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A system to maintain contact between adults and children in public areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199420D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

Taking small children out and about can be a stressful experience, particularly if parents or carers are separated from their children. We propose a system to facilitate alerts being sent to parents/carers in the situation whereby separation takes place.

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A system to maintain contact between adults and children in public areas

Taking small children out and about can be a stressful experience, particularly if parents or carers are separated from their children. We propose a system to facilitate alerts being sent to parents/carers in the situation whereby separation takes place.

    Current systems might involve use of location-tracking technologies such as RFID tags integrated into artefacts which family groups carry with them around attractions. There are various disadvantages to this: artefacts must be manually issued to visitors; they may be lost; finally, they may become broken.

    We propose the automated use of facial recognition technology to note when a child is separated from its parent/carer and send an alert to the relevant adult. Use of the system would not impose upon family groups, as the process would be carried out in the background. As such, it adds value to family outings without requiring burdensome activities such as carrying location-tracking items, or similar.

    This system is ideally suited to busy, family-friendly environments such as theme parks, zoos and shopping malls.

    Implementation would be carried out with facial recognition systems. Upon entering the attraction/mall, a family unit is registered (e.g. if there are two adults and two children, the system is aware that the two children should be with or near one or both of the two adults). If, at some point, a child is detected far away from the...