In India, there are almost 2000,000 missing children, with around 90,000 placed in child care institutions. Most of those lost have been presumed dead for weeks or even years.
Until now, that is. The New Delhi police took it upon themselves to start an experimental trial of facial recognition technology, in order to find some of the missing children.
The system used a photographic database of around 60,000 missing children and compared them against 45,000 images of the orphans placed in care institutions throughout the city.
Between April 6-10, the FRS (Facial Recognition Software) recognized almost 3,000 faces and gave the children a chance to be reunited with their families.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan, the child welfare group that developed the trial, has secured an order from the Delhi High Court to make the national Indian database of missing children (TrackChild) available to the police, who can eventually sift through it using the FRS.
It’s an impressive feat and it only highlights how the tech can be used to save lives in the future.