NLSS Facial Recognition

By: Ethan Ace, Published on May 08, 2012

Many have tried and many have failed at facial recognition. In the last few years, interest in and promotion of this technology has waned, as seemingly little development has taken place in surveillance. Now, recent entrant NLSS has added on facial recognition [link no longer available] to their VMS/access platform, promising tight integration and some novel functionality. In this note, we overview this new offering, its integration to the NLSS platform, and potential impact on the market.

Overview

NLSS' facial recognition analytics are an add-on analytic, licensed per NLSS Gateway. Facial recognition events are integrated as events in the system, displaying the event, captured face information, and associated video in a panel. In addition to matching against watchlists, it can be integrated with other events.

This integration opens some interesting possibilities. For example, at access controlled doors with cameras, the user's face may be matched to the face on file when a card is presented. Upon mismatch, alarms may be generated, so security staff can be dispatched to question the individual. This may also for anti-tailgating purposes, as an alarm may be generated if multiple faces are detected, but only a single card read.

This image shows a face mismatch event upon card read:

Configurable sensitivity is available for higher/lower sensitivity and confidence, in order to adjust the analytics for differing scene sizes and applications, and manage false positives. Processing capacity varies by gateway model, though firm figures for throughput are not yet available, during pre-release.

Availability and Pricing: NLSS' facial recognition is currently in pre-release, with general availability within the next few months. Unlike most of NLSS' analytics, facial recognition is an add-on license, not included in the gateway from the factory. Pricing is not yet final, but is expected to be a few hundred dollars per gateway. 

Channels Supported and Load: The total numbers of channels that can run facial recognition depend on a number of factors, including the size of the NLSS appliance being used. However, in general, users should expect to activate this on only a few channels of any given appliance. For technical details, check with NLSS on specific applications.

NLSS has included a face capture analytic in the Gateway for some time, which simply created an event when a face was captured in video, without performing recognition against a database. Users may see our reviews of NLSS' positioning and access control offering for more general information.

Market Impact

With this addition, NLSS becomes the first to release an integrated video surveillance/access control platform with facial recognition. Other products may be able to provide similar functionality, when used with third-party analytics, but offer a more complex solution, requiring more labor to integrate and potential challenges in integration. NLSS also likely reduces overall cost, as third-party analytics are typically more expensive, and require more complex integration, pushing costs into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. By contrast, the entire NLSS including VMS software, access control management and facial recognition is just a few thousand dollars.

Facial recognition has historically suffered from poor performance, and is easily affected by multiple variables, including lighting variations, camera angles, changes in appearance, and other factors. Without testing NLSS' offering, we cannot give opinions on performance. However, if customer expectations of accuracy can be managed, it may present a novel addition to their security systems.

Comments : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Video Analytics 101 on Mar 16, 2020
This guide teaches the fundamentals of video surveillance...
Facial Recognition 101 on Mar 18, 2020
Facial recognition interest, use and fear is increasing. This guide aims to...
Avigilon Open Analytics Tested on Apr 16, 2020
After years of effectively closed analytics, Avigilon decided in late 2018 to...
Use Access Control Logs To Constrain Coronavirus on Apr 09, 2020
Access control users have included capabilities that are not commonly used...
Facial Recognition: Weak Sales, Anti Regulation, No Favorite, Says Security Integrators on Jul 07, 2020
While facial recognition has gained greater prominence, a new IPVM study of...
30 Million Criminal Face Database Tested (Captis Intelligence) on Apr 27, 2020
30 million criminal mugshots are now available for facial recognition...
Milestone Presents XProtect On AWS on May 04, 2020
Milestone presented its XProtect on AWS offering at the April 2020 IPVM New...
Anyvision Layoffs on Mar 19, 2020
Anyvision has conducted a layoff, citing the impact of coronavirus, joining a...
Genetec Security Center 5.9 Release Examined on Feb 06, 2020
Genetec released the next major version of Security Center, less than a year...
Clinton Public View Monitor (PVM) Mask Detection Tested on Jul 09, 2020
Face mask detection, or more specifically not wearing one, is expanding...
Masks Cause Major Facial Recognition Problems on Feb 24, 2020
Coronavirus is spurring an increase in the use of medical masks, which new...
Avigilon ACC Cloud Tested on Jul 08, 2020
Avigilon merged Blue and ACC, adding VSaaS features to its on-premise VMS,...
New: Mobile Access Proxy Releases 'World's Smallest Mobile Reader' on Mar 04, 2020
Mobile access provider Proxy claims its new Nano is 'the world’s smallest...
Avigilon Face Mask Detection Tested on Jun 24, 2020
Face mask detection or, more specifically not wearing a face mask, is an...
YOLOv5 Released Amidst Controversy on Jul 27, 2020
YOLO has gained significant attention within video surveillance for its...

Recent Reports

False: Verkada: "If You Want To Remote View Your Cameras You Need To Punch Holes In Your Firewall" on Jul 31, 2020
Verkada falsely declared to “3,000+ customers”, “300 school districts”, and...
US GSA Explains NDAA 889 Part B Blacklisting on Jul 31, 2020
With the 'Blacklist Clause' going into effect August 13 that bans the US...
Access Control Online Show July 2020 - On-Demand Recording of 45+ Manufacturers Presentations on Jul 30, 2020
The show featured 48 Access Control presentations, all now recorded and...
Face Detection Shootout - Dahua, Hanwha, Hikvision, Uniview, Vivotek on Jul 30, 2020
Face detection analytics are available from a number of manufactures...
Sunell is The First China Manufacturer to Market NDAA Compliance on Jul 30, 2020
Most China manufacturers are going to be impacted by the NDAA 'Blacklist...
Ink Labs Relabels China YCX Fever Camera And Steals Dahua's Marketing on Jul 30, 2020
A US company marketed a 'thermal temperature scanner' as its own, selling...
Genetec and Dahua-Backed Intelbras Split Examined on Jul 29, 2020
China is the cause of the breakup between Canada's and Brazil's largest video...
This YouTuber is Now Selling ThermoHealth Temperature Screening on Jul 29, 2020
An enterprising 20-year old is mass marketing medical devices on Facebook and...
Hikvision Returns To Growth Driven By Overseas Fever Cameras on Jul 29, 2020
While Hikvision's revenue fell in Q1 2020, it rebounded in Q2 attributed to...
Brazil's Biggest Domestic Surveillance Company Intelbras Profile on Jul 29, 2020
While Intelbras is not widely known outside of Latin America, Intelbras is a...
The Kiosk Market Pivots To Temperature Screening (Interviewed) on Jul 28, 2020
Video surveillance is not the only market that has pivoted to medical device...
Integrator Acquisitions 'A Good Market' During COVID-19, Says Greybeards on Jul 28, 2020
Industry broker Ron Davis of the "Greybeards" says that the integrator and...
Keypads For Access Control Tutorial on Jul 28, 2020
Keypad readers present huge risks to even the best access systems. If...
US Surgeon General Unwittingly Showcases Sanctioned Dahua Temperature System on Jul 28, 2020
The US' top public health spokesperson, the Surgeon General, posted a photo...
Remote Network Access for Video Surveillance Guide on Jul 27, 2020
Remotely accessing surveillance systems is key in 2020, with more and more...