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Panasonic and Kumahira collaborate on commercialization of key management service by face recognition

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Panasonic System Solutions Japan and Kumahira announced on March 3, 2021 that they will collaborate on the commercialization of a key management service based on face recognition. By utilizing Panasonic’s “face recognition API service”, physical keys such as cylinder keys can be managed in a non-contact and face recognition manner. The two companies will jointly promote the development, manufacture and sale of key management services.

Panasonic System Solutions Japan and Kumahira will cooperate in the commercialization of a key management service based on face recognition. By utilizing Panasonic’s “face recognition API service”, physical keys such as cylinder keys can be managed by non-contact face recognition. We will jointly promote the development, manufacture, and sale of such key management services.
Panasonic’s “face recognition API service” is a service that provides a face recognition function using deep learning in the form of a Web API. The accuracy of face authentication is not easily affected by the orientation of the face, changes over time, and the presence or absence of glasses.

The company is developing a system that applies facial recognition technology for identity verification at airports, ticketless entry / exit at amusement parks, cashless payments at stores, and IC cardless entry / exit at offices.

Kumahira’s “key management system” is a system product that automates management tasks based on the key management ledger, such as key storage, user restrictions, and records of retrieval and return. We have a wide lineup from a small type that can be carried to a large capacity type that can be managed on a large scale.

Key management systems are used in various industries such as financial institutions, government offices / local governments, and distribution / retail. It can be used for important key management in office buildings and factories, internal management of organizations, and cooperation with vehicle reservation systems.

Both companies have been promoting cooperation with network cameras and security gates as security-related sales partners. In the future, we plan to further strengthen product collaboration with the commercialization of face recognition and key management services.

As a background, the company cites the situation where electric locks, IC cards, smart locks, biometrics, etc. are becoming more and more keyless in office buildings. Physical keys such as conventional cylinder keys continue to be used for emergency response. In addition, there are many keys that are not suitable for keyless keys in terms of cost and convenience, and strict management of keys was required.

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