Police in Chennai relies on facial recognition technology to help maintain law and order in crowded areas of the city. Similarly, Punjab Artificial Intelligence System, a recipient of a FICCI smart policing award, uses facial recognition for criminal identification. Police in Hyderabad too is using facial recognition to identify ‘persons of interest’ using CCTV footage. 

The Indian government has also announced plans for an overarching national Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS), which will be used for “criminal identification, verification and its dissemination among various police organisations and units across the country”.

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