Face and Silhouette Counters


To be able to count human silhouettes, you first have to enable silhouette detection.

FindFace Security allows you to count faces and silhouettes on connected cameras. This functionality can apply to a wide range of situations, such as people counting in queues and waiting areas, monitoring public gatherings, crowding prevention, and more.

The counting method is based on time slices, which means that the system counts faces and silhouettes in static screenshots taken with a given count interval. The counter shows how the number of faces and silhouettes changes over time.

In this section:

Configure Counters

To configure counters, open the findface-security configuration file and modify the following parameters:

  • COUNTERS_SAVE_FULLFRAME determines saving options of full frames in counters: always, detect - only save if faces or silhouettes have been detected, never.
  • COUNTERS_FULLFRAME_JPEG_QUALITY: JPEG quality of full frames,
  • COUNTERS_THUMBNAIL_JPEG_QUALITY: JPEG quality of thumbnails.
sudo vi /etc/findface-security/config.py

# counters full frame saving options:
# `always` - save always
# `detect` - save only if faces or silhouettes have been detected
# `never` - never save full frames

Create Counter

To set up a counter, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Counters tab.

  2. Click +.


  3. Specify the counter name.


  4. Select the camera for counting.

  5. Specify the interval between two consecutive screenshots used for counting.

  6. Check Detect Faces to count faces.

  7. Check Detect Silhouettes to count silhouettes. Silhouettes detection has to be enabled.

  8. Make sure that the counter is Active.

  9. Click Save. You will see two new tabs appear.

  10. (Optional) Navigate to the Region of Interest tab to specify the face/silhouette tracking region within the camera field of view.


Counter Chart

To see the counter chart for the last hour, 24 hours, or week, navigate to the Chart tab in the counter settings.


Work with Counter Records

Static screenshots taken by a counter, with the number of faces and silhouettes in them, are saved as counter records.

To see the counter records, navigate to the Counters tab and click on the required counter.


To work with counter records, use the following filters:

  • Counter
  • Cameras
  • Camera groups
  • Time period
  • Number of faces in record
  • Number of silhouettes in record
  • Record id

Set Webhook for Counter

To take it up a notch, configure a webhook for counter records with a specific number of faces and silhouettes.