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City surveillance market growing rapidly

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Cities around the world spent $3 billion on surveillance last year, and spending on the global city surveillance market will grow by 14.6 percent from 2016 to 2021, according to IHS Markit research reported by CNET.

China, which will be the first country to widely deploy facial recognition in city surveillance, makes up two-thirds of the global market, according to the report. Programs to support police and reduce crime in major cities and capitals have driven market development, and demand has grown for both video content analysis such as facial recognition, and new hardware like body cameras for police officers.

Pakistan stepping up surveillance capabilities

Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications is nearing completion of the development of a facial recognition system for video surveillance to secure facility access, The News International reports.

The system will be available as a stand-alone FPGA (field programmable gate array)-based solution brought to market by a start-up company, according to sources at Ignite, which was formerly known as the National ICT R&D Fund. The “Design and Development of an FPGA-Based Multi-Scale Face Recognition System” is being developed at the PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology.

The program is focussed on identifying sub-bands of wavelets that can be used to improve facial recognition in a system using Linear Binary Pattern (LBP) features, The News reports.

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