Moscow authorities will spend 932 million rubles on launching a new system of multimedia screens equipped with cameras with face recognition. Writes about this “Kommersant”, which discovered the project on the site of state purchases. A total of 316 new screens are planned to be installed at 85 metro stations.
According to the documents, the system is planned to be used to broadcast advertisements and monitor passengers. Representatives of the Moscow Metro State Unitary Enterprise argue that the project is necessary to inform passengers in emergency situations and notify them of various changes in the organization’s work. The company also stressed that the cameras on the screens “are not designed to recognize faces and search for specific people.”
Despite the approval of the representatives of the metro, the terms of reference separately noted that the cameras should be equipped with autofocus and a system of “face detection”. They are also required to broadcast images in Full HD resolution and be able to recognize “fast movement”, “crossing the line” and “loitering”.
During shooting, data will not be transmitted to the data processing center (DPC) – all calculations will occur in the camera itself. To do this, it will be equipped with 2 GB of RAM and a 4 GB hard drive.
Experts believe that the new system will be used to analyze human behavior. According to them, it is necessary for a prompt response to dangerous situations. Sarkis Darbinyan, head of the legal practice of Roskomsvoboda, suggested that the collected information could be passed on to advertising companies that would use it for marketing purposes.