"Anviz bets on AI-powered multi-factor identification"
Access control and management systems on the market today are based on three key elements: password, identity card and biometrics. The choice depends on how high the security requirements of the organization are. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the processes familiar to all of us have undergone major changes. Access control systems are no exception and have undergone major changes, including the widespread use of thermal imaging cameras, as well as the development of algorithms and technologies to identify people wearing masks. It became clear that one of the main solutions to the problem will be contactless biometric technologies, which will widely cover everyday processes in the near future.
Anviz is a global leader in biometric and contactless identification technologies. The main office of the company, which deals with brand promotion, marketing, and product technical support, is located in Miami (Florida, USA). In addition, Anviz offices and representative offices can be found in many countries, and direct production and R&D centers are located in China.
In Azerbaijan, Anviz products and solutions are represented by iTech Group, which has been the distributor of this supplier of high-quality and professional access control systems, time attendance, biometric readers and biometric locks since 2012. Nadir Eyvazov, project manager at iTech Group, talks about the capabilities of Anviz products and their scope in Azerbaijan in an interview with Infocity today.
- What biometric technologies are used in Anviz solutions today?

- Biometrics is a very broad concept that includes the recognition of people by one or more physical or behavioral traits. This also includes systems for face recognition, voice, signature, iris, fingerprint, palm geometry, hand vein pattern, individual typing rhythm, smell, etc. But if you think about it, you can compromise any biometrics that is recorded by conventional devices, such as photographs. And so today Anviz is focused on those identification methods that solve problems that are inaccessible to the technologies we are already familiar with. The company is developing such identification methods that are related to dynamically changing biometric features. For example, the Anviz portfolio has self-learning solutions built on artificial intelligence that are able to distinguish a "live" face from a photo or even a video. Depth analysis is performed using software tools for comparing video streams from two cameras, and built-in depth maps help to repel attacks with a photo or smartphone screen instead of a face. In addition, the algorithms of Anviz biometric access control systems do an excellent job of identifying a person, for example, who has changed his hairstyle, put on a mask or glasses.

The company's own development is an integrated Bionano algorithm based on multi-biometric recognition. It covers fingerprint recognition, face recognition, iris recognition and other multi-scenario rich applications. For example, Bionano uses a unique encryption and encryption technology that can recognize fake fingerprints and perform live fingerprint detection for high security application scenarios. At the same time, the system determines whether the finger is dry or wet, whether there are micro-scratches on it, automatically restoring the disturbed pattern of the print. Anviz has developed the world's first artificial intelligence algorithm to detect fake fingerprints. The AI Fake Fingerprint Detection technology embedded in the Bionano algorithm, through continuous self-learning, allows Anviz biometric terminals to recognize fake fingerprints within 0.5 seconds and block them, and notify the relevant security services of the violation. Also, the Bionano algorithm reduces the frequency of false recognitions of a person's face to one in a million, although most of these systems promise only 99% of true positives. Bionano algorithms are also integrated into identification systems based on the unique features that the iris has. In any case, today Anviz is betting on artificial intelligence-based multi-factor identification tools, which can reduce the probability of error to almost zero.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a permanent attribute in the form of a mask into our lives. Does this greatly affect market demands for systems that identify masked people?

- Of course, Anviz has a facial recognition system that can identify people wearing masks. Such readers can store up to 10 thousand people in memory, self-learn and do not require an Internet connection, as they have built-in memory. During this time, the company has developed a system that combines thermal imaging cameras for non-contact temperature measurement and identification of people by facial geometry. For example, the new Anviz FaceDeep 3 and FaceDeep 3 IRT contactless terminals offer highly accurate facial recognition capabilities. At the same time, the platform is able to identify the user in just 0.3 seconds and can match the biometric data of masked users. The terminals are equipped with two facial recognition cameras and offer biometric vitality detection capabilities as well as mask detection and temperature detection. In addition, these are high-speed terminals that can identify up to 50 people per minute. And such solutions are in great demand in Azerbaijan. This is a global trend, as today, in order to improve epidemiological safety, companies are accelerating the implementation of such solutions, for obvious reasons, preferring contactless methods of biometric identification.

- In what areas are Anviz solutions most often used in Azerbaijan?

- Traditionally, access control and management tools are used in law enforcement agencies and financial institutions, but over 10 years of close cooperation with this manufacturer, we have implemented a lot of projects based on Anviz solutions in almost all sectors of the economy, including shopping centers, hotels and educational institutions. One of the landmark projects was our joint solutions at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company CJSC, where not only Anviz control systems were installed, but an infrastructure was built that connected the turnkey access control solution with other processes in the company. The system, which controls access to the offices and facilities of the Caspian Shipping Company, one of which is the Baku Shipbuilding Plant in the Garadagh region, is used to collect and track employee attendance. Administrators also have remote access to the system and can set the times at which personnel are allowed access to certain facilities. But in addition to integration with the security system, on the basis of Anviz software and additional reporting modules developed by our company, time tracking and employee payroll are carried out. By the way, the system based on Anviz equipment deployed at Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company CJSC identifies up to 10,000 people per day, so you can judge for yourself the possibilities of such a solution.

In addition, CrossChex Cloud, a cloud-based access control and attendance solution, eliminates the need for Anviz equipment users to install access control and attendance control software on servers and workstations. Now this load has been shifted to cloud servers, which allows access to this data from any remote point. Using a simple web-based interface, employees of the relevant departments can add, modify and delete data, view the event log in real time, and generate reports on staff time. And the Anviz AIM CrossChex system, built on the basis of artificial intelligence, is perfectly integrated with SAP and 1C solutions in many enterprises. In addition, iTech Group developers in a short time can create software for displaying any report in these systems, allowing you to automate employee management, reduce labor costs and optimize the payroll through effective personnel management.

- How are your relations with the vendor?

- It is comfortable and pleasant to work with Anviz, as this company is very loyal to its partners, helping to quickly solve any problems that arise during the installation of equipment, which are sometimes associated with the integration of Anviz products with equipment from other vendors. Communication with company representatives is carried out quickly, and well-built logistics supply chains for equipment from China have never let us down. It should be noted that the control over the quality of execution and shipments at the factory in China is at the highest level. All this allows us to present the full range of Anviz solutions in the showroom and keep a sufficient stock of equipment in stock to solve the widest range of tasks for building access control and management systems in organizations of any profile and scale.
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