Facial recognition technology isn’t only meant for capturing criminals. In fact, the presence of the technology is being felt in some unexpected industries.

Expected to grow into a $10 billion market by 2023, facial recognition technology is no longer used exclusively in the security sector. Thanks to the availability of easy-to-use, cloud-based facial identification, the technology is simplifying tasks such as marriage registration and adoption.

Authorities in Chongqing, China, use technology to abbreviate the process for marriage registration. Determining an applicant’s identity takes just 0.3 seconds, while the traditional methods could take 10 minutes or more.

Another unexpected use for facial technology is matching orphans in Russia with potential lookalike adoptive parents. A project dubbed “Twin Souls,” relies on facial biometrics to match facial structures between potential parent and child. An applying parent uploads his or her picture onto the website and a facial recognition algorithm will return matches from a database of Russian orphans.

Additionally, facial recognition technology is also reportedly in classrooms in China, scanning classrooms every 30 seconds, logging the behaviors of students and reporting those behaviors to the teachers.

For more on the use of facial technology in unexpected places, go to Sky Biometry.

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