FaceVACS Engine

enables clients to develop new face recognition and facial image analysis applications

Cognitec's products incorporate state-of-the-art technologies relevant to working with facial images, in particular deep learning, computer vision, and pattern recognition technologies. Algorithmic optimization since 1995 has resulted in superior independence from facial variances such as pose, mimic, age variance, different hair styles, glasses or temporary lighting changes.

Customers can license Cognitec's core technology, the FaceVACS® Engine, through customized software development kits.

Latest developments

Recent R&D initiatives have again raised general accuracy levels for Cognitec’s main matching algorithm. In particular, the latest version is showing remarkably robust test results for facial images with extreme pose angles.

We have released the new matching algorithm B15 in version 9.9 of the FaceVACS Engine, with novel algorithm training methods and a new face finder contributing to substantial performance upgrades.

The new Engine version also introduces the ISO 39794-5 compliance check for MRTD and general purpose images.

It also includes the new A21 algorithm with smaller memory footprint for mobile application development.

Please schedule a meeting with your account manager to discuss the new version in more detail!

Technology made in Germany
Version 9.9 highlights
  • incorporates matching algorithms B15 and A21
  • new image compliance check for ISO 39794-5
  • exceptional performance improvements for images with extreme pose angles
  • revised sharpness detector improves performance for high-resolution images
  • available for Windows, Linux, Linux-on-Arm, Android and macOS
How to purchase our technology

Contact the sales team or send an email with your contact details and application requirements.


  • powerful face localization and face tracking on images and video streams
  • industry-leading matching algorithms for enrollment, verification and identification
  • accurate portrait characteristics check for gender, age, pose deviation, exposure, glasses, eyes closed, uniform lighting detection, unnatural color, image and face geometry
  • performs ISO 19794-5 and ISO 39794-5 standards compliance tests

Engine licensing

Cognitec’s FaceVACS Engine enables clients worldwide to develop new face recognition applications. It provides a clear and logical API for easy integration in other software programs.

Cognitec provides the FaceVACS Engine through customized software development kits, with a set of functions and modules specific to each use case and computing platform, and based on tailored software licensing agreements. Such specific use cases include: image quality check, verification for document issuance, and verification for access control.

Programming and development

  • advanced face recognition APIs: C++, Java, Microsoft .NET, BioAPI 2.0 Verification Engine (C API)
  • documented examples for main use cases and customized implementations
  • tools for biometric evaluations: e.g. generation of identification match lists, similarity matrix data

Android development

  • supports the development of portable face recognition applications
  • used in handheld devices to capture photos and compare them to image databases on the device or central systems
  • adds security to login and authentication procedures