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App to reunite lost dogs with their owners using facial recognition technology

By Mason White 5:18 PM July 20, 2015
Finding Rover 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) Pet owners can sleep better at night, knowing that if their dogs get lost, they can be tracked down with an app, using facial recognition technology.

Finding Rover, which was developed by John Polimeno and the University of Utah, uses facial recognition technology to reunite lost dogs with their owners.

A team of facial recognition experts studied technology used in prisons and casinos to develop algorithms for pets, pinpointing their unique facial features.

The technology has an accuracy rate of up to 99 percent, and the app already helped more than 600 lost dogs. The app works by uploading a photo of the dog and its current location.

Animal shelters and other app users upload images of found dogs. The system then tries to match the images of lost and found dogs using facial recognition technology.

If a match is found, the app notifies the owner and the finder.

Finding Rover has over 100,000 users. The app also signed up over 100 animal shelters from around the world and several thousand veterinarians.

Currently, Finding Rover only helps find lost dogs, but cats will soon be added to the app.