Facial Recognition


facial recognition device is one that views an image or video of a person and compares it to one that is in the database. It does this by comparing structure, shape and proportions of the face; distance between the eyes, nose, mouth and jaw; upper outlines of the eye sockets; the sides of the mouth; location of the nose and eyes; and the area surrounding the check bones.

Upon enrolment in a facial recognition program, several pictures are taken of the subject at different angles and with different facial expressions.  At time of verification and identification the subject stands in front of the camera for a few seconds, and then the image is compared to those that have been previously recorded.

To prevent a subject from using a picture or mask when being scanned in a facial recognition program, some security measures have been put into place.  When the user is being scanned, they may be asked to blink, smile or nod their head.  Another security feature would be the use of facial thermography to record the heat in the face.

The main facial recognition methods are: feature analysis, neural network, eigenfaces, automatic face processing.

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Some facial recognition software algorithms identify faces by extracting features from an image of a subject’s face. Other algorithms normalize a gallery of face images and then compress the face data, only saving the data in the image that can be used for facial recognition. A probe image is then compared with the face data.

A fairly new method on the market is three-dimensional facial recognition.  This method uses 3-D sensors to capture information about the shape of a face.  This information is then used to identify distinctive features on the face, such as the contour of eye sockets, nose and chin.

The advantages of 3-D facial recognition are that it is not affected by changes in lighting, and it can identify a face from a variety of angles, including profile view.

Another new technique in facial recognition uses the visual details of the skin, as captured in standard digital or scanned images.  This technique is called skin texture analysis, turns the unique lines, patterns, and spots apparent in a person’s skin into a mathematical space. Preliminary tests have shown that using skin texture analysis in facial recognition can increase performance in identification by 20 to 25 percent.

The benefits of facial recognition are that it is not intrusive, can be done from a distance even without the user being aware they are being scanned.  (i.e.:  bank or government office)

What sets apart facial recognition from other biometric techniques is that it can be used for surveillance purposes; as in searching for wanted criminals, suspected terrorists, and missing children. Facial recognition can be done from far away so with no contact with the subject so they are unaware they are being scanned.

Facial recognition is most beneficial to use for facial authentication than for identification purposes, as it is too easy for someone to alter their face, features with a disguise or mask, etc. Environment is also a consideration as well as subject motion and focus on the camera.

Facial recognition, when used in combination with another biometric method, can improve verification and identification results dramatically.

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Facial Recognition Solution Providers:

Anviz Global Inc. is a pioneering company in the intelligent-biometric security industry. The U.S.-based company specializes in Biometrics, RFID and Surveillance devices. The company has been providing solutions to a broad range of partners in commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors. In all, Anviz’s network of partners and consumers consists of over 160 million users and spans 100 countries. Products and Services: Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition


MorphoTrust USA is the U.S. leader in identity solutions and services, bringing years of expertise in flexible, scalable biometric platforms and systems. Our FaceExaminerTM Workstation is a powerful tool for enhancing the effectiveness of face recognition in investigative environments. FaceExaminer allows you to manipulate, filter and extract a clearer image, and identify hard-to-find facial landmarks before transmitting to the MorphoTrust ABIS® System for higher identification results. Products & Services: Multimodal Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Smart Cards

Leicestershire Police Try Biometric Face Recognition For Catching Crooks  
NEC has been at the forefront of defining leading-edge biometric identification solutions for over 40 years. NEC’s identification technologies include finger/palm print, DNA and face recognition solutions. NEC has developed some of the world’s largest and most complex identification infrastructure projects for government and law enforcement. Our mission is to help government and businesses use technology to build a safer environment for life and work. Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Mobile Biometrics, Facial Recognition, Justice/Law Enforcement, Financial and Transactional, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare Biometrics, Multi-modal Biometrics, Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control

Cognitec upgrades facial biometrics solution  

Cognitec develops market-leading face recognition technology and applications for enterprise and government customers around the world. Various independent evaluation tests have proven the premier performance of our FaceVACS® software. Cognitec’s portfolio includes products for facial image database search, video screening and analytics, border control, and biometric photo capturing. Find out more at: www.cognitec.com Products & Services: Face Recognition, Physical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics & Border Control/Airports.


FaceFirst provides a fully automated, user friendly, turnkey mobile and live-video surveillance facial recognition system which generates automated alerts whenever a face match above a user defined probability is reached. FaceFirst has a completely open and scalable, system architecture. FaceFirst technology excels in low resolution environments enabling real-world performance. Products and services: Facial recognition, Justice & Law Enforcement, Physical Access, Mobile Biometrics and Financial Transactional.


Cross Match Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.


Aware, Inc. is a leading provider of biometrics software components and sample applications for identity verification. These tools are used to develop standards-compliant enrollment, personalization, and reader workstations and networks. Functionality provided includes:
• Fingerprint and facial image auto-capture
• Image QA and compliance assurance
• Certified 1:1 fingerprint matching
• Standard-compliant data formatting and validation
• Service-oriented workflow server platform 

Products & services: Fingerprint Readers, Middleware / Software, Justice / Law Enforcement, Facial Recognition


MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit www.morphotrak.com.   Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition. 


Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit www.smartmatic.com Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other


ZKTeco is a leading global developer and manufacturer of security and time management solutions headquartered in Shenzhen. It is subdivided into 5 business segment/divisions–ZKSoftware, ZKAccess, ZKiVision, ZKBiolock and ZKAFIS. Its products range from Multi-biometric and RFTD identification Time & Attendance solutions to Access Control solutions like IP-based standalone access control, networked access control panel, readers, and tripod turnstile, from IP Cameras and total surveillance solutions to consumer products, such as intelligent biometric lock, RFID hotel lock. ZKAFIS is engaging in providing economic and reliable AFIS solutions. Products and Services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Middleware / Software, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Fingerprint and Biometric Locks, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics , Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance.

Other Vendors

  • Artec Group
  • Aurora Computer Services Ltd
  • Corvus Integration, Inc.
  • FacePhi
  • Inttelix Security Solutions Pvt Ltd.
  • Axis Software Pvt. Ltd.
  • A4Vision
  • ADC Systems
  • ADT (reseller)
  • Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc.
  • Airborne Biometrics Group, Inc.
  • Allevate Limited
  • Animetrics
  • Anviz Biometric Tech. Co., Ltd.
  • Asia Software
  • Attrasoft
  • Aurora Biometrics Inc.
  • Ayonix, Inc Japan
  • Biometrica Systems
  • BiometriKa
  • C-True Face Recognition
  • D3Data LLC
  • Daon
  • Dermalog
  • eTrue
  • Fulcrum Biometrics
  • G2 Data Technologies
  • Ganetec Global Solutions
  • Geometrix Corporation
  • Herta Security
  • Human Recognition Systems
  • iCognize GmbH
  • I-Cube
  • Identix
  • IDLink Systems Pte Ltd
  • IDTeck
  • Image-Metrics,Ltd.
  • Inttelix Software Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
  • Kee Square Srl
  • Keyware Technologies
  • Luxand Inc.
  • Malin Systems
  • Merkatum
  • Neurotechnology
  • OmniPerception
  • Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition
  • SecurLinx
  • Smart Identity Devices Pvt. Ltd.
  • Sybernautix
  • Synrdyne Solutions, Inc.
  • Techno Brain
  • The Higgins-Hermansen Group. LLC
  • Titanium Technology
  • Universal Biometric
  • Viisage Technologies
  • Visionsphere Technologies
  • XiD Technologies
  • Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs