DHS deploys 3D facial recognition system at regional headquarters

Published 30 January 2006

The increasing demand for facial recognition biometrics highlights the inherent limitations of current 2D technology; the solution is 3D facial recognition

We have written recently about the move from 2D to 3D facial recognition technology, and we note that DHS Federal Protective Service (FPS) has implemented 3D biometric facial recognition technology from Sunnyvale, California-based A4Vision at the agency’s Region 10 headquarters. A4Vision’s Vision Access 3D Face Reader, which the company says is the world’s first 3D facial identification/verification reader with active feedback, has been part of the security system at DHS FPS Headquarters building since October 2005. The implementation serves both to secure access to the building and as an assessment site for A4Vision’s facial recognition products.

FPS provides security and law enforcement to GSA buildings in eleven regions covering facilities throughout the United States. GSA Buildings and their individually housed agencies require different security levels, ranging from a level 5 building, such as the Pentagon or the National Archives, to a level 1, being a small government leased office space in a remote town, for example.

-read more about A4Vision at company Web site; also read this White Paper, “Technology that tracks Faces in the Crowd,” at A4Vision Web site