Pushing for Better Biometric Algorithms

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July 11, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: July 11 on

To help vendors improve their facial recognition technology, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate held an event in which 11 technology providers competed against each other to determine who has the best facial recognition technology for DHS use cases.The rally also measured efficiency, effectiveness and user satisfaction metrics of iris recognition systems. 

In the 2018 Biometric Technology Rally, NEC and Gemalto, which participated under code names Crestone and Castle respectively, came out on top, with the two highest scores for efficiency, effectiveness and customer satisfaction.

NEC tested its NeoFace Express solution, which is being used in pilots of the Custom and Border Protection’s Traveler Verification Service.  That service compares international travelers’ photos captured by CBP at airports with photos from visa and passport images associated with the flight manifest.

Gemalto tested its Live Face Identification System in the rally. LFIS matches specific faces to those in different environments such as a large sports arena, railway station or airport.

DHS 2018 Biometrics Technology Rally Results