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Face Recognition System to be installed at Railway Stations by 2022

It’s time for some technical advancement and past records reveal that Indian Railways have adopted technology to a superficial level. Soon passengers traveling with Indian Railways can see the airport like security on the railway stations. The railway department is going to implement some technical features and face recognition system being one of them has been implemented on the Bengaluru railway station. Soon the use of face recognition technology as well as cameras with sensors will be installed by Indian Railways on all Premium railway stations. The administration is trying to prevent terrorist incidents as well as to provide better facilities. For this initiative, the Railway Board is going to install face recognition cameras at stations from June. This work will be completed by 2022. General cameras are being installed in all railway stations across the country, but a fixed number of 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) cameras will be installed in A1, A, B and C category stations. Larger stations will have 8 cameras and smaller stations will have 4 cameras. These will be located in such a place where the entry and exit of passengers can be tracked and monitored. These cameras will be infused with face recognition software.

How will Face Recognition Cameras work at Station
Photographs of suspects or criminals from any police station can be uploaded to the software from GRP, RPF or Contra Room. All 4K UHD cameras will capture the picture as soon as the software is linked. If any miscreant or person having criminal record passes through the camera, it will automatically inform the control room with the help of software. Apart from this, the software will also help in finding the missing person, especially children. Indian Railways will purchase face recognition software and had planned to install them at every station by 2022.


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How many Cameras will be installed under this Project?
Indian Railways has fixed the number of cameras to be installed as per the station category. Here’re the details.

  • For A1 Category station: Total cameras to be installed-92 and 8 4K UHD cameras
  • For A Category station: Total cameras to be installed-40 and 6 4K UHD cameras
  • For B Category stations: Total cameras to be installed-38 and 4 4K UHD cameras
  • For C Category station: Total cameras to be installed-26 and 4 4K UHD cameras
  • For D-E Category station: Total cameras to be installed-10

Cameras will be installed in these stations in the first phase

  • New Delhi
  • Anand Vihar
  • Mumbai
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Bhopal
  • Jaipur
  • Patna
  • Amritsar
  • Kanpur
  • Prayagraj
  • Varanasi
  • Bengaluru
  • Ranchi
  • Ahmedabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Raipur

China has already adopted facial recognition system. It is used for security purpose, traffic control and crime prevention at Railways and airports. This system greatly assists law enforcement officers and other officers. The new Facial Recognition System will go a long way in solving crimes. Through this, crime prevention and its pattern can also be detected. Indian Railways officials said that while this security technology will increase the presence of security personnel will decrease. If we are enhancing technology, then manpower will be less. This rule is being implemented under the Integrated Security System Scheme of Indian Railways.

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