Estonian software company piloting a library with face recognition

Helmes, an international software house headquartered in Tallinn, has opened a face recognition library for its employees. In this library both the reader and the book taken out are identified automatically. What’s more, the system registers each event under an employee’s profile and this way provides insightful data for mentors about reading interests and future materials.

Possibilities for face recognition are endless

If this solution was connected to, for example, a national database of document photos, it would technically be possible to start using it in public libraries as well. This would simplify the library experience for readers as there would be no need anymore to carry around a card.

There is already technical readiness for using face recognition for tens of thousands of new services to make life more convenient and secure for people. For example, Helmes employees can access their office literally based on their faces. However, global possibilities are not only about fun and convenience, but far more substantial – like searching for missing persons or validating if a person is of legal age or a minor.

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