A4Vision Incorporates ICAO Facial Image and Validation to Enable 2D and 3D Facial Image Enrollment for ePassports, Visas, and Identity Documents

Synchronized 2D Photo and 3D Image Capture Improves Accuracy to Meet New ISO Facial Standards and Enhance Global Image Databases

Sep 5, 2006 - A4Vision, the leader in 3D facial recognition, announces version 4.0 of its 3D facial recognition line of products, adding new hardware and software features to enable synchronized 2D/3D enrollment. A4Vision’s solution renders 2D images (photos and stored image data) compliant with ISO standards for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements for new travel documents that incorporate biometrics. By integrating processes to check for 2D image quality and validate identity, A4Vision’s solution achieves unprecedented accuracy.

A4Vision’s synchronized 2D and 3D capabilities accomplish faster and more precise matching results than when using only a 2D based search. The new capability provides the ability to simultaneously create 3D databases, which are capable highly accurate matching at sub-second speeds. 2D texture and 3D geometry enrollment occur in one quick session with a person standing in the same location. The session produces the ISO 19794-5 compliant 2D image, a high resolution 3D image, and a combined view or overlay of the 2D image matched with the 3D shape. The combination of the 2D and 3D images allows for enhanced viewing of the facial images.

The ISO 19794-5 standard for ICAO MRTD’s required new guidelines to bring a higher level of consistency when performing human and automated biometric matching against large databases or against images stored on the travel documents, such as passports.

There are challenges with 2D systems when attempting to match a person standing at an uncontrolled angle against the full frontal 2D image stored in the travel documents or against random images that comprise watch list databases. Both of these matching scenarios, 1:1 and 1:Many, require precise recognition performance in order to maintain checkpoint flow. A4Vision’s synchronized 2D and 3D approach establishes a new realm of speed and robustness. 3D biometric facial identification provides actual, measurable, real-time data about a subject’s face, skull and bone structure, enabling higher throughput and improved security on the spot.

A4Vision’s simultaneous capture of 3D and 2D data bring new value to prevailing applications of 2D photo identification, including border control and airport checkpoints, where drivers’ licenses, ePassports and visas can be thoroughly scrutinized in seconds.

A4Vision’s new ICAO compliant capability is a component of A4Vision’s Enrollment Station, Vision Access Face Reader, and the Vision SDK.

A4Vision offers 3D face recognition products through companies such as IDLink, NTT Communications, Singapore Technologies, Sagem, Securitas, SITA, Thales, and global partners Motorola, Siemens, and Unisys.

For more information or to purchase A4Vision’s 3D products, interested parties may visit the website: www.a4vision.com or call A4Vision headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, 408-446-1133, or Geneva, Switzerland, +41 22 849 1050.

About A4Vision
A4Vision (Applications for Vision) develops and licenses advanced identification systems and tracking solutions using 3D facial imaging and recognition technology. A4Vision offers products through companies such as Ingersoll Rand, ADI, NTT Communications, Singapore Technologies, Sagem, Securitas, SITA, Thales, and global partners Motorola, Siemens, and Unisys. A4Vision is headquartered in California (USA) with offices in Geneva (Switzerland) and Moscow (Russia).

A4Vision has recently announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Bioscrypt (BYT.T), a leading provider of enterprise access control technologies. The combined entities will be the only organization capable of offering a converged physical and logical solution that supports both finger and 3D face biometrics as authentication techniques for access control. More details about this and other corporate information can be found at www.a4vision.com www.Bioscrypt.com

Ryan Zlockie
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phone:  408-446-1133
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