In 2019, the city of Moscow (Russia) started the digitization of the town through the introduction of smart cameras with facial recognition.
The competition to design a large system of face recognition was announced in the framework of the “Smart city 2030”. At the same time, writes “Novaya Gazeta”, the Moscow authorities are studying the experience of application of system “digital control” in China, which officials have sent a delegation to Beijing.
It is expected to install about 2,000 “smart” cameras. They will automatically check all passers-by, and if the algorithm deems one of them the person who posted wanted, his picture sent to the police officer.
It is noteworthy that the neural network can identify not only the face but also the silhouette. To identify the person even if his face hidden under the mask, a beard or points. Technology will be enough to consider the silhouette and shape of the skull, which does not change throughout life.
Some of the experts in the commentary edition explained the consequences of introduction of video surveillance.
“A common problem with Russian law is that neither the offline nor the online tracking has no clear criteria when it is permissible and upon a circle of people,” said the lawyer, “Roskomsnab” Sarkis Darbinyan.
Another risk is the introduction of this identification system – a large-scale leaks: the information could fall into the wrong hands, it is not new for government agencies.
Also, this digitalization will help the authorities to improve the methods of dealing with protest activity.
“They tried [to deal with the demonstrations] power scenarios, but it turned out that working is bad and looks even worse, says the source of “New” surrounded by the presidential administration. – Using the system of face recognition, if you connect it to people’s profiles in social networks and public services, you can send people fines, as today they are sending to motorists. In this scenario, on the boulevards there will be no Resguardo, and the citizens will be a question not of “should I go to the meeting”, and “how much is this meeting going to cost me”.