SAN FRANCISCO – In the age of fashion statement. But for facial recognition technology, they pose a major challenge., face masks have become a part of normal life. They’re a , and for some people, a
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing face coverings to help fight the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus-caused sickness that’s killed more than 302,000 people around the world. And governments in more than half the US states are making masks mandatory in various public settings.
But don a mask and, and you quickly see the problem for facial recognition.
Before the novel coronavirus hit, facial recognition providers were expecting to install their technology everywhere: in airports, casinos, restaurants and schools. Face masks threaten to change all that, but the industry is looking at the situation more as a speed bump than a roadblock.
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