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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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.