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Wearing a mask won't foil facial recognition

Mar 13,2020

The coronavirus COVID-19 has affected more than one hundred countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan) till March 13, 2020 according to the data of “worldometers.info”. 

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COVID-19 worldwide spread

“As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus. ”Said by CDC. In some Asian countries, such as Japan and China, it's not uncommon to see people wearing surgical masks in public to protect against pathogens and pollution. And the developing situation may lead more and more people in other countries and areas to thinking about wearing face masks to protect themselves, to prevent catching the potentially fatal COVID-19. That brings a challenging question-how to make a successful and fast face recognition for those people who wearing face masks? 

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People wearing face masks

MAILONLINE has reported that China's facial recognition systems are evolving to recognize people with partially covered faces as coronavirus outbreak prompts huge increase in the number wearing masks. The upgrades now allow the computer system to identify people wearing face masks.  

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Face recognition

JIESHUN is just one of China's facial recognition product suppliers which currently implements face mask recognition on the original autonomous face recognition algorithm. It can identify different types of mask wearers without removing the mask. The anti-epidemic version of JIESHUN Y10 (https://www.jieshuntech.com/SmartHardware/AccessControlSystem/1436  ) also continues the previous anti-spoofing function, that is, it can easily distinguish fake photos such as paper photos, mobile phone photos, and artificial videos, and realize face recognition 24 hours a day. It can be used in all-weather environment.

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Y10 Facial Recognition

With the technical support of identifying people wearing-masks, people can walk without taking off masks during the epidemic, and security guards can continue getting the highly security control too.