Face masks have become a mandatory part of the protocols in place around the world, so the Face Recognition Company (FRC) has gone ahead and updated its system to continue working effectively in the new normal. The system is capable of identifying patrons wearing facial coverings to alert retailers of those who have been flagged for things like shoplifting. The system can also work to detect if someone who enters the establishment isn't wearing a face covering to let retailers reiterate to them that they must do so to come inside.
Chief Executive of FRC Tim Noest spoke on the new updates saying, "Face coverings are now likely to be part of our normal daily life for a long time to come – even after mandatory restrictions are lifted. Just a few months ago, a person entering a store with their face covered would have raised suspicion. Today, it’s the norm, and this presents real challenges from a security perspective. This new capability allows our system to identify the person behind the mask and help security staff operate more effectively in this new normal. In addition to this new functionality, we are also extending the capability of our system to alert security staff when people enter environments when not wearing a face covering. Wearing a mask is now compulsory in many retail and public transport environments across the world, and we are providing businesses with an extra pair of eyes when it comes to ensuring that customers are following the rules.”