To enhance security at the Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna City Railway Station (KSR Bengaluru) the South Western Railway (SWR) will now use AI-powered facial-recognition software. The main objective is to identify criminals, especially human traffickers, and prevent them from entering the station premises.
In September 2019, a proof of the concept was tested by the SWR security team. The software passed the testing phase with a cent per cent accuracy without interrupting huge crowd flow. A full-fledged launch of the Rs 2.4- crore project is expected to be held next month. The cameras have been sourced from Belgium, and currently, 157 cameras are installed across the station. Railway Protection Force staff will monitor the camera feed, which is mounted on a video wall, 24X7.
This project is the first of its kind in the country and will be expanded to other stations across stations. The South Western Railway (SWR) is the first zone in Indian Railways to adopt the AI-powered Face recognition CCTVs.
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Responding to criticisms on invasion of privacy, the railway officers informed that no personal data is stored and the systems are only to compare faces of criminals and missing people, and provide an alert if there is a match. The system has helped authorities identify 47 criminals within the past three months.
A database of human traffickers will be created through this initiative. Other than being a safety measure, the system will also enable digital attendance of staff.