In a bid to capture the emerging surveillance and security solutions market, Nvidia under its Metropolis program has partnered with an Israel-based AI developer AnyVision. The two companies will work towards developing smart cities by installing automatic facial recognition CCTV surveillance cameras.
Although the technology is not in India yet, but you can get an idea from James Bond movies where finding a person with matching facial features is a matter of a few clicks.
Mashable reports that AnyVision’s technology enables cameras that can scan for faces round the clock, uninterruptedly. The company also claims that it can automatically identify and track individuals within a large crowd with 99% accuracy. This is aided by algorithms working with human monitors to compare and identify a face with its database without compromising personal data that CCTV cameras collect.
Their technology is not restricted to just one platform, but can also be accessed on the go. That means you can use it with laptops, tablets and even mobile phones. It allows operators to identify and add suspects to a centralised database, and even receive notifications when the suspect is around.
While this technology seems terrifying and breaches privacy, it is can also help society if we look at a bigger picture. It cannot just help in tracking down terrorists and criminals, but it can also identify unregistered faces and suspicious behaviour. At most, it can also be used to find individuals who have gone missing.
India is currently moving towards developing a set of cities into smart cities, which includes CCTV surveillance but without face recognition. Thanks to Aadhaar, Indian government has more than 118.64 crore population already enrolled with the UID scheme. That means India has enough facial data registered so that may serve as a help to such technology, one day, hopefully.