Advanced computer vision technology may be applied in the government sector to secure high-risk facilities, prevent identity theft and fight terrorism. Example applications range from national biometric identity cards, biometric passports, biometric driving licenses, and intelligent surveillance systems.
Example application: Biometric passports
In the case of biometric passports, a face and/or fingerprint image is captured and stored in a chip on the passport. The biometric images have to comply with an ISO standard in order to allow interoperability between systems employed in different countries across the world. Computer vision technology can be applied to enforce the requirements of the international standards by alerting the operator if the quality or format of the image is not adequate. In the case of face images, this includes making sure there are no strong reflections or shadows across the face, the eyes are open and the background is free from shadows.