MorphoTrak Leads With Face Comparison Training (Financial Content)
MorphoTrak, a U.S. subsidiary of Morpho (Safran), announced today that it will offer vendor-independent training* in face comparison, filling an acknowledged gap in the field of computer-aided face recognition and facial identification. Automated face recognition systems are common in both law enforcement and civil applications, yet facial matching software can only present the reviewer with potential matches. It is up to the human reviewer to decide whether two facial images belong to the same individual.
*“Vendor-independent training” means that the techniques the course will teach work for all face examiners, no matter what face recognition software they are using.
Kudos to Morpho. Facial recognition is a powerful tool for well-trained users. This challenge is well known among those who have worked to place facial recognition capabilities into the hands of law enforcement and security professionals.
Computers don’t look at the world the way we do. Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. For facial recognition in a law enforcement context, it’s a good thing to have a radically different point of view applied to a challenge.
First, faces are probably the most meaningful objects in human existence. It’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that for millennia human survival has depended upon our abilities at one type of facial recognition: recognizing people you know. Sorting through hundreds of thousands of pictures of people we don’t know in order to match the two that are of the same person, however is not something we’re inherently good at.
Computers can do that in less than a second, then give the two pictures to a human which is very good at making the single comparison — if that person understands their role in the machine-human partnership well.
Training is the key.