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Passive vs Active Liveness Check, what is better? | Argos KYC


In the previous post, we have covered the topic regarding why face liveness detection technology is becoming more necessary. Biometric verification is considered to be reliable to fight against fraudsters. Let’s dive deep into the difference in the liveness detection technology: passive liveness and active liveness.

Passive Liveness, what is it?

We know that liveness detection is about verifying the submitted images are taken from the live status. Identity verification solution providers which use passive liveness technology provide a simple and easy user experience. It requires no action, just taking a photo is all it wants. Less friction for the user side to onboard during the process.

As the technology requires nothing other than taking a selfie, it is considered to be a great way to guard against the fraudsters as they do not know liveness check is happening. No clue if the liveness detection was on as it can detect simultaneously during the face recognition process.

Passive liveness usually uses a single image to detect and analyze the liveness. Therefore, near real-time assessment is possible. Simple and fast for both the service provider and user due to lower frictions.

Active Liveness, what is it?

Active liveness requires users to do a few actions during the process. Actions may include such as moving heads, blinking eyes, or speaking certain passwords. As it asks specific actions, users need a longer time to finish the step.

Unlike the passive liveness where the detecting is taken simultaneously, active liveness may have reverse engineering attacks from the fraudsters. Also, as it requests certain actions, the liveness analysis is in video format. Therefore, takes about 2 ~ 3 seconds to analyze.

So which is better?

It depends on the business side. The simple, easy, and quick process is great for the user side. However, business needs advanced technology as passive liveness detection analysis needs to be done by a single photo.

Longer time, more actions from the user, and analysis in video format may be beneficial for the business perspective. However, it may provide a large hurdle for the user experience.

Safe and trustworthy liveness detection with Argos KYC

We can conclude that a strong technology that can securely guard against spoofing but is easy for customers at the same time is most desirable.

So this is why Argos KYC uses passive liveness technology. Argos KYC liveness technology can detect biometric liveness status through a single photo. Easy for the user side as it is frictionless; better in the user experience. Also, the technology works as a much safer way against fraudsters as they do not have a clue that liveness detection is ongoing. It also leads to near real-time process results, delivering prompt results to customers.

Argos KYC lets you identify anyone at any time anywhere with an abundance of advanced technology. This not only provides KYC and AML screening service at a fast speed but also in high accuracy. Let Argos KYC cover your KYC and compliance duty. Got you covered!

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