Russia to complete facial recognition research in 2017 to ID criminals at border

November 7, 2016 - 

Russia’s Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) said it will complete research on a facial recognition system designed to perform border check duties, in 2017, which will replace human operators of intelligent systems, according to a report by Sputnik News.

“Opportunities to address these problems are studied, in particular, within the FPI projects,” FPI said in a statement. “For example, in 2017 it is planned to complete a research project on face recognition in difficult conditions (ie. in situations where automated systems should produce thematic processing of images or video sequences in low light or in the presence of interference).”

The country’s airport and train station operators currently analyze data from CCTV surveillance, according to the FPI.

However, the quality and speed of decision-making varies depending on the operator’s individual abilities and psychological factors, which could lead to errors.

Using face detection technology, the new border security system will allow border guards to identify people on the wanted list, process information from unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites, and predict the illegal behavior of people added to the Information Research Advanced Research Foundation (DRF).

“This is a wide range of tasks on individual identification of people by images of his face, his walking and gesticulation, as well as tasks on evaluating a person’s state of being via analyzing his behaviors, breathing and pulse rates,” the FPI said.

Sergey Garbuk, deputy director general of the DRF, said the face recognition system will be tested in the Republic of Crimea.

Established in 2012, the FPI was designed to help scientific research related to government security with a focus on military and the socio-economic areas.

According to Wikipedia, Sputnik News is an online news and radio broadcast service established by the Russian government-controlled news agency Rossiya Segodnya.

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