Why Industries are adopting Face Recognition Technology as a game-changer

India is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the World. One of the hallmarks of success for the Indian Industry leaders have always been about how they cope up with a fast changing environment. In recent times, technology has been a key differentiator to determine who stays ahead in the race. To adapt to and proactively adopt newer technologies in the fast-changing technical landscape has become a key ingredient for success for the present-day Industry leaders.

Many of the new technologies and innovation have been horizontal in nature, meaning they have applications across multiple sectors and industries. Technologies like Internet, Bluetooth, IOT, 3D Printing etc have never been sector or a use-case specific, but brought revolutionary changes across various Industries that optimized existing businesses, addressed pain points that have not been addressed before and enabled industries to cater to various adjacent use-cases that remained unaddressed earlier.

Face recognition is a similar technology that has been horizontal in nature. Innovators in various industries have been trying to understand the fitment of this revolutionary image processing technology in their specific landscape. The questions they are pondering over are : Why Face Recognition Technology for them? How can it bring real impact?

Leaders tend to see new technology as magic wand to resolve multiple existing challenges. They ideate regarding the new doors that can open using new technology and use their domain expertise to understand what business problems the new technology can solve in their specific sector. Few of such examples would be like how Portable Face Biometric Technology has made a significant impact in eradicating subsidy leakage problem from various social welfare programs, as well as increasing the revenues of companies where on-field sales and marketing activities have a strong impact on the company’s balance sheet.

Leaders also identify what are the next best alternatives to the new Technology and then identify gaps in these available alternatives and explore to what extent new technology can plug those gaps. Verifying bank users and beneficiaries with their Facial imprints in existing databases like UIDAI (Aadhaar Cards), recognizing valuable customers when they walk into the Stores are few examples where existing alternatives were not able to address the gaps, which have been addressed by Portable Face Biometric Technology now.

Portable Face Biometric Technology is one of the most mature and reliable flavours of Face Recognition Technology and is available in the form of Smartphone based Face Recognition, Verification and Tracking system(SFRVTS). This Face recognition Technology identifies faces in images captured from any photo capturing devices like IP Camera, Tablet, WebCam, Mobile Phones etcIt handles effectively the cases of pose variations and lighting alterations during taking pictures, along with facial changes of an individual over a period of time.

We have attempted to compare this Smartphone based face recognition, verification and tracking solution (SFRVTS) on various parameters with competing technologies like Fingerprint scanner, USB based Fingerprint hardware, Iris scanner, first generation facial scanners, Log in & Log out based portals etc to understand comparatively the quantum of benefits it provides in various operational dynamics, various use cases along with features. Here is the comparison table:

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While this is a small roundup of the Use-Cases and features of Face Recognition technology and similar technologies/options in action, we would love to hear from you if there have been any glaring omission.
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World’s Top 10 Usage of Face Recognition Technology #2015

Research in recent face recognition technologies seem to suggest that it is challenging to fake the identity of the person even after a facial surgery (though, we find that hard to believe) because they make use of something called as ‘nodes’ (around 600 nodes for every face) of the facial structure, which these techniques claim, remains unique to each person – dead or alive.

Face recognition has its distinct advantage of being non-contact in nature compared to the other well-known bio metrics. A distant webcam/ video recorder and off lately smart phones, are capturing details required for bio metric systems that use Face Recognition, without any extra effort required by the people whose biometrics are being captured. Coming to think of it, this is in itself is a revolution in terms of the technological advancements that have taken place to enable such a seamless biometric operation to take place.

We have seen that face recognition technology backed products are becoming part of the mainstream. Here are a few use cases of face recognition technology being used to impact societies across different geographies:

