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Viisage granted patents on anti-fraud biometrics system

Biometrics firm Viisage has been granted US and European patents on a system to prevent identity fraudsters using fake facial scans.

Facial recognition is one of three biometric measurements set to be used on UK ID cards, along with fingerprints and iris scans.

Viisage’s Live Check method can be used to verify that a facial image has been captured from a live person, rather than a fraudulent image of an imposter. The check for “liveness” is a key process for unattended face biometric verification stations, such as automated border crossings.

The company has also released two new multi-biometric products, IdentityTools and IdentityExplorer, as combined face and fingerprint software development kits. They use Viisage's Flexible Template Matching technology and a new set of multi-biometric recognition algorithms.

The products are designed to create face recognition and fingerprint applications that can be integrated with other systems and are aimed particularly at meeting new biometric data requirements for US passports.


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