Annnnnnnd this is one of the MANY reasons why my kids will be . @ - RealNetworks, a leader in digital media software known for introducing streaming technology about two decades ago, is in the news for offering free technology to the more than 100,000 K-12 schools across the .
The technology is advertised as a state-of-the-art solution to safety concerns, especially after the latest school shootings, but some privacy advocates are concerned the technology could eventually be abused.
Currently, the system known as SAFR is in use in at least one , , school, the private elementary-level . So far, 300 parents have added their faces to the database. Children, however, are not scanned, as SAFR refuses to collect data on children.
The technology works by scanning the person’s face “in the wild,” meaning the person doesn’t have to pose for the scanner. If the individual is recognized by the system, the door opens. The technology, which maps 1,600 data points for each face it scans, was developed over the course of several years.
During the last two years, the RealNetworks team used customer photos to train the system, gathering enough images to produce a database of eight million faces. At this point, SAFR is completely capable of telling when two faces aren’t the same person, going as far as telling identical twins apart.
While this type of tech can be used for a variety of ends, Mike Vance, RealNetworks’ senior director of product management, believes SAFR could help keep children safe. “There’s a lot of benefit for schools understanding who’s coming and going,” Vance told reporters. “The great things about those kinds of faces is that they’re people doing things that they naturally do in life,” Vance added. “They’re not mug shots or canned shots. You can overtrain a system for people looking squarely into the camera. But when you’re walking around here, when you’re walking around a school, you’re not always looking squarely at the camera.” 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾 -