Many bold claims were made about facial recognition technology in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S. Vendors said facial recognition could spot wanted criminals in a crowd and perhaps stop terrorists from entering the country. The reality was quite different as it turns out that the technology works best with cooperative subjects and good quality images.
Now, the technology is more likely to be used in a one-to-one scenario, like authenticating a user on a mobile device. Financial institutions are also using it for mobile transactions. Brian Martin, director of Research and Technology at MorphoTrust, spoke with Regarding ID’s Gina Jordan about changes in facial recognition since 9/11.