Sochi Airport uses Artec facial recognition software to improve security

12 February 2014 (Last Updated February 12th, 2014 18:30)

Sochi International Airport is using the facial recognition software developed by US-based Artec Group to improve security during the Winter Olympics.

Sochi Airport

Sochi International Airport is using the facial recognition software developed by US-based Artec Group to improve security during the Winter Olympics.

The new technology uses 3D camera to identify persons based on their facial features. It is being used to identify athletes, fans, and dignitaries attending the Olympics.

The Broadway 3D Face Recognition System, which was selected by Sochi Airport for its safety and fast performance, eliminates access by an unregistered person or unauthorised employee.

In less than a second, the system captures surface information, having evaluated about 40,000 points on a user's face it builds a mathematical model and compares it to the database.

"According to Artec Group, the new software is so sensitive that it can distinguish between identical twins."

According to Artec Group, the new software is so sensitive that it can distinguish between identical twins, detect persons who are in disguise, and offers a significant improvement in airport security.

When an individual enters through the checkpoint, he presents a card, the software performs a scan and compares it with 3D template in the database.

The information is stored in singular software platform (ESM) software and, if a matche is found, Broadway 3D grants access.

The company's 3D system is installed in several Russian airports, an electronics factory and a hospital in Japan, among others.

Artec Group expects its technology to be used by airports in the US, police stations, and also homes to help screen people before letting in.

Artec Group is a 3-D camera tech company established in the Silicon Valley by Russian engineers, with offices in San Jose, Russia and Luxembourg. It plans to open soon a showroom and 3-D printing centre in Palo Alto, reported San Jose Mercury News.


Image: Artec's Broadway 3D Face Recognition System was selected by Sochi Airport for its safety and fast performance. Photo: courtesy of MariaTalanova.