Genetec Clearance Face Detection / Redaction Test

By: Sean Patton, Published on May 14, 2018

Privacy regulations such as GDPR (EU Public Privacy), HIPAA (US Medical Privacy), and FERPA (US Student Privacy) are driving video surveillance manufacturers to provide solutions for blurring/masking faces. However, as our recent discussion on this topic showed, there are not many video surveillance options for this yet.

A recent update to Genetec's Clearance evidence management system added support for detecting and masking faces as well as manually applying face masks. This feature works with uploaded video from video surveillance systems generally, Genetec or competitors (MP4, AVI, MOV, etc).

With GDPR going into effect days from now, we decided to test this to see how well it works. Inside we report our findings on:

  • Face detection capabilities and limitations
  • Face Redaction Types
  • Manual Face Redaction
  • User Interface
  • Browser  Support
  • Product Availability

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Comments (12)

This is quite an exciting development and a giant step forward in the right direction and some effort is required on Side view / High density  face detection. However, the feature is inevitable.

 

Great review, thanks!

* Disclosure - I work for Genetec

The auto face identification & redaction feature is a new feature add that has only been out a month, so there are refinements in process coming

Our current customers using the manual redaction process and have indicated that it works quickly, easily and well for them when needed

Did anyone else notice that Dr. Strange is in the first picture, 2nd video?  Where was IPVM testing this? :)

Keen eye, it was actually a CCTV clip from a comic book store in NYC where Benedict Cumberbatch went in to buy a Dr Strange Comic in his full movie costume and makeup. It was one of the first results that came up when I was looking for interesting video security clips.

So - am I the only one totally interested in the fact that Dr. Strange was in that first video - aka Benedict Cumberbatch - come on - seriously - that should have been the entire premise of the video - Dr. Strange .. okay enough of my shenanigans.

Literally look one post up, I literally just mentioned that 3 hours before :)

HA! - my bad. ^^^^ you win!

HA! - my bad. ^^^^ you win!

The lack of accurate face detection and redaction, to the uninitiated may appear to be just the opposite.  Why are some faces being highlighted and not others, are they on your watch list?  I could see the question coming back. 

Does anyone know what the subscription mode cost is?

Clearance is only available as a subscription and it is completely web-based / cloud hosted, so there is no software to purchase. I have not sold any Clearance systems yet, but we have configured several trial accounts for some of our existing customers. I think the early pricing model and integrator-only sales model has been difficult for Genetec. So, they recently released a bulletin to their dealer channel notifying them of a new sales strategy starting this month (May '18). Here is one excerpt from the bulletin: To help convert trial users to engaged customers, new in-app purchases will be available for users to convert their trial to a full subscription. Clients will be able to subscribe to entry-level plans, from Plan 25 to Plan 200.  These plans require minimal customization and implementation assistance and are available at an affordable monthly rate that can easily be purchased using a company credit card. 

This means that the smaller plans will direct bill to the end-user-customer's credit card for the small plans. Larger plans would be purchased through the integrator of record. They also introduced a rebate plan that will credit the Integrator's account for the margin they would have made had these direct purchases been made through the channel. There are more details forthcoming, but that is meant to minimize the friction from their dealer channel, I'm sure. Here is a chart from their brochure that shows the plan sizes. I'll have to dig to try to find the MSRP pricing for each plan:

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