Facial recognition coming to the forefront of biometric modalities

March 21, 2016

Facial recognition is growing in popularity among biometric forms of authentication. Microsoft has enabled it for access with Hello for Windows 10 users, MasterCard wants to use it to verify payments and other financial institutions are using it to authenticate customers on mobile devices. Still, it’s use spotting suspects in crowds and protecting airports and borders remains the brass ring for security professionals.

Face recognition algorithms date back to the 1970s, when the interest was in robotics. It reemerged in the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001. At that time, it was touted as a technology that could spot individuals in a crowd and stop terrorists from entering the country. To a certain extent, it worked fine – if the subjects were cooperative and the images were of good quality – something that wasn’t typically the case at the airports and sports stadiums where the technology was tested.



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Source: Secure ID News