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

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

Face detection analytics are available from a number of manufactures including Dahua, Vivotek, Hikvision, Uniview, and Hanwha, but how well do they work?

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We tested face detection analytics across these manufacturers examining:

  • Can faces still be detected wearing masks, hats, or sunglasses?
  • Can faces be detected at harsh angles?
  • How well do they detect faces in full light?
  • How well can faces be detected in low light (~2lx)?
  • How well can faces be detected in the dark with IR (~0.02lx)?
  • Are there issues detecting faces in WDR scenes?
  • Do these analytics integrate with third-party VMS?

Ranked *******

***** ** *** ******* face ********* *********** ***** into ***** ******:

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  • *** **********:***** *** ****** ********* best ** *** *****, with ********** ********* ** full *****, *** ***** (~0.2lx), **** (~*.****), *** WDR ******, ******* ******* angles *** ********* ******, and *** ** ****** detecting ******** ******* *****, sunglasses, ** ****.
  • *******:********* *** ******* **** detected ***** **** ** full ***** *** ** scenes, *** *** *** handle ***** ****** ** well ** *** **********, sometimes ******* ******** ** 45° ****** ** *******. Both ******* ********** ******** faces ******* *****, **********, or ****. *******, ******* manufacturer ******** ******** ***** in * *** ***** test ***** (~* ***) as ***** **** ******** by ******* ***** *** dimmer ******.
  • ***** *******:******* **** ********* ********* worst ** *** *****, detecting ******** **** ** shallower ****** **** ****** (up ** **° / 33° ********), ************ ****** subjects ** *** ***** and **** ******, *** failed ** ****** ******** in *****.

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***** *** ******* *** findings **** *** *******:

  • *** ******* ****** ***** In **** *****:** * **** ***** setting, *** ******* ****** were **** ** ****** a **** **** **** harsher ********* (~**°).
  • ********* **** ********** ** ~45°, ***** *** ****** Detect ** **°:*** ******* ***** **** Hikvision ******** ***** ******* toward *** ****** ** ~45°, ***** *** ****** were *** **** ******* that ****** * **** at **°.
  • ******* ****** ***** *** to ** ************:** * **** ***** of ~*.****, *** ******* detected ***** ************ ****** for ******* ***** *********** the ******** **** ** the ********* ****.
  • ****** *** ***** ****** Faces ** *** ***** (~2lx): ** * *** light ******* ****** *** Dahua ******** ***** ** the ***** ***** *********, Vivotek, ******* ****** ************.
  • *** ******* ****** ***** In *** *****:** ******* *** ****** detecting ***** ** * WDR ***** ***** ***** own *** *******.
  • *** ******* *** ******* Detected ***** **** ******* Masks ** **** *****:******** ******* ******* *** scene ******* * ******* mask **** ******** ** all *** ******* *******.
  • *** ******* ******** ***** Wearing **********/***:*** ******* ******** ***** wearing ********** *** * hat ****** ******* ******* missing ***** ** **** mounting ******* (~**') *** downtilts (~**).

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

******* ***** ***** ************* do *** ***** **** detection ** ***** *******, so **** *** ******** in **** ****.

  • ********:******** ****** ****** *********** (********** ******) *** ** **** not ***** ****** **** detection.
  • ****:**** **** ****** **** detection ** ********* ************** ***, ***** ** compatible **** **** ***** modular **** ****** *** is ******** *** **** video ****, *** **** not **** **** ********* events ** ***.
  • *****:***** ****** **** ********* as **** ** ******** ****** *********, *** ** ** used *** ****** ********* for ****** *********** ******** and **** *** ******* VMS ******.
  • *********:**** ********* ** ******** only ***********'* ******* ********.

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

** * **** ***** setting *** ******* ****** detected ***** **** * person ******* ******** ** the ****** ** ******** downtilts ** ** ** ~33°.

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

*** **** **** ********* to **** ****** ** ~45° *** *********, ********** across *** ********* ******* tested, **** *** ** high ***.

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******* *** ******* ************ detected ***** ** **° angles, *** ****** ************ beyond.

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****** *** ***** **** detection **** **** ** detect ***** **** ****** walking ****** *** ***** at **°, ***** *** other ************* ****** **********.

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

** * **** *******, Hanwha *** ***** **** detection **** ***** ******** faces ** ****** ******** heights (~**') *** ********* (~33°) ******* ******** ** the ****** *** ~**° angle ** *********.

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**** ** **, *********, Vivotek, *** ****** ******** the ******* ** ** essentially ****** *** ******, but ******** ***** **** at ***** ********* (~**°).

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*******, ******* ********* ****** faces ** *** **** with ** ** *** to ** ************, *** present ** ***** *******.

