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Facial Recongition Software

Specifically, you have been asked to examine the potential for using facial recognition software to augment security measures inside the local stadium. Draft an excerpt for your vulnerability assessment giving an overview of facial recognition technology, how and with what success it has been used in the past, and whether or not it could potentially aid traditional security measures at a large event such as the upcoming sporting event.

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1. Draft an excerpt for your vulnerability assessment giving an overview of facial recognition technology, how and with what success it has been used in the past, and whether or not it could potentially aid traditional security measures at a large event such as the upcoming sporting event.

In United States two companies specialize in the development of face recognition software used to enhance the performance of video surveillance cameras: Visionics, based in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Viisage, based in Littleton, Massachusetts. Both companies have seen their stock prices soar (double or even triple in value) in the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The use of this software is controversial and has generated condemnations from the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and the American Civil Liberties Union (http://www.notbored.org/viisage.html). Only someone completely distrustful of all government would be opposed to what we are doing with surveillance cameras.-- NYC Police Commissioner Howard Safir, 27 July 1999 (http://www.notbored.org/the-scp.html).

Face recognition software provides face images in cameras for various surveillance purposes. For example, the residents of Ybor City -- a neighborhood in Tampa Bay, Florida -- have been informed from the inception that the local police are using face recognition software on a trial basis to enhance the city's surveillance cameras. Visionics responded to the controversial statements by the ACLU and others by going directly to the United States Congress to ask them to create legislation that covers the use of its software to increase its transparency (http://www.notbored.org/viisage.html). There are many applications of face ...

Solution Summary

Referring to the scenario, this solution explains aspects of how facial recognition software works, past successes and security issues to consider. Examples of this technology are also provided.

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