India Gets Ready for World’s Biggest Face Recognition System (AFRS). After the tender submission date to procure the National Automated Facial Recognition System, India is closer to install the facial recognition system to track and nab criminals, which is the world’s largest face recognition system.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), under Home Ministry, asked for the bids on July 8 which will be closed on November 8. The winner to provide AFRS will be announced on November 8. India has asked IT companies across the world to send their proposals to the National Crime Record Bureau in New Delhi.
A NCRB RFP note said (in its 172-page document), “This is an effort in the direction of modernising the police force, information gathering, criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organisations and units across the country.”
India hopes that this system would enable law enforcement agencies in its 29 states and seven union territories to access a single, centralised database.
The new facial recognition platform “can play a very vital role in improving outcomes” when it comes to identifying criminals, missing children, persons and bodies all over country, enhanced ability to detect crime patterns and modus operandi across the states and communicate to the state police departments for aiding in crime prevention”. With the help of the software, the state police personnel can check the suspect with the hotlist of criminals, according to the document published by the National Crime Records Bureau.
In China, start-up Megvii and AI unicorns like SenseTime, CloudWalk and Yitu have made facial recognition commonplace in China. In April last year, Delhi Police identified almost 3,000 missing children in just four days during a trial of a facial recognition system. However, there are concerns that the technology can be misused.
Currently, the leading face recognition software are: Amazon Rekognition, Face Recognition and Face Detection by Lambda Labs, Microsoft Face API; Google Cloud Vision and IBM Watson Visual Recognition, among others.
According to NCRB, the Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) to be implemented that would help in automatic identification and verification of persons from digital images, photos, digital sketches, video frames and video sources by comparison of selected facial features of the image from an already existing image database. In April last year, Delhi Police identified almost 3,000 missing children in just four days during a trial of a facial recognition system.
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