As the technical expert at Commercial Business Services I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to everyone about Facial Recognition and some of the myths and details surrounding Facial Recognition. I think this is going to be an important issue for our team to understand, as security and privacy are going to be concerns our customers will have.
Firstly, Facial Recognition is a very broad term that is not always used to describe the same thing and is not necessarily the correct or best way of describing what is actually happening. When most of us think about Facial Recognition we think of the Face Unlock Feature that most smartphones now use. And while technically Facial Recognition is a part of the “Face Unlock” feature, facial recognition is not the only process that is going on…
Technically Speaking, Facial Recognition Technology is a computer’s ability to recognize a human face in a digital image, nothing more.
The Face Unlock Feature we are all so Familiar with from our smartphones takes a few steps beyond simple Facial Recognition. Once the Computer has recognized the portion of the digital image that is a face (Facial Recognition) it will take a more detailed picture of the face area some devices even supplement this with IR imaging, this much more detailed image is then compared to known faces in a database, (in the case of phone unlock this is a small database made up of pictures taken by the device during the face unlock setup process) this process is Facial Identity. Facial Recognition is not Necessarily Facial Identity, Facial Identity Requires a device capable of Facial Recognition but not every Facial Recognition Device is Capable of Facial Identity.
Many of the Products we are promoting are capable of both Facial Recognition and Facial Identity, some are even Capable of Contact Tracing, which uses Facial Recognition and Facial Identity to track who people come into contact with on camera.
Not all Facial Recognition is tied into the same global network, just because a computer used Facial Recognition on you does not mean that you were automatically tracked. While most Facial Recognition devices will keep a record of people they have scanned, storage space and practicality dictate that this information will be written over sooner or later. Most of the devices we are promoting run in a Stand-Alone mode where they are not necessarily connected to the internet or any outside network, all information is contained on the device.
Secondly, even on the devices that can perform Facial Identity and Contact Tracing or any form of Tracking, none of these devices can track the general public. Any of these devices or systems that go beyond using Facial Recognition to recognize a face in a digital image, to perform some kind of identification or tracking, have limits on the number of people who can be identified and tracked by the system, and they all require a number of reference images of the person to be in the devices identity database. This means that in general it would be very hard for anyone to set up one of these systems to identify and track you without you knowing about it before.
Jerry Cameron CTS, DMC-E 4k
Audio & Video Technology Executive
Commercial Business Services