Did You Know?

  • Non-invasive collection of facial features
  • Analyzes unique features such as wrinkles, facial expressions, size of features
  • Widespread use by government for passports and IDs

How does it work?

  • Traditional methods extract facial landmarks
  • 3D recognition looks at features and is unaffected by lighting changes or viewing angles
  • Skin textture analysis is a secondary metric that enhances recognition capabilities
  • Thermal face recognition identifies facial features even when they are covered with hats, glasses or makeup


  • 1960s

    First facial recognition system deployed; administrator had to manually locate features like eyes, nose and mouth.
  • 1970s

    Technology advanced to automated feature face recognition.
  • 1980s / 1990s

    Advancements in calculation methods and approaches.
  • 2006

    Super Bowl surveillance images were compared to a database of digital mugshots, resulting in a public dialogue about privacy.
  • 2016

    The FBI database included 52 millions faces, about 1/3 of Americans.