Facial Recognition – 10 Things You Need to Know

The use of facial recognition is becoming more widespread, and is a very effective way of verifying and identifying people.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Facial recognition technology is non intrusive, so you don’t have to provide finger prints, or stop while a machine checks your retina. The camera used in facial recognition technology is effective from about a metre away, and so the person doesn’t always know that they are being identified, in a similar way to the fact that people aren’t always aware that they are on CCTV.

2. This method of identification is accurate, and is becoming even more accurate as the hardware and software improves, and the technology is used by more and more people, and improvements are made

3. Facial recognition systems often require the person to smile or blink, or produce another human movement, in order to prevent against imposters who might wear a patrol robot mould or mask from trying to gain access, or impersonate somebody else.

4. Official documents such as a passport or driving licence can utilise face recognition technology, in order to prevent against all sorts of criminal activity stemming from the production and use of false documents. The use of multiple documents by the same person will also be reduced.

5. Facial recognition can be used for many other applications, such as authorising transactions, perhaps instead of using a PIN number or signature.

6. Physical access can be granted or denied to a building, or department, using face recognition technology rather than by using a traditional access code, or swipe card.

7. Time and attendance systems are another obvious choice to use face recognition systems, as a way to combat people either clocking in or out early or late, or clocking in or out for an absent colleague.

8. By utilising facial recognition, people are not disclosing any information that isn’t on public view anyway. You don’t need to provide lots of very personal data.

9. Having your photograph taken is socially acceptable, and happens regularly for many people. Using a photograph for identification and verification purposes is much less likely to be met with objection.

10. The image used for facial recognition can be captured from an approved photograph, perhaps a driving licence or passport. This means that the person doesn’t have to be present. This is obviously of huge benefit for companies with a lot of employees, or for government departments, and in many other situations.

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