US Customs to use face scanning solution from iProov

US Customs to use face scanning solution from iProov

Biometric facial verification solution runs on Azure and will help the US control its borders

Richard Humphreys |

UK Microsoft partner iProov has won a contract from the US Department of Homeland Security for its biometric facial verification solution which will be used to identify people at some of America’s unmanned ports.

iProov's technology, which leverages the Azure cloud, will help US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) quickly, accurately and reliably check travellers as they pass through border crossings.

More than 112 million people enter the US every year, and over one million attempt to pass through its borders each day. iProov’s technology will ease the pressure on the CBP by letting travellers use their mobile phone to scan their face before they get to the border. A pattern of coloured light is projected onto the person’s face while the device records a short video. This is then cross-referenced with pre-existing photographs on documents held by public bodies, such as a passport or driving licence, to determine whether the person is who he or she says they are. The transmission and verification of the faces is handled by Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform.

iProov is able to detect ‘spoofs’ – when people use a photo, screen image or doctored video of someone else to fool a system into believing they are that person.

“We are delighted that iProov has been selected by the US Department of Homeland Security to enhance the way in which it processes people through US borders,” said Andrew Bud, iProov’s founder and chief executive. “Advances in machine learning and AI have enabled a revolution in facial biometrics in the past few years and we’re now seeing more and more cases of governments and banks turning to self-service, spoof-resilient face verification as the biometric of choice to both increase security and ensure ease of use.”

Liam Fox, secretary of state for the UK Department for International Trade, said the contract was “one example of our shared economic and security ties” with the US.

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