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Tascent facial recognition excels at DHS 2019 Biometric Technology Rally


Tascent has delivered the highest biometric facial recognition accuracy, highest efficiency, and highest customer satisfaction among all 14 leading competitors in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s 2019 Biometric Technology Rally, according to a company announcement. The Tascent InSight Face cooperative face recognition solution recorded a 0.0 percent failure rate, a 99.5 percent True Identification Rate, a 98.1 percent satisfaction rating, and an average throughput (or efficiency) of 2.7 seconds, including passage through the 8-foot target zone.

The DHS Biometric Technology Rally sought in its second year to mimic realistic airline boarding conditions to compare the performance of various capture devices, algorithms, and modalities. Volunteers from a broad demographic distribution walked through an 8-foot capture zone and provide feedback.

While between four and seven technology providers met DHS goals in three of the four test criteria, Tascent, referred to for test purposes by DHS as “Teton,” was the only one to meet the criteria for True Identification Rate, and therefore the only one to meet the goal in for each criterion.

“We’re thrilled to have the results from the 2019 Biometric Technology Rally validate our perspective that a biometric system can deliver on convenience, accuracy, user experience, and inclusion without compromise,” comments Tascent VP of Research and Development Dan Potter. “With biometric authentication increasingly recognized as a critical technology enabler, this holistic approach to biometric performance will be crucial both for businesses and government organizations.”

InSight Face is the fifth generation of Tascent’s high-throughput biometric system, and will be released in late 2019. The company says it actively engages users for an intuitive and welcoming experience, and combines “on the move” facial capture capability with the award-winning industrial design of the Tascent InSight One iris and face recognition system. The system tested by DHS is based on facial but not iris biometrics.

“Biometrics is already transforming air travel on a global scale, delivering new levels of efficiency, personalization, and convenience to airlines, airports, and travelers,” says Tascent Founder and Co-CEO Alastair Partington. “The level of performance and usability we’re now seeing positions biometric authentication to disrupt not just air travel, but every industry that values positive customer engagement and streamlined customer experiences. We’re excited for this new generation of cooperative biometric solutions to give individuals more options in how they choose to interact with organizations – securely, conveniently, and with confidence.”

A trial of Tascent contactless iris and facial biometric technology was launched at a Singapore-Malaysia border checkpoint earlier this year.

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