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MOIT to develop facial recognition security system


Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOIT) is in the process of developing a face recognition security system which would be available soon for video surveillance. The country aims to use AI technology to keep a check on the security situation.

Sources close to Ignite formerly known as National ICT R&D Fund have said to the local media outlet that this initiative will not only add value to international research scenario but will also carry significant contribution to the nation. The country already has security cams in place to regulate traffic. Islamabad Safe city project is one of the security initiative undertaken by the state for massive surveillance.

The purpose of this newly developed system will be primary to install a video surveillance system to secure a facility

The multi-scale face recognition system would cost Rs. 13.84 million. It is being developed by PAF-Karachi Institute of Economics and Technology. The system works on the base of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) which is specifically designed for video surveillance. However, compromising privacy for security is a dubious way.

These days to secure a facility in Pakistan, conventional methods like smart cards, keys, and passwords are applied, which use security strategies such as “what you have” or “what you know”. The sources report that these methods can be fooled easily, as most people rely on same passwords for various platforms.

On the other hand, the video surveillance system equipped with a high-speed FPGA-based multi-scale face recognition system using Linear Binary Pattern (LBP) will be more effective, secure and cheap as compared to the previously used method of securing a facility.

Still, there is no official word on when the system will be launched and where it will be initially utilized.

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