Malaysian state launches facial recognition on CCTV network


Penang state has launched Malaysia’s first public facial recognition system on the CCTV network on Penang Island to help police track wanted criminals and reduce crime, the Malay Mail reports.

The city’s surveillance system uses AI to identify faces captured by the CCTV network operated by the Penang Island City Council (MBPP). IBM Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA) technology is used for facial recognition. It will be deployed over a three-year period, from December 2017 to 2020, at a cost of RM12 million ($ 2.89 million).

“The wanted persons can be traced using this system and this system is fully linked to the police operations room in Penang,” Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said in a speech at the MBPP operations center.

The MBPP is installing 150 new cameras to expand its network of 767 CCTV cameras, while the mainland Seberang Perai City Council (MPSP) is adding 94 cameras to its 130 camera network. Most cameras are located on major roads, intersections, and hot spots for criminal activity.

The system will be used for other smart city purposes than just reducing crime.

“The IVA can trace various traffic violations such as illegal parking, vehicles that have used emergency lanes, measure the water level when it rains and facial recognition of people captured by CCTV. “MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said.

The system is paid for at the state level, and a local government official told the Malay Mail that he hoped the federal government would consider subsidizing the system and expanding it nationwide.

The Malaysian Auxiliary Police Force started using body cameras with facial recognition technology provided by YITU last year.

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biometrics | video surveillance | criminal identification | facial recognition | privacy


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