Person Clusterization

FindFace Security allows for automatic person recognition. In this case, the system databases will hold a new entity person event linked to all episodes that feature a person’s face. You can work with the person gallery on the Persons tab.


By default, person clusterization is disabled. Enable and configure it via the findface-security configuration file.

In this section:

Clusterization Methods

FindFace Security uses the following methods to cluster faces belonging to the same person:

  • Dynamic clusterization. The clusterization takes place on-the-fly after an episode is closed. The result of dynamic clusterization is shown in real-time on the Persons tab.


    The technical details are as follows. Not every episode is qualified: the number of events in it must be equal or greater than PERSON_EVENT_MIN_EPISODE_EVENTS (set up via the findface-security configuration file). If an episode meets this requirement, the system selects the best quality event and performs the following operations:

    • Creates a new entity PersonEvent in the main system database PostgreSQL. The entity contains the event metadata, a link to the parent episode, face biometric sample, and thumbnail.
    • Searches for a similar face centroid in the person_events gallery of the Tarantool biometric database. A face centroid is a virtual biometric sample averaged across all person’s faces that have been detected so far. If a similar centroid is found, the system updates it using the new event. Otherwise, it creates a new centroid.
  • Scheduled clusterization. We recommend scheduling it on late night hours as it takes up a lot of CPU resources and time.


    The schedule is defined in the RRULE format as PERSONS_CLUSTERIZATION_SCHEDULE in the findface-security configuration file. The rest of the technical implementation resembles the dynamic method. However, the face centroid quality is better in the scheduled method as centroids are averaged across a larger array of accumulated biometric samples.


    The scheduled clusterization completely overwrites the person gallery, including ids.

Enable and Configure Person Clusterization

By default, person clusterization is disabled. To enable it, open the findface-security configuration file and modify the SERVICES section as such:

sudo vi /etc/ffsecurity/

    "ffsecurity": {
        "persons": True,

You will see the Persons tab appear in the FindFace Security web interface.

In the same configuration file, you can modify the following parameters:

  • PERSON_EVENT_MIN_QUALITY: minimum quality of faces used in person clusterization.

  • PERSON_EVENT_MIN_EPISODE_EVENTS: minimum number of events in episodes used in person clusterization.

  • PERSONS_CONFIDENCE_THRESHOLD: confidence threshold to match a face to a person.


    Consult with our experts by before changing this parameter.

  • PERSONS_CLUSTERIZATION_SCHEDULE: recurrence rule (RRULE) for scheduling person clusterization.


    See the RRULE calculator here.

# -- Persons configuration --
# rrule (recurrence rule) for scheduling persons clusterization
# face to person matching confidence threshold
# minimum face quality for handle face in person service