A crime prevention system developed by UK-based security tech firm Facewatch is alerting businesses in Brazil when known criminals enter their premises. London-based Facewatch, working with Staff Security Brazil, uses facial recognition to match known offenders against their centralised watchlists.
Althought it is just initially operating in one shopping centre prior to a wider roll-out, five serious criminals have been caught in the first two months of use .
Around 400,000 faces per month are being captured and compared with images held on watchlists provided by police and businesses. When the system spots a match, security staff and police are sent alerts within seconds. If there is no match, the captured faces are deleted. The system learns by taking the user feedback to improve over time. Pampurre head of security for BRMalls said: “For BRMalls, Facewatch is a crucial tool to support us in combating criminality.”
BRMalls is one of the largest shopping centre chains in South America and is one of the first to adopt the Facewatch cloud-based facial recognition system, which has been running live within its flagship shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro since July. Security Manager Jesse Barbosa said: “Having adopted Facewatch in our mall recently, the identification of five criminals already has proved to us how effective it is in supporting our daily operations.”
This month, Staff Security is preparing for a second phase rollout in three major cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, and the intention is to integrate the facial recognition system into thousands of locations in the future.
Matheus Paiva, Chief Operations Officer of Staff Security, said: “Staff Security has already invested over 400,000 GBP in the project and has been working for 12 months to map the infrastructure, train personnel and to gain an understanding of how to make the product work effectively in Brazil. We are now taking on and training new distribution partners and allies across Brazil.”
Staff Security has recently teamed up with TECVOZ, a leading Brazilian camera manufacturer to provide cameras which have been tested with the system and the new technology will be distributed through their network of 550 installers.
Underpinning the overall system is Allevate’s Face-Searcher solution. This is built on MXSERVER (an enterprise facial recognition cloud platform) from Tygart Technology, and incorporates state-of-the-art biometric algorithms from CyberExtruder.