This question is of particular importance and requires some much needed attention.
These are for better or for worse, a myth, especially when we are talking about camera images. Most FAR/FRR statistics are based upon so-called passport photos and not real life scenarios where the head of the subject has been prepositioned, proper lighting has been preset, and essentially the photos themselves are in no way related to real life conditions. Most of the data drawn from these types of images is based on photos that were taken by low quality industrial cameras with sensor noise and relatively cheap optics. The predictive analytics in such cases can be whatever you like them to be. It all depends on the input data and environment. Be wary of anyone claiming otherwise!
When considering real life scenarios instead, this question is like asking the blanket question, "What is the likelihood of an automobile accident?" You may notice there is not enough data in that question to answer it properly. For instance, where, when, how, what type of vehicle or conditions, and who is driving, are all missing.
In reality the input data determines the outcome. In order to get real results the test scenario for information such as this has to be preplanned and set up in advance and then tested, but then the results are based solely on that particular setup. Change this scenario by a fraction of a degree in any way whatsoever and those results change drastically. For example, a person at a distance walking fast and not looking into the camera under uncooperative conditions is not going to generate the same recognition rate data as someone looking directly into a camera while attempting to access a secured area. Another example would be to set up absolutely ideal conditions (hardware, lighting, distances, subject scenarios, and so on) and perform the test with the intention of getting optimal results, i.e. design the experiment to fit the conclusion, and then publish those results with the intention of confusing the customer into believing these results to be somehow universal. We feel this is wrong and believe it to be unethical, because the moment that test is performed again under different conditions those initial results become statistical noise.
To put it another way, to get near perfect results you need a highly controlled, properly planned, well designed and expertly installed environment. In that case our system beats out anything else on the market today. It is all about planning.
Cooperative and uncooperative scenarios have different minimal requirements; however, those too depend upon the function, customer need (what are you trying to accomplish?), application and environment. There is no one universal answer. For more information, please contact one of our specialists at email@example.com and we will be happy to take our personal approach in helping you understand these requirements based upon your individual circumstance and goals.
As with lighting (see above), this all depends on your environment and requirement. Cameras can range in price and quality and so can lenses. Frame rate necessities and angles all come into play. For instance, we often recommend that for a very generic, uncooperative scenario through one access point, that two medium quality cameras be installed or one with an exceptionally high frame-per-second rate (fps). This is necessary in order to generate high quality images that are not blurred under conditions where the subject is passing the image capture point rather quickly. This raises the probability of image capture exponentially. Using two cameras allows capturing images from different angles and in different geometric perspectives, thus again raising the identification probability. With that said, every situation is different.
Any scenario is workable and a proper configuration can be developed for just about any purpose at all, so in order to understand what the optimal setup is for you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your required (or desired) number of video cards exceeds the allowable space on a single server then you may need to add hardware. Additionally, opting to add servers and thus more video card capacity will improve system reliability through load distribution as well as by adding longevity and reducing or eliminating system failures. Ultimately your purpose will dictate hardware requirements so the answer is that it all depends on what you hope to achieve. Server clusters are only necessary if your objective requires it. Planning is key.
Important note: we do not charge extra for additional hardware!
When enrolling candidate images into the database, is there something technical that I need to do in order for them to enroll properly?
By comparison to how FRT software is generally sold by our competitors our pricing is very straightforward. We license our technology based on two primary factors: database size and power. Database size refers to the number of enrolled individuals your organization will have and the power refers to the number of GPU video cards you require. That’s it!
Since we do not have any complicated pricing plans that touch on every microelement, and because our software works with generic gaming GPUs, when compared, we are competitively priced to any other vendor.
A very important point to note is that we are the vendor. Many products claiming to be original FRT platforms on the market today are actually products that have been developed on top of a third party vendor platform. This adds to customer’s pricing for such products due to outside vendor costs. Not with us!
Equally important to note is the difference between academic level (or backyard-built if you will) original platforms and what we call an “industrial grade” FRT platform. Many of the so-called original platforms out on the market are often designed for “corner store” use and are non-brand name algorithms that are fine for a one-camera, low processing application designed more for exceptionally simple use. They are often slow and unreliable as well as incapable of handling large amounts of data processing. In other words, they are unable to handle anything requiring high surety at the enterprise or large organization level and are made for the individual. In the case of industrial grade, to date there are only a small handful of real vendors with their own patented platform.
Support is included for as long as you use our solutions. We do offer professional services and consulting in order to help you design and construct the proper hardware infrastructure if you so desire, as well as any other partnership related services that may be contracted in case you are interested in developing or co-developing products based on our platform, and those are per quote.
Yes. We have a large and dedicated staff of some of the brightest minds in the world on staff full-time; however, depending on each customer’s geographic location and the applicable laws and standards within each region and country, we are always open to cooperation with your local IT professionals to accommodate our support services to fit your needs. Contact us with any additional questions regarding local support at email@example.com.
We have a dedicated staff of developers, testers and engineers actively working with our customers, as well as an entire department dedicated to expansion and creating new technologies. We offer professional services and further development to include modular adaptations, appending elements of application interface (API), creation of new interfaces with external, closed systems, support for new hardware, and other services. We not only offer our services, we welcome your ideas and can help you realize them and cut costs. Please contact us to discuss any potential partnerships or collaboration together at firstname.lastname@example.org.