Meet the Spanish technology which verifies identity even with face masks


The Spanish company, FacePhi, specialized in biometric solutions for identity verification, has developed an algorithm capable of recognizing with more than 99% reliability the partially covered face of a person. This technology has been designed to be activated voluntarily and with the prior authorization of the user, facilitating secure access to data and activities by using his/her face as a key, even wearing face masks.

This recognition is possible thanks to a software specially instructed to focus on periocular biometry, i.e., on the differential features of a face in the area around the eyes. In this way, recognition failures and possible impersonations are avoided, giving more guarantees both to companies that use this type of technology and to users themselves.

“Thanks to Selphi evolution -our face authentication program- better solutions can be provided to healthcare environments or spaces where it is important to be extremely hygienic, so access through facial recognition can be very useful. “The use of this technology goes beyond the current coexistence with COVID-19 and can be a great ally for hospitals, clinics and laboratories; environments where the use of a face mask is constant and contactless identification solutions are the most recommended in order to prevent contagions”, explained the Company. 

Facial authentication, an ally for the healthcare field

Identity authentication or verification with facial biometrics continues to progress as the most secure access option for sectors in which data protection and easy accessibility are key, such as in banking or healthcare. After bringing its digital onboarding and facial recognition services to more than 50 banks around the world, FacePhi has recently landed in the field of eHealth, integrating its software in the Kangbuk Samsung hospital in South Korea, together with the technology NSSMART.

“Thanks to our developments, patients at this hospital have switched their health cards and manual entry of records for a facial recognition system with prior consent. This is preventing fraud in health insurance and offering a quick experience that greatly limits contact, something that, as we are verifying, will mark the future of healthcare. We continue working so that new applications, such as face mask authentication, begin to be integrated in hospitals and health centers”, concluded FacePhi.