Up to 34 CCTV cameras to be upgraded with facial recognition software across Kolkata, report finds

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Kolkata Police is set to introduce state of the art facial recognition technology to crack down on shoplifters, pickpockets and snatchers, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.

In recent years, facial recognition technology has become a handy tool for investigators and prosecutors, helping solve several recent high-profile cases.

The facial recognition software will process video feeds transmitted by 34 new IP cameras and will help monitor the crowd and help reduce crimes like chain snatching and pickpocketing at busy places. The software will store the photographs of known criminals and the control room will get alerts if the software can match the wanted criminals, moving on the streets, with the photographs.

“If the CCTVs help us trace the criminals, this software will help the police get alarms about the movements of the suspects and this will prevent crimes from being committed. This is going to change how we look at crimes in crowded areas, especially the market places. If the project is successful, we will slowly introduce the software all over the city and increase the total number of such cameras to 100,” said a detective department official.

CCTV Surveillance – The experts in deploying Facial Recognition CCTV systems

The Facial Recognition CCTV solution supplied by CCTV Surveillance dynamically compares images of individuals from incoming video streams against those stored in a predefined access control list and immediately sends alerts when a positive match occurs.

The technology yields a very good level of performance despite partial occlusions of the face, the use of glasses, scarves or caps, changes of facial expression, and moderate rotations of the face. Moreover, it does not allow users to be impersonated using photographs.

This biometric access control technology is the perfect solution to control the access to restricted security areas, especially since we’re talking about a completely automated system that requires very little interaction with the operator.

Our Facial Recognition CCTV system can be easily integrated with existing ID management products and enables administrators to easily create Whitelists/Blacklists for specific areas, while subjects can be very easily enrolled from one or more photographs.

The system fully supports runtime alarm management, is highly tunable (control based on time-frames, sequentially, etc) and even allows alarms to be exported to common formats (PDF, Excel) and remote devices (mobile, PDA, tablet, security control centre).

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