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The Magic of the Face

Facial recognition, also referred to as Biometric Artificial Intelligence, is regarded now as one of the top ways of identifying and verifying a person. It is so common place that we probably even have it in our homes, either through our consoles, phones or security systems. Growing up in the 80’s face recognition was something only for the James Bonds’ of this world, but the advances in the last decade alone have catapulted this incredible technology into the lives of us all. Facial recognition is already being harnessed by several industries; Law enforcement use it to serve and protect, retailers use it for crime prevention, Airports use it for security (and we even have the technology to use it on our Intelligent Vending machines, if clients desire it to deliver their project objectives! Wow!).

So where did all this catapulted technology come from? It’s true the last decade has really thrown facial recognition into the spotlight, but where did it start? Many believe that the 1960’s is where it all began with the work from Woodrow Wilson Bledsoe.  Bledsoe was an American mathematician, computer scientist and prominent educator. Born in 1921, he is regarded as one of the founders of artificial intelligence, making early contributions in pattern recognition and automated theorem proving. His work in the 1960’s included developing a system that could classify photos of faces manually, known as the RAND tablet (considered the predecessor of the iPad, in many circles). The RAND could be used to input horizontal and vertical coordinates on a grid, using a stylus that emitted electromagnetic pulses, this in turn could manually record the coordinate locations of various facial features; these could then be added to a database and when the system was given a new photo of an individual it could retrieve the image that most resembled it. [1] The technology of the era being so limited meant that the advancement in facial recognition were restricted but never the less it is seen as an important step in proving that face recognition was a viable biometric.

In the 1970’s a more well known milestone in facial recognition, “21 facial markers” was devised by Goldstein, Harmon and Lesk. Using 21 specific subjective markers such as hair line, lip thickness and eye width they were able to increase accuracy to the (still manual) facial recognition system.

The 1980’s saw linear algebra being applied to the problem of facial recognition, this became known as the Eigenface approach.  Scientists discovered they could accurately code a ‘normalised face’ in less than 100 values.

In the 1990’s the Eigenface approach was developed further and had been advanced to recognise faces within images. This was the first use of automatic facial recognition.

The following 20 years, has involved a lot of practical research and field tests including the Feret programme (creating a large database of facial images) and The Super Bowl, in the USA in 2002 where law enforcement trialed the technology, but were limited by its functionality in crowds. Facebook started using facial recognition in 2010 and continue to utilise it today along with Apple, Military and retail sectors.

So with all this incredible biometric technology all around us, should we be concerned at all? Is our privacy being compromised by the gathering of our own data through surveillance techniques or our phones when we are sometimes not even aware of it? Privacy campaigners express concern about governments and other authorities having access to the whereabouts, and activities of citizens 24/7, some of these concerns arise from biometric artificial intelligence being so advanced, it can be used to not just identify a person but show them other existing personal data like blog articles, photos, social networking profiles, internet searches etc.  This can make the public vulnerable on a number of levels for example; your facial signature could end up in a lot of places, hackers may track down images of you (or your face) online, this data may be sold, people can be left open to online harassment, stalking and trolling. It is also becoming less and less impossible to remain anonymous. [2] As the digital age advances and the need for identification and authentication of a person continues to elevate, is it our face that is going to be the key to the future? To action the opening of a bank account we would use our face, or going through customs at an airport we would use our face, access and unlock technology (including cars!) with our face, even the potential of paying for goods, withdrawing your money from ATM’s and verifying your age (therefore completely abandoning the need for a wallet at all!) all because of the magic of your face! It seems there can be no denying this technology, despite any concerns we might have as it seems to be the top way to verify and authenticate. I guess there is nothing left to do except put our very best face forward.

