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New version of Aware Knomi upgrades biometric accuracy for masked faces

New version of Aware Knomi upgrades biometric accuracy for masked faces

The new version of Aware’s biometric software Knomi detects and identifies people wearing face masks without any decrease in either ease of use or performance, according to a company announcement.

Knomi 2.13 provides an improved facial recognition algorithm with the mobile authentication framework, which the company says can now accurately match masked faces against reference images of the same people without masks stored in a database. The software also provides facial liveness detection, voice biometrics and voice liveness capabilities to give customers the highest possible level of security and convenience in mobile onboarding and passwordless authentication, Aware says.

The passive liveness and voice recognition features were added to Knomi earlier this year.

The company notes that while error rates for facial recognition have dropped significantly over the past several years, testing shows that masks still present a challenge for the technology.

“We’re proud that we’ve been able to deliver this important innovation to the biometric authentication market at such a difficult time for society,” comments Bob Eckel, president and CEO of Aware. “Users need to be confident that facial images will match accurately, whether masks are on or off. With Knomi 2.13 our customers can be sure that their identity-matching and authentication procedures are solid and irrefutable. We believe our facial recognition, voice matching, and liveness capabilities stand alone.”

Aware says that unlike some other face biometric systems on the market, Knomi 2.13 provides improved biometric accuracy at higher performance speeds. By eliminating the requirement users to reenroll, the software also avoids a major introduction of friction.

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