Like many cities, Moscow has an enormous network of CCTV cameras, but unlike many cities, thousands of those cameras are now hooked up to a powerful facial recognition system that can track criminals (and trash collectors) wherever they go.
NtechLab & FindFace
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Moscow’s local government has formally announced the deployment of facial recognition technology on a «city-wide» network of CCTV cameras. The system has been undergoing tests for close to a year, but the city’s Department of Information Technology today revealed new details of the project, including its licensing agreement with Russian startup NtechLab for the facial recognition software itself.
FindFace started as a futuristic social technology for identifying strangers by scanning their faces with a smartphone camera. Two years later, the facial recognition technology is the best in the world (yep, even better than Google’s) and is being used for public safety, law enforcement and fraud prevention through cybersecurity. Of course, facial recognition has driven significant public controversy over the erosion of personal privacy and anonymity. People also worry that their personal biometric data could be stolen and used for nefarious purposes.
New emotion reading technology claims to stop agitated criminals and potential terrorists on the street before they act. A Russian firm has created software that can be embedded in CCTV cameras to track the age, gender, emotional state and identity of people and keep track of suspicious behaviour. If someone is feeling particularly stressed or angry the algorithms will flag it up with authorities who could intervene before anything happens. The company claims it can track the emotional state of a person from CCTV with more than 94 per cent accuracy.
Imagine a smartphone app that lets anyone take a picture of anyone and then find that person on social networks. Now stop imagining. Watch ‘Hello World’ host Ashlee Vance test out FindFace on the streets of Moscow.
One of the world’s leading facial recognition outfits, Russia’s NtechLab is looking to tap into the growing need for the technology among major businesses. Its new product, FindFace.Pro, is basically facial recognition as a service, with the usual conveniences of the «_aaS» model.