Facial Recognition: The New Science of Identity

Facial recognition quickly became a widespread form of identification when Apple introduced Face ID with the launch of its iPhone X handset in 2017. Since then, we have become accustomed to using our faces as a means to unlock our smartphones, pay for goods and services and to access different applications.

Our face is the most fundamental form of identification due to the distinctive characteristics that it carries. Facial recognition works on the basis of recognising your physiological biometrics – something that’s related to the specific measurements, dimensions and characteristics of your body such as the shape of your face and its specific features. Technology that is able to securely capture, analyse and compare data about the distance between your forehead and chin, or the contour of your eye sockets, has helped make the widespread use of facial recognition a reality.

The use of biometric technologies such as facial recognition has revolutionised the way we identify ourselves, making access to core services easier, faster, more convenient, and much more secure. This technology can be found in many aspects of our everyday lives – from border control to disease diagnosis.

Our infographic takes you through facial recognition in more detail, from how it works to where it is used. You can also download it as a PDF here.