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Facial recognition based surveillance systems to be installed at 983 railway stations across India

The Indian Railways is in the process of installing Video Surveillance Systems (VSS), equipped with a facial recognition system, in 983 railway stations across the country, the Ministry of Railways said in a statement on January 8. RailTel will provide these surveillance systems which will also be equipped with video analytics. Rs 250 crore has been allocated to the Ministry from the Nirbhaya fund to undertake this project. Which areas of a railway station would be surveilled? These surveillance systems will be installed at platforms, waiting halls, reservation counters, parking areas, main entrance/exit, foot over bridges, and booking offices. They could also be potentially installed in railway coaches. Live feeds from the VSS will be monitored via multiple screens at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) control room. Where will the data be stored, and for how long? Data collected as…

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