India developing face recognition system
07 November 2019 17:14 GMT

India's plans to set up the world’s largest facial recognition system to track criminals will see progress this week.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), under Home Ministry, asked for bids to procure the National Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) on July 8. And it will be closed on November 8, where the winner to provide AFRS will also be announced.

In its 172-page document, NCRB said “This is an effort in the direction of modernizing the police force, information gathering, criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organizations and units across the country.” With the help of face recognition software, the benefits will be a robust system for recognising criminals, missing children/persons, anonymous dead bodies and unidentified traced children/persons across the country. The software will also provide a repository of photographs of criminals in the country; an enhanced ability to detect crime patterns and techniques all over the states and communicate to the state police departments to prevent crimes.

The NCRB further noted that the Automated Facial Recognition System would help in automatic identification and verification of persons from digital images, photos, digital sketches, video frames and video sources by comparison of selected facial features of the image from an already existing image database.