New ZoOm update from FaceTec enhances biometric capture process

FaceTec has released a major update of its ZoOm biometric facial recognition and identity authentication software with new features to make onboarding and ongoing authentication easier, based on customer and partner feedback, according to a company announcement.

The initial biometric capture process has been enhanced with a prompt to “Get Ready,” and has a first-time user success rate of 98 to 99 percent, the company says. The Age Estimation feature of ZoOm enables users to anonymously access to age-gated products without the use of a photo ID, and the Identity Check function matches users with small device SDKs.

The company believes the general public will soon be relying on digital identity on a day-to-day basis, and that in those circumstances its Certified Liveness Detection provides exceptionally strong certainty that the person requesting access is both the legitimate person and is physically present. The advanced new features are being offered at no additional cost to allow for easy adoption, FaceTec says.

“Age Estimation has become a key issue for 2020 because of new UK regulations coming related to age-gated products and services. Anonymous Age Verification (where you don’t have to show a photo ID, just prove your age) is critical to the survival of some the industries there,” FaceTec CEO Kevin A. Tussy told Biometric Update in an email.

“When the KYC requirements are more than just Age Verification, capturing a Photo ID is a critical step and ZoOm Identity Check, and makes the user experience easy and fast. It also makes the integration process for the app publisher simple because the entire capture process is included in every ZoOm Device SDK.”

“ZoOm 8 has special algorithms that look past holograms and anti-tamper lines to match a user’s ID Photo to their 3D FaceMap,” says FaceTec CTO Josh Rose. “And not only that, even without an ID Document our AI can now instantly estimate a users’ age much better than humans can!”

FaceTec performed its own testing on ZoOm’s 3D matching algorithm, releasing results including a 1/4,200,000 FAR at less than 1 percent false rejection rate (FRR) which compares very favorably to the top results in NIST FRVT 1:1 testing.

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