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The Department of Homeland Security has started a program that will test the accuracy of various off-the-shelf facial recognition platforms.
Facial recognition has come a long way in the last few years, with personal handheld digital cameras now offering basic biometric applications. But on a grander scale, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has embarked on a program to better understand facial recognition and how it can be used by all levels of government and first responders.
The DHS is in the midst of a project where video footage taken of people moving throughout the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash., will be combined with mock profiles of volunteers. Then various commercial off-the-shelf facial recognition products will be tested to see how accurate they are.
The data being collected consists of video taken during home games of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is handling video collection. Results from the facial recognition assessment will be made available to the government.
“What we’d like to see is how well the current facial recognition systems perform,” said Patricia Wolfhope, program manager in DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate. “The only way to do that is to compare the data we are going to get from this data collection with the facial recognition algorithms.”
Wolfhope added that the assessment was about understanding the overall state of the technology and not necessarily designed to target use in a specific setting or with a specific application in mind.
Agree with your comment William and I do watch person of interest. Great show! That type of technology is both frightening and fascinating.