Face Technologies, or Face as the company is commonly referred to, is an IT systems integrator specialising in card technology and biometrics. Founded in 1993, they have in excess of 15 years’ experience in this specialised field.
Based in South Africa, Face has gained international respect over the years, having been the recipient of numerous international awards. They have clients in the welfare, government, telecommunications and financial services sectors, in both developed and emerging markets across three continents.
They focus on empowering businesses, organisations and governments to effectively identify personnel, clients and assets, and take pride in providing them with customised, seamless solutions. This, they believe, has placed us in a position to offer unrivalled experience in their industry. They have taken the time to establish and nurture strategic partnerships with international technology vendors, whilst choosing to remain product independent, so as to truly offer their clients the very best solutions the industry has to offer.
Face Technologies aims to develop, supply and implement business solutions for effective identification focusing on biometrics and smart card technologies.
Face Technologies takes commitment to clients very seriously. They are customer-focused and strive to become a trusted technology partner and advisor to clients. Face Technologies not only provide them with appropriate solutions, but also empower them with relevant education and skills transfer, helping them to understand specific technology and how it applies to their situation.
Face Technologies has served numerous clients for several years and these clients will attest to the fact that we not only forge long-term relationships with them. Face Technologies have also worked hard at getting to know their business challenges inside out in order to provide them with effective and cost-effective solutions.
Products and Solutions
Face provides solutions that extend from a single stand-alone identification (ID) system to large integrated national ID systems. They at Face are biometric experts and they, therefore, incorporate biometrics in the ID solutions they offer. This ensures secure, credible and true identification of groups of people, whether they be citizens or employees.
Face is not restricted with regard to card technology and can provide a range of card products, from laminated paper cards to PVC and other state-of-the-art materials, including smart cards.
Face has vast expertise in designing, developing and implementing customised, integrated election and voters’ registration solutions internationally. They offer a single, comprehensive solution for hosting local and national elections in their entirety. Their efficient Face project management team will ensure quality of work according to predetermined requirements and will see to it that targets are met in terms of deliverables, timing and cost. Through consultation, planning and design, Face will support the government in the process of identifying its requirements and defining system specifications.
Face has developed a core solution for driving licences, which is customised to meet the client’s local legislation requirements, as well as other unique requirements. To date, this solution has been adopted by several countries. The major benefits of their secure card are that it is impossible to reproduce without special equipment, it has visible security features to facilitate a quick visual check, and it contains invisible and/or confidential security features for a second-level check.
Motor vehicle registration
Apart from using this solution to register motor vehicles, it is also used, amongst others, for the purpose of issuing registration plates and motor vehicle permits, deregistration of motor vehicles, change of vehicle particulars, change of ownership of a motor vehicle, financial information and accountability, transaction auditing and management information reports.
Face has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing integrated mobile cash payment systems for social security welfare purposes. This solution includes the creation of a secure database, as well as the personalisation and issuing of smart cards. The cash payment solution ensures fast, efficient payments to large groups of people. Payments are made on-site and reconciliation of all payments is made electronically after payment days.
Face has developed a host of products that can be easily included in their solutions above, or be provided separately. These products are customised to meet each client’s individual requirements.
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
The AFIS package comprises all aspects required for setting up complex identification applications, such as a high-speed matching engine, fingerprint search-database management and client-server architecture. The AFIS has a scalable architecture, allowing the matching server component to be installed on several matching computers to distribute the workload and increase matching speed. Therefore, the AFIS can search large-scale databases ranging from hundreds of thousands to hundreds of millions of fingerprints.
Unlike other more costly AFIS systems, Face’s AFIS runs on standard PC hardware and is easy to set up. The matching server can be installed either on one computer or on several computers, facilitating workload distribution and increased matching speed.
Mobile Registration Station (MRS)
The mobile registration station (MRS) is used for the capturing or verification of citizens’/voters’ information for registration purposes. The station is fully mobile and has its own built-in batteries providing power for up to 12 hours of operation, without the need for mains power. The customisable MRS allows for the capturing of data such as photo, fingerprints, signature and text data, using customised software. The MRS is built into a ruggedised, lockable IP67 carry case.
Solar Power Kit
The ruggedised solar panel uses solar energy to charge internal batteries that are used to charge the MRS batteries. The solar panel is designed to meet urban or rural conditions, and is custom-built to meet clients’ individual requirements. The panel folds up for easy transportation. The batteries and power management are built into a ruggedised, lockable IP67 carry case.
ard Production Facility (CPF)
The actual card printing technology is also customised to meet each individual client’s requirements. Card output can range from 100 per hour to >1500 cards per hour.
A secure card personalisation facility is established to ensure controlled entry to the facility. Computer hardware maintains the various processes, such as:
- Database management
- Card printing scheduling
- Card printing
- Quality assurance
- Card dispatch
- Technical support
Live Capture Unit (LCU)
The LCU consists of a PC/notebook, mounted camera, lights, fingerprint reader, signature pad, printer and customised software,
The LCU software application is designed according to the functional specifications agreed on between Face and its client.
FT200 Handheld Device
The Face Technologies FT200 is a mobile handheld device that, together with their customised software applications, provides solutions for rapid, on-the-spot identification, verification and law enforcement connectivity to central databases. The FT200 offers secure communication with local printers via Bluetooth and remote computers via GPRS, 3G or Wi-Fi. An integrated fingerprint reader allows reliable biometric verification. Applications such as voter authentication, driving licence verification and other law enforcement activities have been developed for use with the FT200.See more