Facial recognition? – It’s time to face up to the facts

Human recognition is fundamental and is the most important building block of trust. Humans are programmed to recognise faces, and this is hard-wired into your DNA. Your face creates almost all of your identity and comes before your height, colour, voice or actions. It does not require touch or any interaction. If the face fits as they say, not much more is needed. Your face creates an immediate connection in most day to day situations with friends, colleagues and family, in your office, airports, banks, pubs and clubs.

Police Forces, Governments, businesses, and individuals know that security and trust come from knowing who is doing what, where and when! Obvious really.

Super recognisers

Because recognition is so important and the face is the only non-invasive way of quickly determining who someone is; the way people’s faces are recognised has become almost a science, although many say it is an art. It is not surprising therefore that many organisations, including the Police and Government security operations, have become experts in facial recognition by using individuals who have a unique ability to be incredibly good at recognising faces. These people, born with the skill, also have a name, ‘Super recognisers’ and they are hugely important. In August 2018, it was reported that the Metropolitan Police had used two super recognisers to identify the suspects of the Russian novichok attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal, after trawling through up to 5,000 hours of CCTV footage from Salisbury and numerous airports across the country.

A very human skill – recognised!