'Video surveillance cameras that recognise your face, detect your gender and the colour of your clothes, how fast you're travelling, and then track your movements, will be up and running in Perth by the end of this month.
The City of Perth will switch on the Briefcam technology in new surveillance cameras in East Perth as part of its $1 million Smart Cities trial.
The technology, which also includes heat-mapping, will initially be tested in three of 30 cameras in the new network, and potentially rolled out to more later.
City of Perth commissioner Andrew Hammond said the facial recognition technology would compare the faces of people in live camera footage to photographs supplied by law enforcement officials.
“The facial recognition capabilities will only be activated at the request of relevant law enforcement agencies,” he said.
The City of Perth will have the ability to move the detection and analytical capabilities between all the cameras in the network.
The Briefcam system uses “deep learning”, when a computer develops neural networks trained to recognise patterns, and “computer vision”, when a computer is trained to interpret and understand the visual world.
The software, which has been developed in Israel, will also allow the city to:
- be alerted if someone enters a restricted area as defined by borders on the screen.
- be alerted if an object has been in the same spot for a certain period of time.
- count pedestrians on footpaths.
- count vehicles on roads.
The City of Perth is believed to be the only authority - apart from the Border Force’s passport gates at Perth airport - in WA to use facial recognition surveillance on the public.'
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