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Russia’s military police testing facial recognition for large events


Russian News Agency TASS is reporting that military police have been testing an automatic facial recognition system that will shorten the time needed to check people at large events to 10 seconds.

“A similar system already proved effective in the law enforcement structures’ operation,” said Igor Kostretsov, head of the district’s regional military police directorate, as quoted by the press service. “It was modified and remade for military police bodies and presented for the creation of complex measures to provide security and detect undesirable persons.”

The system will enable to increase “the capacity and will make it possible to bar undesirable people from mass events, as well as reduce the time needed to process and analyze each of those checked to 10 seconds,” added Kostretsov.

Moscow’s facial recognition system, which is installed on 1,150 cameras as of December, can return weeks worth of video footage in 10 seconds for an individual among 10 million.

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