GURUGRAM (Metro Rail News): The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) will deploy facial recognition cameras at three Metro stations in the city to boost security systems, authorities announced on Monday.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has given approval for facial recognition cameras to be installed at Sikanderpur and MG Road Metro stations, according to authorities, while talks are underway to get permission for cameras to be installed at Huda City Centre station.
According to a senior official from the smart city division of GMDA “By February end, we will install facial recognition cameras at Sikanderpur Metro Station and MG Road Metro station with all permissions in place. Eight such cameras will be installed at these two metro stations. At Huda City Centre station, initially two cameras will be installed and we will increase the numbers later on. With both facial recognition cameras and other CCTV cameras in the city, crime and traffic surveillance will improve further.”
On Saturday night, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar conducted a surprise inspection at the offices of the GMDA and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. Khattar performed a thorough investigation into the operation of the city’s CCTV cameras, which are monitored by the integrated command and control centre (ICCC).
During his meeting with senior GMDA personnel, the chief minister requested that a facial recognition system be implemented to monitor questionable individuals. According to Khattar, such a system is already operational in Karnal, which is also his hometown. He also advised that the city bus service’s activities be monitored from the control centre.
According to GMDA officials, a meeting between the IT and police departments will be held to explore how the project may be implemented. At the moment, ten facial recognition cameras have been put in Gurugram at Sheetla Mata Mandir and the Gurugram bus stand. The authority plans to install 50 facial recognition cameras across the city, according to officials, though no deadline has been set as areas are identified.
According to Sudhir Rajpal, GMDA’s chief executive officer “We are working with the departments concerned to find out if any specific software is required for enhanced surveillance, and how the tracking from ICCC can be improved. “The chief minister has requested that there be 24-hour surveillance and that traffic fines be levied for night movement, as well as the monitoring of the city’s sanitation vehicles.”
For the monitoring process, the smart city team obtains criminal data from the police department. Officials previously stated that if 60-70 percent of a person’s facial features match, an alarm is sounded at the ICCC, and a team is dispatched to the scene to identify the person.
To identify a particular individual, face recognition technology compares facial traits to the information stored in databases. However, there is a risk of incorrect recognition in these systems due to a variety of factors such as poor lighting and image perspective, according to the officials.