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India Mulls Facial Recognition; 5 Nations Already Using The Technology

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Let Your Face Do The Talking

Let Your Face Do The Talking

The human face can speak volume about health, emotions and intentions.In today's tech-driven world, facial recognition has becomes a prime parameter of identity. However, the technology, which is banned in San Francisco, can be a boon or a bane depending on how it's used. While it assures safety, a major concern is its ability to put privacy at stake.

The National Crime Records Bureau recently raised a request seeking bids for an automated facial recognition system (AFRS). The prime need, as explained by the authority, was assuring safety of citizens. It aims to use the technology for better identification of criminals, missing children and adults, andeven dead bodies. It will use pictures from passports and national fingerprint identification systems and match it with the criminals' photograph. Prominent points like features, contours, expression, scars, marks and tattoos will be used as cues.

However, the AFRS is being subjected to concerns about the authorities getting access to the faces stored in database.

While the system may soon make its debut India, a number of countries have been already been banking on it to serve a number of purposes. Here's a round-up of all nations that rely on facial recognition technology.

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Leaders Of Facial Recognition Tech

Leaders Of Facial Recognition Tech

The world's most-populated country tops the charts when it comes to deployment of facial recognition technology. The Chinese government uses it to make its forces more efficient, keep a better tab on people and for business transactions.

Over 170 million CCTV cameras guard the streets of China and most of them are powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition. The Chinese have time and again used the technology for the identification and conviction of criminals. However, this is not where it ends. Schools in China are using the technology to evaluate student behaviour and measure their stress levels.

Even fried chicken joint KFC has turned to the technology in the country, with some outlets using facial recognition to guess what the customer is likely to buy, while others have kick-started 'smile to pay' in their stores. The system needs three seconds of facial scanning with a 3D camera. It uses a live-ness detection system to determine if the customers are paying or not. The customers also need to enter their phone number in the system to avoid fraud.

In Jinan City, three branches of a bank are allowing people to use their face instead of an ATM card to withdraw money.

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Welcome To Dubai, Or Not

Welcome To Dubai, Or Not

A world leader in adopting new technologies, UAE makes use of facial recognition technology in a quirky yet incredibly smart manner. At the Dubai airport, a virtual aquarium is placed fitted with 80 facial recognition cameras. The aquarium scans faces of people who walk by and then either clears them for entry or raises a security concern. UAE plans to take it to the next level by 2020 by deploying automated immigration officers who will make use of AI and facial recognition to allow or deny entry.

Its upcoming project 'Oyoon' will use cameras with speakers to nab criminals on the streets. The cameras will also be able to issue a verbal warning at the spot.

For safe public transport, Dubai authorities are installing facial recognition in buses. It identifies the bus drivers and defines whether a person is in a state to drive or not.

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Safety Comes First

Safety Comes First

Authorities in Japan are following in the footsteps of China when it comes to using facial recognition. For the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the country will be using facial recognition cameras instead of ID cards.

Soon, airports in Japan will also use facial recognition for those departing from the country. The prime aim of this is to assure quick and seamless departure of guests.

In order to curb gambling addiction, Japan authorities have installed facial recognition system that can tell how many times a person has gone to a casino. Shoplifters in the country are also coming under the scanner with retail stores using AI to spot those with a wrong intention. Thanks to the update, shoplifting has reduced by 40% in the country.

Japanese automaker Subaru has also integrated AI system in the Forrester brand of its SUVs. The system issues an alert in case the driver is tired or sleepy and if an accident is likely to take place.

However, security isn't the only area guarded by facial recognition. Employee productivity is also monitored with the help of the technology.

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Fighting Terrorism With Tech

Fighting Terrorism With Tech

The high-tech capital of Asia is using facial recognition in a creative manner. Singapore is using the technology to locate elderly people who go missing.

At the airports, the technology is being used to spot travellers who are lost or late. It has also stepped into the shoes of humans by allowing passengers to check-in and go through immigration on their own. The country is also using the facial recognition to cut down terrorism by performing crowd analytics.

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Efficient & Accurate

Efficient & Accurate

While San Francisco has banned facial recognition technology, Orlando airport is using it to scan international visitors. A task which earlier took more time and did not assure accuracy, now takes two seconds and is accurate to 99%.

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