Tuesday, December 04, 2018

CISF mulls video analytics and facial recognition at Delhi airport, Metro to nab wanted culprits fleeing country

New Delhi: Soon it will get tougher for prominent individuals who are wanted by the Indian agencies to escape the prying eyes of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), who guard prominent exit points such as the airports and the Delhi Metro.

CISF top bosses are in contact with several software firms that offer video analytics and facial recognition to identify and nab those who try to flee the country and are on the wanted list.

The software considered "a must have" in most western countries is expected to keep an eye on passengers in cases where the human eye is likely to fail. Sources said that CISF is in talk with various Indian and foreign software companies who have offered solutions.

While Delhi Metro has a footfall of 28 lakh every day, the Delhi airport gets approximately 6 lakh flyers on a daily basis. Though there are multiple cameras installed at these places to boost security, it still requires a sharper eye to keep a track on the number of people appearing in the frame.

This is where video analytics and facial recognition comes to aid. It spots any unusual movement and suspicious behaviour which may be missed or overlooked by a human supervisor. Sources say that video analytics detect an object or a person and alerts authority if something is out of place. Several companies are developing advanced algorithms that can recognize a wanted person whose data is fed into the records. The person will be identified even if he uses a wig or sunglasses to mask the appearance.
04/12/18 Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu/India Today

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