Biometrics on guard of security
The developer of biometric products RecFaces has increased the security level of a subway station in Bangkok with the help of facial recognition technology
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RecFaces, together with Pelco, implemented a project of biometric identification introduction at the Chong-nonsi surface metro station of the Sky Train Station in Bangkok (Thailand). The introduction of a ready-made Id-Guard software solution integrated with the Pelco VideoXpert VMS (Video Management System) has made it possible to increase the level of security of the transport node.
Every day, the Thailand capital’s surface metro serves about 200.000 passengers (before the pandemic, passenger traffic was 800.000 people per day). Located in a busy business district, Chong-nonsi station is one of the crowded in the city. It became notorious in 2019, when two explosions occurred here during a terrorist attack on Bangkok.
The decision to introduce facial recognition technology at the station was made by the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA). The main task of the project was to prevent further security incidents by promptly identifying the facts of entry of criminals into the territory of the station.
In total, 10 CCTV cameras equipped with facial recognition technology were installed at the station. The equipment was placed at the entrance groups of the transport node, where the largest concentration of people is observed. One of the key business advantages of ready-made biometric products is the simplicity of their installation. Thus, the complex implementation of the project in Bangkok took less than one month, and the installation of the software solution itself took only 20 minutes. Due to the high level of service, well-established communication with the customer and the operational work of technical support, the project was fully implemented remotely.
“In terms of biometrics, transport infrastructure projects have a number of nuances related to certain restrictions on the installation of cameras. We provided the client with full support at all stages of implementation: from the selection of server equipment for stable operation of the system to selection of optimal locations of camera installation and their configuration. In addition, RecFaces always remains in contact with customers after the completion of the main work on the project. Technologies are developing, and the functionality of biometric solutions is continuously expanding. To get acquainted with new product features, we regularly organize free training courses for our customers. With their help, it is possible to provide high-quality training for video system operators and technical specialists," said Tamara Morozova, CEO of RecFaces.
The Id-Guard software solution allows you to identify persons from the «stop list» in the passenger flow in real time, categorize people by belonging to the lists and configure appropriate action scenarios for different groups. When a potential criminal appears in the surveillance area, the system informs security personnel in real time by sending notifications to the VxFaces interface and to the VxFaces App for tablets and phones. The seamless integration of Id-Guard with Pelco VideoXpert VMS makes the operation of the solution simple and intuitive. Security TV operators can use the full range of functions of the biometric product, while remaining in the familiar interface of the program.
If necessary, Id-Guard can also be used to identify passengers who ignore the requirement to wear medical masks in transport.
The second main task of the project was to ensure a quick search for criminals and investigation of security incidents. With the help of a biometric archive, in just 10 seconds it is possible not only to establish the place and time of the appearance of a particular person at the station, but also to track the trajectory of his movement through the territory. Due to deep integration with the VideoXpert archive, a security officer can immediately proceed to playback of an archived video for an event of interest.
Finally, biometric identification of passengers is also used to collect and analyze statistical data on station crowding in a given period of time. Based on the information received, it is possible to make decisions on optimizing the train schedule.
«Thanks to the RecFaces’ comprehensive support, the project was implemented as quickly as possible. The company's engineers not only gave us valuable recommendations for selecting equipment and developing the architecture of the video surveillance system, but also took upon themselves the work of configuring cameras to obtain the most accurate result when identifying passengers. I would like to especially note the clear and comprehensive training programs offered by RecFaces for our specialists and station security service. As well as operational technical support, thanks to which all issues that arose in the process of work could be resolved in the shortest possible time. Cooperation with a team of professionals of this level has become an important experience for us and has left extremely pleasant impressions. I would hope that this is not our last joint project with RecFaces,» said Pongpat Kantachiravat, Managing Director of T-Sign Solution.
Transport nodes, such as metro stations in Bangkok, often find themselves in a special risk zone and require additional protection. Id-Guard has increased the efficiency and operativeness of security services through the use of advanced technologies in the field of biometrics.
About RecFaces company
RecFaces was founded in 2014 and is a vendor of biometric products based on facial recognition technology that are in demand in various sectors of the economy. Specialized software based on biometric technologies meets the current and future needs of customers. RecFaces software products are easily integrated into existing video management systems, ACS, CRM, etc.
About T- Sign Solution Co., Ltd.
The company T- Sign Solution Co., Ltd. was founded in 2005 and distributes products for visualization, lighting, sound and automation, security systems via the network (IP Surveillance System), fully integrated video conferencing systems.
The company is a specialist in the design and installation of IP video surveillance systems, Smart Classroom, Smart Meeting Room, War Room, Studio for educational institutions. It is common among large public institutions, both the government and the private sector, and many educational institutions.
In addition, T-Sign Solution is also the official importer and distributor of the well-known PELCO video surveillance system from the USA and the official distributor of SONY's line of professional products, including projectors, PTZ cameras, Pro Bravia Monitor, SONY Edge, Analytical, devices for classrooms, conference rooms. The company also provides services for the distribution of products at retail and wholesale prices to dealers throughout the country.