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Malaysia auxiliary police are using a facial recognition surveillance technology used in China

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The facial recognition technology is built by YITU, a company that is used in tourist locations and ports in China

 

Malaysia’s auxiliary police force, which usually refers to part-time or reserve cops, are integrating a body camera that includes a powerful facial-recognition technology built by China’s YITU Technology.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, YITU can flip through a database of 1.8 billion people and identify a single person within three seconds. The reported accuracy rate is 95 per cent.

Currently, the technology will be used to review on-body camera footage and identify a person after an incident. The police force has been using the technology since February.

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Dato’ Rosmadi Bin Ghazali, the CEO of Auxiliary Force Sdn. Bhd., said they plan on expanding the use of technology to include real-time alerts if someone of interest is in the general area.

“This is a significant step forward for us as we leverage artificial intelligence to increase public safety and security. Looking ahead, AFSB also intends to expand the capabilities of our body-worn camera system to include real-time facial recognition and instant alerts to the presence of persons of interest from criminal watchlists,” he said.

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In January, YITU opened an office in Singapore with the intention of expanding its presence in Southeast Asia. Other partners/customers listed on the company’s website include Changi Airport and two security companies called Chubb Technologies and Certis.

YITU also has ambitions to expand into Hong Kong/Macau and the Oceania region.

In China, YITU’s technology has been rolled-out in tourist areas and ports — areas deemed to have higher security risks than most places.

China has gathered a lot of attention recently for its facial recognition technology as it has become a focus of government policy. Recently, stories such as the man who was identified by police amongst a crowd of 60,000 people have become commonplace.

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In Singapore, the city-state seems likely to install facial recognition technology onto lampposts that will be used to monitor its residents.

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