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Monday, July 15, 2013

Can A Facial-Recognition App Help Identify Missing Children?

A new app aims to make finding missing children in the most populated country in the world a little bit easier and more of a collective effort.

Advertising agency JWT China and missing children site Baby Back Home have jointly developed an app in China that utilizes facial-recognition technology to help identify missing or kidnapped kids, Creativity Online reported. The organizations say that, with a population reaching approximately 1.4 billion, everyone can be a search volunteer.

Users of the app can take a photo of a child they think is lost on their phone. The app then uses facial-recognition technology to identify matches with a missing persons database. If a match is found, the family is notified. Within one week of the app's launch, there were 20,000 downloads and two children were reunited with their families, according to JWT.

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A number of interactive sculptures were also installed in Chinese public places where families often go, according to the organizations. When people take a smartphone picture of the sculpture, using augmented-reality technology, real life stories of missing children are shown on the phone.

Do you think a missing kids app like this might be effective in your country? Watch the video about this initiative below, and let us know what you think in the comments. 

Source: Mashable.com by Vignesh Ramachandran

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