Department of Defense and Homeland Security consider face-to-face technology as an important part of avoiding hazards.
But first, they are taking steps to ensure the safety and security of the facial recognition devices used by both agencies, to build public trust in these devices and to address concerns from Congress.
John Stanley, an independent consultant working on behalf of Dr. R&D, said the department’s biometric and identity tools are on track to support common domain work.
But in order to speed up the adoption of these devices, Dr. Stanley said he must build public trust in these devices and ensure that data usage and protection is in accordance with laws, policies, standards and protocols.
“Unleashing the power of biometric and forensic equipment, and integrating it with information platforms, artificial intelligence and other related information, requires the building of biometric and forensic equipment to gain trust among policymakers and end users,” Stanley said Tuesday at the AFCEA Federal Identity Conference. .
With the growing demand for information, Stanley Dodie said he is increasingly relying on the National Institute of Standards and Technology to provide standards for information compatibility with other federal agencies.
“Standards allow for open exchange of biometric data between different agencies and their biometric systems, developed by different companies, guide how to test biometric systems, and how to calculate and report on the performance of a system. They are compared to the performance of another system, ”Stanley said.
DD is looking at biometrics. Will Graves, chief engineer and biometric product manager for Will Dr., said it is still difficult to deploy face-to-face, given how the department operates in ever-changing environments.
“Biometrics and forensics clearly understand analysis and decision-making, but” they are always intertwined, and it’s something else that adds to the complexity, because they can’t take the context of the set, “he said. .
The Department of Homeland Security, for its part, relies heavily on face recognition technology to identify non-US citizens traveling in and out of the country.
However, in the absence of national or international standards for this technology, the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology (S & T) is taking steps to make the devices marketable, regardless of race, age or gender.
Since 2018, DHS S&T has held annual biometric technology “meetings” with industry partners through collaborative research and development agreements.
Yevgeniy Sirotin, technical director for the ASC Maryland Experimental Institute, which works in support of DHS and TIN, said the demonstrations would help signal the agency’s slow or ineffective implementation of the agency.
As part of this trial, DHS S&T last year discovered that face masks to prevent the transmission of CVD-19 may reduce the reliability of some commercial face recognition devices.
These analyzes show that although some systems have performed well with different demographic groups, some performance differences remain in the acquisition and related components of current commercial biometric systems. These, in particular, need to be carefully considered in light of the ever-changing nature of biometric technologies, ”Serotin said at the AFCEA Federal Conference on Tuesday.
During last year’s rally, DHS S&T gathered 582 volunteers, and the central system identified 93% of volunteers without a mask, but could identify only 77% of masked volunteers.
The high-performance system during the test may still be associated with 96% of masked volunteers, but it is not clear whether they are black or African American and 95% of masked volunteers. DHR S&T said it would conduct further research to investigate the root causes of this gap in performance.
When you wear a face mask, it really distorts the contrast around the face, and that may be responsible for some of the differences we see, especially when you have a very bright white mask contrast, maybe dark skin. ”
Customs and Border Protection uses existing biometric information from visa photos and US passports. Whenever a foreigner returns to the United States, face recognition by hand and fingerprints are eliminated
CBP face detection systems at land and air ports, as well as over 107,000 visas overdoing someone else’s travel documents identified 885 simulators.
DHS S&T will hold this year’s rally in September at the Maryland test site in Upper Marlborough, Maryland.
DHS is not alone in developing this technology. The Office of Public Accountability found that 18 of the 24 CFO law enforcement agencies used facial recognition technology for digital access or cyber security purposes, law enforcement or physical security.
GAO 14 agencies have allowed their employees to use face recognition technology provided by the agency, and General Services Administration and Social Security Administration told GAO that pilots are working to enable government websites such as Login.gov to access face recognition technology. .
10 agencies told Goao that they will expand the use of facial recognition technology in the 2023 budget, and report on ongoing research and development of facial recognition, such as wearing masks and image manipulation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It has been difficult to replicate what is useless in humans, but over the past few decades, computer and technology advances have increased the overall accuracy of self-identification,” the auditors wrote.
The GAO report was completed by the leadership of the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the House Judiciary Committee member, Jim Jordanos (R-Ohio). This feature shows the latest in a series of GAO reports on federal admission technology.