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by / Monday, 28 August 2017 / Published in News

Just as a fingerprint is considered an accurate identification, new facial recognition technologies are now creating reliable faceprints.

What is a faceprint? 
As a form of biometric identification, facial recognition attempts to match features of a person’s face to a database. The software scans  images to find possible faces, and once it finds them, it can reorient or resize the image to make it more distinguishable. At this point, it looks at unique features such as the space between the eyes, shape of the nose, and more to create a faceprint that is unique just like a fingerprint.

Accuracy.  Facial recognition is about 99.2% accurate under ideal circumstances, but there are some limitations that can be abused. Lighting, dark sunglasses, and certain types of makeup can easily mask a persons identity.

Applications.  Newsweek reports, this technology can be extremely useful in consumer services and especially law enforcement. For instance, airports can use facial recognition to identify known suspects before they can escape the country. However, it is imperative that the software can correctly identify a person with a high degree of accuracy.