Cognitec brings specialized face recognition to the border
20 December 2013 17:29 GMT

Border a strong area of business for Cognitec

Cognitec has introduced a new border-specific product that combines smart hardware for image acquisition with optimized software for verification processes.

According to the company, FaceVACS-Entry is ready for integration into electronic gates (eGates) which provide travellers with electronic passports the option to pass through automatic passport checks. After a person enters the gate, the system detects the person’s face, adjusts the position of the cameras according to the person’s height and then captures frontal images. The software instantly verifies the live images against biometric photos stored in passports, other ID documents and/or facial image databases.

Cognitec says it has optimized the system to ensure efficiency and ease of use for travellers while capturing best-quality images that guarantee high verification accuracy, thus fully complying with guidelines set by the European Border Police (Frontex). A proprietary sensor, able to distinguish between human faces and artifacts like printed images and masks, detects presentation attacks.

In August 2013, the company announced its participation in the EasyPASS project that will supply eGates to passport control areas at all major German airports, following a contract award by the German Border Police. All EasyPASS gates will be equipped with FaceVACS-Entry.