The recently held Indieproud Dog Show at Dog Park in Gachibowli was hugely successful and helped pet parents gain loads of knowledge about pets and strays. There was also an emphasis on adopting indie pets vis-a-vis foreign dogs, as they are better suited for local conditions. But one surprise element of the event was the announcement of a mobile facial recognition app developed by Mars Petcare. The app, much to the relief of many pet moms and dads, will identify one dog from the other using artificial intelligence or AI.
The app can track lost pets, identify dogs and sniff out irresponsible pet owners. According to Ganesh Ramani, general manager of Mars Petcare India, dog faces are as unique as human faces. He shares that while identifying dogs of the same breed can be confusing at times, their app could do this with ease and accuracy. He adds that their company had already tested the app using thousands of dog images and even got a patent registered for building it soon.
While there are several apps across the world that use dog noseprints for identification, this particular app will be using facial features. Also, once they launch the dog app, they will focus on integrating AI systems that can help recognize cats.
Apparently, it's the cats that escape more often than dogs, and MAUD chief secretary Arvind Kumar who attended the inaugural function of the dog show, said that losing a dog was similar to losing a child. He lauded the app for being futuristic and said that GHMC would also help people find their pets. The app will make the process rather easier, said Arvind Kumar.