Facial recognition-based authentication could soon be coming to Aadhaar. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is running a pilot project to test out its functionality for financial services, Vivek Raghavan, chief product manager and biometric architect at UIDAI, revealed details about the pilot, run with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), during the Indian government's RAISE 2020 Summit (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment, 2020). "We don't need to have this [face authentication] for every [Aadhaar] service, but it should be able to do it [sic] at any place and on any device," Raghavan said. He said that the UIDAI has built "advanced liveness models" to further strengthen the facial recognition algorithm. Liveness detection allows a facial recognition system to ascertain that the face being shown to the camera is a real face and not another image on a…
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