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SAFR facial recognition now runs on AXIS camera application platform

Edge AI processing lowers the cost of deploying facial recognition for touchless access, and security; mask detection to help the world get back to work

June 18, 2020  By  SP&T Staff

SAFR from RealNetworks, Inc. announced SAFR Inside, a new app component of its Facial Recognition and Computer Vision Platform that runs on ACAP enabled cameras with edge processing capabilities.

SAFR Inside reduces network traffic and server overhead and thus lowers overall deployment costs.

SAFR Inside enables network cameras like the AXIS Q1615 Mk III to reduce video processing server overhead and achieve new lows in total cost of ownership.

Large-scale on-premise deployments such as at a casino or stadium would experience similar up-front cost savings. By choosing cameras with SAFR Inside instead of a traditional IP camera, a 100-camera installation can be run on a single on-premise SAFR recognition servea.


“Our customers are always looking for ways to reduce the total cost of ownership when deploying SAFR,” says Eric Hess, senior director product management for SAFR. “By bringing our world-leading AI into the camera, we are delivering lower costs and more flexible deployment options for our end users.”

The SAFR Inside app supports some of the SAFR Platform’s most requested features for fighting Covid-19.

  • Improve public health safety by automatically playing an audio reminder when someone is, or is not, wearing a protective face mask.
  • Reduce opportunities for viral transmission by introducing touchless access control systems using SAFR’s world-leading facial recognition on live video. SAFR can ensure employees are wearing masks and recognize them with the mask on.

“We are very pleased to bring SAFR Inside to the AXIS Camera Application Platform,” said Reza Rassool, CTO of RealNetworks, “Their worldwide leadership and quality products are a perfect fit for our highly accurate, high performance facial recognition platform. We look forward to expanding our relationship into the future.”

“SAFR Inside is the first Axis Application Development Partner (ADP) application to take full advantage of the new AI capabilities of our AXIS Camera Application Platform,” said Robert Muehlbauer, senior manager, business development, at Axis Communications.

“With advanced computer vision technology like SAFR combined with the AI enabled AXIS Q1615 Mk III, we see many use cases, including integrated solutions that utilize our IP audio and IP intercom technologies.  We look forward to SAFR Inside running on more Axis cameras and intercoms in the future.”

SAFR Inside version 1.0 will be available at the end of July.


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