We have all seen the hoopla around the addition of FaceID to the new Apple iPhone X – that you can now unlock your phone simply by looking at it. To be sure, this is a very exciting development. But as powerful as this new tech is, using it to access a phone represents just a tiny fraction of the myriad use cases where 3D authentication is going to be applied. There are a whole host of industries from airlines to automotive who are exploring this new approach to better correlate humans with digital systems.
Over the last ten years, the performance of face recognition algorithms has improved dramatically. Until now, these solutions used 2D data and their accuracy depended largely on variations in illumination, expression and pose. They also often failed, able to be spoofed by pictures or images. But as with all 21st century tech, huge strides have been made across the range of components needed to deliver cost-effective and robust 3D authentication.
With the introduction of tiny cameras and powerful AI-driven software, 3D face recognition has now become a viable option. Because it captures a wide range of unique data points including reflectance, depth and the angle of various facial features, 3D delivers much faster and consistently accurate authentication.
George Brostoff is the founder and CEO of SensibleVision, a leader in 3D face scanning authentication technology, headquartered in Cape Coral, Florida. He has founded three successful tech companies, holds seven patents and grew up working in a family business.