Facial recognition technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our everyday lives, with many of us using the technology every time we use our face to unlock our smartphone – a study found that we use our phones around 52 times per day.
Whilst it has transformed how we access our phones, facial recognition technology is also being used in a number of industries outside of tech to improve the service that companies provide customers with.
If you’re a company that isn’t adopting the use of facial recognition, it’s time to start researching into it before you get left behind.
Devices recognise their users by scanning facial features and shapes – specific contours and individual unique features help the likes of smartphones recognise users and open certain settings up on phones. For example, many banking apps now allow users to login to their internet banking through the use of their face – this, in some ways, is far safer than the previous ways of using online banking which would either include an individual code or a series of questions to answer that only the user would know. Not only has facial recognition made online banking easier for its users, but it has also made it safer.
However, banking isn’t the only sector in which facial recognition is making waves in. Hotels have now begun using facial recognition to check their guests in, enter their room and receive more personalised stays. This is useful if guests are checking in at late hours, as companies do not have to pay a receptionist or front of house to stay working all night.
This, however, raises the conversation of technology taking over. Many people are concerned at which the rate of technology is adapting and progressing at – a recent study reveals that robots could take over 20 million jobs by 2030.
While researchers believe the rise of robots will have many benefits in terms of economic growth, they also acknowledge the drawbacks that will arise too:
“As a result of robotisation, tens of millions of jobs will be lost, especially in poorer local economies that rely on lower-skilled workers. This will therefore translate to an increase in income inequality,” according to British-based research and consulting firm, Oxford Economics.
Facial recognition is also having a positive effect though – facial recognition check-ins have already been trialed amongst some airlines, as well as ePassport gates now being more prominent in many airports to reduce queues at busy periods.
There is the discussion that we are constantly being watched – a little like Big Brother. As soon as we wake up and check our phones, our faces are being watched and scanned. If we pop to the shops, cameras scan our faces at self checkout cashiers, if we go on holiday, cameras and facial recognition catch our every move; we now live in a switched-on society where technology is taking over.
Facial recognition is here to help us though – it is being used in many schools to help identify if a student or individual is allowed on campus. In a busy and hectic world, this is actually very useful as it would be physically impossible for a human to have eyes on this 24/7.
New research conducted by RS Components reveals how other industries, such as consumer electronics, food, automobiles, and marketing are using facial recognition.
So, how do you think facial recognition will adapt in years to come?
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