TECH OFFER

Low-power, Secured, Learn-on-the-fly Facial Recognition Multi-Platform Module

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Electronics - Sensors & Instrumentation
Infocomm - Video/Image Analysis & Computer Vision
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO120911

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Facial recognition is one of the most popular non-invasive security technologies in use, given the ever-present threats in both the physical and cyber world. Although facial recognition systems has seen tremendous growth, the technology has been hampered by cost and energy consumption limitations. Real-time training and inference of faces require huge computing power, typically using high-end and power-hungry CPU (central processing unit), GPUs (graphics processing units) or SoCs (system on a chip). The threat of cyber-hacking the stored facial bio-data is also real, as these digital data remain housed in IT server infrastructure.

This technology is based on a hardware implementation of Artificial Neural Networks, offering a low power, low cost and secure multi platform module. No software is required, and the architecture allows dynamic learning-on-the-fly.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • This technology implements ANN architecture in IC or FPGA.
    • Identical neuron cells combining memory and processing using Radial Basis Function (RBF) technique.
    • The technology is content reactive, and no addressing is required. All neurons are interconnected and work in parallel.
    • The low power on-the-edge implementation and interfacing is designed to cater for a variety of microcontrollers.
  • Real-time facial features learning and recognition.
  • Deterministic latencies to learn and recognize faces regardless of the number faces registered.
  • Dynamic learning, in which real-time addition of new faces (ability to learn on-the-fly and requires less training datasets).

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

  • Surveillance Cameras
  • Access control
  • Security Robots
  • etc.

Benefits

  • Low hardware cost
  • Low power requirements (in milliwatts)
  • Fast inference speed (in milliseconds)
  • Real-time facial features learning and recognition
  • Deterministic latencies to learn and recognize faces regardless of the number of faces registered
  • The system provides real-time addition of new faces, i.e. able to learn-on-the-fly, hence requiring less training datasets
  • Scalability for increasing facial database
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