Managing crowds with a Facial Recognition System (AP just did it)

Tue, 2016-08-30 11:39 -- SCC India Staff


Managing crowds, especially at religious places, is a herculean task for city police authorities. They have to deal with inflow of devotees (in the millions) and keep a tab on security threats. Considering this situation, city authorities have to adopt a technology that can withstand threats and also efficiently handle increasing crowds.

As a result, many cities have started implementing Facial Recognition System (FRS) for crowd management. The latest addition is Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. Here, NEC-made FRS has been deployed and integrated with the CCTV surveillance cameras installed by the Vijayawada City Police at crucial spots during the religious festival of Krishna Pushkaram.

FRS will come into play to handle the nearly 50 million pilgrims who will take a holy dip in Vijayawada. Cities like Surat, Ujjain and Nashik have already equipped themselves with this technology.

What does FRS do?
Highly compressed surveillance videos and images, previously considered of little to no value, are now usable evidence and are leading to higher rates of positive identification. The FRS system provides real-time identification of anti-social elements using highly intelligent live closed circuit TV feed analysis from over a thousand CCTV surveillance camera systems, to assist front-line policing operations by monitoring and scanning images of suspects and criminals.

The system can produce search results within a second, even when linked to a massive database of over 1.6 million records. NEC’s facial recognition algorithm has been recognised as providing the world’s highest authentication accuracy and speed.

The company’s solution is specifically designed to integrate with existing surveillance systems by extracting faces in real time from existing video surveillance systems and matching them against a watch list of individuals. When the system identifies an individual of interest from the watch list, it raises an alert, so that appropriate actions can be taken rapidly to reduce the risk of public safety threats.