The country of India has embarked on a remarkable initiative where they are using facial recognition technology in order to reunite missing children with their families. The system can implemented as swiftly as just a few days, and the New Delhi police department has already identified almost 3,000 children in the first 4 days of using it!
WeForum highlights how the software scanned 45,000 photographs of children
living in orphanages between the dates of April 6th – April 10th, and it was
able to match 2,930 photographs with ones posted on the lost child database
run by the Indian government!
This technology has also been a great resource for refugees. REFUNITE is an
online database that allows users to search for their family members with the
click of a button. Allowing refugees to take the search of their loved ones into
their own hands, and not having to rely on agencies for help. REFUNITE
already has over 600,000 registered users.
Facial recognition technology can do so much more than just unlock your
phone, it has the power to reunite families who have been separated faster than
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There is almost nothing more heart warming then the reunion of mother and
child. Facial recognition technology has been a sci-fi dream for many years,
connected mainly to issues such as security, terrorism, and police. The India
Track child portal is a great example of how technologies that began from a
security standpoint can slowly evolve, and become the perfect solution to civil
issues such as lost children. The iAID team continuously looks into recent
developments in the visual and security markets, to detect as early as possible
what technologies have the potential to provide solutions to social,
conservation, and humanitarian problems.
-Nir Tenenbaum, iAID Co-Founder and C.I.O