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Technology Facial recognition designed to detect around face masks is failing, study finds

05:10  26 august  2020
05:10  26 august  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Many facial recognition companies have claimed that they can detect people with pinpoint In July, NIST released a report noting that face masks were thwarting regular facial recognition algorithms "Thus, the NIST mask study does not reflect our ability to perform identification in the presence of

Facial recognition is designed to scan for and grab many data points on a person's face , such as how far apart the eyes are, and the structure of the nose and chin. Experts warn that flaws with facial recognition and masks are another problem minority groups may have because of the pandemic.

Many facial recognition companies have claimed they can identify people with pinpoint accuracy even while they're wearing face masks, but the latest results from a study show that the coverings are dramatically increasing error rates.

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In an update Tuesday, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology looked at 41 facial recognition algorithms submitted after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in mid-March. Many of these algorithms were designed with face masks in mind, and claimed that they were still able to accurately identify people, even when half of their face was covered.

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Researchers from NIST found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of the time. The study tested the effectiveness of 89 facial recognition algorithms against face masks . "None of these algorithms were designed to handle face masks , and the

Facial - recognition algorithms from Los Angeles startup TrueFace are good enough that the US Air Force uses them to speed security checks at base entrances. But CEO Shaun Moore says he’s facing a new question: How good is TrueFace’s technology when people are wearing face masks ?

a blue and white surface: Algorithms designed specifically for face masks are getting stumped, researchers found. © Sarah Tew/CNET

Algorithms designed specifically for face masks are getting stumped, researchers found.

In July, NIST released a report noting that face masks were thwarting regular facial recognition algorithms, with error rates ranging from 5% to 50%. NIST is widely considered the leading authority on facial recognition accuracy testing, and expected algorithms to improve on identifying people in face masks.

That day has yet to come, as every algorithm experienced marginal increases in error rates once masks came into the picture. While some algorithms still had accuracy overall, like Chinese facial recognition company Dahua's algorithm error rate going from 0.3% without masks to 6% with masks, others had error rates increasing up to 99%.

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We found no well- designed studies of cloth masks as source control in household or healthcare settings. A retrospective cohort study found that nurses' risk of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome, also caused by a coronavirus) was lower with consistent use of N95 FFRs than with

The new technology focuses on the area around someone's eyes and brows to detect a match.

Rank One, a facial recognition provider used in cities like Detroit, had an error rate of 0.6% without masks, and a 34.5% error rate once masks were digitally applied. In May, the company started offering "periocular recognition," which claimed to be able to identify people just off their eyes and nose.

Rank One CEO Brendan Klare said the company wasn't able to submit that algorithm to NIST because of the agency's limit to one submission per organization.

"Thus, the NIST mask study does not reflect our ability to perform identification in the presence of masks," Klare said in an email.

TrueFace, which is used in schools and on Air Force bases, saw its algorithm error rate go from 0.9% to 34.8% once masks were added. The company's CEO, Shaun Moore, told CNN on Aug. 12 that its researchers were working on a better algorithm for detecting beyond masks.

TrueFace didn't respond to a request for comment.

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That ’s because facial recognition has all kinds of commercial applications. It can be used for everything from surveillance to marketing. Step 2. Facial recognition software reads the geometry of your face . Key factors include the distance between your eyes and the distance from forehead to chin.

While every facial recognition algorithm suffered a higher error rate once masks got added, some error rates were as low as 3%, indicating that it's not impossible for algorithms to identify people even when their faces are covered.

Face masks are proven tools for limiting the novel coronavirus' spread, and governments around the world have mandated people wear coverings to reduce the outbreak's impact. Health experts expect the majority of people will need to continue wearing masks for years, pushing facial recognition companies to improve their algorithms.

NIST has an ongoing report on how masks have affected facial recognition algorithms, using 6 million images from its database, and digitally adding a mask onto the photos.

It's possible that the error rates could be higher if NIST used real photos of people in masks, rather than a digitally added covering, since physical masks may have different shading, textures and patterns that also confuse algorithms.

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