New Technology Allows Facial Recognition of Delivery Drivers
Transparency in delivery logistics has been a problem for decades. Monitoring drivers without a reliable tracking system doesn’t help much. Logistics companies have had to deal with the loss of goods from delivery interference issues. And even though tracking systems monitor movement of delivery trucks, you can’t tell whether it is the designated driver who is delivering with your truck. You also can’t see what a driver is doing. You wouldn’t know if anybody interfered with the goods being delivered.
With new technology, fleet managers and companies can now secure deliveries better. When it comes to delivery transparency, facial recognition technology has made an enormous difference. This technology is applicable in different stages of delivery that include proof of delivery and chain of custody. Most delivery complaints emanate from these critical areas. And any technology that addresses these areas is warmly welcomed by the different stakeholders.
What is facial recognition?
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Facial recognition is a modern technology that relies on cameras to identify a person’s unique facial features. These include eyes, nose, and any other distinguishing facial features.
How facial recognition works
A few years ago, facial recognition was viewed as high-tech technology that was beyond the reach of many. It was something that you could expect to see in a James Bond movie. As of today, that has changed. Facial technology is now within our reach. We even have it in the palms of our hands: our phones. People are using it as a security measure to lock and unlock their phones.
Aside from that, the implementation keeps extending to other areas, including logistics. Governments are now embracing it with some using facial recognition in their databases. Most of them use it in their driver licenses databases.
Many people confuse facial recognition with face detection. These two technologies may seem similar, but they are different. While facial detection detects a face, facial recognition identifies or recognizes a specific face. Think of facial recognition as the natural ability we have to recognize a face. When you look at the face, you recognize a few features such as the eyes, nose, lips, and so on. But there is more to the face than the meets the eye. This is what the science behind the technology focuses on.
Our faces differ a lot. For example, the width of the nose between two people varies. Facial recognition technologies can even look at 80 different features of a face to recognize it. Facial recognition technology is quite detailed. It will look at the depth of a person’s eye sockets, the shape of the jawline, and the size of the cheekbones.
Technology allows facial recognition of delivery drivers
Technology now allows facial recognition of delivery drivers. With professional help from renowned fleet management firms, you can secure sensitive deliveries using this technology. While you can do this from many points, it’s always good to start with your drivers. Drivers are professionals who play an integral role in delivering your goods.
Issues that affect delivery drivers include:
Fatigue is a common problem that affects delivery drivers who drive over long distances. However, this is a sensitive profession. A driver who dozes off may cause an accident leading to losses of both lives and valuable goods. The facial recognition technology picks out any signs of fatigue from the eye and face regions. Projections of the upper face are instrumental in detecting fatigue. This can help fleet managers to secure deliveries and enhance the safety of the drivers.
There are many distractions on the road. They may emanate from other vehicles honking, malfunctioning of the vehicles, or other incidents on the road. If a distraction goes on for long, it can lead to severe problems. Luckily, facial recognition technology can identify the signs of possible distractions. Such information is extremely useful to fleet monitors as it can allow them to intercept and resolve impending problems.
How can this technology help you secure your deliveries?
Installing this technology in your fleet will help recognize the driver who is driving your truck. This forward-thinking technology records important drivers in the necessary applications. The technology also assists in entering this information in the powertrain and dash. Truck drivers are human. They are subject to fatigue after driving for long hours. The technology can also monitor when a driver’s alertness is drifting away. Communication can then be sent to restore his alertness.
The facial recognition system effectively assesses both the mental and physical state of the driver. It processes the driver’s image in real-time. It will be looking at the driver’s yawns, concentration on the road, and other relevant factors.
The potential for monitoring delivery drivers through facial recognition is undeniable. It is the future of transparent logistics and deliveries. It is also a motivation for drivers to stay alert when driving delivery trucks. Having an alert driver on the wheels secures your deliveries. It doesn’t mean that other unforeseen events such as accidents won’t happen, but fatigue and distractions contribute to about 30% of the accidents that happen. This technology is also reliable, accurate, and powerful. You can rest assured that only the designated driver will drive your delivery truck as others fear that if they do it, you’ll know. If you are looking for better ways to secure high-value deliveries, using facial recognition technology will undoubtedly come in handy.
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