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Singapore Unveils Facial Recognition Lamp Posts
« on: April 14, 2018, 02:16:22 am »

Chinese tech firm is weighing making a bid with its AI-powered facial recognition software.

Couched as an anti-terrorism tool, the government of Singapore has announced a plan to install 100,000 lamp posts throughout the city-state that would be linked to facial recognition software to recognize individuals in crowds.

The project, called Lamp Post as a Platform, is currently slated to launch next year. The government is accepting proposals from companies that wish to participate in the pilot program until May.

A government spokesman told Reuters:

“As part of the LaaP trial, we are testing out various kinds of sensors on the lamp posts, including cameras that can support back end facial recognition capabilities. These capabilities may be used for performing crowd analytics and supporting follow-up investigation in event of a terror incident …

The need to protect personal data and preserve privacy are key considerations in the technical implementation of the project.”

The lamp post project is part of a broader Smart Nation initiative, which aims to put technology on the forefront of improving the lives of ordinary citizens. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has vowed the initiative would not become “overbearing, intrusive, or unethical.”’

Chinese tech firm Yitu Technology is weighing a bid to provide the facial recognition technology, according to the South China Morning Post. The company already offers an artificial-intelligence-powered facial recognition platform used by the communist government that reportedly can scan images and identify people in them from its database of more than 1.8 billion people in less than 3 seconds.

Singapore has a population of just 5.6 million.

The lamp posts will also be equipped with sensors and other equipment to monitor air quality, water levels, and transit data to air in urban planning. While the total number of networked lamp posts has not been officially stated, the former head of the city-state’s civil service said in an interview last year that all 110,000 lamp posts would eventually be included in the system.

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