Irish police to deploy facial recognition CCTV and body-in-a-crowd biometrics technologies
Ireland’s police force, the Garda Síochána, plans to increase the level of video surveillance across the country by boosting its CCTV and ANPR set-ups and also introducing facial and body-in-a-crowd biometrics technologies, a news report has been able to reveal.
The Garda is seeking to introduce new “advanced IT systems” which will cost more than €200m to roll out, the force has revealed within its 120-page Modernisation and Renewal Programme 2016-2021 paper.
As part of the Enterprise Content Management system, the programme will also feature an “expansion” of video surveillance technologies, including “CCTV, ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition),” and introducing biometric technologies, namely facial and body-in-a-crowd recognition, “to identify key criminal and terrorist targets.”
Asked about the legal situation regarding the planned expansion in surveillance technologies, and the introduction of facial and body-in-a-crowd recognition, a Garda Síochána spokesperson said: “A possible response is that all initiatives outlined in the Modernisation and Renewal Programme will be assessed against and will conform with current legislation.”
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