Philippines’ military to acquire facial recognition software for terror intelligence

Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during a television interview this week that the country’s military will acquire facial recognition software and drones to improve its intelligence as it combats terrorism, PTV News reports.

“In line with that, we are acquiring some technical capabilities. We are looking at facial recognition software so that we can easily track down the bad guys,” Lorenzana told the ABS-CBN News Channel.

“Now, we have acquired some (drones) from the United States, the ScanEagle and the small drones that have powerful signal capabilities. Now, if our orders for bigger drones come, then it will improve our intelligence capabilities,” he added.

The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle was designed as a reconnaissance aircraft and is used by militaries around the world.

Lorenzana said that the improvement of intelligence capabilities would depend on the people managing and interpreting the data.

The Philippines national legislature recently approved a new national biometric ID system, and the country also began issuing biometric drivers’ licenses last year.

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