Face Recognition


Allevate is pleased to be cooperating with CyberExtruder who have just announced the release of Aureus 3D Version 5.7, which achieves product performance at speeds unprecedented in the industry. CyberExtruder says “With our 128-byte face template size – the smallest in the industry – we can perform matching on a database of 7.5 billion people (the world population) in 4.69 seconds. With speeds at this level coupled with superior accuracy and scalability, Aureus 3D Version 5.7 will change the industry. There’s nothing of its kind anywhere.”  

CyberExtruder Announces the Release of Aureus 3D Version 5


Allevate’s founder is quoted in an article by Mark Smith, entitled “Smile, you’re on camera, and it knows who you are“. Carl Gohringer, founder and director at Allevate, a facial recognition firm that works with law enforcement, intelligence and government agencies, says: “The amount of media – such as videos and photos – available to us as individuals, organisations and businesses, and to intelligence and law enforcement agencies, is staggering. “We’re well beyond the point where all of it is usable or viewable by us as human beings. So technology will be applied that results in new and interesting mechanisms […]

Allevate Quoted in a BBC News Article on Face Recognition


2017 is now well underway so I wanted to take a moment and wish everybody a Happy New Year and provide a brief update. Face-Searcher launched with Facewatch in Brazil After having jointly launched Allevate’s new Face-Searcher Face Recognition  as a Service in Brazil last year in partnership with Facewatch, we are very pleased and excited by the uptake of the service that we have been seeing so far. Upcoming Face-Searcher launch in the UK Having initially launched our service successfully overseas, we are now working very hard to negotiate hosting agreements with a strategic hosting partner and we will be looking to launch […]

Happy New Year. A Brief Update from Allevate. See us ...



There has been increasing press coverage pertaining to developments of anti-surveillance clothing and paraphernalia to counter the effectiveness of face recognition, such as this recent article in the Guardian: Anti-surveillance clothing aims to hide wearers from facial recognition.     The real issue with regards to the continuous development of anti-surveillance paraphernalia and the ability of technology suppliers to circumvent it is not an issue of technology, but rather a social one. Advocates and opponents will continuously be leap-frogging each other with their ability to detect and to counter. What we should be focusing on is understanding the reason for dissent […]

The Rise of Anti-Surveillance Clothing


  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 ...


Allevate is actively seeking global distributors and agents for its new cloud-hosted Face-Searcher Service integrated with Facewatch’s secure online crime reporting service. The integrated offering enables businesses, public and police to tackle low-level crime by sharing images within groups and then utilise cloud-hosted face recognition to raise alerts back to the business. Key Benefits: No complicated software to install or maintain. Enables businesses to collaborate with each other and the police by sharing imagery. Integrated with the industry’s best biometric algorithms. Affordable monthly service fee with no or minimal up-front capital expenditure.   Already launched in Brazil, the integrated service is available globally and we are […]

Allevate Seeking Global Distributors and Agents for Face-Searcher Service



A test-run of Allevate’s Face-Searcher service integrated with the online Facewatch crime reporting system: A camera with a lightweight laptop in the UK Detecting and cropping faces from the video stream Submitting image files of cropped faces for ultra-scalable and accurate face matching in the Cloud in Amazon Web Services in USA. … with Watchlist data syncronised with a Facewatch test instance in Amazon Web Services in Brazil … reporting Alerts to the Facewatch test subscriber back in the UK, all in under 3 seconds from sighting of suspect. Why? Because we can, and to demonstrate the flexibility of our cloud-based matching system.   […]

Allevate’s Face-Searcher in Action: Cloud-Enabled Face Recognition


  Allevate is pleased to be co-operating with Civica UK Ltd.to help enable their service offering on the UK’s Crown Commercial Service Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 8. Digital Biometric Forensic Services A holistic service for the management and processing of Forensic Evidence and Records. Providing a central asset management hub and additional best of breed modules for fingerprint, photo and video analysis and face recognition software. Proven integration with third party applications and hosted in a compliant IL3 environment. Features Civica FileTrail Evidence and Asset Tracking software FISH Forensic Image Scanning Hub MXServer Face Recognition Software Sungard IL3 Compliant Official Assured Zone […]

Allevate Cooperates with Civica UK Ltd to Help Enable their ...


  Allevate’s Cloud-Hosted Face-Searcher Face Recognition Service integrated with the Facewatch secure online crime reporting system is launched in Brasil. This integrated offering, to all organisations large or small, enables the provision of face recognition in the cloud, matching against data-sets created from real-time crime reporting.   LONDON, UK and Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 17 August 2016:  Allevate today announces the launch of its Face-Searcher service, enabling organisations, large or small, to utilise facial recognition as a hosted cloud service. Additionally, Facewatch, the secure online crime reporting system, announces immediate availability of an integrated Facewatch and Face-Searcher offering, launching initially in Brasil. Facewatch enables organisations to report crimes online […]

Cloud Face Recognition Integrated with Secure Online Crime Reporting Launched ...



