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Facial Recognition for Security

Facial Recognition is used when issuing identity documents, most often combined with other biometrics systems.

Facial recognition is a process of identifying or verifying the identity of a person using their facial features. It captures and compares the patterns of the facial features, based on the person’s facial details. The statistics provide insights into how we are using facial recognition technology and how we can use it with all the potential in the near future. From enhancing cyber security to improving office securities to solving a crime, facial recognition technology can be a revolution to the world. It surely does much more than simply unlocking your phone or any other device. 

Facial Recognition is used while issuing identity documents, for border checks to compare and confirm whether a portrait on the digitized biometric passport with the holder’s face is similar or not. It can be used in police checks and verification as well.  

As per Markets and Markets, by 2024, the global facial recognition market could generate $7 billion in the revenue.

How does Facial Recognition technology support security?

Doesn’t it sound like some science fiction, when we talk about how facial recognition helps us in keeping our data secure or helping the police department to find the criminals? Yes, it does. But it’s true as well. A lot of organizations, public sector departments and people have started using facial recognition for security purposes.

Places like airports to monitor people checking in or checking out at the airports. They can identify the people who all have overstayed the visas or are there under criminal investigation. Even new security applications on mobile devices have put facial recognition in the spotlight, it involves illuminating someone’s face with an infrared (IR) source and detects the image. Then it compares it with the stored data and reverts whether the images matched or not.

According to Apple Inc., there is a chance of a random face unlocking your phone is about one in a million.

We’re committed to rolling out the controls and the affirmative consent and the special controls around sensitive types of technology, like face recognition, that are required in GDPR. We’re doing that around the world. So for example, people have a control about face recognition. If people don’t want us to be able to help identify when they are in photos that their friends upload, then they can turn that off.

Mark Zuckerberg (CEO, Facebook)

Facial Recognition in various sectors

While the technology is still developing, multiple organizations like Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft are banking on it as a disruptive force in a myriad of markets. From creating hassle-free retail stores to eliminating concert tickets, there are multiple industries like Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Retail, Hospitality, Marketing and Advertising, Banking, Events, Entertainment, Social Media, Air Travel, Automobiles, Gambling & Casinos, Voting, Education, Food & Beverage and Consumer Electronics.

It can be used to screen patients for clinical trials to assessing in emotional state of drivers to find missing children or disoriented adults. Facial Recognition can also be helpful to identify and track criminals. It can support and accelerate investigations as well.Top of Form

“Written feedback, voice feedback and body language will be the holy trinity to delivering a robust customer experience once facial recognition technology is mastered.”

Brennan Willkie (Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Strategy, InMoment)


Forecasters opine that Facial Recognition Technology is expected to grow at a formidable rate and is expected to generate higher revenue in near future. Security and surveillance are going to be the major areas, which will be deeply influenced. But according to the statement of Apple Inc., there is a chance of random face unlocking your phone is about one in a million. Plus there can be committed identity fraud as well by using your personal information. So facial recognition can’t be the only element we should be kept for security purposes.

AI and Facial recognition technology are growing speedily. But they can be helpful only when used rightly, else it can cause privacy and security issues as well.

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