Pakistan developing facial recognition system for video surveillance

Pakistan is developing its own facial recognition system for security purposes

Pakistan is developing its own facial recognition system that can be used with video surveillance systems, according to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The system will be available soon, the MoIT said.

Official sources at Ignite (formerly known as National ICT R&D Fund) on Wednesday said it will not only add value to international research scenario but will also carry significant contribution to the society.

The facial recognition system will be marketed by a startup that focuses on video surveillance. Furthermore, it will be made available and sold as a stand-alone FPGA-based prototype solution.

The project called – Design and Development of an FPGA-Based Multi-Scale Face Recognition System – is being developed by PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology, and will cost around  Rs 13.84 million.

The project focuses on design and development of a high-speed FPGA-based multi-scale face recognition system using Linear Binary Pattern (LBP) features.

Video surveillance is one of the efficient ways for security applications and the need of the time.

With increasing security threats, the traditional means of securing a facility such as smart cards, keys and passwords is becoming obsolete as these can easily be stolen or forged. A more inalienable approach is, therefore, to go for strategies such as biometrics.

Among the other available biometrics, such as speech, iris, fingerprints, hand geometry and gait, the face seems to be the most natural choice. It is non-intrusive, requires a minimum of user cooperation and is cheap to implement.

As Artificial Intelligence is transforming the landscape of technology in every aspect of life worldwide, Pakistan is also looking to improve its video surveillance system by adapting to face recognition system powered by AI.

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