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Facial biometric expert wins US border security contract

iProov, a facial recognition business supported by Innovate UK, is the first overseas company to win a contract to tackle border security in the United States.

London cyber-security firm iProov has won a contract to help the US Department of Homeland Security to accurately and reliably identify travellers at airport checkpoints and other border crossings.

iProov’s facial recognition technology is able to detect so-called ‘spoofs’ or people trying to trick biometric sensors using a fake photo, screen image or doctored video.

It will be used to speed up border crossings at unmanned ports of entry. Travellers will be able to self-identify on a mobile phone by authenticating against a pre-registered photo.

Advances lead to growth in face recognition

Andrew Bud, chief executive of iProov, said:

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.

Advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence have enabled a revolution in facial biometrics in the last few years. 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.

Technology used by banks and governments

iProov’s facial biometric technology is used by banks and governments across the world to securely authenticate customers and guard against fraud.

The company was founded in 2011 and employs 20 people. It has previously presented its technology at Finovate Europe - the conference for banking, financial and payments technology - where it won a Best in Show award.

It has had funding support from Innovate UK for a number of projects. These include ways to counter impersonation, proving how well its systems capture identities even in difficult cases, improving the performance of facial recognition and tackling cyber attacks on face recognition technology.

You can apply for funding to develop a game-changing idea in any technology or industry area. Find out more about our programme that’s ‘open’ to any innovative UK business.

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