Face Detection Shootout - Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek

By Rob Kilpatrick, Published Jul 30, 2020, 10:43am EDT (Research)

**** ********* ********* *** ********* **** a ****** ** ************ ********* *****, Vivotek, *********, *******, *** ******, *** how **** ** **** ****?

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** ****** **** ********* ********* ****** these ************* *********:

  • *** ***** ***** ** ******** ******* masks, ****, ** **********?
  • *** ***** ** ******** ** ***** angles?
  • *** **** ** **** ****** ***** in **** *****?
  • *** **** *** ***** ** ******** in *** ***** (~***)?
  • *** **** *** ***** ** ******** in *** **** **** ** (~*.****)?
  • *** ***** ****** ********* ***** ** WDR ******?
  • ** ***** ********* ********* **** *****-***** VMS?

Ranked *******

***** ** *** ******* **** ********* performance ***** **** ***** ******:

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  • *** **********:***** *** ****** ********* **** ** our *****, **** ********** ********* ** full *****, *** ***** (~*.***), **** (~0.02lx), *** *** ******, ******* ******* angles *** ********* ******, *** *** no ****** ********* ******** ******* *****, sunglasses, ** ****.
  • *******:********* *** ******* **** ******** ***** well ** **** ***** *** ** scenes, *** *** *** ****** ***** angles ** **** ** *** **********, sometimes ******* ******** ** **° ****** or *******. **** ******* ********** ******** faces ******* *****, **********, ** ****. However, ******* ************ ******** ******** ***** in * *** ***** **** ***** (~2 ***) ** ***** **** ******** by ******* ***** *** ****** ******.
  • ***** *******:******* **** ********* ********* ***** ** our *****, ********* ******** **** ** shallower ****** **** ****** (** ** 45° / **° ********), ************ ****** subjects ** *** ***** *** **** scenes, *** ****** ** ****** ******** in *****.

*******

***** *** ******* *** ******** **** our *******:

  • *** ******* ****** ***** ** **** Light:** * **** ***** *******, *** cameras ****** **** **** ** ****** a **** **** **** ******* ********* (~33°).
  • ********* **** ********** ** ~**°, ***** And ****** ****** ** **°:*** ******* ***** **** ********* ******** faces ******* ****** *** ****** ** ~45°, ***** *** ****** **** *** only ******* **** ****** * **** at **°.
  • ******* ****** ***** *** ** ** Overexposure:** * **** ***** ** ~*.****, all ******* ******** ***** ************ ****** for ******* ***** *********** *** ******** face ** *** ********* ****.
  • ****** *** ***** ****** ***** ** Low ***** (~***): ** * *** ***** ******* Hanwha *** ***** ******** ***** ** the ***** ***** *********, *******, ******* missed ************.
  • *** ******* ****** ***** ** *** Scene:** ******* *** ****** ********* ***** in * *** ***** ***** ***** own *** *******.
  • *** ******* *** ******* ******** ***** When ******* ***** ** **** *****:******** ******* ******* *** ***** ******* a ******* **** **** ******** ** all *** ******* *******.
  • *** ******* ******** ***** ******* **********/***:*** ******* ******** ***** ******* ********** and * *** ****** ******* ******* missing ***** ** **** ******** ******* (~10') *** ********* (~**).

Others **** ******* **** *********

******* ***** ***** ************* ** *** offer **** ********* ** ***** *******, so **** *** ******** ** **** test.

  • ********:******** ****** ****** *********** (********** ******) *** ** **** *** ***** simply **** *********.
  • ****:**** **** ****** **** ********* ** their**** ************** ***, ***** ** ********** **** with ***** ******* **** ****** *** is ******** *** **** ***** ****, and **** *** **** **** ********* events ** ***.
  • *****:***** ****** **** ********* ** **** of ******** ****** *********, *** ** ** **** *** saving ********* *** ****** *********** ******** and **** *** ******* *** ******.
  • *********:**** ********* ** ******** **** ***********'* ******* ********.

All ******* ****** ***** ** **** *****

** * **** ***** ******* *** cameras ****** ******** ***** **** * person ******* ******** ** *** ****** at ******** ********* ** ** ** ~33°.

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Hikvision **** ***** ** ~** ***** ****** *** ***** ****** ** **° **********

*** **** **** ********* ** **** people ** ~**° *** *********, ********** across *** ********* ******* ******, **** low ** **** ***.

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******* *** ******* ************ ******** ***** at **° ******, *** ****** ************ beyond.

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****** *** ***** **** ********* **** able ** ****** ***** **** ****** walking ****** *** ***** ** **°, while *** ***** ************* ****** **********.

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Dark / ** (~*.****) ***********

** * **** *******, ****** *** Dahua **** ********* **** ***** ******** faces ** ****** ******** ******* (~**') and ********* (~**°) ******* ******** ** the ****** *** ~**° ***** ** incidence.

