Give returning workers safe, quick access at an attractive price point with RealNetwork’s facial recognition reader

by Brianna Crandall — May 27, 2022 — RealNetworks recently announced SAFR SCAN, a high-performance computer vision access control device available at a price point enabling broad-based applications for commercial and office uses. The facial recognition reader, RealNetwork’s first integrated hardware-software product, was publicly unveiled at the ISC West 2022 trade show in Las Vegas, and made its public debut in the European market earlier this month at IFSEC 2022 in London.

Real Network’s SAFR SCAN facial recognition device

SAFR can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, embedded in a smart camera, or with a VMS. Image courtesy of RealNetworks

RealNetworks’ SAFR software is a facial recognition platform for live video intelligence, used around the world. It taps the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help the world get back to work. Whether it’s used for occupancy counting, face mask detection, or touchless entry control, SAFR can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, embedded in a smart camera, or with a video management system (VMS). SAFR is designed to enhance security, heighten situational awareness, and deliver insights to improve operational efficiency and protect occupant health and safety.

Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks, stated:

SAFR SCAN is a game changer. It’s the fastest and most secure way to control building and office access ever created. SAFR SCAN is the first integrated hardware-software product we’ve built in Real’s 27-year history. We chose to make hardware because it enabled us to leverage our SAFR software platform to deliver a world-class product for less than half of what competing products cost.

The new SAFR SCAN device is a touchless biometrics solution that is designed to be much more secure, reliable, and accurate than keycard-based systems, and is engineered for use in both indoor and outdoor environments, even in challenging lighting conditions. An aggressively priced solution, SAFR SCAN delivers a combination of facial recognition, computer vision and image capture technologies to meet an extremely broad range of mainstream access control and workforce management applications without compromise, says RealNetworks.

Brad Donaldson, VP Computer Vision, SAFR from RealNetworks, explained:

SAFR SCAN is custom hardware designed around SAFR — our fast, highly reliable, low bias, and compact computer vision platform. We’ve built SAFR SCAN to integrate seamlessly into a wide variety of access control environments to create a compelling, reliable, and contactless alternative that’s better and more secure than traditional methods like key cards.

Designed as a standalone or networked solution, SAFR SCAN delivers fast, frictionless throughput capable of authenticating up to 30 individuals per minute, says RealNetworks.

To ensure personal privacy, all enrolled and scanned biometric data is fully encrypted and does not contain any visual imagery of individuals’ faces. For added physical security, SAFR SCAN features anti-spoofing technology employing three-dimensional (3D) structured light and red-green-blue (RGB) to best ensure the liveness of the individual being authenticated.

Steve Guardiani, president, Valuber Security, said of the product:

SAFR SCAN is the biometrics access device that industry professionals have been waiting to arrive. It delivers extremely high levels of identification and authentication capabilities for new and emerging physical security, workforce management and health-safety applications at an exceptional price point that will be attractive to large organizations as well as SMBs.

Designed and made in the USA, SAFR SCAN units are scheduled for delivery beginning in May 2022. SAFR SCAN will be sold in North America through a network of system integrators. To learn more, visit the SAFR website.