Updated: Oct 4, 2020
Facial recognition is the fastest-growing biometric trend enabling contactless identification and verification. China is driving this uptake tenaciously. Automated biometric software powers the system to identify and verify a person by comparing and analyzing facial patterns, shapes, proportions, and contours. Simple, effective, and the most natural of all biometric measurements available, face detection and face match processes are also agile, enabling large venues, hotels, airports to reduce queues and manage rush hours adeptly.
A new frontrunner in the biometrics sector, facial recognition is also gaining prominence with law enforcement agencies around the world, enabling them to leverage mobile applications at police stops for identification. High-quality cameras in mobile devices have made facial recognition a viable option.
As with any technology, facial recognition also has minor challenges. Data can be prone to error, which can get people involved in crimes they haven’t committed.
A newly-emerging trend in facial recognition software uses a 3D model, which claims to provide better accuracy. By capturing a real-time 3D image of a person's facial surface, 3D facial recognition uses distinctive facial features to identify the subject. These include capturing bone and rigid tissue in curves of the eye socket, nose, and chin, etc. These areas are unique and don't change over time.