Penang launches facial recognition system to identify criminals

Last update: 02/01/2019

GEORGE TOWN, Jan 2 (Bernama) -- Penang has become the first state in Malaysia to launch a facial recognition system capable of detecting faces of criminals through closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, in a bid to improve public safety in the state.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the technology which uses artificial intelligence developed by IBM would enhance the 767 CCTVs installed by the Penang City Council (MBPP).

"This technology which is capable of detecting the faces of criminals or people wanted by the police will be operated from the CCTV control room of the Penang City Council (MBPP) and the Penang Police headquarters.

"The monitoring via CCTVs is an initiative by the Penang State Government to reduce crime, especially street crimes in an effort to maintain the safety and well-being of the people," he said at the launch of the project, here today.

Also present were MBPP Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, State Housing and Local Government, Town and Rural Planning Commitee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, and state police chief Datuk Seri A. Thaiveegan.....