What is facial recognition?
Like all biometrics solutions, facial 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.
Face-scanning biometric tech is incredibly versatile and this is reflected in its wide range of potential applications.
Where do I find facial recognition?
Face biometrics have the potential to be integrated anywhere you can find a modern camera.
A growing number of law enforcement agencies around the world are using biometric software to scan faces in CCTV footage, as well as to identify persons of interest in the field. Border authorities, meanwhile, are increasingly using facial recognition to verify the identities of travelers, especially at airports.
And in the mobile sector, face-scanning systems have become a hugely popular means of unlocking smartphones – as can be seen in Apple’s pioneering Face ID system on its newer iPhones – as well as verifying payments and signing into mobile apps.
How is facial recognition making a difference?
While controversy has emerged over how law enforcement authorities use facial recognition, many police officials have argued that the technology helps them to fight crime, and it can also be used to identify missing persons and the victims of human trafficking.
Meanwhile, as a contactless biometric solution that’s easy to deploy in consumer devices, face recognition is showing the public just how convenient strong authentication can be.
Facial recognition doesn’t just deal with hard identities, but also has the ability to gather demographic data on crowds. This has made face biometrics solutions increasingly sought after in the retail marketing industry.