A few fast steps are all it takes to “fingerprint” store and retrieve a face for digital recognition. A camera with a visual search engine and biometric software processes it all. Any person can be identified or verified from a digital image by mapping out their features mathematically and saving the information as a facial fingerprint. It is typically used in security systems and can be compared to other biometrics such as fingerprint or eye iris recognition systems.
Like all biometrics solutions, face recognition technology measures and matches the unique characteristics for the purposes of identification or authentication. Often leveraging a digital or connected camera, facial recognition software can detect faces in images, quantify their features, and then match them against stored templates in a database. Facial recognition has also been leveraged as a form of biometric authentication for various computing platforms and devices, and is used as added security in certain websites, phone applications and payment methods.
The future is here.
Facial recognition is no longer a dream of the future — it’s here and working well.
A limited number of American airports are currently being used as test sites for a new tool that would automatically scan your face — and confirm your identity.
Already airports using it now have recognized fraudulent identities. Two imposters within several weeks of each other were caught by state-of-the-art facial recognition technology at Dulles Washington International Airport in the Washington, D.C. area —a man from the Republic of Congo and a woman, a citizen from Ghana.
The list of institutions and companies using facial biometrics is growing and include: military, law enforcement, sports arenas and stadiums, airport terminals, banks, casinos, schools and campuses, border patrol agencies, private and government facilities and gatherings.
The many pros of facial recognition technology.
- The systems work fast and automatically.
- Security guards aren’t needed to stand by to verify that the systems are correct.
- There is a very high rate of accuracy. Because of highly developed 3D recognition coupled with infrared cameras, it is very difficult to deceive the system.
- There is better-quality security and more accuracy for less cost.
- New technologies thwart attempts to mislead the camera by using disguises.
- Large crowds can now be scanned quickly and precisely.
“The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” ~S. Gudder