Technology should always strive to make our lives better than what they were before its introduction. And authorities in China are doing just that with facial recognition as a marriage registration tool.
The Marriage, Adoption Registration Management Center of the city of Chongqing launched the facial recognition system earlier this month in January, where not only local citizens register their marriages, but registration between Chinese citizens and foreigners can also use the facial recognition system.
There are multiple reasons why China’s adopted facial recognition as an important step to register marriages.
Chinese law traditionally requires marriage registrars to check a person’s ID and household registration certificates before awarding them a marriage certificate. The facial recognition technology can not only shorten this examination time, but also improve its accuracy, claims report coming out of Chongqing.
The facial recognition system can snap a photo of the marriage applicant and compare it with information from other documents, including public databases. The quickest time to complete an examination is just 0.3 second, whereas without the facial recognition system the same would take around 10 minutes to check people’s documents. So it’s a huge time saver!
The new facial recognition system can also deal with cases where applicants have had plastic surgery or for twins who can be differentiated via fingerprints, cases which were difficult for the previous artificial recognition systems to deal with effectively.
Chinese authorities also argue that the facial recognition system be an efficient way to crack down on crimes where suspects steal identities by producing fake marriage certificates.