Skill Sector innovation​s​ that promises to be a game changer​

When a biological feature of a user like Fingerprint, Face, Iris, etc is used to identify a user, it is known as biometric verification of the user. One of the important programs from the Indian Government where biometric verification is mandatory, is the Skill India program, where the Indian. Government provides monetary reward to every young person who successfully completes an approved skill training program with an affiliated training provider.

 

The objectives of a biometric verification and attendance solution is to eradicate the following challenges during the process of skill training:

  • Unauthorized beneficiaries: Unauthorized beneficiaries show-up during the training session against a registered Aadhaar ID which results in identity fraud
  • Ghost Beneficiaries:Mismatch in the number of beneficiaries actually present during the training session and numbers shown on attendance reports
  • Non availability of effective portable biometric devices:The existing finger-print solution requires a dedicated scanner and needs to be installed at a given location with provisions for power and electrical wiring.
  • Subsidy leakage:Padding up the number of trained beneficiaries submitted to government bodies not only defeats the overall purpose of skill training, but also leads to financial loss and corruption.
  • High drop-out rate of beneficiaries:Absence of centralized attendance tracking system does not allow the management to have a close check on the actual cause of the high dropout rate of beneficiaries from the classroom sessions.
  • Highinitial price and maintenance cost of existing Finger print hardware: Training sessions are conducted across the country in rural and semi-rural locations. Initial set up of existing fingerprint based hardware devices includes wiring, hardware install and internet setup. Considering the remote locations of most of the training centers, the setup becomes a tedious effort. This creates a lot of maintenance hassles later and long turnaround times, mostly due to time consumed in reaching to these far flung centers to deliver the support.

Aindra Labs has come up with biometric verification and attendance solutions that work even in an infrastructure deficient country like India. Our flagship products, based on our patent-pending Face-recognition engine, are called SmartVerify© and SmartAttendance© and work as user-friendly smartphone application for bio-metric verification of an user’s identity. SmartVerify© and SmartAttendance© work in tandem to help an organization, that is spread out across various branches in distant locations, to capture attendance for both in-the-office and on-the-field beneficiaries. The attendance information is geo-tagged with location and timestamp information, so that the organization can track the beneficiaries in a humanly auditable, smart fashion. SmartVerify© can verify the user’s identity from the facial photo captured in user’s Aadhaar card or a Passport size frontal face photo of the user. SmartAttendance© can produce central reports of periodic attendance for different frequencies like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. at the click of a button, along with other relevant information like location, duration, time-stamp, etc. while providing attendance, helping the management to track and manage the training beneficiaries closely.

A smartphone is usually the device of choice due to the ubiquitous-ness and low cost of the device. SmartVerify© and  SmartAttendance©  utilize user’s existing Smartphone. The face biometric solution from Aindra Labs is hardware-agnostic and also works with laptops, IP camera and even desktops with a webcam – essentially with any smart device that has a camera to take pictures. It is an innovation that promises to be a game-changer in the Skill India program of Indian Government and many other verticals where biometric verification of identity with location and time-stamp information of a mobile workforce is critical.

Based out of Bangalore, Aindra Labs creates Computer Vision and Machine Learning based products that address the problems of a huge magnitude in poor countries.

Our vision is to address problems of a huge magnitude with the aid of deep technology. We have been recognized as one of the top 10 Artificial Intelligence based start-ups in India.

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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.

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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