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Technology is changing and evolving every day at an increasing rate. It seems like every week we hear about a new tool we can use, a new software that will soon be part of our lives, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. With all this new information out there how can we be sure that the technology we are developing is being used for good?

There are many great minds who want to use our technological advances to protect us and make our world a better place. In this article we look at the ways that we know facial recognition is protecting us every day in our communities, in public places, and across the planet.

Protecting Our Communities

On a larger scale, facial recognition is being used around the world to keep people accountable for their actions so that we may keep our communities safe from others and at times even ourselves.

Some parks will start, and have already started, using facial recognition to ensure that the people hanging around public areas are not wanted criminals and help keep children connected to their parents in the case they are separated.

In St. Louis facial recognition is being used to keep high-risk persons out of legal buildings, like courthouses, to ensure the safety of lawyers, judges, and witnesses. When problem gamblers enter a casino or game center in Ontario, they are scanned, identified, and security is alerted, so that they are kept away from their bad habit and those inside are protected from any incidents that may arise.

 

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Shopping centers, like Walmart, and luxury retail stores, like Saks, are using facial recognition to protect their merchandise and to give shoppers a more personal experience. When you have large stores, with thousands of people coming in and out, security cameras and personnel may not be enough to stop people from stealing items. However, facial recognition helps the store spot once committed robbers, alerting security to the possible threat, and helps them log any new robbers that may steal at the store.

These types of applications do raise important questions about privacy. As a company we take privacy very seriously and Kairos has been part of the ongoing governmental debates about how facial recognition data should be collected and stored - you can read more about that in our blog post about the government facial recognition privacy talks.

Protecting Our Children (And Animals)

Besides public places using facial recognition to protect children from criminals, there are companies using facial recognition to help children live better lives.

“Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth.”

Food4Hugs is planning on using facial recognition to connect children who are hungry with people who have the means to feed them. If you see a child who is homeless and hungry you can take a picture of them, which is posted to social media, and someone can pay for food to be delivered to them. World hunger is a huge problem that potentially can be solved with technology as it will connect people who want to help, but don’t know how, with children who aren’t as fortunate as others.

Animal control has even started to use facial recognition! In Sacramento shelters are using a facial recognition application to help identify lost pets and return them to their homes. Whilst Kairos doesn't offer dog and cat recognition, we love that our furry friends get to share in the good uses of this technology.

Helping Our Emergency Services And First Responders

Facial recognition is being used to identify criminals in public places yet it is also being used to help solving crimes before they happen and after they happen.

Maryland has a database of over 3 million known offenders which is used to ensure that they are not in public places, are arrested if wanted and seen in a public place, and is measured against when criminals are arrested.

San Diego crime scene investigators are using facial recognition to scan and match faces with possible suspects. In both cases this is helping eliminate criminal situations from occurring, whether it is the first time or a repeat offender.

A Force For Good In The World

Around the world many companies and agencies are using facial recognition to protect people. From identifying theft to curing the sick, this technology is being used in ways that brighten our future and create a safer society for ourselves and our children. Facial recognition is a tool that can be used for so many wonderful things and using it to protect is one of its great benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about facial recognition and how you can protect your community and customers please do drop us a line, we’d love to talk.

 
 
 
 

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