Facial recognition CCTV system could be deployed in Southend

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A facial recognition CCTV system could be deployed in Southend, making it the first area to trial it, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

Members of Southend policing team, BID (Business Improvement District) and the council attended a demo of the technology, insisting, however, that the concept is still in its very early stages.

Chief Insp Pudney said: “It looks really good.

“I was impressed with the demonstration of the system but there’s a number of factors we need to consider and discuss with everyone involved.

“We will be exploring options to be the first to trial this in the UK.

“It is smart new technology designed to prevent and reduce crime and make the best use of our resources.”

Mark Flewitt, Southend’s councillor for public protection, said: “The council and our partners have reviewed the possibility of adding facial recognition to our already high quality CCTV systems.

“This review enabled us to see the pros and cons of the equipment and how it would fit in Southend.

“At this stage, we will continue to review a number of different avenues for protecting the public through CCTV.”

CCTV Surveillance – The experts in deploying Facial Recognition CCTV systems

The Facial Recognition CCTV solution supplied by CCTV Surveillance dynamically compares images of individuals from incoming video streams against those stored in a predefined access control list and immediately sends alerts when a positive match occurs.

The technology yields a very good level of performance despite partial occlusions of the face, the use of glasses, scarves or caps, changes of facial expression, and moderate rotations of the face. Moreover, it does not allow users to be impersonated using photographs.

This biometric technology is the perfect solution to control the access to restricted security areas, especially since we’re talking about a completely automated system that requires very little interaction with the operator.

Our Facial Recognition CCTV system can be easily integrated with existing ID management products and enables administrators to easily create Whitelists/Blacklists for specific areas, while subjects can be very easily enrolled from one or more photographs.

The system fully supports runtime alarm management, is highly tunable (control based on time-frames, sequentially, etc) and even allows alarms to be exported to common formats (PDF, Excel) and remote devices (mobile, PDA, tablet, security control centre).

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