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What happened at NCRB’s meeting with vendors on Automatic Facial Recognition System

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Vendors bidding for the NCRB's (National Crime Records Bureau) centralised automatic facial recognition system (AFRS) raised queries on its future integration with other systems, and asked how it would deal with plastic surgery cases in a pre-bid held by the NCRB on July 25. Internet Freedom Foundation obtained the minutes of this meeting via RTI. About 80 vendors attended the meeting chaired by NCRB’s deputy director, A. Mohan Krishna. The bureau's joint assistant director Pawan Bharadwaj was also present. On June 28, NCRB had called for bids for implementation of a centralised AFRS. Its request for proposal stated that this was being done to modernise the police, gather information, identify criminals, among other things. AFRS would also allow information dissemination among various police organisations and units, said the RFP. Here's what happened in the meeting, according to the RTI: 1. Some queries were raised regarding future integration of AFRS with other systems. According to the RFP, AFRS will be integrated with ICJS, CCTNS, Immigration Visa Foreigner Registration Tracking (IVFRT), advanced State police Integration (Police IT Karnatak, Enterprise e-Cops Telangana, G-Cops Goa, Cyprus Tamil Naidu, e- Guj Gujarat). It also needs to be integrated with other biometric solutions deployed at police department system like Automatic Fingerprint identification system (AFIS). 2. How will AFRS identify plastic surgery cases? The vendors' AFRS systems should be able to broadly match a suspect/criminal photograph and should be able to use images of varying quality levels such as those with: varied lighting conditions, small image sizes (300 x…

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