MWC 2018

Spoof-Proof Facial Recognition? Xperi Showed It’s Possible With FaceSafe

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The first day of Mobile World Congress showcased many of the new and exciting smartphones and technologies, all seeming to be at the intersection of science and magic. Particularly, we were interested in the developments of facial recognition software and digital payments and phone unlocking via biometrics has exploded in recent times. We stopped by FotoNation, an Xperi brand, as they are taking the lead in depth-based facial recognition. Essentially, they’re talking about a spoof-proof computer vision technology!

FotoNation brought forward FaceSafe. As the name suggests, this is tech meant to ensure users that, once they register their face on any mobile device, no one will be able to trick it and log in without their authentication. Given that hackers have succeeded in attempts to trick current facial recognition systems with pictures and phones being unable to discern between two women, this technology would be a huge achievement and boon for facial recognition systems.

FaceSafe promises this safety thanks to its depth-based facial recognition. High resolution photos or any 2D format won’t be able to trick FaceSafe. Additionally, FotoNation’ representatives told us that the solution works in diverse light conditions and is not impacted by objects such as sunglasses. Winter, summer, night or day, you can keep your data safe, make payments securely, and open your phone without typing a password or using the fingerprint scanner.

As Geir Skaaden, executive vice president and chief products and services officer at Xperi Corporation, put it, “FotoNation’s FaceSafe solution is an exciting step toward bringing a robust 3D face recognition solution to market, and we are thrilled to showcase the technology at Mobile World Congress.” He believes “the need for protection and customization becomes more prominent as biometric face recognition continues to impact the mobile market. FaceSafe’s cutting-edge technology is tackling these challenges to provide secure, class-leading user experiences.”

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Indeed, the solution is entirely customizable, has a false acceptance rate of one in one million, and has a fast execution time that is less than 150 milliseconds! The accurate results mean credibility as well as a sense of security for device owners while customization options will entice brands to adopt this biometric solution.

Not to mention, the small memory footprint yields power and system cost savings. This translates to a smaller burden for the processor and ultimately the battery. So, you can actually preserve the performance of your device, keep it alive longer, and make it more secure by using FaceSafe!

Bottom line: FaceSafe, using neural network technology coupled with state of the art liveness detection, add layers of security to your data and phone. Thanks to this computer vision solution, facial recognition software cannot be tricked by pictures! 

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