Conway company puts its face recognition technology on commercial market
Conway-based Animetrics is now selling its facial-recognition technology, designed for law enforcement, through commercial licensing. (COURTESY)
One of Anemetrics' clients is working on allowing customers to try on sunglasses through the use of a computer-generated 3-D image of themselves without stepping foot in a store, according to Paul Schuepp, president and CEO.
Government work included subcontract work with the U.S. Department of Defense involving projects he isn't allowed to talk about because they are classified. Others using the software include the New York Police Department and the Massachusetts jail system.
"I know it's in the hundreds because our stuff is installed at the NYPD," Schuepp said.
The software also is "used in the fight on terrorism," he said. "It's been acquired, and part of it's been funded by the intelligence community."Popular Science magazine mentioned the company in a January story titled, "The End of Anonymity."
"It's never a match," Schuepp said. "It's always a most similarly looking person. It gives the detective a lead. It looks like this guy in the database, you may want to investigate it further."But the company has no Granite State clients in law enforcement.
Companies using Animetrics' FaceR API pay a monthly fee. A company wanting 500,000 transactions a month, for example, would pay $900 a month.
"Ninety percent of them are useless because cameras were not designed to be set up for face recognition," he said.
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