Many have heard the term facial recognition, but few know what exactly it is and how it has been used to solve complex problems in business and daily life. Also referred to as FRT (Facial Recognition Technology), this technology is most known for the ability to unlock smartphones and computers, it is an extension of Image Recognition. However, its capabilities reach far beyond this. There are uses in the law enforcement field, retail industry, and even casinos. The future of the software holds great promise as well, such as in the medical field. This article will look at these unique and indispensable abilities being used today and some possibilities for the future.
What is Facial Recognition Technology?
Facial recognition is an application where biometrics software analyzes an individual’s facial patterns, structure, and contours to identify that individual. Think of a person’s face being scanned like a fingerprint. The data collected is stored in databases for the software to compare each scan for identification. It works through four steps:
What are the use-cases of facial recognition?
With the onslaught of school shootings and child abductions in recent years, authorities and school administrators have been looking for ways to improve school safety. One of these methods involves the implementation of facial recognition software. This dramatically reduces the instances of unauthorized persons gaining access to students and staff by limiting those who can enter the buildings.
With the use of FRT and drones, businesses can now keep sensitive areas more secure and control the access to them. For instance, airports and military bases use this technology to ensure that no-one enter restricted zones without proper clearance. This also secures these areas from potential terror attacks by alerting the proper channels of any individual who may be on a watch list.
Casinos have had an ongoing issue with visitors trying to beat the house by cheating ever since the very first one opened. Sure, they lose money to cheaters, but the real threat is of losing their casino licenses. It would devastate their business if they had to shut their doors until the owner could get it back. Therefore, casino security stays on top of all the latest security tech like facial recognition. FRT allows security to identify known cheaters as they come onto the casino floor and remove them before any damage is done.
What is the future of FRT?
The data systems for Facial Recognition Technology is growing daily. This means the system if getting smarter if you will. With the advances of this technology, there are numerous ways in which it could be used in the future. Here are two such instances:
In conclusion, facial recognition has been called creepy, invasive, and a violation of privacy. However, the uses-cases far outweigh a few voices not ready for this highly useful technology. In the law enforcement field alone, it has turned into an invaluable tool to identify potential threats, dangerous individuals, and even missing persons. FRT is even keeping schools safer. Facial recognition software is not going away and will only continue to develop and expand such as in the medical, device applications, and even the automotive industries. The future is Now and many amazing use cases are on the horizon for this technology.
This article originally appeared on Cognitivetoday.com/blog.
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