Facial Recognition Software From 3M Provides Accuracy and Real-Time Alerts

The 3M Live Face Identification System takes security solutions from reactive to proactive.


ST. PAUL‚ Minn. – A facial recognition system that is both extremely scalable and easily configurable, 3M Live Face Identification System uses live video to match identities in real-time.

The system automatically recognizes multiple faces simultaneously from live or imported footage in order to identify individual people from dynamic, uncontrolled environments.

Faces are captured and matched in real time, and any connected desktop PC or mobile device is notified immediately when there is a hit against the watch list database.

This process allows security and law enforcement officers to take action quickly and helps prevent an issue before it occurs.

“Developed through years of thoughtful research, Live Face Identification System increases the accuracy of matches and the likelihood of a successful ID by utilizing a several-to-many comparison,” said Christopher Ede, global business manager for 3M Cogent. “Knowing the challenges that law enforcement and border patrol agents are faced with when providing security for uncontrolled environments, 3M’s new software is truly an effective yet practical solution for proactive security.”

3M Live Face Identification System was designed with ease of use and integration in mind. Users are able to choose how they store and manage data with Live Face Identification System’s flexible server deployment. Additionally, the software captures images from a wide range of compatible cameras that are connected to a server, ensuring no proprietary hardware is needed. The system can also be scaled from a local to national level simply by connecting more devices.

“Biometric technology is changing the way we design security systems,” said Ede. “Facial recognition is the next step in increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of public safety programs, and the 3M Live Face Identification System provides a powerful and non-obtrusive solution for law enforcement and border agents.”

3M Live Face Identification System coupled with 3M Document Readers, such as the 3M CR5400 Double-Sided ID1 Reader and the 3M AT9000 MK2 Full-Page Reader, provides the ability to perform 1:1:1 facial authentication between a live person, a printed image on an identification document, as well as the stored digital image located on the chip of an ePassport or eID document.

Through the use proprietary image processing techniques, 3M Document Readers provide high quality photo images suitable for facial recognition.

In addition to the easy integration for law enforcement and border management agencies, 3M Live Face Identification System can be leveraged in the commercial and private security industry, as well. Versatile and responsive, this technology lends itself to securing spaces like casinos, sport stadiums, banks and cruise line boarding areas.

Whether supporting access control initiatives or working to identify a suspect at large, 3M’s new security solution provides confidence and efficiency to a wide range of security teams and vertical markets.

Other key features of the 3M Live Face Identification System include:

  • A Dashboard Watch List: allows users to enroll and categorize over one million faces as “cleared” or “not cleared” in a customized watch list.
  • Investigation Support: can import live footage and still images from a range of cameras not connected to the system, allowing investigators the ability to utilize the several-to-many facial recognition process to more swiftly and accurately identify suspects in criminal investigations.
  • Customizable Software Developer’s Kit: capture-and-match algorithms are also available in a robust software development kit so users can integrate one-to-one matching via 3M document readers in order to create a custom security solution.

For more information on 3M Live Face Identification System, visit: 3M.com/LiveFace.

For more information on 3M Document Readers, visit 3M.com/IdentityManagement.

Visit the 3M booth – 11135 – at ISC West 2017.

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