Alexandria, VA -- November 5, 2008 -- Luxand, Inc. today announces the availability of Luxand Face SDK 1.7, a unique face recognition library for building biometric applications, security and access control systems. Luxand Face SDK stands out as the only facial recognition engine on the market today that detects facial features of each face, and compares the faces feature by feature.
Luxand Face SDK enables highly accurate recognition from a digital photograph or a video frame. To determine the identity of an individual, it offers two identification modes: 1:1 and 1:N (one-to-many). In the first mode, the algorithm verifies that the person is who he claims to be by matching a person's face to one face template in the database (1:1). The second mode helps to identify who the person is by comparing the face against all face templates stored in the database (one-to-many). The specialty of identification lies in its high accuracy, which is due to the unique ability of the Luxand's algorithm to recognize facial features. When the library performs a comparison, it matches every single feature of the person's face with its counterpart on the face template.
The identification accuracy of the Luxand's algorithm has been evaluated in FERET tests and found to be the highest in the category as compared to the algorithms implemented in competing commercial systems. "The results we've seen prove our product to be the best in class," said Alex Konoplev, CEO of Luxand. "Our technology can unlock the potential for developers to make software products with facial feature recognition, which is truly outstanding in terms of accuracy and speed. Luxand Face SDK dramatically reduces the time and costs of creating such an application and can be easily integrated into the software project."
Luxand Face SDK has many potential uses in the security and law enforcement arena. Some examples include:
* Verification of the laptop owner. Luxand Face SDK can be used to create a facial recognition application for a laptop computer that will enable its owner to log on the computer using the face, rather than a password, which can be easily forgotten or lost. When someone attempts to log on, the security system will make a snapshot of the person's face with the laptop camera and compare it to the face template of the laptop owner stored in the system. If the identity is verified, the user gets access to the computer.
* Identification of the suspect. The Luxand's recognition technology can be used in a security system for assisting law enforcement with catching criminals and terrorists. In the airport or in the street, the security officer can capture a face of the detained person and check the photograph against a database of previously documented criminals and suspected terrorists. In a matter of seconds, the systems will tell if the person in question is among those on a watchlist for terrorism or crimes.
Other uses of the SDK include border and access control, voter fraud prevention and ATM security.
Luxand FaceSDK 1.7 is cross-platform and available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh. For more information about the product, technical details about its implementation and advice, visit Luxand's SDK web page.