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NtechLab to provide facial recognition for smart cities through Rostelecom subsidiary partnership

NtechLab to provide facial recognition for smart cities through Rostelecom subsidiary partnership

Rostelecom Group subsidiary Netris and NtechLab have agreed to a partnership to add face recognition to cameras deployed to Netris’ smart city customers, according to a Google translation of Russian outlet CNews.

NtechLab’s FindFace biometric algorithm is now up and running on 250 video streams from Tyumen city surveillance cameras. Regional officials with the Ministry of Internal Affairs are the main users of the video analytics system, though new capabilities for other departments may be added in the future. One possible area for expansion, according to the report, is the public transportation system, where it could provide data on passenger flow and satisfaction.

“The Findface algorithm is used in Tyumen on 250 video streams from cameras – thus, the administrative center of the Tyumen region is one of the largest projects in Russia in terms of the prevalence of face recognition systems,” notes NtechLab CEO Alexander Minin. “The Ntechlab solution has shown high efficiency when working in real conditions, including as part of the World Cup in Russia. Its implementation provides law enforcement agencies with additional opportunities to search for criminals and helps to increase the level of urban security for the sub-millionaire.”

FindFace provides high accuracy matching people in real-time streaming video, regardless of how many people are in view of the camera, CNews writes. Law enforcement personnel can receive an alert if a person on a watch list is identified within two seconds.

All data from the cameras in Tyumen is sent to the IS ECCHD area, the Tyumen region Department of Information says, and the cameras have already reduced administrative offences by 62 percent.

The regions video surveillance system is the most geographically distributed in Russia, according to the report.

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