Has Time Come for The Right Facial Recognition System?

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Facial recognition startups have lately been popping up in more and more airports. A  new one is supposed to be the fastest and most accurate of them all. Launched in early 2017, the NeoFace Express facial recognition solution is a key component of a rapid-access biometric platform currently in pilots at airports in Atlanta, Houston, Washington, D.C. and more.

According to americansecuritytoday.com, biometric identification – through fingerprint, vein or facial recognition – is the fastest and most accurate way to promote public safety (and prevent crime) without sacrificing service levels for citizens. Video face recognition technology identifies the faces of moving subjects in real-time as they walk naturally without stopping in front of a camera.

The benefits of high-speed video analysis enabled by this technology by NEC include the prevention of potential incidents through detection of suspicious individuals and recognition of individuals at the gateways of critical facilities.

NEC’s face recognition technology uses deep learning technologies for face matching to increase accuracy to a level where an individual can be identified by a low resolution face image captured by a distant camera. With the new system, the target is that customers enjoy fast access, while business and government agencies benefit from increased revenue opportunities.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) matching algorithm recognition benchmarks have proven that NEC’s biometric technologies have the fastest and most accurate face and fingerprint recognition algorithm and the most resilient facial recognition technologies to viewing low angles, low resolution images and poor image quality.

According to an assessment by the Department of Homeland Security, the so-called traveler verification project to “capture facial images of travelers” leaving the US aims to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) track non-immigrant foreigners and those who overstay their visas. ZDnet.com reports that to date, foreigners arriving in the US will have their photo and fingerprints recorded at the border, but Americans are exempt from turning over their biometrics. However, now the agency wants to scan the faces when anyone — including Americans — leaves the US.

The DHS assessment says facial scans will be deleted after two weeks, but can be retained for longer.