Masked Face Detection and Recognition Capability Released by piXlogic Software
New Feature Enables Greater Accuracy for piXserve Users Despite Prevalence of Face Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic
piXlogic has issued a new release for its award-winning software piXserve that enables customers to detect and recognize faces in images and videos that are partially obscured with COVID-19 style face masks and coverings. These newest capabilities reinforce piXserve’s comprehensive set of capabilities that help investigators and analysts discover content of interest such as people, text strings, objects, scenes and more. The software can be run on customers’ premises, where they have full control over internal data and processes, as well as in a cloud-hosted environment.
The new features extend the face recognition capabilities of the piXlogic software. piXserve detects and recognizes faces accurately under a broad range of conditions, including different lighting, angle of face and image quality. Up to 100 faces per image can be detected and recognized simultaneously. The software design is such that a-priori face registration is not necessary. Any ad-hoc face can be searched quickly using a simple “drag and drop” of a face image to formulate a search query. piXserve is experienced with working around obstructions such as sunglasses, beards and eye patches.
The broad use of COVID-19 style face masks in recent months has increased this challenge since they occlude a majority of the face below the eyes and the nose bridge. piXserve is able to detect a mask and then focus its measurements on the part of the face that is not covered by the mask to compensate. This enables accurate comparisons regardless of whether the face is masked or unmasked. A picture of a face without a mask can be used to find results where the person is wearing the mask and vice versa with only minimal reductions in accuracy versus completely unmasked comparisons.
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“The new masked face capability is important to our customers. The world has changed due to COVID-19, and we were able to adapt our software quickly in large measure due to the advanced level of image analysis already built in to piXserve. We are excited to be able to put our customer’s needs first” said Joe Santucci, piXlogic founder.
piXserve is a scalable enterprise-class software solution. The objective is to help users discover more, faster. piXserve’s face recognition capabilities are complemented by other features and functions that help users consider multiple aspects of visual data in context. A productive user interface environment lets users create complex queries on the fly and use the results to further explore and analyze their data. Over 100 image and video formats, including live video sources, are supported by piXserve.