Monday, 20 May 2019 12:28

NEC facial recognition solution helps tackle examination fraud

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Melbourne firm Genix Ventures is utilising NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition solution to counter what it says is an increasing incidence of examination fraud, or people sitting exams for others.

Genix Ventures, which provides software solutions and professional services for the financial services industry, has successfully tested the technology at a tertiary institution in Melbourne and is now utilising it in a solution built for Melbourne-based Cambridge Boxhill Language Assessments.

CBLA is a subsidiary of Cambridge Assessments, the assessments arm of Cambridge University, and administers the Occupational English test, an English language assessment for healthcare professionals wanting to register and practice in English-speaking environments such as Australia and the UK.

“As the number of users increases, so does the scale and flexibility of what NEC provides – we have found it to be one of the most capable and robust platforms in the world in terms of facial recognition,” said Steve Godinho, chief executive of Genix Ventures.

“NEC provides Genix Ventures with the capability, quality and reliability required in high-stakes examination environments,” he said.

Godinho says rates of attempted impersonation vary, but could be as high as 2% in some countries and for some high-stakes assessments, so facial recognition is very useful to authenticate a student not just at the start of an exam, but also at random intervals during the exam to minimise the possibility of students swapping places.

CBLA chief executive Sujata Stead says NEC’s facial recognition solution is overcoming attempts at exam fraud.

“From our point of view we want to guarantee that no matter where we operate, when someone applies for the OET test, the person who turns up on the test day and the person on the assessment certificate are one and the same person,” Stead said.

“This is essential for us to be able to assure regulatory authorities who accept OET that candidates’ results are reliable.

“NEC makes facial recognition solution accessible to businesses without the need for them to create, host and maintain the underlying infrastructure,” said NEC’s head of Safer Cities, Mark Chadwick.

“Facial Recognition is taking on a greater focus for enterprises in 2019 and NEC is a world-leader in this field with independent testing of our algorithms frequently rating NEC first for accuracy.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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