• Home
  • Technology
More

    India closer to install worlds largest facial recognition system

    Today's Latest

    India committed to free, open South China Sea: Rajnath

    Singapore, Nov 19 (IANS) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here on Tuesday met Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Heng Swee Keat...

    Trump impeachment: Witness says he was offered Ukraine minister’s post

    New York, Nov 20 (IANS) A key witness in the impeachment hearing against US President Donald Trump said on Friday...

    Jallianwala Bagh Amendment Bill passed by voice vote

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed by voice vote the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Amendment...

    Popular Today

    Government listing sex offenders in digital database: Irani

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) In a bid to ensure women and child safety and security in the country, Union...

    Trump impeachment: Witness says he was offered Ukraine minister’s post

    New York, Nov 20 (IANS) A key witness in the impeachment hearing against US President Donald Trump said on Friday...

    Football Delhi launches Academy Accreditation and Licensing System

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) In a bid to improve football, professionalise the set-up and to reach out to every...
    India Updates
    India Updates is an independent news & Information website. Follow us for regular updates on News and Information.

    India closer to install worlds largest facial recognition systemNew Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) With the tender submission date to procure the National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) just 20 days away, India is closer to install worlds largest facial recognition system to track and nab criminals.

    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.

    - Advertisement -

    “This is an effort in the direction of modernizing the police force, information gathering, criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organizations and units across the country,” said NCRB in its 172-page document.

    The beneficiaries will be Ministry of Home Affairs, NCRB and state police forces.

    The benefits will be “a robust system for identifying criminals, missing children /persons, unidentified dead bodies and unknown traced children/persons all over the country; a repository of photographs of criminals in the 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.

    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.

    In China, startup Megvii and AI unicorns like SenseTime, CloudWalk and Yitu have made facial recognition commonplace in China.

    In April last year, Delhi Police identifed 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.

    According to Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, the Information Technology Act, 2000 does not specially deal with misuse of this technology.

    “The first casualty of the absence of regulatory framework for facial recognition technology is people’s right to privacy,” Duggal told IANS recently.

    “In India, there is not even any framework to regulate the storage of facial recognition data,” he added.

    Some of the major technology giants including Microsoft and Amazon also agree that there is a need for governments to regulate this technology.

    Microsoft and its President Brad Smith have urged governments to enact legislation regarding the technology.

    The tech industry needs to step up and do more to address challenges related to regulation, said Smith in his new book titled “Tools and Weapons”.

    Given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019, Smith said last year.

    “Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues,” warned Smith in a blog post.

    “The use of facial recognition technology by a government for mass surveillance can encroach on democratic freedoms,” he said in December last year.

    Amazon has also defended the face recognition. It offers “Rekognition” — a facial recognition tool that has been used to spot criminals.

    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.

    “A facial recognition system is a great investigation enhancer for identification of: criminals, missing children/persons, unidentified dead bodies and unknown traced children/persons. It can provide investigating officers of the civil police with the required tools, technology, and information,” said NCRB.

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Must Read

    Lenovo leads as India’s PC market grows 15.8% in Q3 2019

    New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) Riding on the back of a free laptop distribution scheme in Tamil Nadu and festival...

    Haldiram’s, Vedanta among bidders for Videocon Industries

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) firm Haldiram's and the Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Group are among the bidders who have submitted...

    Rana Kapoor, Yes Capital & Morgan Credits selling Yes Bank stake

    Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS) Yes Bank on Tuesday informed the exchanges that Rana Kapoor and promoter entities Yes Capital and Morgan Credits have sold their...

    JKB Infra and France Rail to collaborate for Indian station redevelopment

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) JKB Infrastructure has joined hands with French national railway company SNCF for the station redevelopment project of Indian Railways. The railway...

    We should do more to stop acid attacks, says Vikrant Massey

    Mumbai, Nov 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey plays a pivotal role in the Deepika Padukone-starrer "Chhapaak", which is based on the real-life story of...

    More Articles Like This