There’s a healthy degree of confusion between facial recognition and facial authentication, but the underlying technologies are often very different and designed to address different use cases. Facial recognition has gone mainstream and helped consumers recognize that their faces could serve as their password.
We will compare and contrast facial recognition and facial authentication and provide some cautions to companies considering facial recognition systems in commercial use cases when facial authentication is more appropriate, reliable and secure.
Facial Recognition: A biometric software application capable of uniquely identifying or verifying a person by comparing and analyzing patterns based on the person’s facial contours.
Facial Authentication: A form of biometric authentication that relies on the unique biological characteristics of an individual to verify that she is who she claims to be. While both leverage biometrics and both are used to verify individuals, they differ in some pretty fundamental ways. Let’s start by exploring facial recognition.