Paris no defense – (work wire) –Thales has built undisputed leadership in many markets over the past 30 years and continues this strong track record in biometric technology. The company regularly measures the accuracy of its algorithms and develops new security mechanisms to combat fraud and to constantly improve the efficiency of facial recognition technologies. However, Thales states that the universal acceptance of biometrics is closely related to its responsible and transparent use. This is a key parameter of people adoption expressed in a recent position paper.
With the global digital transformation of the world, facial recognition technology and biometrics in general have shown their ability to provide the expected security and convenience for today’s applications. While we are still in the early stage of global adoption, the technology is perfect for the Covid era by providing a touch-free experience. In particular, face authentication helps us easily and securely cross borders, register for digital services or give us physical access to a building without the need for keys or badges.
Thales took the lead in training his algorithms1 To adapt to the new context of wearing the mask. Thanks to deep neural network algorithms, the technology is more than 99.3% accurate in the absence of a mask, and about 97% for those wearing the mask.2. Moreover, complex activity-detection mechanisms have been deployed to report attempts at identity fraud and forgery, and to recognize inanimate versions of the face (photos, videos, masks, etc.). In addition to these technical advances, Thales solutions are also designed to comply with applicable data protection and privacy regulations (such as the GDPR) and the group publicly appreciates the need for “ethical biometrics” in a recent position paper.
“Our involvement in technologies goes beyond the quality and accuracy of our solutions. Today, the main stake is not just to launch new solutions, but to make sure that they are designed to be used ethically, in line with Thales’ goal and people’s expectations” She said Youzec Kurp VP Identity & Biometrics Solutions in Thales. “With biometrics being a highly sensitive technology, it has become crucial to demand greater transparency and ethics in its use so that we can build the confidence we need to welcome such innovations into our daily lives.”
1It uses these algorithms for face recognition platform (FRP), Disguised automatic biometric identification system (CABIS), Mobile Identification (MBI), hooded hooded system (CMS) and Software Development Kits (SDK).
2 As long as the reference photo is of good quality (such as a passport or identity document) and the mask does not hide the eyes
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital innovations and “deep technology” – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and quantum computing – to build a confident future critical to the development of our societies. The Group provides its clients – companies, corporations and governments – in the fields of defence, aviation, aerospace, transportation, digital identity and security with solutions, services and products that help them fulfill their critical role, with the individual as the driving force behind all decisions.
Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020, the group generated sales of 17 billion euros.
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