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Services meilleurs grâce au «Face Recognition» anonyme

04.06.2020Equans Switzerland AG

Pouvons-nous concevoir de meilleurs services pour notre société grâce à la «Face Recognition» anonyme?

En collaboration avec FTF, nous créons des solutions individuelles pour le marketing, le commerce de détail, la gastronomie et l'hôtellerie ainsi que pour la gestion des installations en utilisant un logiciel de reconnaissance faciale. Et nous nous demandons: que se passe-t-il si nous enrichissons encore ces connaissances avec la conception de services?

FTF signifie «Follow the Face». L'entreprise se considère comme «Google Analytics du monde hors ligne». Un logiciel et un matériel de reconnaissance des visages enregistrent le comportement des clients sur la base de données anonymes ou créent une authentification pour les données personnelles enregistrées individuellement, par exemple lors de l'entrée dans des immeubles de bureaux ou de la sécurisation de sites de construction.


«Face Recognition» et protection des données, cela va-t-il de pair?

La reconnaissance des visages est souvent associée à des scénarios d'un état de surveillance. Le FTF en est conscient et s'est donné pour mission de lier une technologie, dont certaines ont des connotations négatives, à des avantages économiques et sociaux. Le produit ne doit pas être compris comme un logiciel de surveillance, mais comme un logiciel d'optimisation. Les conditions préalables sont une communication strictement transparente ainsi que le respect et l'application des directives de l'ordonnance de base sur la protection des données (ODPD), introduite dans toute l'Europe en 2018, ainsi qu'une concertation permanente avec la Confédération et les autorités de protection des données mandatées par les cantons.


La perception de la DSGVO par les utilisateurs, c'est-à-dire par nous, citoyens, a été fortement influencée par la crise du Covid-19: dans presque chaque foyer, des webcams et des microphones ont été mis en place pour les logiciels d'appel vidéo, qu'il s'agisse de zoom, de Google Hangout ou de Skype. La numérisation a été introduite d'un seul coup dans les entreprises, les écoles, les maisons de retraite, les administrations et les gouvernements. Ce qui était auparavant considéré comme inutile ou dangereux pendant des années a été mis en œuvre en quelques jours. Et cela semble fonctionner.

Face recognition – what does it do?

The FTF software can recognize a person and record it as a so-called “digital ID” - but not as a person because no data is stored. If the software is used in a supermarket, for example, the user of the FTF software does not want to know who the person is, but rather learn how they behave in the room. Thanks to the data collected, predictive analytics can be created, for example to alert staff to opening another cash register in the next five minutes. The “customer experience” can thus be improved thanks to the shorter waiting time.


If desired by the user, the software can also be used to specifically identify people. On large construction sites, for example, only registered people are allowed access for security reasons. A camera takes control: only those who have been registered in advance are given access via facial recognition. The software can also detect that person # XY1943 is not wearing a safety helmet and can deny access. It would even be possible to measure body temperature to prevent feverish or virus-infected people from entering the room.


Who benefits from this technology?

The primary benefit of this technology is in marketing and human resource management. Innovation in the field of customer experience is generated by measurements, data processing and measures based on them - with the aim of supporting the economic success of the user and increasing it if possible. Shorter waiting times in restaurants or ski facilities can lead to more food and day tickets being sold. Or digital advertising optimized for target groups boosts sales. The customer experience can also be positively influenced by member or VIP recognition in restaurants, bars or hotels. Or during pandemic times: a contactless opening of automatic doors helps fight the spread of viruses.

Where does service design come into play?

The technology enables large amounts of data to be collected in the shortest possible time. The interaction of this anonymized data and possible new areas of application makes it interesting to design new measures. These applications do not have to be sales drivers, but can improve the experiences or everyday life of users. And that's exactly what service design does – we ask:


  • How can we build on existing software with positive innovation?
  • How can we use the quality of facial recognition for the benefit of society?
  • And how can we improve existing services and products - or invent new ones?
  • But also: where can we use this data to improve services to the population after Covid-19?


Together with FTF and reverse AG we have played through various future scenarios. What if we can improve home schooling, teaching via video conferencing? Up to now, teachers have been able to perceive little or hardly any of the students' reactions. Has everyone understood? Or did they? So the weaker ones do not receive the attention they need to improve. One possible solution is to capture the students, whereby the software is able to identify which participants are expressing difficulties based on their facial expressions - in order to indicate this to the teacher on the dashboard.


Or can we support the staff in nursing homes to ensure that all residents, visitors and employees comply with the safety rules in exceptional situations like Covid-19?


And how can the cantons or the federal government be helped to ensure safety in public places or in traffic? How do we find solutions for the catering and events industry while complying with new security measures?


And what next?

Such questions or problems can be thought further, and this for almost every industry. The combination of big data with service design will in the future lead above all to the improvement of existing processes, but also to the services offered and above all to the benefit of an improved customer experience.


Do you have similar questions or problems? We believe that the potential for this is far from being exhausted – and we would be happy to discuss it with you!


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Responsable Security
+41 44 247 43 32 michele.waldeck@bouygues-es.com
Project Manager Security
+41 44 247 42 64 oliver.bucher@bouygues-es.com