US schools to trial facial recognition technology in a bid to improve students’ security

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A new facial recognition system will be trialled across an US school district as part of a project to help security staff identify individuals who may pose a threat to students and staff members, a recent news report has been able to suggest.

Last year, the district used $1.4 million it received from funding to install cameras and software ahead of the system’s launch.

The safety of students has become a major issue in the US following a series of school shootings that have taken place in recent years. In fact, America has already seen a total 15 school shootings this year.

Some believe that introducing facial recognition systems will help prevent these types of attacks from happening.

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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