Face recognition cameras for surveillance in Srinagar

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In order to strengthen the security grid, high-resolution cameras with facial recognition technology (FRT) are likely to be installed in Srinagar soon, Greater Kashmir reported.

According to the report quoting official sources, A proposal in this regard has been moved while the need for this technology has been felt after recent spate of militancy-related incidents in the city. They said currently about 300 cameras have been installed across the city to monitor the movement.

“There is a proposal of installing FRT in the city,” a senior police officer told the local daily. “After installation in the city, FRT will likely be installed in other district headquarters,” the officer said.

“A facial recognition system uses biometrics to map facial features from a photograph or video,” the officer said. “It compares the information with a database of known faces to find a match. Facial recognition can help verify a person’s identity.”

The officer said this technology can “help in preempting and preventing attacks in the future”. “In case a known over-ground worker steps out, the police personnel in control will be alerted once the name of the suspect emerges from the database,” the officer said, adding the movement of the person under surveillance will be tracked and recorded.

Presently, besides human intelligence, CCTV cameras and drones are being used as security measures. The mobile bunkers of different security agencies operating in Srinagar are fitted with high-resolution cameras. These bunkers remain stationed at different locations in the city for the entire day.

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