Thales has come up with an undisputed leadership over the past 30 years and continues this track record in the biometric technology domain.
The company regularly benchmarks the accuracy of its algorithms and develops new security mechanisms to fight fraud and continuously improve the efficiency of its face recognition technologies.
“Our engagement to technologies goes far beyond the quality and the accuracy of our solutions. Today the main stake is not only to launch new solutions but to make sure they are designed to be ethically used, in line with Thales purpose and with people expectations” said Youzec Kurp VP Identity & Biometrics Solutions at Thales. “Biometrics being a highly-sensitive technology it became critical to call for more transparency and ethics in its usage; so we can build the trust we need to welcome such innovations in our daily lives.”
However, Thales reminds us that the global acceptance of biometrics is closely linked to the responsible and transparent use of it. This is an essential parameter for people adoption expressed in a recent position paper.
With the global digital transformation of the world, facial recognition technology and biometrics at large, have rapidly shown their potential in bringing both the security and the convenience expected for today’s applications.
While we are still at the early stage of global adoption, the technology is ideal for the Covid-era by providing a touch-free experience. In particular, facial authentication helps us easily and safely cross borders, enroll in digital services or be granted physical access to a building without the need for keys or badges.
Thales took a lead in training its algorithms to adapt to the new context of mask-wearing. Thanks to its deep neural network algorithms the technology is more than 99.3 % accurate when no mask is present, and around 97% for mask wearers.
On top of that, complex liveness detection mechanisms have been deployed to flag ID fraud and spoofing attempts, recognizing unalive versions of a face (pictures, videos, masks, etc).
In addition to these technical advances, Thales solutions are also designed to comply with established data protection and privacy regulations (such as GDPR) and the group openly values the need for ‘ethical biometrics’ in a recent position paper.