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India to Come With World’s Biggest Face Recognition System

With the submission of the tender date to enable the National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS). India is to install the world’s largest facial recognition. It is a  system to track and nab criminals. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), under Home Ministry, asked for the bids on July 8 and closed on November 8. On November 8, the winner to provide AFRS was announced.


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

The system will be a vigorous system for identifying missing children /persons, criminals, a repository of photographs of criminals in the country;  unidentified dead bodies and unknown traced children/persons all over the country. Additionally, it enhances the ability to detect modus operandi and crime patterns across the states and communicate to the state police departments for aiding in crime prevention.

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With the help of this software, the state police can check the suspect with the list of criminals.

However, the leading face recognition software is Google Cloud Vision, Microsoft Face API; Amazon Rekognition, IBM Watson Visual Recognition, Face Recognition and Face Detection by Lambda Labs.

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

Uses of AFRS

Last year in April, Delhi Police identified nearly about 3,000 missing children in just four days during a trial of the facial recognition system.

However, concerns arise that technology can be misused.

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

Major technology giants including Microsoft and Amazon also agree that governments need to regulate this technology.

However, Amazon defended the face recognition. Amazon offers “Rekognition” — it is a facial recognition tool that has been used to spot criminals.

Advantages of AFRS

NCRB says that the AFRS  that is to implement would help in automatic verification and identification of persons from digital images, photos, video frames, digital sketches, and video sources. By comparison of selected features of the image from an already existing image database.

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

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