By Frank J. Segarra- President- ConnexiCore
When the moon is in the Seventh House, and Jupiter aligns with Mars-- Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars… and so the song rings out by the 60’s pop group “The 5th Dimension”. This Sunday January 7th, 2018 marks the next date for our constellation to be in alignment for our next age of Aquarius. The Age of Aquarius in the Western Hemisphere is associated with the hippies of the 1960s and ’70s, and now with the “New Age” movement. In both cases, the arrival of the Aquarian age has been associated with … harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding, but today our world is riddled with a newfound fear of constant attacks from enemies both domestic and foreign. These attacks aren’t just associated with large religious or political groups, these attacks come in all shapes and sizes with a purpose that average loving citizen cannot comprehend. This new world we live in opens an enormous trend in possibilities for simple “lone wolf” attacks to happen right under our nose. These so-called lone wolves are a nightmare for the law enforcement and intelligence community as they are extremely difficult to detect and to defend against. Compared to group terrorism or network-sponsored terrorists, lone operators have a perilous advantage in avoiding identification and detection before and after their attacks, since most of them do not communicate with others about their intentions. Although lone wolves might have the disadvantage of lacking the means, skills, and “professional” support of terrorist groups, some of them nonetheless have proven to be very lethal.
After the September 11, 2001 horrific attacks on US soil, the age of situational awareness became a harsh reality and a new age for preemptive technology to assist in this new threat was born. Security threats are a growing concern at international and national levels, as well as within corporate USA. With the threats to international borders, governments are ordering reviews of their security arrangements at airports, seaports and public transportation hubs. Law enforcement agencies are also charged with identifying wanted individuals in public places. In addition, security and facilities managers need to keep known undesirables and unknowns off their premises, as well as identifying returning VIPs to a facility.
Over the years both corporate enterprises as well as government entities have deployed an abundance of video management and CCTV observation platforms that for the most part provide a poor job at pro-actively analyzing the large volumes of human traffic on the street as well as the corporate lobby.
Today there are a handful of very cost effective and easy to deploy solutions that deliver frictionless, seamless enrollment, verification, and identification in a variety of use-case settings, such as; airports, border management, stadiums, ports of entry/exit, amusement parks, enterprises, and other high-demand, high-traffic areas.
One of the latest and most reliable technologies today that allows the enterprise to proactively monitor, capture, assess, match, and react to real-time threats is “Biometric Facial Recognition”. Facial biometrics have the potential to be integrated anywhere you can find a modern camera. Law enforcement agencies the world over use biometric software to scan faces in CCTV footage, as well as to identify persons of interest in the field. Border control deployments use face recognition to verify the identities of travelers. From airports to stadiums, mass transit and other high-profile facilities, protecting these areas is one of the toughest challenges security officials face. Often covering large open spaces and involving sizable crowds, there are multiple and ongoing threats that should be addressed. By deploying identification matching technologies at designated points of access both proactive and preventive measures become possible to better secure and manage those areas. NEC, one of Japans largest technology manufactures has efficiently produced and packaged several advanced biometric facial recognition solutions that are now in general availability for US consumption. NEC’s NeoFace platform is a high performance facial recognition technology that is capable of capturing face images at tight angles, and in difficult lighting conditions. NeoFace’s proven ability to match poor quality facial images, including images with low resolutions down to 24 pixels between the eyes, its performance surpasses all other facial recognition systems on the market today.
For more information on Advanced Facial Biometrics visit: https://www.connexicore.com/neoface-video.html