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NewsFriday February 26th, 2021

Important Facts about Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology is quite a hot topic recently. Several countries have tried to apply facial recognition technology, for example, Singapore uses the technology for facial verification ID purposes.

So, what is facial recognition technology, and why it has now become a topic in many places?

Facial recognition is a sophisticated technology aim at recognizing faces. Even though it has been used by many, facial recognition technology is in developing stages, which means that the technology aims to be evolving for few eras ahead.

Facial recognition uses artificial intelligence to analyze and recognize faces registered in the databases. A camera equipped with facial recognition technology can recognize who you are based on data recorded in the databases.

If facial recognition technology developed well and use widely, it can replace the passport and boarding pass in flight. Check-in and/or boarding to the plane can be done by scanning faces without the need to show passport and boarding pass. Faster and easier, isn’t it?


How the Facial Recognition Work?

Facial recognition technology work in a simple way. First, a camera with facial recognition technology will scan faces. The artificial intelligence inside it will scan and store data on faces such as eye shape, jaw, lips, mouth, nose, face size and shape, etc in detail. The data scanned will be stored in a server owned by the company or the owner of facial recognition technology.

Later, when the camera scan faces, it can identify who are they based on data stored in the database. Unrecognize faces mean the database has no data about these persons. It works like the fingerprint, however, in facial recognition, the object identified is the face.


The Use of Facial Recognition

Actually, facial recognition technology has been developed so long ago. The facial recognition was created to help the police catch escaped prisoners and fugitives.

2001 was the moment where facial recognition technology used in masses, it was in the Super Bowl 2001.

At that time all visitors had their faces scanned using a special CCTV camera. It aims to prevent violence from occurring and facilitate the arrest of criminals at these events.

Nowadays, Facial Recognition technology has been widely used in various ways, one of the closest is Facial Recognition to unlock the cellphone screen. Some types of cellphones now provide three options for unlocking the screen, drawing a pattern, fingerprint, and facial recognition.


Concerns Arising from Facial Recognition

Some experts worry that this technology will take away someone’s privacy. Someone else’s face database could be owned by someone else, especially if the company turns out to be misbehaving by selling face databases to other parties, this will be detrimental to the face owner.

According to Kumparan, senator Franken AI rejected applications that use Facial Recognition. According to him, Facial Recognition is designed to operate remotely without the knowledge (consent) of the person identified. One cannot prevent or refuse identification attempts to later connect with strangers. This is different from identification using biometrics such as fingerprints and iris, both of which are still done with the knowledge of the person concerned.

If hacked, hackers will easily get access to your personal data. These are things we don’t want to happen. When someone kidnapped and being a hostage, the criminal can access his/her phone by pointing the camera at his/her face to unlock the phone.

Apple pays attention to this issue and they update their facial recognition algorithm. Now, Apple facial recognition (face ID) will learn expression and reject access when the user is asleep or unconscious.

However, the world’s security firms are trying to hack Face ID access by using a 3D mask made of silicone. This incident reminds the developers that no matter how sophisticated the technology is, there are still loopholes to manipulate.

Even so, Facial Recognition technology will still be ‘on sales’ for some time to come, the chance to develop it is wide open. Hopefully, Facial Recognition technology will be more sophisticated in the future, including addressing security issues that may be raised in the future.


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