Cognitec Systems: who, what, when, where and how many
Emerging video-analytics technologies and better cameras now make it possible to mine real-time data from security camera videos. The highly advanced version of Cognitec Systems' video-screening product FaceVACS-VideoScan employs leading-edge face-detection technology to analyse the count, flow, demographics and behaviour of people that are visible in video streams.
Surpassing traditional video-surveillance systems, FaceVACS-VideoScan detects people's faces in live video streams or footage, and stores lossless video of each appearance of a person in front of a camera within a given time frame.
The technology then compares all the appearances of one person against each other for continuous face recognition, and uses anonymous facial analysis to carry out tasks such as counting individuals, generating demographical information, tracking people movement in time and space, and detecting frequent visitors and crowds.
FaceVACS-VideoScan can achieve a highly accurate person count, since a person seen once will be recognised and therefore not counted again. Operators can also receive an alarm if too many people gather in a specific area and measure waiting times to direct traffic. The analysis of traffic patterns and demographical statistics provides businesses with precise visitor data to make decisions about operational issues, such as interior design, advertising placement and staffing.
People analysis using face recognition
FaceVACS-VideoScan can analyse a face for gender, age and ethnicity as people approach a camera, and then trigger the display of a targeted message on a digital sign or other advertising/message devices. The software also analyses the number and demographics of people viewing the sign, allowing marketers to determine how effective an advertising method is for specific audiences.
The product applies Cognitec Systems' premier face-recognition technology to compare faces to image databases and instantly find known individuals. Businesses and organisations can detect and prevent unwanted behaviour in much faster and more efficient ways, thanks to operators being able to track individuals online or receive alerts on mobile devices to act within the immediate vicinity of a suspect.
FaceVACS-VideoScan also identifies authorised individuals or high-ranking customers in real time. Positive authentication can prompt access to restricted areas or alert personnel to provide special treatment.
Continuing the FaceVACS-VideoScan revolution
The introduction of FaceVACS-VideoScan's advanced video screening and analysis technology continues a long list of revolutionary products that Cognitec Systems has brought to market. Industry and government customers have been using FaceVACS-VideoScan for physical access control since 1996.
The 2002 installation of the SmartGate system at Sydney International Airport was a major step toward an automatic border control solution using Cognitec Systems' software. In addition, the company's database search technology has successfully assisted law-enforcement agencies worldwide to quickly find offenders and solve crimes, and prevent fraud during ID document issuance.
A team of scientists works to continuously improve algorithm performance and recognition methods, addressing user demands for face recognition with large image databases, low-quality images, high throughput and the highest possible matching quality.
Independent evaluation tests conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology continue to validate the leading performance of Cognitec Systems' face-recognition engines. The company maintained superior scores in the Face Recognition Vendor Tests of 2002 and 2006, and the Multiple Biometrics Evaluation in 2010.
Around the globe, other companies have developed and continue to create new solutions using Cognitec Systems' technology - a resounding testament to the company's continuing dedication to deliver the best performance available on the market.