Melbourne students preview NEC’s facial recognition fraud tech

The digital transformation is in full swing worldwide, and NEC Australia will be contributing to the revolution. Their NeoFace facial recognition software was designed to combat examination fraud in educational institutions.

Allegedly, the rate of attempted impersonation in university exams can be as high as 2%.

Genix Ventures, the firm that has already performed trials with the new facial recognition tech, will try to put an end to this. According to Steve Godinho, their CEO, the technology scans the student’s face at random intervals, as well as upon entering and exiting the room.

In the past, similar attempts were made in Georgia, when NEC rolled out 400 security cameras. At the Narita International Airport, for example, a similar technology is used to allow travellers to clear customs with one’s face. Later on, they made a deal with the South Australia Police, CrimTrac, and the Northern Territory Police.

CrimTrac was working on Biometric Identification Services (BIS), but unfortunately, the Australian National Audit Office labelled the project as deficient. Originally, the project was designed as a replacement for the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System, with the goal of enhancing law enforcement’s facial recognition capabilities.

It’s worth noting that not all are in favour of these monitoring technologies. James Merlino, the Victorian Education Minister, is against placing surveillance cameras in classrooms, labelling it as “Big Brother-like”.

The main aim of doing this is to identify missing students. The surveillance technology, for instance, allows you to scan the faces of whoever is attending the classroom and compare the images against photos from the archive.