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Sberbank found out whether computers recognize faces in medical masks

Sberbank found out whether computers recognize faces in medical masks
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Sberbank and VisionLabs, a member of its ecosystem, one of the world leaders in the field of creating computer vision systems and machine learning, have analyzed whether medical masks can affect the face recognition system about security, especially in large cities.

The number of masked people has risen due to the threat of the coronavirus. According to Alexander Khanin, founder and chairman of the board of VisionLabs, the company's products can recognize a face even when wearing a medical mask. This function was introduced back in 2018, more than 20 projects were implemented in Southeast Asia and Japan, where a mask on a person's face is the norm of everyday life.

“Of course, a medical mask complicates the recognition task, but we have learned with high accuracy to identify persons with a false mustache or beard, wearing glasses, a scarf, hat, medical mask or other accessories,” said Alexander Khanin.

According to the press service of Sberbank, the Rambler portal, which is part of the bank’s ecosystem, conducted a survey on the attitude of Russians to medical masks. Only 3% of respondents reported that they constantly use this tool to prevent infection with viruses, 9% of respondents do it sometimes or during illness, the remaining 88% do not use masks at all.

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