Face recognition technology has already changed the way we live our lives

Face recognition has already begun to make headway in multiple industries and sectors across the globe. The US Department of Defence uses it to secure areas and law enforcement utilises it to identify patterns of criminality and criminals. But, what uses have been adopted by everyday people and are used as a method of operation in tasks in our lives regularly?

When people hear the words ‘face recognition’ they may start thinking of action spy movies like Mission Impossible, or James Bond. But, this technology has become a reality over the last few years and has taken the spotlight when it comes to identity authentication. However, this is only one of the uses in which it features.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the uses for face recognition which are gaining popularity for their accuracy and efficiency.

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Ways Face Recognition has changed our daily lives

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Mobile phones have used 3D face recognition software since 2017 with the integration of Face ID by Apple into their products.

“In 2018 there were about two million smartphones equipped with 3D facial recognition in France, and that should have reached three million in 2019. In 2020, we expect that other providers will also adopt 3D facial authentication and that volumes will increase”,

states Ville-Petteri Ukonaho, Associate Director of research company Strategy Analytics.

This software uses the unique features and characteristics of an individual’s face to identify and verify them. This has become a popular option for mobile phone producers because of its efficiency.

eKYC me

Say what now? eKYC is the acronym for Electronic Know Your Customer. It is a procedure to identify and confirm your customer’s identity. This is the future path to ID proofing, placing the operation of the remote credential authentication in the hands of the customer’s control.

eKYC is used when dealing with sensitive information, such as sectors relating to finance, investment and wealth management. The growth of this technology became more popular since the rapid digitisation of these sectors along with the onset of the pandemic in 2020, making clear that those who lag in this task, perchance also lag in gaining the opportunities presented in this sector.

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Say goodbye to the hassle of carrying your ticket or having to figure out how to scan a QR code at an event. It is a concept that is gaining ground with event hosts. It makes gaining entry easy for attendees and uses software to take the heavy lifting of ensuring attendee authentication away. It can also assist in fraudulent ticket purchases and ‘ticket scalpers’ from reselling tickets illegally.

A facial recognition system at the entrance to the Palais de Tokyo for Artefact’s ‘European AI Night in Paris’ in April 2019 provided ticketless entry. Another example is the Brit Awards using face recognition in 2019 to screen guests at the O2 in London.

Smart hospitality with face recognition

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Airports began using face recognition in 2004. This has continued to gain speed due to the increased reliability and development in the facial recognition industry. Artefact says that,

Since the summer of 2018, Orly and Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airports have installed gates equipped with facial recognition systems for all adult travellers holding a biometric passport who are citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, or Liechtenstein.

The idea behind using this technology in airports is to streamline border checks and safely board more passengers without bottlenecks within a shorter period of time. This also aids in reducing the terrorist threat with top tier accuracy.

In conclusion, facial recognition technology will continue to evolve and improve over time with many more people working with and on the technology as the usage cases increase. As this happens, it will become increasingly useful for both individuals and businesses.

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Sources featured: electronicid, thalesgroup, mashable, strategyanalytics