-art technology, but few of the products he uses or encounters ever make it into the real world. A car that turns into a submarine might be nice to have or an umbrella that transforms into a rope ladder useful on the odd occasion, but their uses in everyday life are limited. There is one exception to the James Bond rule – biometrics – the technology that uses unique, physical geometry to identify and authenticate individuals. According to market research […]

Biometric security: More bottom-line benefits, less James Bond


Iris Biometrics Major improvements have been realised in the capture capability, enabling Iris capture on the move or from a distance. While this is not an improvement in the SDK matching per say, it has a significant influence on the matching and usability of the system. Face Biometrics There have been significant and drastic improvements in the quality and accuracy of matching performance in a very short period of time in the last few years. This has been demonstrated by recent NIST tests, as well as other independent testing. It is not anticipated this rate of improvement will level out […]

Biometric Trends Improving Performance