Police in the Indian city of Bengaluru will soon have a facial recognition video system in place on city streets, according to an article by Merlin Francis in The New Indian Express. The technology will be provided via a partnership between Bengaluru-based Techpod Technologies and the US-based biometrics firm FaceFirst.
The plan is to start with the installation of six CCTV cameras in the city, with a central control room operating in the South East Division of the local police force. There, the biometric software will scan video feeds for any passing faces, and will match those faces against images of known criminals and missing persons in police databases. According to Techpod, that process can take as little as a minute to complete, at which points, if a match is detected, an alert will be sent to whichever law enforcement authority has jurisdiction over the individual case in question.
It’s the latest such deployment of FaceFirst’s facial recognition system: Just last week, the company announced the implementation of a similar security system for a bus transit system in Colombia, while in September of last year the company installed a facial recognition security system at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama. This latest deployment could assist law enforcement authorities not only in Bengaluru, but on an international scale as well, as it will be able to identify criminals wanted by the likes of the FBI and Interpol.
March 24, 2015 – by Alex Perala