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Modes of Identification: Facial Recognition

The SFE Biometric Identification profile includes ultra-high resolution photography of the face and head. This allows for identification in both disaster and kidnapping scenarios.

  • The advantages of facial recognition for biometric identification include:
    • Data can be gathered and submitted for automated analysis of video surveillance
    • Data can be altered in consideration of changes in age, weight gain, or facial hair
    • Skeletal superimposition can be used to help identify skeletal remains.
  • Disadvantages of facial recognition include:
    • It may not be useful in cases of disfigurement
    • Distinguishing characteristics not universal
    • It is less exact than other methods of biometric identification, and false identification is possible; in cases of scanning for terror suspects at public events, 1 in 100 captures is falsely identified