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IDEMIA’s latest facial recognition algorithm with strong NIST test results now available


IDEMIA has announced the availability of the facial recognition algorithm that the company says outperformed all other U.S. government providers’ biometric algorithms in NIST’s most recent Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) as part of its updated matching system release.

The IDEMIA algorithm outperformed those from other providers that offer facial recognition technology to U.S. government agencies by 30 percent for 1:N matching of faces from both the controlled portrait and Wild Image galleries, according to the announcement. The company also says that it strongly advocates for facial recognition applications that are responsible, lawful, and protect privacy, and that it has invested in its algorithm research framework to ensure the rapid operationalization of newly developed algorithms.

“As the leading U.S. provider for government AFIS and facial recognition programs, IDEMIA has a long history of developing highly accurate, scalable and rapidly deployable biometric technology. NIST’s FRVT results are further evidence of the new standard we have set with our suite of facial recognition technologies,” says IDEMIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Security for North America, Donnie Scott. “We combine one of the most comprehensive algorithms on the market with industry-leading service to ensure that our partners achieve exceptional business and mission outcomes.”

Several of the top performers in the 2018 NIST FRVT results are Russian or Chinese technology providers which have not been approved as U.S. government suppliers. IDEMIA was awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Affairs office last year.

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