Motorola faces the future

3-D facial recognition technology has the potential to improve security in the region’s aviation, immigration and financial sectors, according to Motorola.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  March 27, 2006

3-D facial recognition technology has the potential to improve security in the region’s aviation, immigration and financial sectors, according to Motorola. During the Identity Summit – currently being held in Dubai – Motorola’s representatives unveiled its new 3D facial recognition camera and highlighted the reasons why they believe 3D facial recognition is better than traditional facial recognition systems. “3D facial recognition technology is proving to be less invasive than other biometric security solutions, partly as it requires minimal user cooperation, while retaining the critical levels of accuracy required,” stated Patrick Gilmore, director of biometrics for Motorola Middle East and Africa. According to Gilmore, earlier technology was extremely sensitive to factors such as lighting, facial hair, eyeglasses, and headwear, and could be more easily spoofed by video or photography. He reckons 3D facial recognition is a more viable option for Middle East businesses because it offers stronger security and improved user convenience. At the summit, Motorola revealed its new 3D facial recognition camera, which supports both day and night vision. Meanwhile, the software - provided by Motorola partner A4Vision - maps a user’s skull and provides analysis, matching and identification in less than a tenth of a second, claims Motorola. Motorola reckons the introduction of its new 3D facial recognition camera is perfectly timed for the market, due to airport expansion plans in the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Saudi. According to Motorola, these plans are estimated to cost US $20 billion.

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