Tuesday, 26 November 2019 14:48

Panasonic offers face recognition as a service

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Panasonic has made available a face recognition API to its customers in Japan.

Panasonic has been developing face recognition technology for decades, and it has been applied to systems including passport control at airports and ticketless entry at amusement parks.

The technology is now available in Japan via a cloud-based service.

The company claims its use of multiple deep learning technologies plus a proprietary algorithm provides accurate identification even under difficult conditions such as the face being partly covered by sunglasses or a surgical mask.

Panasonic’s API means the technology can be incorporated into mobile apps, websites, and building access management systems.

The same API can be used for both on-premises and cloud-based systems.

Pricing is purely usage-based, calculated on the number of faces registered (five yen each; approximately 6.77c) and the number of recognitions performed (1 yen each; approximately 1.35c).

So if 200 faces are registered, and face recognition is performed a total of 16,000 times per month (four times/person/day, 200 people, 20 business days), the total cost is 17,000 (approximately $230) yen per month.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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