What's Your Facial Fingerprint?


Jan 6-9, 2015

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What's Your Facial Fingerprint?

Fast and Accurate Facial Recognition for Security Applications

Many of us equate security with physical safety. We picture a bank guard or an alarm system in a home. In today's world, security is more than just physical safety — it extends to data files, credit information, computer passwords, parental controls on televisions, and more. Delphi's new facial recognition system can be used for a variety of security applications, offering a fast and accurate identity system while minimizing space needed for storage and processing and driving down costs and complexity.

How It Works

The unique image recording process uses a light source and camera to project a line pattern onto the subject's face. The camera then "sees" and records the subject's two-dimensional (2D) facial fingerprint, comparing that image to a database of stored 2D facial fingerprints for a possible match. A "positive" match with the proper stored image means the person is recognized. Recognition then triggers an action, for example, approval of a credit sale or unlocking of a door.

The illustration above shows the process used with Delphi's Facial Recognition System.

Technology Has Wide Applications

"This groundbreaking technology is a great addition to our intellectual property portfolio," said Virgil Darga, Delphi's licensing manager, Delphi Technologies, Inc. (DTI). Darga says the patent-pending facial recognition system was originally developed for use in the automotive industry, but like many of Delphi's licensed technologies, it has applications in a number of industries.

"This system was designed to recognize occupants and make automatic personalization adjustments to the vehicle controls — such as seat, radio and climate control settings," said Darga. "The practical applications of this technology actually extend far beyond the automotive industry. It can be used for other complex recognition systems from residential and industrial security systems to computer password verification — for any situation in which a person's visual identification triggers an action, such as a door opening, a computer file being accessed, or a credit card sale being transacted."

"Delphi's unique system is considerably different from other facial recognition systems out there on the market today," said Darga. "Most facial recognition systems are designed to create a geometric "map" of the subject's face using points such as the nose, mouth, and eyes. This method requires large processing capability and additional time to determine the location of those facial features contained in the image."

Benefits of the Delphi System

Delphi's facial recognition system offers several advantages over other systems available today:

  • Utilizes a non-intrusive infrared (IR) light source
  • Requires no unique recording equipment or materials
  • Increases recognition accuracy versus state of the art systems
  • Identification program is resistant to hacking
  • Secured by two layers of defeat security
  • Enables recognition even with minor physical changes to the subject's face
  • Reduces recognition and confirmation time
  • Utilizes smaller data files providing lower system costs

Delphi's innovative facial recognition technology is currently available for licensing from a Delphi Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) team member.

Licensing With Delphi

Delphi's Intellectual Asset Management team supports an active licensing program with a full portfolio of technologies available for licensing, transferring core automotive technologies to additional markets. Delphi continues to expand its intellectual property portfolio, offering a wide range of product solutions created to meet the diverse needs of customers worldwide.

With the availability of approximately 6,000 patents and applications, the IAM team of experienced licensing professionals can expertly guide a customer through the licensing process. We provide a point of access to cutting edge technologies, analytic tools, and the management skills to facilitate a successful technology transfer.

Learn more about Delphi's intellectual asset management.