China is leading the world in facial recognition algorithms with its best algorithm able to recognize 10 million people without a single mistake in less than a second.
The top five of the 39 facial recognition algorithms in the world come from China, according to the Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the US Department of Commerce, which released the test results for 2018 last Friday.
YITU Technology, a Shanghai-based company that claimed both the top and second spot on the list, told the Global Times in a statement that its top algorithm can accurately recognize nearly every person in a sample base of 10 million.
In comparison, "it is very likely for a human brain to make a mistake in recognizing the identities of 100 people," the company said.
Algorithms from Beijing-based company SenseTime won the third and fourth spot, while the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) claimed fifth in the test.
YITU said that high facial recognition accuracy means that users gain better experiences when using related products.
For example, when a user uses facial ID for payment on a smartphone, the device will not authorize the payment for someone else with a similar appearance as the user, the company noted.