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      1. New York & New Jersey, USA: New York and New Jersey are the first states using facial recognition software to bust illegal drivers at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider says it’s the key technological tool now used by law enforcement. It has already helped authorities make 3,500 arrests of the illegal or dual motor license fraudsters.
      2. Bangalore, India: LabourNet Services has adopted SmartAttendance, “a mobile based face recognition solution” to make sure the expected beneficiaries are receiving educational and skill development services at right time and place. As a social enterprise they are able to
        • Control the drop out rates of the enrolled trainees
        • Ensure the presence of expected trainees at the training sessions
        • Automate the complete monitoring process
      3. Arizona,USA:  The number of potential ID fraud cases identified has increased by 860 percent, as reported by the Arizona Republic. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has implemented a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) vendor-hosted facial recognition solution, to support the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) credential-issuance process.  This will further enhance fraud and identity theft protection for the citizens of Arizona and over time, expedite the processing and cut the number of fraud investigation cases. The system cross-references new driver’s license pictures with the MVD’s database of existing drivers.
      4. USA: Apple and Facebook have already worked on a mechanism that auto shares the images their social circles based on face recognition
      5. Indonesia, US, Portugal, Africa, India : Using face recognition to identify faces of church visitors from CCTV footage or photos to match churchgoers used to check attendance numbers, and alert church officials if some members stop coming to services. Attendance of these events and services is a key indicator on how the church performs in terms of popularity and growth. It also allows the church to keep a close connection to its members. Most churches already keep track of members attendance manually. However, when it comes to big events it is nearly an impossible task to track members.  It can also screen for people banned from the church.
      6. USA: Customs and Border Protection Officers stationed at air ports of entry are using facial recognition technology as a tool to help them in determining whether an individual presenting themselves with a valid U.S. electronic passport is the same individual photographed in that passport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is conducting 1:1 Facial Recognition to identify this.
      7. China: A team of university and technology company researchers in China introduced an ATM with built-in facial recognition technology to cut the risk of illegal withdrawals.  The new ATM, built by a team from Tsinghua University and Tzekwan Technology, which captured the facial images using the cameras equipped in the ATM and later compare them with ID photos for verification. The facial recognition measure will be an added layer of identification on top of the traditional password or PIN required to access funds with a card. The ATM will also be linked to banks and local police offices to further bolster security.
      8. India: A social enterprise delivering health services in remote places (rural and semi rural areas) has adopted a novel solution to make sure beneficiaries receive the services at the right place and time through the on-the-field employees. The SmartAttendance, a mobile based face recognition and tracking solution collects bio metric data tagged with GPS and time stamp to detect and identify beneficiaries at meeting venues. This  has enabled the organization to track, monitor and audit the data coming from all the on-site service locations across the country. Salary calculations, productivity analysis and auditing are made extremely simple through the use of visual dashboards.
      9. Europe: Government and law enforcement agencies took a huge technological leap by providing their agents with the ability to identify individuals using facial recognition in ‘near’ real-time. Agents can now transmit photos or videos captured on their smartphone through specific mobile application,which later gets processed by  the application provider on the cloud server using automated face detection and recognition technologies.
      10. Thailand: Using the face recognition ability to identify people from group images, Thailand Government is investigating a deadly bombing case on a famous shrine. Such automatic machines can detect up to 100 people within 5-6 seconds than making people sit and do the same job which would take all day.

While this is a small roundup of the Use-Cases where we see Face Recognition technology in use, we would love to hear from you if there have been some glaring omissions.

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How will India Train 40Cr People by 2022 under Skill Development Initiative?

In India, young people who will soon be entering the labor and manufacturing market, would constitute the largest segment of the demographic structure. In recent years India has rapidly expanded the capacity of educational institutions and enrolments but educational attainment remains low. While India has a well-institutionalized system of vocational training, it has not sufficiently prepared its youth with the skills that today’s industries require.

Thus, to speed its economic growth and take advantage of its “demographic dividend,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched four initiatives as a part of which over 40 crore people will be trained in various skills by 2022. As much as it is important to drive such initiatives, we must accept that the on-going techniques and implementations could be treacherous to track outcome oriented initiatives.

Over all, here are some of the challenges pertaining in skill development initiatives:

  • Lack of common certification systems
  • Lack of awareness and mentoring process due to poor mobilizations
  • Lack of replicable mobilization model
  • Lack of basic infrastructure, training facilities and a sense of social disapproval for women attending skill training courses
  • Lack of soft skill training and its practices
  • Lack of effective assessment criteria

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Some of the up-gradation and changes which must be inculcated:

  • Robust monitoring & evaluation mechanism to ensure successful implementation of the policy initiatives
  • Unless modern technological tools like internet are used to impart vocational training, skilling cannot be scaled up in a country where millions of youths are to be covered in our diverse land scape
  • Mobile based portable authentication solutions to ensure the scheduled training are delivered in all the rural, semi-rural areas and urban area
  • Mechanism for on-the-field assessments of the trained candidates
  • Solutions driven by scalable and portable technology for trainers and skill development intuitions to have strong hold on their trainee to avoid surprise drop out, lack of interest or social disapproval
  • National as well International level Industrially approved common certification systems
  • Mass awareness and counselling channels with technically advanced tool for replicable mobilization
  • To formalize convenient yet effective career counselling bodies
  • Formulating outcome oriented policies
  • Impart mechanisms to reward the success and penalize the failures

