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3M facial recognition system tackles identity fraud


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A biometric facial recognition software solution from 3M is helping Ireland's Department of Social Protection identify fraudulent social welfare claims.

When individuals receiving social welfare payments, including unemployment and child benefit payments, are registered for a new Public Services Card, their photograph is captured as part of the registration process.

The image is then sent to the 3M™ Cogent Facial Identification Management Solution (CFIMS) system which checks a database of photographs for potential matches in advance of the card being issued.

This is helping to ensure that multiple or fraudulent identities can be detected at the point of registration.

Said New Business Development and Sales manager for Safety and Graphics in 3M Ireland, June Ryan: "Our technology gives a higher and enhanced level of assurance and acts as a key tool in the prevention and detection of identity fraud. Where a match is identified, the case is immediately sent to the department's Special Investigation Unit and prioritised for investigation."

The department estimates that cases of fraud detected by system will result in substantial savings.

Added June: "Our facial matching system can be integrated into new or existing identity and document issuance systems and we are confident that further cases of multiple fraud will be prevented as the roll out of Ireland's Public Services Card continues."

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