Powerful Cloud-Enabled Video and Photographic Forensic Analysis System Incorporating Face Recognition is available to all UK government, intelligence and law-enforcement agencies to assist in combatting crime and terrorist activities. MXSERVER, enabled by Sungard Availability Services, automates the bulk-processing of media for forensic analysis and is already proven by US Federal agencies to provide an “Order of Magnitude” efficiency gain and significantly enhanced identification of suspects. LONDON, UK 02 August 2016:  Allevate today announces that MXSERVER is available on the UK Crown Commercial Service’s Digital Marketplace G-Cloud 8 Framework.  Allevate’s SaaS G-Cloud offering is enabled by Sungard Availability Services, who provides a Secure Managed Cloud IaaS and PaaS platform, with […]

Allevate Announces Availability of SaaS Face Recognition Service on UK’s ...


From nextgov.com US SPIES TRAIN COMPUTERS TO SPOT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IN LIVE VIDEOS “Last year, a facial recognition system was used on live video from surveillance cameras at the European Games, in Baku, Azerbaijan, according to the tool’s developer, Tygart. During the June 2015 event, organizers watched a webpage that could issue an alert if a face in the crowd matched that of an individual on a watch list. ” Baku2015 was the inaugural European Olympic Committee’s First European Games and was attended by 6,000 athletes from over 50 countries over 16 days, with over 600,000 tickets sold. MXSERVER is a […]

“Facial recognition system was used on live video from surveillance ...


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 ...



The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. It 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. Airlines. Retailers. All parties must comply with all Government regulations and utilise the latest documents and passports from multiple issuing states while adhering to all security requirements. 2.0 Current […]

Face Recognition in Airports



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Allevate is now offering Tygart’s new MXMOBILE™ FaceID System for smart mobile devices to enable European government and law enforcement agencies to access an MXSERVER™ system to identify faces on the move.   London, UK 6th August 2015– Allevate Limited today announced that, working cooperatively with Tygart Technology, it is now offering Tygart’s new MXMOBILE™ FaceID System for smart mobile devices to enable European government and law enforcement agencies to access an MXSERVER™ system to identify faces on the move. MXSERVER is a cloud-architected system that processes vast quantities of video and photo collections to transform these digital assets into […]

Cloud-Based Face Recognition now Accessible from Smart Mobile Devices to ...



  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 ...




I’m incredibly pleased with the array of talent that is now cooperatively working with Allevate. Today’s announcement detailing the individuals that are supporting Allevate’s mission to enhance public safety through the application of identification technologies whilst improving the operational efficiency of law enforcement and government agencies reflects on the powerful benefits our solutions can provide. Amazing biomotric technology is not enough. A scalable and proven cloud-based architecture that blends the matching algorithms in a manner that adopts to the forensic investigation workflow seamlessly, coupled with deep insight of customer challenges and processes, is required to ensure maximum benefit.

Incredible Talent Now Working With Allevate


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


There has been an explosion in digital media. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies have amassed large collections of video and photographs from multiple sources that are stored in multiple file formats. There is a need to automate the processing of this raw data to turn it into actionable intelligence to enable you to “connect the dots”. Discover how solutions available from Allevate can dramatically save you time and help you to operate more efficiently by applying data mining principles to digital media: Automatically find and match faces from huge stores of videos and photos. Identify individuals from watchlists and track […]

Turn Masses of Video in Archives into Actionable Intelligence


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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 ...





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The Business Environment It is becoming increasingly important for airlines and airport operators to monitor queue lengths and passenger flows within the airport. Airport operators have invested significant time and money on investigating technologies that can provide useful metrics. Understanding your peak and quiet times is essential to enable sufficient and efficient staffing and resourcing. Raising of alerts when unforeseen queues arise is critical for ensuring passenger satisfaction, as well as for ensuring that all SLAs with other stakeholders, such as airlines or government agencies, are adhered to. Thus far, a common solution has enabled the tracking of bluetooth enabled […]

Using Face Recognition to Monitor Queues and Passenger Flows in ...



Allevate Presenting at Biometrics 2011 Synopsis Recent advances in the accuracy of face recognition are resulting in an explosion of its use, coupled with increasingly vociferous cries from privacy advocates. The benefits from the uses of this technology are clear. But does it enable even further and easier harvesting of private information about us as individuals, without our knowledge or consent? This presentation does not attempt to analyse the adherence of face recognition to the nuances of privacy legislation. Rather, it explores the emerging trends in the application of face recognition, from law enforcement and security / surveillance, through to […]

In the wake of the London riots, is the privacy ...


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[polldaddy poll=5701230] A Surveillance Society? I’m sat in Heathrow waiting for an early morning departure for a business trip. Sipping my coffee, I look casually around trying to spot the cameras. They’re cleverly hidden. Am I being watched? Doubtful. Am I being recorded? Almost certainly. This is a daily fact of life for most Londoners. It’s widely known that our city is one of the most heavily recorded in the world; a fact that is consistently debated and often criticized. Yet for all the discussion, the fact remains. We don’t like it, but we accept it. Why? Personally, my true […]

Face Recognition: Improved Benefit? Or Erosion of Privacy?