Last week, we wondered whether facial recognition technology is the cure for the nation's cheating epidemic. And behold, someone's already on top of it.
Aware Inc., a global provider of biometrics and medical imaging software, has supplied Cambridge Assessment, the University of Cambridge’s international exams group, with a biometric verification solution based on its COTS Biometric Services Platform and user interface development services. The advanced solution forms Identica, part of Cambridge Assessment’s exam fraud prevention services.
The Identica system lets exam proctors easily capture ISO-compliant facial images of candidates. These images are then made available to organizations wishing to verify that the candidate presenting a certificate is the candidate who took the test. The system can even be upgraded to support additional biometrics, including fingerprints.
“We launched Identica to enhance the security of our exams, which are widely used for immigration and citizenship, higher education and business, and need the highest levels of integrity,” said Sarah Corcoran, director at Cambridge Assessment, in a press release.
It'll be interesting to see whether this new application of facial recognition software raises privacy concerns. Either way, it certainly seems to be a good fit for widespread cheating.