A 3D facial recognition system has been designed and developed to replace the way we purchase train tickets. As its stands, it’s currently been tested in the U.K.
The system is currently been developed by Bristol Robotics Lab, U.K. The project is also been partly funded by the U.K Government and the private sector. It has secured funding from the Railway Safety and Standards Board.
3D facial recognition technology is changing the way we pay for things in our everyday lives. People could soon ber paying for goods in shops, restaurants and bars just using their face. Experts there said the possibilities are endless for the technology, which is ‘on the verge of becoming really big’.
The system uses two near-infrared lights flashing at high speed to help a camera to capture the shape, texture and orientation of a face in unprecedented detail. The 3D facial recognition camera is so precise, it can capture details such as wrinkles and the texture of the skin. This can then be checked against a database of customers.
The system is smart, unlike many existing systems. It is able to recognise people who are wearing glasses and cannot be tricked by a photograph, owing to its 3D scanning capabilities. It’s actually that smart, it can even tell apart identical twins.
Professor Lyndon Smith from Bristol Robotics Laboratory, told BBC Click: “You can imagine, for example, paying just by the means of presenting your face to a system rather than having to use the card and the pin, I think that’s probably the way for future payments. The face is the key to everything you want to do in the modern world.
“Everybody’s face is unique in three dimensions actually. Even identical twins are unique.”
The laboratory is currently working with Cubic Transportation Systems, who has headquarters in the U.S.
3D facial recognition technology is a game changer and will continue to change the way we go about our daily lives.