"AI-based facial recognition to
strengthen law enforcement in Gujarat"
Facing limited resources and lack of adequate funding, Indian
police agencies have been utilizing more and more technology-based solutions to
fix criminal cases. The National Crime Records Bureau's tender for face
recognition reported that this system will provide a "sea change" in
investigating out crimes, the handling of criminals, and similar operations by
permitting security forces across India's 28 states and 9 federally
administered areas to access a centralized database of images.
The City Police of Vadodara has reported
having successfully tested an AI-based Facial Recognition System to track
missing offenders. According to the City Police of Vadodara, this system is going
to help the city enhance its law enforcement system and curb crime.
Facial recognition is a method of recognizing a human face by way
of a mix of Artificial Intelligence and image processing technology. The facial
recognition system uses biometrics to map skin features from a photograph or
maybe a video or even a hand sketch.
"Vadodara City Police is going to be 1st in the state
to make use of FRS. It's used via CCTV networking & database of absconders,
child racket, and criminals that have not been arrested to locate them,"
said DCP Sandeep Chaudhary, Zone 2 of Vadodara
DCP stated an existing database of offenders and missing persons
is uploaded in the FRS system that is connected to the network of 700 CCTV
digital cameras across the city. IF any of the faces captured through the CCTV
matches the database, the police will instantly be notified about their exact
The first step has been recently analyzed in 2 to 3 different
scenarios It's been subjected to testing with live CCTV feed too. Photographs
had been uploaded of several suspects in the database and the second they
arrived under any CCTV in the network, we have the precise location and then
alerted officers on the field instantly.
In order to make the FRS stronger, the city police are going to add extra digital cameras across the city.
Recently, the city administration has authorized yet another proposal under
which around 500 extra CCTV digital cameras will be added to the city's
networking, and also with this, the city's CCTV network will reach 1,550-1,650
cameras. With this Police Dept will keep a sharp eye on all the crowded places
and borders of the city.
AI civil society and experts have
raised concerns about facial recognition technology's broader implications. These
include different risks posed by saving all one's biometric details on a
database which may be vulnerable, in addition to that technology's
unprecedented infringement of people’s privacy. Yet, the implications are
completely different in the 2 contexts described above. The acceptability of
facial recognition is going to increase for certain and safeguards will be
added in and matching algorithms enhanced as well as reviewed periodically.
Many cities are planning cameras installed in the city along with command and
control centers. Security needs are going to grow and so will the demand for such