Face Recognition Technology

Date: 12.12.2015 Category: Security

Face Recognition Technology and Software

Facial recognition technology has been attracting attention to multimedia, military networks, and other information accesses. In this type of generation where multimedia has been a necessity mostly for everyone around the world, maintaining the personal information and properties is becoming important but also being gradually difficult.

Facial recognition technology is one example of the outstanding innovations invented by man. It is used in various forms on different countries for certain tasks like utilized to identify terrorists and criminals, mostly for security reasons, and others are aiming for convenience in recognizing the people that surrounds the community. This has also become a method of authenticating our identity from people taking advantage of accessing our personal information for unlawful actions.

Face recognition technology works by gathering information into a computer database, for example, a database of fingerprints and photos. The computer will compare the images in the database to any new sample and recognize when there is a match. The matches can be used for either identification or verification purposes.

Cities that already use facial recognition technology include New York and Chicago – which has the technology connected to 25,000 surveillance cameras that can analyze photos in real time. But not all states in the US agree to use this technology due to the complaints of the citizens from those who cross the line and abuse their privacy. But this complaint does not stop the military on developing it further.

Finger scans have a slightly better positive-match record than facial identification. However, public databases contain 1.3 billion photos of individuals, while fingerprint sets number only in the hundred millions which make the face recognition technology have more advantage. Also, while everyone has a photographable face, five percent of the population does not have a readable fingerprint. Facial recognition is also the easiest to use. Unlike finger and retina scans, it does not need personal contact with individuals to achieve recognition. In crowded transportation facilities and for perimeter surveillance, facial identification is the only feasible system.

With this type of technology, the safety of the public will be ensured against anyone whose committed felonious crimes on the run or freely walks among the crowd. But in some incidents, this technology made false identification of an innocent to a criminal, this created advocates across the country fighting against companies creating this types of technologies. The technology is already causing backlash from civil liberties advocates due to the unlawful uses to people whose unaware they are being scanned by this technology from surveillance cameras, and other types of gadgets that has this type of technology. Let's face it, with all the developments in technology and great interest in collecting and analyzing data through face recognition technology, it becomes impossible to protect our privacy in a practical way. Whether you think facial recognition is the best thing since sliced bread or you think it's just plain creepy, it is still best to keep your private information secured until you made up your mind on how you really feel about it.