BRIEF: With Consumer Tech Interest, Facial Recognition is Going Mainstream

Like the rest of the biometrics industry, facial recognition technology has seen a rising tide of market interest over the last several years.BRIEF: With Consumer Tech Interest, Facial Recognition is Going Mainstream But there now appears to be a particularly strong spike in excitement over the technology, not just in its traditional domain of military-grade surveillance and security but also in consumer electronics. Here’s why:

Apple is thought to be developing a pioneering 3D face recognition system for its next iPhone, and the mobile and consumer electronics industry is following its lead:

Apple Supplier Confirms Shipments of 3D Sensor Modules

SensibleVision Announces 3DVerify, Anticipating Popularity of Depth Cameras

UWE Bristol Teams with Private Sector Partner to Develop Commercial 3D Facial Recognition Tech

At the same time, more third party devices are emerging to take advantage of the kind of infrared face scanning enabled via Windows Hello:

Face and Fingerprint-Scanning Toshiba Laptop Hits the Market

Meanwhile, early adopters in the financial services sector are eagerly embracing mobile face biometrics systems:

Jumio Opens London Office to Accommodate EMEA Growth

New ATM Uses Smartphone Interface, Facial Recognition for Withdrawals

And, of course, police authorities around the world continue to experiment with the technology as a countermeasure against both criminal and terrorist threats:

South Wales Police Make First Arrest Using Live Facial Recognition

German Authorities to Trial Facial Recognition Surveillance at Train Station