NIST: Facial recognition improving

Facial recognition biometric technology is showing improvement in one-to-many searches, according to the latest tests from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Results from NIST’s 2013 test of facial recognition algorithms show that accuracy has improved for some up to 30% since 2010.

The report by NIST biometric researchers Patrick Grother and Mei Ngan, Performance of Face identification Algorithms, includes results from algorithms submitted by 16 organizations. Researchers defined performance by recognition accuracy — how many times the software correctly identified the photo — and the time the algorithms took to match one photo against massive photo data sets.