Japanese College Adopts Facial Recognition-Based Attendance System

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Kobe, April 11 (Jiji Press)--Hyogo College of Medicine has introduced a facial recognition technology-based system to check students' attendance.

It is the first university in Japan to use such a system, according to the institution in the city of Nishinomiya in the western prefecture of Hyogo.

The university expects the system to prevent students from answering the roll at classes for others who are absent and improve the work efficiency of its staff, including teachers.

A total of 16 tablet devices with facial recognition functions were introduced on Friday last week, with four units--one for teachers and three for students--placed in each lecture room for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

The faces of a total of some 470 students have been registered on the devices beforehand. At the start of classes, students register their attendance using the tablets in turn. The devices are held up to their faces, and the face images shown on the displays are checked against the preregistered images.

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