Evaluation of face recognition for Automated Border Control at Schiphol for NoQ

Funded by:Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice
Duration:March 2011 until June 2011
Contact:Dr.ir. L.J. Spreeuwers (Luuk)

On more and more airports, automatic face recognition is
deployed in so-called Automatic Border Control (ABC) systems. These electronic
gates consist of a passport reader on which a traveler presents his/her
passport, a video camera that records live images of the traveler and face
recogntion (FR) software that compares the live images to the digitally stored
facial images on the passport. If the FR finds a match, the gate is opened and
the traveler can proceed.


The objective of the NoQ evaluation study was to
evaluate the performance of various FR software for the ABC systems to be deployed at
Schiphol Airport. The project was an assignment by the IDMI (Identity
Management and Immigration) of the Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice.


The evaluation concerned the absolute performance in terms of False Rejection Rates and False Accept rates for actual travelers. The aim was to determine if state of the art Face Recognition are able to deliver the required performance for this application and which of the available Face Recognition solutions performs best.


The Chair for Biometric Pattern Recognition of SCS Group
is one of the few independent groups (possibly the only one) in the Netherlands
and even in Europe with the required biometric expertise to perform an
evaluation study like this.


The results of the project are confidential and are not
available for publication.