 

Footnotes

[1] /blog/brief-history-of-face-recognition-software/

[2] internetsecurity-iot-how-facial-recognition-software-works.html

 

References

1. /internetsecurity-iot-how-facial-recognition-software-works.html

2. /innovation/facial-recognition-works.html

3. /blog/brief-history-of-face-recognition-software/

4. /wiki/Woody_Bledsoe

5. /wiki/Facial_recognition_system

6. /govt/biometrics/facial-recognition

7. /blog/rand-review/2018/09/the-rand-tablet-ipad-predecessor.html

 

Period Poverty Initiatives

Period poverty is still one of the most prominent topics of today, with more and more companies approaching us for period poverty machines. Not only do we supply machines, we also supply branded sanitary products too; (we can also offer unbranded sanitary product packaging to clients when they buy in pallet quantities.)  All the packaging provided is specifically designed for vending equipment and made from both biodegradable and recyclable cardboard. We are currently pushing ourselves even further into ‘green’ mode and researching the possibility of offering an organic range of products. For companies that are interested in taking this initiative up for their organization, Intelligent Vending could provide them with the knowledge, machines and insight to reflect their own business needs.

 

The AVA countdown

Only 1 week to go until the live AVA show. The Automatic Vending Association are celebrating 90 years this year and we are very excited that the countdown is on. The event is bound to be epic with a range of activities over 2 days with opportunities to join in debates, participate in free workshops, meet and network with industry leaders, suppliers and customers. There is also some tasty food on offer and a chance to win a trip to the USA. The show is accessible for members and non-members so get your tickets now before its too late!

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Less than 2 weeks to go until the live AVA show. The Automatic Vending Association are celebrating 90 years this year and the event is bound to be super. There are a range of activities over 2 days with opportunities to join in debates, participate in free workshops, meet and network with industry leaders, suppliers and customers. The show is accessible for members and non-members and everyone we know is very excited about it. Let’s rock on for another 90 years.

The Snack Evolution is here

The wait is now over. SandenVendo have produced an insight into the future of vending machines and it certainly gets our attention. An innovative concept that further evolves the popular G-Snack range. It is the G-Snack Evolution and it has arrived at Intelligent Wholesale. What sets it apart from other machines on the market, other than the attractive and elegant design, is the central delivery port which avoids the need for consumers to bend down to receive their items from the lower bin area as with most standard systems on the market. The G-Snack Evolution also has up to 56 selections and comes with optical sensors as standard. To get your hands on this machine and more check out the range on our web-page.

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Summertime Essentials

With the summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking positive about the summer heat wave we are willing to happen. Essentials for a brilliant and safe summer must include a good source of hydration…and it so happens we have just the thing! The V217-6 is a superb cold drinks vending machine suitable for vending PET bottles and cans. It uses a reliable vending mechanism which has been tried and tested in the field for a number of years. The product has thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling as well as having product pre-cooling. Each column has an individual vend motor and boasts an anti-theft device. Whether your desired location is in an office, school, university, leisure centre, airport or more, this drinks vending machine offers convenient and essential thirst-quenching cold drinks at the push of a button.

 

Vend a penny

The S2 Multi-Vend is a classic within the hygiene vending sector. With 9 product choices it lends itself to several different configurations in the washroom, even for vending nappies!

It is easily wall mounted and can even be customised with company logos. This ideal smart electronic vending system with easy price, coin, and stock change makes it the perfect product for clients on the go when they nip to spend a quick penny.

The Break Cup

Everyone needs that little pick me up at some point in the day, whether it is first thing in the morning or mid-afternoon. The beautiful Rosa 9oz vending paper cups are the ideal container to enhance your beverage pleasure. They are a top seller within the vending industry and it isn’t hard to see why, with lovely white writing over a rich blushed-rose coloured background, it seems a shame to throw them away (into the recycling bin!) after finishing… fortunately they come in packs of 1000 so there will be no excuse not to get another one, keeping you perkier for longer!

Intelligent Wholesale has arrived

Intelligent Wholesale is finally here. This is the business-to-business ecommerce trading division of Intelligent Vending. Our fantastic new homepage clearly showcases the most popular categories making it easy to navigate and operate. The highlighted deals are easily accessible as you scroll down the page and be sure not to miss out on our regular informative and inciteful blogs. At Intelligent Vending we believe our website to be an ever growing, ever evolving, living, breathing catalogue of choice.  With this in mind an exciting addition to the website is on the horizon. It will be accessible on the website through our technology centre. This is where we showcase our in-house designed, next generation of automated retail.  We will be soon be presenting more of our latest technology with traditional high-quality engineering…. but that’s all for now… Better watch this space

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