Facial biometrics to secure Brazilian digital bank transactions and Carnival celebrations

Facial recognition adoption seems to be increasing in Brazil, with Rio de Janeiro deploying a facial recognition system for public cameras to test at Copacabana during Carnival in March, according to AFP, and ZDNet reporting digital bank Original has introduced facial biometrics for customers to authenticate banking transactions.

Rio de Janeiro state police head Rogerio Figueiredo told a local newspaper that cameras will scan Carnival crowds for individuals with warrants out for their arrest, as well as scanning car license plates. The system will send alerts to the nearest police car.

“It’s a fantastic tool. It’s time that the police modernize,” Figueiredo says.

AFP reports that there were many criminal incidents during last year’s Carnival, and images broadcast on television showed groups of youths swarming crowds to commit theft. Law enforcement agencies in Rio have been under military control since shortly after last year’s Carnival. Government officials are also reported to be considering acquiring surveillance drones with combat capabilities from Israel to fight drug gangs.

A group of Brazilian lawmakers recently travelled to China to consider facial recognition technologies for deployment to a network of public security cameras.

On the other end of the biometrics’ spectrum, Original’s Liveness functionality enables mobile customers to validate transactions by performing movements requested by the application for facial recognition with anti-spoofing, something like (if not actually) FaceTec’s ZoOm.

“With Liveness, we will provide even more convenience and agility in the processes, and the service greatly increases the safety of operations,” says Luiz Henrique Guimarães De Freitas, IT executive superintendent at Original.

Original launched Liveness in November as part of an initiative to improve digital experience and security.

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