JERSEY CITY, N.J., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- FaceIt face recognition software
from the Visionics Corporation was selected as the Best of Show at the giant
Fall COMDEX computer trade show in Las Vegas. Over 600 products from all over
the world competed in 13 categories for this high honor in the field of
The season's newest products were compared on the basis of their potential
to change the future of computing. PC WEEK editors, analysts and industry
experts made up the judging panel.
FaceIt was also the winner of the Best New Technology Award.
FaceIt gives PCS a brand new ability -- to recognize a person by their
face using a standard video camera. It changes the way people work with their
computers and creates opportunities for software developers and systems
integrators around the world to make new applications with security, access
control, privacy, and surveillance abilities.
The capability of FaceIt software to verify the identity of the actual
person based on the unique structure of their facial features has such wide
potential for protecting information, controlling physical access, reducing
fraud, and delivering new services that the PC WEEK judges chose this small,
four-year-old Jersey City, N.J., firm over the giants of the industry.
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, CEO of Visionics, said, "This award from the world's
most informed authority is a significant endorsement of the fact that face
recognition technology is going to have a major impact on the way people use
their computers and also what computers are capable of doing."
FaceIt is software that allows a computer connected to a video camera to
automatically detect human presence, locate and track faces and identify who
they are -- all hands-off and all in a fraction of a second. It is an
outgrowth of basic discoveries made over the last ten years at academic
research labs on how the human brain performs one of its most basic and
important perceptual tasks: face recognition.
Atick continued, "The demanding requirements of our government and high
end corporate have helped us hone the accuracy, speed, and performance of the
software to bring to the commercial marketplace. The dramatic improvements in
the performance capabilities of PCS and video cameras, coupled with falling
prices, now makes these capabilities broadly accessible."
Examples of the applications of face recognition technology include:
computers that will only unlock when they see their user's face and will close
up when they can no longer see their user, taking pictures of people who come
into your private work space, terrorist surveillance at airports, time and
attendance validation, providing secure access to employee and medical
records, locking and unlocking doors, protecting against bad checks and point
of sale fraud.
Face recognition will play an important role in the development of the
human-centric operating system. It is expected that such a system will rely
on speech and gesture recognition technology to allow for a more natural
interaction between people and their machines. Face recognition will have to
be at the core of such systems. When a computer recognizes who is looking at
it, it is not only able to customize its offerings to the individual but it is
able to adapt to the individual voice, gesture and other habits allowing for
more effective interaction.
Visionics created a desktop product called FaceIt PC to build awareness
for the potential of this technology running on the Windows 95 and NT
platforms. This software illustrates the power of face recognition by
offering a suite of four security-related applications. FaceIt PC secures
your computer from unauthorized access by using your face as your password.
Your computer is locked at all times -- including bootup. You gain access
when the computer detects your presence and identifies your face.
It also secures your files by encrypting them. To decrypt, your face must
be present and identified in front of the computer. While your computer is
locked, FaceIt PC keeps an eye on your environment, recording and posting to a
webpage of your choice all faces that attempt access, or just passersby.
Finally, FaceIt has a built-in messaging capability that turns your computer
-- while it is locked -- into a visual answering machine allowing visitors to
leave you messages when they stop by.
Visionics' business model focuses on maintaining the face recognition
technology a giant step ahead of any competition and to continue to broaden
its capabilities. The latest capabilities and tools are brought together in
the Software Developer Kit. Most applications of the FaceIt technology will
be produced by the rapidly growing developer community. So far, more than 50
corporations from around the world have joined the FaceIt Developer Network
and are actively developing products that rely on FaceIt as the enabling
technology. Some have already deployed new applications using FaceIt and many
are close to bringing these new products to market.
About Visionics and FaceIt Technology:
Visionics, based in Jersey City, N.J., is the leading developer of face
recognition technology worldwide. Earlier this year, the company's
award-winning technology, FaceIt was licensed for use in the world's first
Integrated Passenger and Baggage Security System for airports in Malaysia and
the Pacific Rim. Recently, FaceIt was integrated into the Immigration and
Naturalization Service's SENTRI system to provide rapid passage for daily
commuters across the U.S./Mexico border at the Otay Mesa port of entry.
FaceIt is used to automatically locate faces or drivers and to verify their
facial identity. FaceIt is also used in new ATMs by one of the world's
largest makers of ATMs (details will shortly be made public).
FaceIt(R) is a registered trademark of Visionics Corporation. More
information about FaceIt(R) technology and applications can be found at
Phone: 201-332-9213, Fax 201-332-9313, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE Visionics Corporation