The facial recognition system (FRS) requires camera(s) and a control device; a computer with special software. The computer processes the material, face images, collected by the cameras. FRS has been used as monitoring and controlling tool in major events and border crossings. The aim of FIRS is to maintain and improve safety and security in a cost efficient way by saving manpower. However, FRS is an additional security tool and therefore not to be trusted only. FRS is being used mainly as a verification method where the human face functions as an access or pin code. Optimal operational environment for FRS is a dry environment with stable illumination; most likely indoor environment is needed to guarantee the operational ability. Images of the faces should be collected in close distance and the persons, who are to be identified, should cooperate. FRS is composition of technical elements and applications which are commonly used in everyday life. Profiling the environment and setting reasonable aims, FIRS could be used in various places. Hence FIRS is challenging. the traditional methods as a sophisticated security tool for the sophisticated situations. So far, the only operational FRS in Finland started in summer 2008 at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. This paper examines and collects experiences from the airport pilot project, from literature and by interviewing researchers of the facial recognition field. The aim of the paper is to specify the desired goal state, how FRS could be applied as a new maritime security tool.