Trueface Facial Recognition Technology Has 98.5% Accuracy Rate

Trueface, a biometrics firm, has a 98.5% accuracy rate on MegaFace’s 1 Million Face Challenge and a 99.85% accuracy rate on Labelled Faces In The Wild, according to the company’s CEO and Co-Founder Shaun Moore. The company works directly with law enforcement, government, healthcare agencies, schools, and other for-profit and non-profit organizations. Moore couldn’t go into detail about the company’s work with government agencies, although there will be an announcement within the next couple of weeks.

In schools, the technology is used to scan for unauthorized visitors, while regular students and teachers’ faces will be blurred, Moore said in an interview with Security Baron. The software can also detect knives, guns, or any other weapons in hopes of making schools safer.

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The two biggest misconceptions about facial recognition technology regard its gender and racial biases as well as surveillance, Moore told Security Baron. When this technology was originally released in 2015, it was based on data skewed towards cis white men, resulting in lower accuracy rates for women, people with darker skin, and/or trans people. However, with diversification of photo databases, facial recognition technology has become more accurate for non-whites and women.

As far as surveillance goes, Moore describes facial recognition as “a tool in a tool box” for police, not something to make final decisions with. For example, a police officer could use facial recognition technology to verify the identity of a suspect, greatly narrowing down their suspect pool. Moore said to Security Baron,

“If you take away facial recognition from law enforcement, you’re reducing their ability to do their jobs. The conversation needs to be around regulation, not a ban of facial recognition technology”.

Not all facial recognition technology has the same accuracy rates, however. Amazon’s Rekognition, for example, could only classify 81.27% of females and 84.89% of darker subjects correctly, with the accuracy rate for darker females dipping at low as 68.63%. Like Trueface, Rekognition is being used by local police departments, specifically in Washington County, Oregon. However, without a more diverse data set, the software could make women, trans people and/ or darker subjects more likely to be misclassified.

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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