Facial recognition and gesture for machine control

06 November 2017

At the PPMA exhibition in the UK, Omron demonstrated the benefits of its OKAO facial recognition and gesture control technology for machine access and control, operating as a facial recognition system for access control and presenting a contextualised menu dependant on the authorised access level.

The OKAO image sensing technology was originally developed for mobile platforms to offer accurate detection and recognition performance at high speed. OKAO’s gesture recognition system allows operators to view the performance of a machine, and control its movement from a distance, providing accurate control and an extra layer of safety by taking the operative out of the machinery’s operating field. The OKAO system will allow control over machinery in places where an HMI cannot be installed or operated effectively. 

The OKAO facial recognition system is said to be more secure than ID cards or codes. it guarantees that the system is only accessible to the person present at the reader, and that person only has access to the parts of the system for which they are authorised. The technology can also provide ongoing checks on the operator to ensure that the same person is in control. 

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