Facial Recognition is a hot top in the world of security. The use of facial recognition has been around since the 1960's but we are only starting to dabble in the many uses and conveniences of this fascinating technology.
What exactly is facial recognition and how does it work? Facial recognition is a type of biometric software that can recognize or verify a person from a digital image by mapping out their features mathematically and saving the information as a fingerprint. This technology uses deep learning algorithms to compare these images to ensure that it is the exact individual’s identity, making it very close and similar to other identifying technologies such as fingerprint matching, retina scanning and voice recognition.
Facial recognition technology is able to perform the task in three steps: detecting the face, scanning and creating fingerprints/targets, and finally matching and verifying. Like a visual search engine tool, this technology is able to identify key factors within a very busy visual environment, making it very useful in picking out individuals even in crowded places.
Almost weekly, a new use for facial recognition comes about. It is not only about security, there are countless ways to use this technology to help your business. Below are just a few off the many uses of facial recognition technology:
- Preventing Retail Crime
- Unlocking Phones
- Smarter Advertising
- Finding Missing Persons
- Helping the blind to communicate
- Protecting law enforcement
- Identifying People on Social Media
- Diagnose Diseases
- Protecting Schools from Threats
- Track School- Work Attendance
- Validate Identity at ATMS
- Find lost Pets
- Access Control
Facial recognition technology has always been a concept that lived in fictional worlds, whether it was a tool to solve a crime or open doors. Today, our technology has developed this field significantly as we are seeing it become more common in our everyday lives, however, depending on how you use it can come with many advantages and disadvantages.
Learn about the pros and cons of facial recognition.
Pros of facial recognition:
One of the biggest pros of facial recognition technology is that it enhances safety and security. From government agencies to personal use, there is an increasing demand for advanced security and surveillance systems. A facial biometric security system can drastically improve your security because every individual who enters your premise will be accounted for. Any trespassers will be quickly captured by the recognition system and you would be alerted promptly. Any trespassers will be quickly captured by the recognition system and you would be alerted promptly Organizations can easily identify and track anyone who comes onto the premises, and they can easily flag visitors who aren’t welcome. It can be very helpful when it comes to finding potential terrorists. Plus, there is no key, badge, or password that can be stolen or lost. With a facial recognition security system, you can potentially reduce costs of hiring a security staff.
Fast and Accurate
With the ever-increasing demand for speed and the growing number of cyber-attacks, having fast and accurate technology is key. Face ID technology is becoming more and more reliable. The success rate is currently at a high due to the developments of 3D facial recognition technologies and infrared cameras. The combination of these technologies makes it very hard to trick the system. With such accuracy, you can have confidence that the premise is more secure and safe for you and your peers.
Before, in order to confirm a match, security guards were needed to ensure that the system was correct. As previously stated, the technology is now so developed that this will no longer be necessary. The facial recognition technology can now fully automate the process and ensure its accuracy at a very high rate. This means that convenience and lower costs.
Cons of Facial Recognition:
High Implementation Costs
Facial recognition requires top-quality cameras and advanced software to ensure accuracy and speed. However, Allied Market Research predicts that technological advancements are likely to reduce the prices of facial recognition systems in the future.
In today’s world of data, data storage is gold since there is so much data in the world. Whether it may be a very high quality movie or 100,000 faces to store, everything requires space. This means that in order for facial recognition systems to be efficient, they only process about 10-25% of videos. To combat this, many companies use many computers to process everything and to cut the time it takes to do so. However; until technology significantly develops, this obstacle is here to stay.
The camera angle has a very strong influence on whether or a not a face is processed. In order for a facial recognition system to completely identify a face, it needs multiple angles, including profile, frontal, 45 degree and more, to ensure the most accurate resulting matches. Any major changes in appearance, including facial hair and weight changes, can throw off the technology. In these instances, a new picture is required. Camera angle can also cause issues because multiple angles are needed to identify a face.
There are various pros and cons to facial recognition technology. Whether good or bad, the technology is probably here to stay. All facial recognition technology emerges into the market with both promises and challenges. It is possible that in just a few years, such systems will be so advanced so as to process expressions and hand gestures within a matter of seconds. While the pros will advance, most of the cons can be reduced by human tweaking.
Facial Recognition will be standard within most businesses within ten years. Teledata Technologies can help you navigate this new landscape and offer ideas, suggestions and new uses to help support your business needs. Give us a call to learn more!