Independent Vendor Tests

The last independent testing of leading face recognition engines was conducted in 2013, with results published by NIST in 2014. Our current matching algorithm B10 shows significant performance improvements compared to the algorithm evaluated during 2013 NIST tests.

FRVT 2013: Test results on the performance of automated age estimation algorithms confirmed Cognitec Systems’ leading position in the face recognition market. The test compared nine algorithms submitted by six participants, five companies and one university, and applied them to seven million images. Results show that Cognitec’s algorithm performs with the highest accuracy for all age groups. Most notably, the algorithm shows superior performance “in the youth and senior age groups, leading the next most accurate algorithm in 5-year accuracy by 30% and 16%, respectively,” according to the report.

MBE 2010: In the latest NIST test, conducted in 2010, seven companies and three research institutes participated in the MBE-STILL evaluation, comparing the performance of face recognition algorithms on still images. Cognitec again delivered excellent performance in all the tests. In the open-set identification test, the most relevant for challenging identification applications, Cognitec's algorithm had the best performance at the lowest false alarm levels, which corresponds to the operational setting with a multi-million gallery and limited resources for visual inspection.

FRVT 2006: The Face Recognition Vendor Test 2006, again conducted by NIST, confirmed the outstanding performance of Cognitec's technology. Of 22 companies and research institutes, only Cognitec and 10 other participants could complete the large-scale tests, and only Cognitec and one other company could deliver measurements in four
different test scenarios for still images and 2D/3D data.

The results also demonstrated that Cognitec exceeded the goal specified by the preceding Face Recognition Grand Challenge, or FRGC, which was to prove increased recognition performance by an order of magnitude as compared to the FRVT 2002. Cognitec again delivered top performance in the majority of the tests, especially with regard to common real-world scenarios (low resolution imagery).

FRVT 2002: At the Face Recognition Vendor Test 2002, conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Cognitec's face recognition software exhibited the best performance among all participants for large-scale verification, identification and watch list scenarios.

Disclaimer: FRVT and MBE results do not constitute endorsement of any particular system by the U.S. Government. Download complete test results at