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**** ** **, *********, *******, *** Univew ******** *** ******* ** ** essentially ****** *** ******, *** ******** faces **** ** ***** ********* (~**°).

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*******, ******* ********* ****** ***** ** the **** **** ** ** *** to ** ************, *** ******* ** other *******.

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Hanwha *** ***** ************ ****** ***** ** *** ***** (~*.***)

** *** *****, ****** *** ***** were *** **** ******* ** ************ detect ***** ** * *** ***** scene (~*.***) ********** ********* ** **** light **** ** **° ********.

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***** *********, *******, *** ***** **** able ** ********* ****** ***** **** consistently ******, **** ** ***** ******** heights (~*') *** ********* (~**°).

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All ******* ****** ***** ** *** *****

*** ************* **** **** ** ************ detect *** **** ** * ****** walking ******* *** ***** ***** ***** recommended ********, **** ****** ****** ******* were *******.

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All ************* *** ******* ******** ***** **** ******* ***** ** **** *****

****** ******* ***** **** ******** ************ while ******* * **** ** *********, Dahua, ******, *** ******* ** ******* scenes, *********** ******* ** ***-**** ***********.

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******* ***** ****** **** ********** **** wearing *****, **** ** ***** ***** and ******* ********.

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All ******* ******** ***** ******* **********/***

*** ******* ****** ******** ***** ******* through *** ***** ******* **********, * hat, ** * *********** ** **** in ******* ******.

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Bounding ***** **** **** ** ********

******, *****, *******, *** ******* *** place * ******** *** **** * detected **** **** ****** ** ***** own *** *********.

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**** ********* **** *** ******* * bounding *** **** * **** ** detected.

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*******, ****** ** *** **** **** detection **** ******** *****-** ******** ***** when ****** ** * ***.

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VMS ************

****** **** ********* *** *** ****** event ***********, *********** **** ***********, *******, NX *******, *** *********. ********* **** detection ***** *** **** **** **********, integrating **** ***********, ** *******, *** Milestone. ***** ********** **** ** ******* and *********. ******* **** ********** **** Genetec *** ***** *** ***. *******, Uniview *** *** ********* **** *** VMS, **** **** ***** *** ***.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** **** ****** testing.

  • ********* **-*********-****: **.*.** ***** ******
  • ********* **-**********-****: **.*.* ***** ******
  • ****** ******* : *.**.**
  • ******* ****** - ****: *****
  • ******* **********-***: ************-*************
  • ***** ******* : **.***.*******.**.*, ***** ****: 2020-06-20

Comments (15)

Another interesting and informative test, thanks IPVM team!

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Your chart shows a red x for Hanwha and Network Optix. I'm also really surprised it doesn't work with Milestone considering all other analytics work.

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UM2, thanks for pointing that out, I updated the chart to reflect the text. We reached out to Milestone to confirm the face detection events working and will get back to you when they reply.

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UM2, Milestone responded with clarification on Milestone integration, I double checked all cameras and Hanwha, Hikvision, and Dahua integrated face detection events while Uniview and Vivotek did not, I updated the chart and text to reflect this.

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Is there any indication that milestone will offer these features in the future?

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Rob corrected the results above in response to UM2 but face detection worked on the Hanwha, Hikvision, and Dahua cameras.

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There are these tests recently published from NIST in which only Dahua is referenced. It would be interesting to know which algroithms sets and code can be integrated onto a camera and/or VMS platform. Some interesting results in the NIST report generally as regards performance with masks (pre-COVID 19) and to look at what improvements might occur as manufacturers address this challenge and as they tackle mask detection as well. Do you know if any of these vendors (apart from Dahua) intend to participate in ongoing NIST testing?

Have you thought about getting reflectacles as opposed to sunglasses and seeing how these do when pitted against anti-surveillance techniques?

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Recent Wired article on Facial Recognition and Face Masks

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Apart from the bracelet the others target image recognition... The glasses are the reflectacles I referenced.

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Hanwha also has face detection with the face overlay in their PVMs and TNB-6030 PVM camera. You can select the color of the overlay as well as text on screen such as "RECORDING IN PROGRESS" with the option to blink the text as well to get attention. This helps deter offenders in retail stores.

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How come that Avigilon is not a part of the test

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Avigilon was not included because they do not simply offer face detection in their cameras or ACC. Facial recognition is available in ACC, which we tested here: Avigilon Facial Recognition 'Appearance Alerts' Tested

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So is this similar to the LPR / LPC issue where a lot of cameras can capture a license plate but very few can recognize them? You are detecting faces in this test but what can you do with this information now? Is the idea of face detection for the use in face recognition?

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Ethan, I would be interested to find out if this basic face detection can translate into a searchable criteria in the various recording scenarios that might be used whether stand-alone NVR or separate VMS/CMS. If so that's one more way to filter out spurious events when searching.

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