Panasonic to launch deep learning-based face recognition server software

Monday 5 March 2018 | 08:27 CET | News
Panasonic will release face recognition server software using deep learning technology in July this year outside Japan and in August in Japan. According to Panasonic, its face recognition software will be able to identify faces that are difficult to recognize with conventional tools, including faces at an angle of up to 45 degrees to the left or right or 30 degrees up or down, and those partially hidden by sunglasses.

In addition, the new software features the ‘iA (intelligent Auto) mode’ designed to automatically adjust settings for the camera to shoot optimal images best suited for face recognition. When it is used with Panasonic’s i-Pro Extreme series network cameras installed with the “Best Shot License Key” that comes bundled with the software, only the ‘Best Shots’ will be sent to the server for face recognition. The company also plans to add a function to recognize partially covered faces with a surgical mask, which is difficult with conventional systems, by the end of this year.

Using this software with cameras equipped with the iA function enables image analysis to be performed on the camera instead of the server to send only the best images to the server. This is expected to result in reducing server and network loads. In the case of 10 or more network cameras are connected to the system, the costs can be reduced by about 40 to 50 percent compared to conventional systems that do not use the Best Shot function, Panasonic said.  

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