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Lucknow (India) police to go ahead with facial recognition camera project

The project is a government of India project that is likely to be implemented in 10 cities across the country

Even as the rollout of artificial intelligence driven security cameras to help women in distress by the Lucknow police face flak for encroachment in personal space, the Uttar Pradesh government is set to go ahead with the smart city project implementation.

According to Lucknow Police Commissioner, Dhruv Kant Thakur, the project is a government of India project that is likely to be implemented in 10 cities across the country. “Out of the ten cities chosen for the project one is Lucknow. Lucknow is the only city in UP to be part of the project and state police is only involved in the operational part of this project,” Thakur told ETGovernment.

According to Thakur, similar projects are part of women security in major western countries and with the government focusing to develop smart city infrastructure such projects will help in improving law and order situation in modern cities.

Under the project, which is in line with Centre’s flagship Smart City programme, the Lucknow police will deploy security cameras with facial recognition technology that will read expressions of women in distress and alert their nearest police station.

The project initiated under the Mission Shakti programme will read facial expressions of women in distress through artificial intelligence (AI) based technology and will look to reduce cases of harassment of women who are subjected to stalking and threat in the city.

So far the Lucknow police department has identified 200 hotspots where the movement of women was maximum in the city and from where most of the complaints were received. The police will initially deploy five AI-based cameras to recognise the expression of women citizens.

The facial recognition technology is touted to alert the nearest police station of women in distress even before they call the police helpline. It will activate the cameras upon detecting facial expressions of women and trigger the system to notify the police.

Article: Setting aside concerns, Lucknow police to go ahead with facial recognition camera project

 

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