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Mobile based Face Attendance & Monitoring System for Skill Development Institutions

This post is on a case study with a vocational training institution that has adopted our face based solution for effectively managing their processes and management. We felt putting this post out would help us articulate and communicate the value that such similar institutions can find in adopting robust systems to held as they scale their organizations. Such organizations are working to bring operational improvements and a structured approach to scaling up.

Opportunities and challenges related to skill development in India is humongous. Billions of aspiring and ambitious people are ready to work hard and push their limits. It becomes close to impossible to handle such variability.

Skill development programs are becoming imperative for our ambitious youth. It becomes all the more critical for a country that is emerging as an economic powerhouse. Today, skill development organizations are taking care of end to end processes starting from identifying and sourcing young employable people, identifying suitable courses, providing the best state of art trainings, and finding jobs and opportunities for the trainees and mobilizing them.

Improving the methodologies of training and bringing effectiveness in this complete training process is a continuous endeavor for these organizations. As a positive attempt to work in this direction, Aindra Systems in April 2015 has enabled one of the fastest growing skill development and training institutions, in deploying a breakthrough and innovative biometric technology to address their three persistent problems:

  • Controlling the drop out rates of the enrolled trainees
  • Ensuring presence of expected trainees at the training sessions
  • Automation of the complete monitoring process

Some of the challenges that the implementation faced, were:

  • Working with an unorganized sector, the solution has to be extremely simple to use
  • The solution should be able to work with little or no consistent power
  • It should work in remote areas without consistent Internet connectivity
  • It should not be dependent on expensive hardware and infrastructure maintenance
  • It has to be scalable in nature, to meet the demands of a growing organization
  • Change management within the users of the organization

Following are a few snapshots taken at actual location in one of the training centres in Hosur, Tamil Nadu.

Face based attendance- monitoring in action
Face based attendance- monitoring in action
Smart Phone Application Auto Captures the faces for biometric  attendance
Smart Phone Application Auto Captures the faces for biometric attendance

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The mobile based face attendance solution is an application which is installed on the trainers mobile phones. Based on a patent pending product that uses Artificial Intelligence, the application has intelligence to automatically capture the trainees faces and later update their attendance on any cloud application, be it the NSDC, MIS or any other ERP system.

8 reasons why colleges must adopt SmartAttendance Campus

Top 8 reasons why colleges must adopt the unique and innovative technology of SmartAttendance Campus

  1.  BYOD: Teachers will be using their Smartphone to update the school management system. Now, no need for manual data entry first, in registers and later, school management system.
  2.  Proxy Free: Zero scope for proxies now.  It’s biometric based attendance system. Very much like how finger print is a unique biological feature of a human being, the facial features are also unique to an individual. SmartAttendance Campus identifies the student by matching their attendance facial images with their unique enrolled facial biometric features.
  3.  Students are happy now: They don’t need to keep an external RFID chip hanging around their necks, which could be easily lost or forgotten. Their face is the new ID.
  4.  Hassle free administration: Teachers do NOT need to carry any bulky registers or manually perform tedious data entry every single day to update school management system. Right from capturing the data, biometric attendance and finally auto updating the school management system – one application does it all.
  5.  Be the pioneers: It showcases the institution as the pioneers and early adopter of an innovative and highly reliable technology. This keeps them on top of their game and well ahead of the competition. Using mobile based attendance is giving them a unique identity in the global educational landscape.
  6.  No Dedicated Hardware: Unlike other attendance solution like RFID /Finger print, SmartAttendance Campus does not need any dedicated hardware. The liberty from the hardware and its cost makes it cost efficient. This enables the institution to adopt solution with literally zero capital expenditure and wiring costs
  7.  Exposure to technology: Embracing the new technology reflects the openness towards learning the latest solutions and utilizing them in their daily life. This sets a bright example for the up coming generations by nurturing them under a highly competitive roof.
  8.  Paper free green solution: The world is moving towards electronic papers to save the most valuable green resources gifted by mother nature. SmartAttendance campus is 100% paper free solution.