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

** *** *****, ****** and ***** **** *** only ******* ** ************ detect ***** ** * low ***** ***** (~*.***) performing ********* ** **** light **** ** **° downtilt.

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***** *********, *******, *** Dahua **** **** ** sometimes ****** ***** **** consistently ******, **** ** lower ******** ******* (~*') and ********* (~**°).

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

*** ************* **** **** to ************ ****** *** face ** * ****** walking ******* *** ***** using ***** *********** ********, even ****** ****** ******* were *******.

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

****** ******* ***** **** detected ************ ***** ******* a **** ** *********, Dahua, ******, *** ******* in ******* ******, *********** similar ** ***-**** ***********.

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******* ***** ****** **** detections **** ******* *****, even ** ***** ***** and ******* ********.

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

*** ******* ****** ******** faces ******* ******* *** scene ******* **********, * hat, ** * *********** of **** ** ******* scenes.

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

******, *****, *******, *** Vivotek *** ***** * bounding *** **** * detected **** **** ****** in ***** *** *** interface.

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**** ********* **** *** provide * ******** *** when * **** ** detected.

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*******, ****** ** *** only **** ********* **** provides *****-** ******** ***** when ****** ** * VMS.

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

****** **** ********* *** the ****** ***** ***********, integrating **** ***********, *******, NX *******, *** *********. Hikvision **** ********* ***** the **** **** **********, integrating **** ***********, ** Witness, *** *********. ***** Integrated **** ** ******* and *********. ******* **** integrated **** ******* *** their *** ***. *******, Uniview *** *** ********* with *** ***, **** with ***** *** ***.

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Versions ****

*** ********* ******** **** used ****** *******.

  • ********* **-*********-****: **.*.** ***** 190919
  • ********* **-**********-****: **.*.* ***** 190923
  • ****** ******* : *.**.**
  • ******* ****** - ****: 0121d
  • ******* **********-***: ************-*************
  • ***** ******* : **.***.*******.**.*, Build ****: ****-**-**

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******* *********** *** *********** test, ****** **** ****!

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**** ***** ***** * red * *** ****** and ******* *****. *'* also ****** ********* ** doesn't **** **** ********* considering *** ***** ********* work.

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***, ****** *** ******** that ***, * ******* the ***** ** ******* the ****. ** ******* out ** ********* ** confirm *** **** ********* events ******* *** **** get **** ** *** when **** *****.

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***, ********* ********* **** clarification ** ********* ***********, I ****** ******* *** cameras *** ******, *********, and ***** ********** **** detection ****** ***** ******* and ******* *** ***, I ******* *** ***** and **** ** ******* this.

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** ***** *** ********** that ********* **** ***** these ******** ** *** future?

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*** ********* *** ******* above ** ******** ** UM2 *** **** ********* worked ** *** ******, Hikvision, *** ***** *******.

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***** *** ****************** ********* **** **** in ***** **** ***** is **********. ** ***** be *********** ** **** which ********** **** *** code *** ** ********** onto * ****** ***/** VMS ********. **** *********** results ** *** **** report ********* ** ******* performance **** ***** (***-***** 19) *** ** **** at **** ************ ***** occur ** ************* ******* this ********* *** ** they ****** **** ********* as ****. ** *** know ** *** ** these ******* (***** **** Dahua) ****** ** *********** in ******* **** *******?

**** *** ******* ***** getting ************ ** ******* to ********** *** ****** how ***** ** **** pitted ******* ****-************ **********?

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****************** ** ****** *********** and **** *****

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***** **** *** ******** the ****** ****** ***** recognition... *** ******* *** the ************ * **********.

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****** **** *** **** detection **** *** **** overlay ** ***** **** and ***-**** *** ******. You *** ****** *** color ** *** ******* as **** ** **** on ****** **** ** "RECORDING ** ********" **** the ****** ** ***** the **** ** **** to *** *********. **** helps ***** ********* ** retail ******.

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*** **** **** ******** is *** * **** of *** ****

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******** *** *** ******** because **** ** *** simply ***** **** ********* in ***** ******* ** ACC. ****** *********** ** available ** ***, ***** we ****** ****:******** ****** *********** '********** Alerts' ******

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** ** **** ******* to *** *** / LPC ***** ***** * lot ** ******* *** capture * ******* ***** but **** *** *** recognize ****? *** *** detecting ***** ** **** test *** **** *** you ** **** **** information ***? ** *** idea ** **** ********* for *** *** ** face ***********?

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*****, * ***** ** interested ** **** *** if **** ***** **** detection *** ********* **** a ********** ******** ** the ******* ********* ********* that ***** ** **** whether *****-***** *** ** separate ***/***. ** ** that's *** **** *** to ****** *** ******** events **** *********.

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