CyberExtruder Introduces Aureus 3D
Newark, NJ (July 12, 2011) CyberExtruder, a leader in identity management solutions, announced the release of its new Aureus 3D™ facial reconstruction software, which has shown an increase in facial recognition matching accuracy by 26.5 percent when compared to even the best 2D facial recognition products .
This evidence from tests for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security demonstrates how Aureus 3D’s ability to generate a 3D representation from 2D images advances the available technology for suspect and victim identification.
“Unique solutions like this become an essential resource for the intelligence, security and law enforcement communities,” said Jack Ives, co-founder and chief operating officer for CyberExtruder. “Aureus 3D is expected to be a valuable new tool for those engaged in mission critical facial recognition."
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) first recognized the value of utilizing 3D information as a biometric tool in the Facial Recognition Vendor’s Test (FRVT) of 2002 and in the FRVT of 2006. The NIST reported findings of the FRVT 2006 and the Iris Challenge Evaluation 2006 established the first independent performance benchmark for both 3D facial recognition and iris recognition technology, and concluded that the performance of both is comparable.
However, despite previous technology advancements, law enforcement and security professionals have continued to struggle with a lack of availability of quality images with which to identify and match “persons of interest.” Most surveillance cameras are mounted overhead so they can follow a person’s movements through a scene. Because of this, individual frames taken from these cameras make it difficult, if not impossible, to identify the person unless they happen to look directly into the camera.
Software constructs 3D models from 2D images
According to Ives, Aureus 3D significantly improves the accuracy of facial recognition systems by taking a subject’s facial image and reconstructing it into a 3D format which factors in varied poses and facial expressions, and compensates for poor lighting and partial images. When Aureus 3D begins to reconstructs a face, its patented processes are able to determine the person’s original pose relative to the camera. This information allows Aureus 3D to produce results which lead to matches when the subjects may be turned away from the camera as much as 70 degrees and a downward (or upward) angle of 25 degrees.
“No other system has been able to accomplish this, “said Ives. “This patented technology significantly increases the likelihood of a match where poor quality images are involved.”
Better models make better matches
The product’s resulting 3D model, called a 3D facial template, is used to perform identification and verification tasks. “Aureus 3D analyzes one (or more) recorded images of a person’s face and uses its vast knowledge of the human face, with its understanding of environmental factors, to craft a very unique 3D model of that person,” said Ives, “it’s a claim no other software package can make.”
Securlinx CEO Barry Hodge deploys Aureus 3D in his company’s forensics applications. Currently the technology is in use with a major law enforcement agency in New Jersey, as well as for AmberVision enabling local law enforcement personnel to indentify missing children. “Our ability to integrate Aureus 3D into portable (laptop) forensic stations for law enforcement agency investigative units is helping them identify images from crime scenes (i.e. convenience store robbery and other places with surveillance cameras) and occasionally from police sketches,” said Hodge. “We extract faces from surveillance videos, present them to Aureus 3D and then through the face matching software, where we are seeing a significant improvement in indentifying unknown suspects.”
“Perhaps best of all, upgrading to the new Aureus software is virtually seamless,” he added. The software is compatible with any facial recognition system, and can be added to existing surveillance networks or used as a standalone workstation,. Moreover, because nearly all databases of facial images only contain 2D photos, Aureus 3D is backwardly compatible with all these databases, as well as all 2D face recognition systems.