Murmansk acquires a comprehensive facial recognition surveillance system

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Murmansk is one of the pilot cities in Russia to have a Georg Orwell-style system aimed at monitoring the movements of its inhabitants. On Monday, the region’s Minister of Digital Development, Aleksandra Nikipelova, announcement the size of the current implementation.

In the Murmansk region, 1,400 CCTV cameras are already working. By the end of 2022, 1,658 cameras will be installed at 868 different sites.

“The first 600 new cameras will be installed by September 1,” Minister Nikipelova said.

The cameras are to be interconnected and controlled from the city’s new Video Analytics Management Center, located in the building of the former Consulate General of Norway on Sofia Perovskaya Street in central Murmansk.

The computer vision-based video management system analyzes the video feed from all connected cameras and recognizes people in the frame, comparing them against loaded databases. It can also be done retroactively by replaying and analyzing the events. Or, you can search for a specific person, when you select one from the recognized images.

Murmansk: Who, when, where, what? Soon the authorities will find out. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

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Using facial recognition, the software system can match a photo of a person on the street to a database to identify the person.

The system can show all the movements of this person since entering the first camera and further viewing other cameras, the Ministry of Digital Development of the Murmansk region wrote in a report. Press release displayed after the monitoring center opens at the end of 2020.

With approximately 300,000 inhabitants, Murmansk is the largest city in Russia above the Arctic Circle.

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