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Help with ‘Helping Faceless’, an app to reunite street kids with their families

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

We often see homeless children wandering on the streets, begging or asking for food, trying to sell flowers, balloons, and knick-knacks. Or sometimes just staring at the moving traffic with blank eyes, lost in unknown thoughts.

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Little do we know about them and their hardships. Some of them have been abandoned, some of them have never seen their families and some of them have no clue about their origins. There are thousands of such children who have been separated from their families because of kidnapping, child trafficking or just because they ran away from their homes.

Now we can help them, and make them unite with their families, by using an app called Helping Faceless.

What is it about?

This app aims to unite missing children with their parents, who do not have the resources to search for them. A few techies are using current advancements in face recognition to match photos of lost kids to the ones found on streets, generating periodic reports for their NGOs who can then in turn use that actionable intelligence; meanwhile completely maintaining systems that assure privacy for both children and people involved.

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How does it work?

The app is simple, easy to use but very effective. You have to download the app, login through Facebook and then you have the option of either uploading a picture of a child on the spot or selecting a picture from your gallery.

You can also contribute to fight against human trafficking and help lost children return to their parents by helping them match images.

Two different images appear side by side and you have to decide if they are pictures of the same person.

You can choose to select ‘Yes’, ‘Can’t Say’ or ‘No’. There is also an option within the app to invite your Facebook friends to try it out.

Developments so far.

In the short span of time since the app has been functioning, they have created an ever growing database, are in the process of returning one child to his parents, and a Canadian Non Profit Organisation, OSCI, has expressed interest in re-branding and using their app to help missing children in Canada.

The initiative, in its pilot stage, currently has about 22 active volunteers in Mumbai. The founders estimate that they need about a thousand volunteers to be effective in a city such as Mumbai. They are also planning to move to other cities soon as well depending on the response.

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Microsoft Gets Back with Nokia After a Failed $7 Billion Smartphone Deal

In 2016, Microsoft sold the Nokia smartphone business for $350 million to HMD Global which now sells Nokia-branded phones

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FILE - A sign for Microsoft is seen on a building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 18, 2017. VOA

After a failed $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business five years back, Microsoft has announced a strategic collaboration with the Finnish company to accelerate transformation and innovation across industries with Cloud, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT).

The new partnership brings together Microsoft cloud solutions and Nokia’s expertise in mission-critical networking, to help enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses.

“Bringing together Microsoft’s expertise in intelligent cloud solutions and Nokia’s strength in building business and mission-critical networks will unlock new connectivity and automation scenarios,” Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure, said in a statement on Tuesday.

BT is the first global communications service provider to offer its enterprise customers a managed service that integrates Microsoft Azure cloud and Nokia SD-WAN solutions.

“Together, we will accelerate the digital transformation journey towards Industry 4.0, driving economic growth and productivity for both enterprises and service providers,” said Kathrin Buvac, President of Nokia Enterprise and Chief Strategy Officer.

Nokia has made several small to medium-sized acquisitions as part of a strategy to build up a standalone software business to deliver higher profit margins than its classic communications hardware products.
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The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (Nokia DAC) 5G-ready industrial-grade private wireless broadband solution with on-premise Azure elements will enable a wide variety of secure industrial automation solutions.

“For example, connected smart tools and machines on manufacturing floors that enable increased productivity, flexibility and safety for workers, or autonomous vehicles and robots in industrial environments that improve automation, efficiency and overall safety,” said Microsoft.

Also Read: Tech Giant Google to Help Build Open Source, Highly Secure Chips

Enterprises will be able to use Azure IoT Central and partner solutions for faster and easier enablement and implementation of their IoT applications together with Nokia’s IoT connectivity solutions.

In 2014, Microsoft acquired Nokia’s smartphone business. The company later quit the smartphone business, laying off thousands of employees.

In 2016, Microsoft sold the Nokia smartphone business for $350 million to HMD Global which now sells Nokia-branded phones. (IANS)