3D technology and 3D facial recognition technology have been much talked about over recent years, but how close are we to having this tech go mainstream?
The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia might be the launching pad for this type of technology.
The Artec Group is providing a state-of-the- art facial recognition system called "Broadway 3D Face Recognition System " to the Sochi International Airport. This system will instantly identify airport employees as well as unregistered or unauthorized persons.
“Artec Group is pleased to provide this state-of-the-art, 3D identification system to Sochi Airport where it is used to identify airline and airport personnel to safely provide services for the large number of visitors who will be arriving for the 2014 Winter Olympics” said Anna Zevelyov, Director of Business Development, Artec Group.
Based in Palo Alto, CA., Artec Group says that in less than a second, the system will capture surface information after analyzing about 40 thousand points on a user’s face it stores internally, it then uses a mathematical model and compares it to the database.
It can identify a person on the street, in hats or sunglasses. It also claims that it can also tell apart identical twins. System registration takes up to 2 seconds and throughput is 60 people per minute.
This will be able to handle a huge influx of people in an airport that doesn't typically handle that volume.
According to Altec, here is how it works:
When a person enters though a checkpoint, he presents his card to a card reader. After that Broadway 3D performs facial recognition and compares it with 3D template on the card. If the information matches, Broadway 3D grants access to the person. The information is stored in ESM software. In addition, the solution is able to change work modes and algorithms of particular checkpoint per dispatcher’s order.
3D facial recognition technology is on the way, whether we want it or not. Let's see how it works in Sochi.