December 1, 2020

REVEALED: The top 10 ways facial recognition will transform our lives

RS Components has revealed the top ten ways in which facial recognition technology could transform our lives.

Facial recognition has become much more prevalent in our everyday lives as many of us use it daily to unlock our smartphone, but how else is this futuristic technology transforming our lives? RS Components have created a graphic showing the 10 ways facial recognition is transforming different industries and our lives. You can view all the predictions in full in this graphic here.

Many of us using facial recognition technology every time will 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.

See below how each industry could be impacted by facial recognition.

Retail – Some stores in China recognise the shopper as they enter using facial recognition, with RFID tags on the items, cameras scan the items and their face at the end of the shop to charge items to their account.

Hotels – At hotels facial recognition can be used to allow guests to check-in, enter their room and receive a more personalised stay with recommendations tailored to them.

Marketing and Advertising – Adverts are becoming more tailored as facial recognition can analyse facial expressions and share adverts which align with how we may be feeling.

Banking – Facial recognition is used by banking apps to allow users to log in securely, and at ATMs to allow customers an additional layer of security and eliminate the need for a PIN.

Air Travel – To help streamline the paperwork needed to board a flight, some airlines are trialling facial recognition to enable passengers to embark on the aircraft.

Automobiles – Facial recognition could be used to not only unlock the car but also to tailor driving preferences such as seat distance, temperature and preferred music.

Education – Facial recognition is being used by some schools to improve safety. The technology analyses the users face to identify whether they are allowed on campus.

Ride-Hailing – Face-scanning is used by those driving a taxi. Drivers use a selfie to access their account which then allows them to begin the journey and could be used to verify passengers too.

Food – Fast-food chains are using facial recognition to identify customers and allow them to not only pay for a meal but also provide them with recommendations on meals they may like.

Consumer Electronics – Our everyday electronics may be savvier in the future, as they use facial recognition to aid those who are blind or partially sighted by using a wireless camera which reads texts and identifies faces.

The technology identifies users by scanning facial structures, expressions and face contours to identify users and is often used to improve security and access to restricted content such as personal mobile phones or banking data for example.

Whilst the technology is set to improve how companies operate and make the user experience more efficient in certain industries, many have concerns over privacy and facial recognition leave many divided over its use in the modern-day

Which of these uses of facial recognition technology would benefit you most?