University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra Australia), School of Engineering and Information Technology, on location at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

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Findings has recently undertaken product research which was conducted by the University of New South Wales (Australia) , School of Engineering and Information Technology, on location at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The purpose of the research was an “assessment of visibility, Identity protection and prevention of SPIT transmission”.

In addition to this was to ensure that wearing the mask is not hazardous to the wearer.

Task 1: Assessment of visibility through POLIVEIL Spit-masks (White, Blue and Orange) was performed using objective evaluations with Image Quality Metrics and subjective evaluations 

An important point to note is that the purpose of this investigation on assessment of visibility through the masks is to ensure that wearing the mask is not hazardous to the wearers in that it permits enough visibility to allow them to see objects and move around them safely.

In view of the above, the minimum estimated percentages of visibility of 80% by the White mask, over 50% by the Blue masks and nearly 35% by the Orange mask, can be considered sufficient to ensure the wearer’s safety in terms of avoiding collision with objects in front of them. Of course the wearer is usually in custody and being guided as they walk anyway.

The POLIVEIL is clearly a significant advantage over a “head bag/ sand bags or a piece of clothing or blanket”

Task 2: Assessment of Identity Protection by POLIVEIL Spit-masks

Summary and Results

The specific objective was to evaluate the degree of identity protection offered by the masks, i.e., assess whether facial recognition of the person wearing the mask by external viewers is possible, and if yes, to what extent.

Three POLIVEIL masks, White, Blue and Orange, were evaluated for protection against face recognition


The objective and subjective tests performed under Task 2 confirm that the Orange and Blue mask provide excellent identity protection, while the White mask does not. Blue and Orange masks were found to provide complete protection against facial recognition.  The White version was never intended for this purpose.