New Facial Recognition Technology helps find lost pets
New Zealand is now home to one of the most sophisticated and intelligent systems in the world to find your lost pet.
‘PiP’ Facial Recognition, as it is known, will revolutionise the way we reunite lost pets with their families according to the New Zealand Companion Animal Council (NZCAC). The Council is the owner of the New Zealand Companion Animal Register (NZCAR), which has now added this highly advanced facial recognition system to the existing New Zealand Companion Animal Register services. “Combined with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register microchip database and Scanner Angel smart network ‘PiP’ Facial Recognition will add another dimension to helping find lost animals” says the NZCAC Manager, Dr Jessica Walker.
‘PiP’ Facial Recognition uses cutting-edge technology so anyone can take the image of a pet they find and upload it to the New Zealand Companion Animal Register. This image is then compared against hundreds of thousands of images to identify the animal in a few minutes. Members of the public can upload images of found animals by phone app, expanding the lost and found network into the public arena.
Dr. Jessica Walker says “these exciting advancements in technology will work alongside traditional microchipping to maximise the number of lost pets that are reunited with their owners in New Zealand.”
In addition to providing New Zealand’s largest microchipping database for companion animals, the New Zealand Companion Animal Register has developed a second website called LostPet.co.nz. This new site gathers together all the FREE lost pet services into one easy to access location with the goal of reuniting lost pets with their owners as fast as possible. This site has already merged with Pets on the Net and includes automatic notification to Neighbourly users.
LostPet.co.nz is a FREE one-stop service where lost and found animals can be reported at no cost to the user. It also provides an interactive map showing a live account of lost and found pets within New Zealand.
New Zealand Companion Animal Register Manager, Nygllhuw Morris says “The NZCAR is extremely pleased to partner with SPCA New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Animal Management, Pets on the Net, and Neighbourly, so we can all work together” He added that “More partners will be added as more organisations sign up to use LostPet.co.nz.”
The New Zealand Companion Animal Council would like to take this opportunity to remind animal owners that while LostPet.co.nz and 'PiP' Facial Recognition are exciting initiatives, they do not replace the need for microchipping. Microchipping is the only form of permanent identification for companion animals and ensuring your animals are microchipped and registered with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register is still the most reliable way for owners to be contact when their animal is lost.
For more information please visit http://www.lostpet.co.nz/. For more information about microchipping and to register your animal’s microchip with the New Zealand Companion Animal Register, visit http://www.animalregister.co.nz/ or for the NZCAR 'PiP' Facial Recognition package, please visit http://www.pip.animalregister.co.nz/.
For more information contact:
Dr Jessica Walker – Manager, New Zealand Companion Animal Council
Mobile: 021 555 285
About the New Zealand Companion Animal Council
The New Zealand Companion Animal Council is a national not-for-profit organisation that lobbies and advocates on behalf of companion animals. The NZCAC working to encourage New Zealand to become a nation that values, respects and responsibly cares for companion animals.
The New Zealand Companion Animal Council is funded via profits raised from the New Zealand Companion Animal Register.