In a new white paper, ID R&D advocates passive life detection


Passive live detection methods, such as those used by ID R&D’s IDLive facecan contribute not only to reduced user friction, but also higher accuracy and lower drop-off rates of customer applications, according to a new company white paper.

Single Frame Face Life Detection: How It Works to Reduce User Friction and Abandonmentis a free 11-page report arguing for passive liveness detection as a superior method for detecting facial presentation attacks (PAD).

The report breaks down the differences between active and passive live-detection and suggests that the added friction caused by active systems does not prevent them from being defeated by paper masks with cut-outs for the eyes and mouth of the presented face.

ID R&D argues that the advantages of passive liveness detection include no need for user training or onboarding, reduced complexity of solution design, support and maintenance, low burden on user and communication interfaces, and reduced amount of data transferred. Using the same step as face-matching also reduces opportunities for attackers, the report said. Attackers may not even be aware that they have been subjected to passive frame liveness detection.

The white paper covers how passive life detection technology works, including the recognition of screen renderings and printed copies of faces by neural networks, the latter analyzing image color to find those of printed material that are “out of gamut”.

The impact that reduced identity verification friction has on customer acquisition is debated, with ID R&D claiming that the introduction of friction will also reduce the error rate in classifying genuine presentations (BPCER, a measure of how often legitimate users are rejected) can drive up.

A case study of an ID R&D customer that determined the completion rate for applications from new customers rose from 60 percent to over 95 percent switching it from active to passive aliveness.

The document liveness case study shows a significant improvement in counterfeit detection

The company’s internal research shows that adding document liveness checks to identity verification processes can reduce fraud by up to 42 percent. This is the finding of an unnamed ID R&D customer, who is described as “large” and “global.”

According to the announcement, several ID R&D partners have found that document spoofs are occurring more frequently in their system than expected.

The client in this case ran a test on nearly 100,000 images, passports and ID cards from different countries, including fakes, identified by professional analysts. The rate at which legitimate documents were rejected did not change significantly, while the number of fraudulent documents accepted fell by 42 percent.

IDLive Doc was launched just a few months ago by ID R&D, and the company detailed the application of the concept of liveness checking to ID documents in a sponsored post Biometric update.

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