Your Face Is Your Key With Facial Recognition

May 30th, 2019

Fast, secure access continues to a growing concern for people in Chico, CA. Physical facilities, and, just as importantly, devices with confidential information, such as phones and computers, increasingly need better protection from outside intrusion. However, that security cannot be so elaborate that the people who are authorized to access a place or device can only do so with great difficulty. 

This is why there has been an increasing reliance on technology to help improve the ways we integrate and bypass security in Chico, CA. One of the most interesting—and recent—innovations is facial recognition.

Still Advancing

Biometrics is a form of security authentication that relies on identifying characteristics that are unique to a person. Unlike a key, that anyone can use to unlock a door once it comes into their position, it is very difficult to replicate a specific individual’s characteristics, such as the exact configuration of their retina or their fingerprints. Facial recognition is another form of biometric security that is now being implemented, and it continues to improve by leaps and bounds.

For example, early facial recognition systems were found to have one flaw that could present security issues; they were fooled by photographs. It took much effort, but it did mean someone serious about bypassing a facial biometric device could do so by somehow securing a decent quality photo of authorized personnel, and using their face.

Facial Biometrics Today

More sophisticated facial recognition systems take dimensions into account. Now, modern devices are designed to work in a variety of different lighting conditions, but are still able to measure the projection of the nose, or the depth of eye sockets to confirm that a person, not a photograph, is being scanned by the sensor.

Today’s systems even combine additional precautions, such as using thermal sensors to measure heat, something a photograph can’t generate, as well as skin texture analysis to look for specific nuances in the skin that a flat photo can’t replicate. In this way, it’s getting much more difficult to fool these systems with simpler duplication techniques.

Increasing Scope

Of course, while facial recognition can be a fast, simple way to authorize or deny entry into a physical location, it is also extremely useful for mobile applications. In the age of work-related “BYOD” or Bring Your Own Device, more and more people are using their personal technology to store work-related data. 

Sometimes that data is confidential, and to protect it, many newer mobile devices are now being equipped with facial recognition systems as well. It is both convenient, in that it doesn’t require people to remember lengthy, complex passwords, but secure, since no one who steals a phone or laptop will now be able to access the data unless they resorted to expensive, very elaborate methods to get a counterfeit sophisticated enough to fool such systems.

Securing data and physical facilities in Chico, CA continues to be a constant concern for individuals and businesses, but modern security features, like facial biometrics, provide an easy, sophisticated way to control access.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators