Sydney Start-up developing face solution
24 August 2018 13:30 GMT

Sydney tech start-up, IDChekr has developed an app the firm says will enable anyone to ID people on their smart phone in real time.

The company has said users will be able to point their phone at someone and take their photo.  The app scans the data and identifies them.  The app will also scan publicly available profiles and social media to provide a profile of that person.

"Facial identification data is currently an unregulated public asset which is being exploited by governments and well-funded corporations, in many cases for purposes which are not in the subject's interest. As we see it there are two responses to this situation: develop jamming tech to combat mass surveillance, or embrace facial recognition technology and democratise its use. The latter response is the motivation behind IDCheckr - we want to put this power in the hands of the public," said Founder, Hayden Toppeross.

"The secret sauce is Recurrent Neural Networks - a subset of Machine Learning. These allow us to process extremely large data sets very quickly and refine the outputs based on usage data. This means the more the system is used, the more efficient it becomes," said Hayden.

IDChekr will use open source data sets and user photo libraries to build very large data sets.  The app will be free to users.  

"Users will be rewarded for their input to the group data set by customisation and privacy options associated with their profile. We want this process to be enjoyable and frictionless, and above all beneficial to the user," states Hayden.