SkyBiometry Updates Facial Recognition Technology

SkyBiometry, a Lithuania-based tech company and subsidiary of Neurotechnology,  has updated its face detection and recognition algorithm. While the previous version of the software was able to determine features like gender, age, emotions, and others, now the algorithm can tell if someone is wearing a hat, has facial hair, as well as what their race or ethnicity is, according to a press release from SkyBiometry.

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SkyBiometry. Photo provided by SkyBiometry.

The software can be used for the following purposes:

  • Classify photos for large photo databases
  • Time and attendance
  • User authentication
  • Interactive advertisements or applications
  • Moderate pictures on dating sites, social media.

With the update came an improvement of estimations overall, as it ranked among the six most accurate facial recognition algorithms compared to 40 different vendors. Dr. Justas Kranauskas, head of biometric research at SkyBiometry, said,

More accurate face detection and face recognition algorithms continue to make our service unique, and the additional attributes will help our customers expand the scope of their SkyBiometry API applications.”

The new facial recognition software can be accessed for free and includes 5,000 monthly requests and a database of up to 1,000 trained faces on the SkyBiometry website.

Facial Recognition’s Uses in the Public Sector

As large tech companies have started to manufacture more affordable facial recognition software, it’s being used increasingly in the public sector. After a public high school in New York began to test facial recognition software for attendance use, the New York State Department of Education banned the usage or testing of facial recognition technology, citing student privacy concerns. However, it’s not clear how the footage was stored, and if the biometric data was stored separated from identifiers like names. As the technology behind facial recognition advances, companies, nonprofits, and the public sector, the law must catch up as well.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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