Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I3) has launched a new Proficiency Test to evaluate people’s ability to compare faces on the job. The company’s new Facial Identification Proficiency Test has received the approval of the American National Standards Institute’s National Accreditation Board, indicating that the Test provides an accurate benchmark of a person’s forensic capabilities.
The Facial Identification Proficiency Test is intended to supplement I3’s Facial Examination Training course, which teaches people proper strategies for reviewing and examining facial images while at work. Reviewers may be asked to go over a broader list of potential candidates, while facial examiners are asked to conduct more rigorous and systemic comparisons.
The new I3 test will help determine if the people who have received training (either from I3 or another party) actually have the comparison skills listed on their resume. The Accreditation Board certification confirms that the I3 offering meets the latest ISO/IEC 17043:2010 requirements for Proficiency Test Providers.
Many of I3’s customers are in the government sector. The company helped develop an Automated Biometric Identification System for the Department of Defense, and now provides training to make sure government employees are qualified to use that system. The company has previously helped the Department of Homeland Security with fingerprint analysis, and is now looking to do the same with facial recognition.
“In 2015, the company launched facial examination training courses recognizing the increasing adoption of facial recognition technology,” said I3 CEO Bob Kocher. “The proficiency test is yet another dimension to our commitment to the face community.”
I3’s original test was offered as either a five or 10-day course, though the company has transitioned to a virtual format in response to COVID-19. The company is now running four and 16-hour online programs that negate the need to meet in person. Both versions of the course provide trainees with a series of practical comparison exercises.
February 24, 2021 – by Eric Weiss